Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston County Public Library is not offering in-person programs right now due to COVID-19, but many branches are offering crafts you can take and make at home. 

"Especially now when there are a lot of stresses in our life and life is different than normal, having a creative output is a good way to care for yourself. You don't have to be good at something, it's whether you enjoy doing it," said Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch Manager Marie Sollitt. "They're ways to escape for a little bit, create something, and not worry for just a little bit. And that's nice." 

Take-and-Make crafts are available for kids, teens, and adults at most Charleston County Public Library branches. Patrons can ask a staff member and they will provide all the necessary supplies. 

One Take-and-Make the Poe/Sullivan's Island branch offered was a paper owl craft for kids. Kids took home a paper bag filled with construction paper, a template for the owl shape, feathers, googly eyes, and a photograph for inspiration attached to the instructions.

"We assume they have things like scissors and glue," Sollitt said.  

Each branch has their own Take-and-Make craft ideas. Some of the projects from around the system include a bird feeder, holiday-themed paper hats, seeds to plant and grow, and origami. Many patrons have shared the completed Take-and-Make crafts with the library on social media platforms. The staff enjoy seeing the final product. 

"It's really exciting to see when people engage and enjoy what we're doing for them," Sollitt said.

If you have an idea for a Take-and-Make craft, just tell the staff at your neighborhood branch. Sollitt says they appreciate feedback from the community. 

To show Charleston County Public Library your completed Take-and-Make creation, tag us at @chascolibrary on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter