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At the Library

By LeAnn Kunz | Feb 05, 2018

It’s time for Fiber Arts February and we have a fun and festive one planned. This annual celebration is possible with the help of those in the community who have a love and appreciation for fiber and textiles and are willing to share their pieces and their talents. This year we are offering a variety of workshops and exhibits that are all free and open to the public. On Friday, Feb. 3, we kicked off the month with Sticks & Strings, our regular monthly meeting of fiber artists. The public is welcome to attend those meetings on the first Friday of every month in the future.

On Friday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m., we are excited to be hosting an encore screening of the documentary film YARN by Una Lorenzen. This film starts in Iceland and takes you on an international journey with modern fiber artists. It features graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers, mostly women who are building one of modern art’s hottest trends through knitting and crochet. We encourage the audience to bring their fiber projects to work on (knitting, crochet, etc.) while they are viewing the movie!

We are offering an Emoji Pillows Workshop just for third-to fifth-graders on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. Kids will have the opportunity to create a simple, no-sew, unique emoji face pillow. All supplies will be provided and anyone interested should sign up in the library.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., teens can come to the Recycled Weaving Workshop. Participants will be experimenting with plastic bottles and bags and a little yarn to make pen/pencil holders or other items for their room. Again, please register.

The Felted Whimseys Workshop with Marcia Linnenkamp is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. Adults will learn how to create either a cupcake, a teacup, or a pin out of recycled, felted wool sweaters. All supplies are provided ;however, you may bring your own embellishments like ribbons, beads, buttons, etc. This workshop is recommended for adults, but anyone older than fifth grade can sign up.

For families we will also have an in-house story walk featuring a fiber-related story. Patrons can stroll through the entire library to read and discover the outcome! The library is excited to be hosting three fiber arts exhibits throughout the entire month. Julie Zahs is displaying an exhibit of Pakistani textiles in the first floor display cabinet. In 1976 Julie had the opportunity to travel to Pakistan with Iowa State University professor Mushtaqur Rahman on a summer study trip where she acquired her collection. In the Helen Wilson Gallery on the second level of the library you can view an educational and interesting lace exhibit by Virginia McCurdy. You will learn of the variety of styles and see some amazingly intricate and old examples of lacework. In addition on the second level, we are displaying some past fiber arts pieces created by members of Sticks & Strings members. Stop by the Washington Public Library or call 653-2726 if you have any questions about the upcoming events and celebrate Fiber Arts February with us!

These are the new materials available at the library this week.

Adult Fiction

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Act of Revenge by Dale Brown

The View From Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

The Great Along by Kristin Hannah

Harp on the Willow by B. J. Hoff

Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

Little Fires Everywhere by Celese Ng

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Dark in Death by J. D. Robb

Artemis by Andy Weir

Large Print Fiction

Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods

Unbound by Stuart Woods

Adult Nonfiction

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

2.8 to 4.5...Assembly Required by Keith W. Lazar

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

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