November 22nd, 2011

Crafting the Perfect Holiday

Christmas Display 2011_1A few days ago I started working on the decorations we will use for our holiday book display at the Elkton Central Library this year.  I am decoupaging old book pages on to a Styrofoam tree.  Will it be a success? I’m not sure at this point.  For me the joy of creating is not really being sure what you will end up with and the pleasure I receive when it turns out, hopefully, better than expected.  The other nice thing about it is that I’m recycling old books and flower pots!

Everyone is looking for ways to save money during the holidays.  One of the ways I save (and recycle) is by making my own gifts for relatives and friends out of vintage paper and fabric.  They appreciate the thought, love and effort put into the gifts, and I enjoy making them.  It, however, is not a pretty sight at my house during the “creative process.”  When an idea strikes me, I rip through the boxes and boxes of vintage paper and fabric I collect until just the right pieces come together.

The library has a wide assortment of craft books from Scherenschnitte (Papercutting) to rug hooking and many dedicated just to holiday crafts. Two of my particular favorites are Sara Toliver’s Vintage Christmas Crafts and Terry Taylor’s Altered Art.  I love the vintage quality of these two books and have made shadow boxes as gifts using ideas from both of them.  Happily, these shadow boxes have become treasured gifts, prized by the recipients.

vintage xmas gifts bookHere is a list of some other craft books available at the library that might inspire you to “craft” the perfect holiday this year.  In December all the Cecil County Public Libraries will host holiday craft programs for all ages and open houses with music and food.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the holidays.  And now is the time to check out those craft books!

What will you be crafting for the holidays?


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November 5th, 2011

Support the Library by Joining the Friends

Friend your libraryIf you are reading this blog then you are most likely a friend of the library–but, are you a member of the Friends of the Library? Confused? So was I, until I met a dedicated group of folks, The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library. The Friends is an active group of community members who love the library and volunteer their time and talents.

The Friends support the Library through many activities, such as membership and donations, business donations and fundraising, as well as generously supporting the Library’s Summer Reading Program each year. This program is so essential to our community and especially crucial for our children and their success in school. The Friends also volunteer their time at the Library assisting staff with many tasks. They plan and coordinate successful fundraisers such as basket raffles, bake sales, silent auctions and other activities–all to benefit the library. The Friends have also hosted interesting and educational programs for the community. Most recently, they hosted a local author program and a fascinating presentation on the historical significance of the Chesapeake waterways. They even host fun activities like book swaps.

The next event on the Friends’ calendar is their annual meeting on November 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited. After a brief business meeting, free antique appraisals will be offered by Carl York and his daughter, Carla York, from 7-8:45 p.m. Plan to arrive by 6 p.m. to secure a number for an appraisal. Items to be appraised should be portable. Also, a silent auction with antique items will be ready for bids and light refreshments will be available.

If you love the library, won’t you consider becoming a Friend of the Cecil County Public Library? For more information about the Friends, membership or making a donation email friends@ccplnet.org, leave a message at 410.996.5600, ext. 474 or visit the Friends page on our website.


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