This week we are announcing our March Take-and-Make kits for all ages!

Coming up for the kids we have a STEAM project, Balancing Robots, where they learn about gravity and can try to balance their robots on a variety of objects. Later in the month we are putting out Leprechaun Hat Blowers, a fun craft with mixed medias. Finally, we have another STEAM activity, Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction, where the kids can learn about potential energy with flying popsicle sticks. They can even paint or use the sticks for crafts when all done.

For the teens this month we are starting with a STEAM project, a bubble cube! They will construct a cube using pipe cleaners and straws and can use it to create cube bubbles. Next up is a St. Paddy’s Day Rosette Hanging made from crepe paper, hot glue, and a styrofoam ball, get ready to craft! The last project of the month is Upcycled Paper Bracelets, using old magazines, junk mail and more they will create beads to turn into bracelets or other jewelry.

The last, but not least, group is the adults. The adult project this month gets to test out our crafting database, Creativebug! We will send home participants with all the supplies to make Tissue Paper Pom Pom Flowers and Creativebug has all the instructions and a step-by-step video on how to make them.

I encourage everyone to check out a new addition to our website, the ALA Youth Media Award books! Under the “Children” and “Teens/Young Adults” tabs there are new sliders with many of the covers from award winning and honor books of 2020. The best part is, we have linked all the book covers to our online catalog! This means, if you click on a book, such as “The Cat I Never Named”, a new tab will open in your browser with that book pulled up in our online catalog. You will be able to see which libraries in the Winding Rivers Library System own the book, where it is available, and you can place a hold on the item. We are also working on linking the pictures of our new books to the online catalog meaning when you see a new book on our website you can put on hold on it by clicking on the picture and logging into your account. If you would like a demonstration on this or have any questions, please ask a librarian.