Despite the morning downpour, or possibly because of it, dozens of children and adults flocked to the Tahlequah Public Library Carnegie Room Thursday for a little craft work.
Youth Services Coordinator Michelle Newton moved from table to table, giving pointers on how to construct the three make-and-take crafts available to participants.
“We have a pinwheel, a foam globe that includes a happy face to honor the earth, and a beaded necklace,” said Newton. “I’m happy to see such a big turnout.”
Vicki Lewis sat at one table, making necklaces with her granddaughters.
“We always come for the library programs,” said Lewis. “They love the reading program, working on the computers, and of course any kind of craft.”
Lewis balanced working on a necklace while holding her youngest grandchild, Chloe Creel, 2, on her lap.
“This little one actually got all the beads on this necklace,” said Lewis. “I raised my children [coming to] the library [regularly], and now my grandchildren are enjoying it.”
Jean Parker runs a home-based daycare, and she and seven of her charges were busy building foam globes.
“I’ve got seven with me this morning,” said Parker. “We walked! We got a little wet on the way, but we love the library.”
Several of the children were close to finishing their projects, including Maya Charboneau, Jax Shepherd, Beck and Lily Taylor and Megan Meyers.
“This is our favorite activity,” said Parker. “The library program is the best thing in Tahlequah for children. Michelle [Newton] is wonderful, such a blessing to have her work with our kids.”
At yet another table, children worked with brightly colored construction paper, gluing pinwheels onto wooden dowels to take with them when complete.
“I dropped my glue,” said one child. “Can you please help me get it on the wooden thingy?”
Parker said her kids also enjoy the Tuesday programs, which feature guest speakers and performances.
“We were here Tuesday for the animal program,” said Parker. “My kids so look forward to the library programs, and the parents love it.”
The Tahlequah Public Library summer reading program, Experiment and Explore, runs through Thursday, June 26, and includes activities for children from birth through teens.
For a listing of youth activities at Tahlequah Public Library, visit www.tahlequahTDP.com.