Perry Public Library now offering craft events on Mondays through Oct. 8

Allison Ullmann - Staff
From left, Jill Cook, Maggie Ruggle and Luella Carney listen to Brittany Trotter talk about T-shirt yarn during a Craftastic Make-R-Day on Monday, Sept. 10. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

The meeting room of the Perry Public Library looked more like a craft room on Monday, Sept. 10.

A demonstrator showed a community member how to tie a knot in yarn made from a T-shirt. Someone else was busy cutting up a T-shirt at the back of the room. Another individual sat and crocheted while chatting with another group drinking coffee.

“I think it’s awesome,” Luella Carney said of the library’s first Craftastic Make-R-Days on Sept. 10.

The event was the first in a six-week series that will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 10 through Oct. 8. Each event will feature demonstrations and help in learning a different craft each week.

“The library always like to offer fun things for people of all ages. And providing something for seniors, or those who are retired and are able to come during the daytime is always a goal,” Media Librarian Jill Cook said.

The events will feature different demonstrators each week. Brittany Trotter was the featured demonstrator at the Sept. 10 event, showing how to make T-shirt yarn.

Cook added that crafters are welcome to bring their own projects to work on during the event.

“They can enjoy some coffee and snacks and just talk and learn a different craft for six weeks,” she said.

Around 20 came to the first craft event, with many planning on a return visit.

Ingrid Maygivens came to meet more people in the community as she recently moved to the community.

“I think it’s great because it gets people out,” she said. “It gives people who like to do crafts a chance to do something new.”

It also, Maygivens added, gives new crafters a chance to see different options.

“I don’t do crafts at this time. I want to get a little sample of things and see what I would like to do,” Maggie Ruggle said.

Carney was looking forward to learning a new skill with the T-shirt yarn. Trotter helped her to learn a different way to tie a smoother knot.

“I came to learn and I did. You can do hats, purses, just use your imagination,” Carney said.

She plans on coming back next Monday to try a different craft. The featured crafts include crocheting, quilting, bookfolding, knitting and paracord projects.

“I just hope everyone comes to have a good time,” Cook said.

For more information, contact the library at 515-465-3569.