Holiday Cards Created by Kids @ The Tappan Library

BY BARRY WARNER

Youth Services Librarian Lara Cohen is proudly standing with the children, who used a variety of materials to create Christmas and Hannukah holiday cards for family and friends.
Youth Services Librarian Lara Cohen is proudly standing with the children, who used a variety of materials to create Christmas and Hannukah holiday cards for family and friends.

Christmas and Hannukah are great times for kids to create with crafts. There is nothing more genuine than kids showing love with DIY (do it yourself) holiday cards for family and friends.

Tappan Library Youth Services Librarian Lara Cohen said, “The object of the program is for children to design their own cards using different colors of Washi Tape, which is a high quality masking tape that can be torn, written on and repositioned easily. In addition, some of the other materials include cardstock, glitter, ribbon, colored pencils plus felt pieces for stars, Christmas trees and Menorahs that are punched out by the kids themselves.”

The children enjoyed the activity and some made the following comments: “There are many creative ways to make cards;” “It is fun to make things for other people;” “We are decorating our own cards without following anyone’s instructions.”

This card was created by one of the participants, who used materials, such as Washi Tape, glitter, glue, colored pencils, felt cut-out stars and Christmas Tree plus a terrific imagination.
This card was created by one of the participants, who used materials, such as Washi Tape, glitter, glue, colored pencils, felt cut-out stars and Christmas Tree plus a terrific imagination.

Parent Paul Franzese said, “The programs offered at the Library provide a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages from the community to come together and engage in fun, interesting and educational activities.”

Parent Carol Durretta stated, “The childrens’ programs and activities are wonderful for all ages, beginning with infants and up to 12 years of age. It is a great place to learn and make new friends.”

Parent Jenn Bourne said, “We are very fortunate in this community to have such wonderful library events. It is a wonderful place to take my children to socialize with our neighbors.”

Activities such as arts and crafts in libraries hasten kids’ developments of social interactions and motor skills that are essential for school success in the early years.