Reading Riot: Make Your Own @ the Library

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The idea of maker spaces is currently all the rage in the library world. Funny thing is that we have been doing maker programs forever. It’s just that the term “arts and crafts” has been re-invented.

It doesn’t matter what it’s called, the cool thing is that you make something by your own hands. We provide all the materials and you get to mix ingredients to create something magical or possibly useful… or maybe just to have fun. It’s not necessarily about the final product but about the learning journey.

Unmask Your Natural Awesomeness!
This week we will learn together about skin, skin types and skin complaints. We will make three different types of skin care products – toner, facial cleanser and body scrub. But wait; this event is not just for girls. Guys have skin, too! So get in here and learn how to take care of it. You will come away with some natural hand-made products that are great for personal use or make unique gifts. This program is for students grade 6 and above.

Tuesday, July 28
4 p.m. – Bealeton branch library

6 p.m. – John Marshall branch library and Warrenton central library

Resources Available at the Library
The Fauquier County Public Library also has plenty of resources to satisfy your appetite for “making.”

Organic Body Care Recipes, which provided some of the recipes for this event, has many more ideas for homemade herbal formulas to give you glowing skin and a vibrant self.


If you are more technical than homespun Robot Building for Teens might be more your style. This book will teach you how to design your robot, how to create a prototype, where to buy parts and how to program your finished robot to perform tasks. Perfect for the tinkerer!

Here’s an online site called TEDactive that has a playlist of cool projects to feed your DIY habit.

For other resources, stop by the reference desk at your local library. And check back here at the library for news of future “maker” events.

Happy Making!

Ann McDuffie, youth services, Bealeton branch library

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