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FELTED SOAP WORKSHOPS: Participants will have fun learning the basics of making felted wool soap (soap and washcloth all-in-one). Felted soap is not only beautiful, but also great for your skin, and for the environment. The felted wool creates a nice gentle exfoliant, plus wool is a naturally antibacterial fiber so you don’t need to worry about mold or mildew. When you have finished using your bar of soap, the leftover wool can be composted or cut up and placed outside for the birds to collect for their nests.

In this engaging and creative workshop, participants will learn the basics of wet-felting and leave with two bars of finished felted soap. These are great for gift giving and, of course, to keep one for yourself. Participants will choose from a variety of colorful, local wool roving to create beautiful and unique bars of soap. No two bars are ever identical! Hand-crafted soap, in a variety of scents, will be provided. However, please feel free to bring your own bars if you have a preference.

Come learn this beautiful craft with Pauline Fabiano from Acorn House Trading Company on Tuesday, June 29 at either 4:00 or 6:15 p.m. depending on the age of the participant. It will smell lovely here!

Workshop #1 (ages 8-11) will be held from 4:00-5:15 p.m. and Workshop #2 (tweens and adults ages 12-19) from 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Youth ages 12-19 have the first availability to register up to one week before the event. After that, adults age 20+ may register if there are any additional seats left. The age restrictions do apply as the older group will be felting with needles.

Register in person in the youth department. Please note: There’s a $5.00 non-refundable fee when you register. Seating is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.

STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER: Register and join us on Mon., June 28 for this special sleepover event starting at 6:00 p.m. Bring a stuffed animal friend with you to a very special story time where your stuffed animal (or doll, or toy) will get to sleepover at the Library. We'll all read books together, make a few crafts (including name tags for our stuffed animal friends) and have refreshments. Then, all the kiddos will tuck their stuffed animals into bed. The librarians will make sure they don't cause too much mischief at their sleepover.

Children of all ages are welcome to bring their stuffed animals to the sleepover. Caregivers, please be sure your child chooses a stuffed animal or doll that they are okay with being without for a night. This program is open to any children of all ages that want to participate, but it is geared for preschool to age 8.

Stuffed animals and toys can be picked up from the library anytime during open hours on Tuesday.

TEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: We're hosting a stuffed animal sleepover on June 28th at 6 PM where little kiddos leave their stuffed animals here at the library to stay the night. We need some teen volunteers to help make the magic happen as the stuffed animals wander the library and get into mischief once their kids go home.

Teens will come to the library at 7:00 p.m. after story time is complete and will each take a stuffed animal (or two) to pose around the library and photograph. What kind of fun they're having is up to you, but a librarian will be here to help out and offer ideas. Are the stuffed animals messing around with the copier? Are they watching Netflix on a laptop? Playing with Legos? Pretending to be the librarian? Or, of course, reading books?

Our teen volunteers will set the scenes, take the pictures, and then work together to assemble and print photographs of each animal for the kids to take home with them when they pick up their furry friend.

This program is eligible to earn volunteers one service hour.

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