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Libraries are a great place to think creatively

Posted over 2 years ago by Kelly P

Posted in Arts, Crafts, & Hobbies, Children & Parenting, Fiction, Literature, Poetry & Graphic Novels, Make U and Programs | Tagged with photography

Get lost in a fantasy world through a book, breathe new life into a community organization in your local library’s meeting space, or explore the digital world of a computer game. This year, Toledo Lucas County Public Library has a new opportunity to offer creative exploration to its patrons through Make U: Mobile Art Labs. These labs were made possible through ALSC, the Association for Library Service to Children, with a generous donation from Disney.

Make U: Mobile Art Labs are 9 kits filled with art supplies. Each kit has supplies to put on an art program for a different art discipline, suggested lesson plans, booklists, and examples of art relevant to that discipline. We’ve invited some great instructors to teach our foundation classes in Drawing, Painting, and Digital Photography. Additionally, we are providing instructional videos for our librarians so they will be prepared to teach art classes in the future while utilizing the Labs. Our hope is to provide children with an opportunity to learn techniques and learn to use art supplies. They’ll learn to think creatively and see an idea become reality in their art. This will foster in children a love of art and teach them skills not only useful in art, but also in life: flexibility, collaboration, communication, decision-making, and self-expression.

Look for Make U: Mobile Art Labs January through April 2016. Due to the easily replicable nature of the Make U: Mobile Art Labs, we will continue to offer art programs in the future as well! Look for the Make U logo, and keep creating!


2D Drawing
January 14: Sylvania Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
February 13: Main Children’s Library, Ages 6-9, 10-11:30 a.m.
February 13: Main Children’s Library, Ages 10-14, 2-3:30 p.m.
February 27: Sanger Branch Library, Ages 6-9, 10-11:30 a.m.
February 27: Sanger Branch Library, Ages 10-14, 2-3:30 p.m.
March 12: Sylvania Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
March 24: Kent Branch Library, Ages 6-9, 4-5:00 p.m.
April 13: Washington Branch, Ages 6-9, 6-7:30 p.m.
April 21: Washington Branch, Ages 10-14, 6-7:30 p.m.

2D Painting
January 21: Sylvania Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
February 10: Washington Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
February 18: Washington Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
March 10: Kent Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5 p.m.
March 19: Sylvania, Ages 10 – 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
March 26: Main Children’s Library, Ages 6-9, 10-11:30 a.m.
March 26: Main Children’s Library, Ages 10-14, 2-3:30 p.m.
April 16: Sanger Branch, Ages 6-9, 10-11:30 a.m.
April 16: Sanger Branch, Ages 10-14, 2-3:30 p.m.

2D Printmaking
January 30: Sanger Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
January 30: Sanger Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
February 4: Sylvania, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
February 25: Kent Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5 p.m.
April 9: Main Children’s Library, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
April 9: Main Children’s Library, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

3D Installation Art
January 28: Sylvania Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
February 13: Sanger Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
February 13: Sanger Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
March 12: Main Children’s Library, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
March 12: Main Children’s Library, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
April 7: Kent Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5 p.m.

3D Sculpture
January 9: Sanger Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
January 9: Sanger Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
February 11: Sylvania Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
February 27: Main Children’s Library, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
February 27: Main Children’s Library, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
March 9: Washington Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
March 17: Washington Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
April 21: Kent Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5 p.m.

Digital Photography
January 7: Sylvania Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
January 27: Washington Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
January 28: Washington Branch, Ages 10-14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
February 11: Kent Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 4 – 5 p.m.
March 5: Sylvania Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
March 12: Sanger Branch, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
March 12: Sanger Branch, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
April 23: Main Children’s Library, Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
April 23: Main Children’s Library, Ages 10 – 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

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