Posted on June 29th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Programs
Tags: craft hour, Japanese art, kumihimo braiding, Pride Month
Kumihimo is a style of braiding that was originally used in ancient Japan. They used the marudi loom for their braiding and make some really intricate and beautiful braiding. The following website will give you more information about the history of kumihimo braiding – http://www.englisch.kumihimo.de/html/history.html.
Today kumihimo braiding can also be done on a nice foam disk. Other types of looms or disks are used as well. Kumihimo braiding is so simple and you can see results rather quickly if you aren’t gabbing with everyone. The following YouTube page has a great tutorial showing how to braid on a Kumihimo foam disk – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suUcFpj4OsA&feature=related.
Why am I telling you all of this… well for Pride Month, on June 20, 2012, the Copley Teen Room Teen/Tween Craft Hour made rainbow braids using a kumihimo disk. We actually ended up making a pretty advanced mode due to the number of strands we used (18 strands). Usually beginners start with 8 strands. And I have to tell you, we did an amazing job. The following are a few pictures of what we made at various stages. It maybe be hard to notice the braids in the pictures but they were there. Also everyone ended up with a slightly different variation than what we started with and really made the braids their own creation.
1. Still on the disk:
2. Finished project
You can make bracelets, necklaces keychains, fobs for your backpacks and more. You can get even more creative as you continue braiding on the kumihimo disk like using glow in the dark thread/floss or adding beads. Kumihimo braiding is such a relaxing craft and you can do just about anywhere, even on the bus. The hardest part is chosing your colors and placement of the strands. I suggest as a beginner to prepare that part at home.
Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Anna in Events, Teen Services
Tags: 2012, Pride Parade, Teen Council
Pride Parade 2012
This was the first year the Central Library’s Teen Council got a chance to march in the Pride Parade. Homework and studying kept several members home, but Hyori and Jervani came out to join Jessi (our recently promoted Youth Services Coordinator) and myself.
Together we had a great time in the parade walking not too far away from Mayor Menino at the front of the parade. There were a lot of people along the parade route cheering the parade on. A lot of churches, organizations, and businesses were there. Seeing all the love and support was very uplifting and totally awesome!
Here are some pictures I snapped of Hyori, Jessi, and Jervani:
And these are some of the t-shirts that were made for the parade:
Posted on June 9th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Teen Services
Tags: Boston Pride Parade, t-shirts, Teen Council
Here are Anna, Jessi and Jervani getting ready to leave for the Boston Pride Parade.
Modelling their Teen Council t-shirts and other rainbow accessories
Posted on June 4th, 2012 by Akunna in Events
Tags: Boston, LGBTQ, teen, Teen Council
Teens are welcome to join Boston Public Library staff, The Teen Council of the Central Library, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino to walk in the Pride Parade this Saturday, June 9! The Teen Council will be making t-shirts to wear for the event. Anyone who wishes to join can make their own shirt, too.
The Pride Parade starts at noon on Boylston Street and Clarendon St. and ends at Government Center. Anyone interested in joining should email teen librarian Anna Draves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on May 29th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Programs, Teen Services
Tags: craft, masks, teen/tween
On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the Copley Teen Room had our Teen/Tween Craft Hour. We had lots of fun painting precut wooden masks. Everyone had a different idea of what they wanted on their masks-paint, embellishments, feathers and more. One mask is on display in the glass display case in the Copley Teen Room.
Here are two pictures showing 4 masks that were made:
Our next craft hour will be on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. For information, please contact the Copley Teen Room.