Calling all artists ages 5-18! What does a fresh stART look like to you? Both the Art Base and the Basalt Regional Library invite you to participate in an upcoming exhibition at the Art Base on January 5-8, 2021.
Using a medium of your choice on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, complete this sentence:
My ideal world looks like…
Don’t know where to start? Your ideal world can be represented literally, symbolically, or through words! The only rule is to stay within an 8.5 x 11 sized piece of paper.
For this week’s Grab and Go Activity we will be making ornaments that you can hang on your Christmas tree or use to decorate your house this winter! This week we will be offering two different ornament crafts; one for younger children and one for teens.
Quit dog-earring your books (and ours, too) by creating your own felt corner bookmarks! By following the instructions below, you’ll create your own book-monster or heart-shaped bookmark to slide over the corner of your book, saving your place for later.
With the end of daylight savings, brighten up your evenings with handmade mandala paper lantern grab and go activity!
Are you working on this activity with younger kids? Let them decorate the lantern with pens however they want!
Do you need a challenge? Put a detailed mandala on every side of your lantern and take your time coloring them in.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Honor, celebrate, and learn from this land's first people this and every month by reading books written by Indigenous authors. We've put together a list of our book recommendations for you to check out!
With this week’s Grab & Go Activity, you’ll be able to create beautiful beads in a variety of shapes and sizes out of old magazines!
Connect with students from across the country by participating in our Peace Crane Project grab and go activity!
“The Peace Crane Project invites every student on the planet to fold an origami crane, write a message of peace on its wings, then exchange it with another student somewhere in the world. The Project builds friendships, strengthens hand-eye coordination and writing skills, teaches geography, exposes students to new languages and cultures, and EMPOWERS YOUTH to make a difference in their community, country, and world.” - The Peace Crane Project
We’ll be exchanging our Peace Cranes with a student group from Round Hill, Virginia!
Are you working on this activity with younger kids? Fold a Peace Dove instead of a Peace Crane for an easier origami pattern!
Celebrate Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating your very own calavera - a skull made of solid sugar! Follow the instructions below for either a Basic Calavera or a Literary Ofrenda. You can even submit your creation to our contest!
Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated October 31st through November 2nd honoring friends and family who have passed away. But Dia de Muertos is not a day of mourning - it's a day of celebration! By creating ofrendas (family altars) at home and their loved one’s graves, families pay their respects with gifts of calaveras, Aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and drinks of the departed. It is believed that the souls of loved ones return to enjoy the gifts from their ofrenda and celebrate with their living relatives.
Calaveras, Spanish for “skull” are made from sugar and decorated with beads, feathers, foil, or icing to express the personality of the deceased. But don’t try and eat them - dried sugar skulls are as hard as a rock, and often decorated with inedible materials!
Skip carving pumpkins this year and paint one! Use your endless imagination to create a spooky, funny, or book themed pumpkin. Activity kits for this project can be picked up from the library’s east entrance on Wednesday, October the 21st, from 12 to 6PM. With a few more basic materials from home, you’ll be able to create your pumpkin masterpiece!
Celebrate Halloween in style as a character from Nintendo’s best selling game of 2020, Animal Crossing! Grab & Go Activity kits for this project can be picked up from the library’s east entrance on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12 to 1PM. With a few more basic materials from home, and the following instructions, you’ll create your very own paper mache costume!
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