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Teens create Christmas gifts from books

Monday, December 10, 2012

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Seventh grader Jordan Larson learns to re-purpose old books and Christmas cards into Christmas gifts with the help of Teen Librarian Amber Flynn at the Le Mars Public Library Saturday. The projects included making glass jar candleholders and paper Christmas trees.
Seventh grader Jordan Larson learned other uses for books Saturday at the Le Mars Public Library.

The Gehlen Catholic middle schooler made crafts using old books and Christmas cards during a teen activity at the library.

"We're re-purposing library books for Christmas cards, and we're making candleholders out of jars," Teen librarian Amber Flynn explained. "We're re-purposing Christmas cards for that."

For example, Larson sorted through old cards to find her favorite picture. Then she cut it out and pasted it onto the jar.

"It's interesting," Larson said. "It's fun."

She also learned to make a Christmas tree from old books, first folding the pages down to form the cone shaped tree, then adding decorations.

Flynn explained that Saturday's craft day was a special event for teens at the library for December.

She said the Teen Advisory Board had wanted to do a Saturday event.

"I figured this was a good opportunity for kids to make Christmas presents for their parents," Flynn said. "You are never too old to make presents."

The Teen Advisory Board is comprised of youth in grades six through 12 who meet monthly to talk about teen wants and needs at the library.

Larson, a member of the teen board, said she planned to give the crafts she made Saturday as gifts.

"You're giving it to people you care for," she said.

Flynn said she may hold a similar craft session later this month, possibly Dec. 21.



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