Crafting: It’s not just about the duct tape
If you do craft programs at your library, you know it’s a great way to bring people in and bump up your attendance statistics. But crafting and libraries are an ideal match for many less selfish reasons as well. As National Craft Month comes to a close, let’s reflect on what crafts can bring to the lives of our teens and our relationships with them, and how this aligns with the mission of libraries.
Crafting builds community
Crafting is learning
Crafting is real
Crafting is fun
Crafting is lifelong learning
Crafting is also creativity, problem solving, innovation and more. Crafting is asset building, skills building, and confidence building. Crafting is a great thing for our libraries.So craft away.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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