Aug 28 – The pandemic has cut short many in-person Tahlequah Public Library events over the past year, but the community was invited to participate in the Creative Craft Corner on Thursday, when patrons created their own terrariums from sand art.
It has been a long time since library staff have been able to organize in-person events, but they are hopeful that such activities will continue.
“At least once a month we hope to do this, because that’s what we used to do,” said Jane Adams of TPL. “Every month we would have at least one or two adult programs at night, but that hasn’t been the case for a year and a half. We instead did DIY, where we pack everything up. And they take it home. . So now they’re trying to get back to those in person. ”
The customers were each allowed to choose a jar, and then using a funnel, they poured different colors of sand into the jars. In the middle, before pouring the colored sand, they placed a paper towel roll in the middle and filled it with regular sand.
“Then they pour different colors of sand into [around the paper towel roll], and do whatever design they want, “Adams said.” Then at the very end, they pull out the paper towel roll filled with regular sand. It’s a bit of a space-saving thing, so you don’t use as much colored sand. ”
With the paper towel roll out, the guests placed an air plant on the sand. The Tillandsias – air plants – which they used require little care, as they do not need roots to thrive. Adams soaked them in water for about an hour, then allowed them to dry for about four hours. And they should only be watered two to three times a week.
“We had a lot of colored sand so I decided to do something with it, and this idea is an idea that came up and was relatively easy,” Adams said. “Everything is provided and there is no charge, and they can take home the pot with the little plant.”
The sand terrariums took up little time for the guests. Terry Adams, who doesn’t necessarily consider himself an artist, said that if he can do it, anyone can.
“It’s the first one I’ve ever done, and I like it,” he said. “It’s very simple and they make it as easy as possible. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to pour a little sand here and there. You just walk in and have a good time.”
The Craft Corner allowed people to meet other people and get away from the heat that is plaguing Tahlequah at this time. The activity also allows loved ones to spend time together.
Shannon Murphy and her daughter Katelyn attended together and have a bookshelf in front of their house where they keep art projects.
“I was so hoping it would open again, because I missed it,” Shannon said.
Check it out
The Library’s Creative Craft Corner programs are limited to 10 people and patrons are required to mask themselves. Those interested must register in advance. People can register for the event through the Eastern Oklahoma Library System, which will send an SMS or email reminder about the upcoming program. Customers can also call the library at 918-456-2581.