Make It @ The Library Tuesday

Melissa Mackey demonstrates a crafts technique for rolling recycled paper into small tube shapes for use in crafts. Photo by Katy Korkos

Sample crafts made for Tuesday’s class at the library. Photo by Katy Korkos



The Library has a new program designed to get people started with crafts, with no prior experience needed. The second class in the series “Make It @ the Library” is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Zone at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. Everyone who attends will learn a new technique for crafting with paper and will complete a project in one evening.

The program is the brainchild of Melissa Mackey, a youth library staffer who has been a lifelong crafter. She is working with Katy Korkos, also a lifelong crafter, who is the program specialist for adult programs at the Library. “We really wanted to present programs for older kids and families,” Korkos said. “The library has some awesome programs for families with young children, like Music and Movement and Storytimes. We also have some great programs for adults- Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series and the Authors Speak programs for example. Once the kids have started school, we have book clubs and reading challenges for them, but until we started this, we weren’t offering multigenerational programming.”

The first few projects will take advantage of lots of free paper the library has on hand, ready to be recycled. The first session focused on gluing papers to create a sturdy laminated piece, which was then used to make a mobile. In the second class on Tuesday, a technique for rolling up papers to make tubes, beads or mats will be demonstrated.

“I like crafting with paper because it’s available and easy to work with,” Mackey said. “Sharing inspiration and creativity with other people brings my joy to a whole new level.”

The projects are suitable for families to do together or for people to do independently. All supplies will be provided, but people may also choose to bring favorite papers and tools to the session.

For more information, call the library’s Youth Services desk at 505.662.8258.