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Story and photos by Hillary Di Menna

Librarian Teresa Gawman shows off her handmade bracelets.

Amongst the rainbow of book covers, past the small fish tank and amidst the sound of children’s giggles of the McLaughlin Library children’s floor, there is a door with the label “Studio” above it. On the evening of April 12 as of 6:30 p.m., behind that door a group of five teenaged girls making bracelets and buttons with McLaughlin branch teen librarian Teresa Gawman.

As a nod to upcoming Earth Day, the bracelets were made of pop tabs and string. String colour choices were red and black; Gawman added Kristen Stewart known for her role as Bella in the Twilight movie series frequently sports ones made with black.

Hand crafted button and bracelets.

Gawman explained, in front of a table set up with snacks and drinks, that the library often offers such activities for teens.

“Sometimes it’s literacy based,” she said of an activity’s theme. She explains other times it is a way to introduce teens to the library and it’s resources including school programs.
“And sometimes,” Gawman said looking at the table of teens crisscrossing their string and pop tabs that Gawman collected from library employees, “it’s just for fun.”

The Oshawa Public Library’s McLaughlin branch is at 65 Bagot St. Follow their website to keep updated on fun, free events.

Make your own bracelet with the same steps used last Thursday.

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