Wyoming Arts Council

Teens! D.I.Y. at the Teton Co. Library

From a Teton County Public Library press release:

Hey! Wanna Crochet? Teton County Library offers teens two Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) opportunities to hand craft creations using recycled goods and crochet hooks in January.

Jackson Hole High School graduate and online artist Meleta Buckstaff leads the first D.I.Y.: Teen Green Crafting from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 10 in the library’s Ordway Auditorium. She will demonstrate how to make crafts from recycled goods, including a wrist cuff from vintage neckties and books from recycled paper. The program is free and open to teens in grades six through 12. No advance sign up is required.

Buckstaff sells her own creations made from recycled goods, including sleek wallets fashioned from local newsprint, under the label “papercutdesign” at the online shop Esty.com. She also makes purses, jewelry, scarves, belts and occasionally books, collages, drawings and paintings. She originally made her crafts as gifts before discovering Etsy.com, a sort of eBay for crafts. Etsy demonstrates how the D.I.Y. craze is taking off online, according to BusinessWeek magazine.

Jackson High School Student Angela Palomba guides participants through the library’s second teen D.I.Y.: Hey! Wanna Crochet? from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, January 17. She will share basic crocheting skills with fellow teens to create a bracelet or colorful cover for an MP3 player. An avid crafter, Palomba makes and sells crocheted hats, mittens and more. The library will provide crochet hooks for this event and to take home. The program is free and open to teens in grades six through 12 with no advance sign up required.

Teen programs at the library are funded by the Charles Engelhard Foundation, through the general support of the Teton County Library Foundation. For information, contact Youth Services by calling 733-2164 ext. 103 or emailing youngadults@TCLib.org. Visit online at www.TCLib.org/teens.

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