Monday, August 13, 2018

Crafting Is a Good Thing

by Selina Johnson, Wylam Branch Library

Relaxing and crafting at the Wylam Library

The month of August begins the start of a new school year for most students. They are now tasked with getting back into school routines that will allow them to reach their academic potential. To this end, there is no reason for creating and learning to cease once school dismisses for the day. After-school crafts are entertaining and students get a kick out of mastering these tried-and-true do-it-yourself projects. Crafts are not only fun but provide many positive benefits.

Creating things with your hands and making decisions about the process of how best to complete crafts stimulates the brain. This, in turn, inspires critical thinking such as contemplating what would be the best color for a birdhouse or determining how to best arrange wooden sticks in order to create a picture frame. Crafting can also be a stress reliever. Once school has ended for the day, decompressing and creating something of their own in a judgment-free zone is a release that many students appreciate.

It is quite refreshing to know that time-honored crafting is still something that students enjoy. It is a way for students to express themselves and you can see the sense of accomplishment on their faces when they have completed their work of art. The best thing about crafting is that you can make everything you create special simply because it was made with your own hands.

We have make-and-take crafts at Wylam Library on the first and the third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. during the school year. Come and join us to create a make and take craft of your very own. Visit the BPL events calendar for a listing of programming at Wylam Library.

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