On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Hotchkiss Library kicked off a new series of family events starting with the "Upcycled T-shirt Project." Families were invited to bring in old T-shirts that could be repurposed into bags and other accessories.
The library had seven different patterns that were all non-sew and easily duplicated.
"It was great, as it allowed for children of all ages to participate. They could choose from something as simple as a vest or scarf, or more complicated like a flower or handbag," said library assistant Sarah Pope. Sixteen children and parents participated. "I love family programs at the library. It's so wonderful to see families engaging with each other and getting to know other families they might not have met without the library. It is a way to build family and community," Pope added.
One of the participants, a young lady by the name of Matilda McDaniel, made a bag out of an embroidered shirt given to her by her grandmother. "It had special meaning to her, but no longer fit, and she was able to turn it into a book bag that she can carry with her every day," Pope said. "She even took home books from the library in it when she left."
Based on the program's success, Pope is looking forward to additional family programing ranging from more craft-related projects to family movie nights. The next program will be a Pajama Movie Night in November. These nights give an opportunity for families to spend time together. Research shows that family time can impact a child's development from behavior to academic achievement.
"I can really see a change in my children when we are able to spend time together, outside of the house, in a low-pressure environment," said one parent. "It has impacted everything from how we interact at home to their comfort level when needing to ask for help."
"These sorts of programs happen throughout the county on a regular basis, and have been met with great success," said Annette Choszczyk, district director. "We have seen an increase in participation, which is great since family programs can be some of the most rewarding that we are able to offer. We are all about building family and community."blog comments powered by Disqus