Creative Blog 2: Quarantine Crafting

Our staff members have been getting a bit crafty! Take a peek at these step-by-step tutorials and we hope that you try them yourself!

Craft 1: Family Portrait Craft by Dawn

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Like most of us, I was sitting on my couch watching Netflix when I decided to turn off the TV and be creative. It’s only fun to binge-watch so much before it becomes tiring. So, I got my handy paintbox out filled with paints, brushes, and papers and prepared for some creative action! Also, scroll down for another craft – How to make a book wreath. 

Here are the materials I used:
Watercolor paint (any brand or you can use acrylics and add water to make it thin)
Brush
Black micro pen (or you could use a thin sharpie or just a black pen)
Rubber Cement (you could also use glue, mod podge, crafters glue, etc.)
Adhesive foam squares (this gives it a 3d effect – optional)
Exacto knife
Thin cardboard (I used a cracker box)

NOTE: If you want to you could use a photo or print a photo instead of drawing the portraits.

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First, I covered my workspace with some wax paper to protect the table but you can use anything for this (a piece of paper, etc.) I taped it down to keep it from moving. I cut out around a size 5×7 rectangle of mixed media paper. You can use anything. I just prefer working with mixed media paper because it does well with paint and glue.

Next, I added masking tape to secure the corners. I painted the whole piece of paper one color. I added 3 coats of one color with some water. NOTE: It’s best if you only paint one coat then let that dry and repeat 2 more times.

After the background is dry, glue it to a large portion of the cardboard (you don’t want any bumps or folds) Put glue all over and press down hard for about a minute. Now set some heavy books on top for around an hour. I always do this and it really helps with the glue bonding properly.

On a different sheet of paper, I drew some quick portraits of me and my little family 🙂
I painted them using only a few different colors. The portrait ones I added a pumpkin color for the background and a goldenrod color for the shirts. NOTE: adding layers will make the paint darker. If you notice that I added a second layer around some of the edges to add a shadow effect. For the green heart, I first painted it yellow and thought it needed darkening so I added a dark teal around the left edge and blended it around the rest. These illustrations are meant to be cute and whimsical so you don’t need to be perfect! I messed up in a few places but it’s ok! I drew the images then painted, after the paint dried, I went over in some places with the marker pen.

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After everything has been glued to the cardboard and dried, it is now time to cut! Be very careful when using the Exacto knife! They are very sharp! It helps to press down while cutting and go slow. You also want to use a cutting mat or something to protect your surface. You could use a cutting board. Cut out both the background and illustrations.

Next, use a fold to cut out for the back of your creation. This part will prop it up like a picture frame.


After you cut out the back, glue on the large panel (leave a small space at the bottom-you do not want to glue the bottom of the back to the bottom of the large background peice. Press down for a few minutes then let dry.

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Now, add the adhesive foam stickers-I love these things! They are so cool and you can make some neat stuff with them if you get creative.


I hope you like to doodle! With doodling you can’t go wrong. I sometimes get carried away though… These illustrations are simple flowers. If you mess up just cover it up with a flower or a berry, heart, etc. I messed up a few times but made it into something else.

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And now you have a one-of-a-kind family portrait!

If you make one of these we would love to see it-please share and tag us! Take a photo and post on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter with these hashtags! #rcplcrafts #quarantinecrafts

Craft 2: How to Make a Book Wreath
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Heather shows the process of her book wreath craft. Here’s what you’ll need: old book pages, hot glue gun & glue, cardboard, tape, string or ribbon.

 

You can use any cardboard—I used a pizza box cut into a donut type shape.

Then, using a book (I used a damaged, deleted book from the library—any book will do. If you have an old damaged book or an old hand me down available, use that. Just don’t tear up one of your good books! That would be a travesty!) tear out some pages, start at a corner, and roll into a cone shape.

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You can use hot glue or tape to adhere it together. 

 

When you combine around 10 pages, start hot gluing them around the ring.

I like to flatten each page out a bit as I glue them on.  

When all are glued on, I then flip it over and tuck and glue the ends to the back for a clean look.

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You can stop here or continue on with more layers, making each shorter.

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To hang, you can hot glue a piece of twine/string or ribbon. And you’re done!
You can add flowers or decorations if you want to add some flare. 

If you make one of these we would love to see it-please share and tag us! Take a photo and post on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter with these hashtags! #rcplcrafts #quarantinecrafts

We can’t wait to see your creations! 

May The 4th Be With You

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With recent blockbuster movies and a hit streaming show to back it up, the Star Wars franchise has made a huge comeback in recent years. Now, the 43-year-old franchise has a whole new storyline and a new fanbase. When George Lucas originally created the Star Wars saga he had intended it to be more of a Juvenile-YA geared storyline. But with great storytelling, a genus of all ages will follow and that is what followed with his wonderful creations. People from all over the globe have come to love the Star Wars characters and celebrate May 4th as a national holiday. So, let’s join them in celebration of this unique world, and may the force be with you!

Celebrate May the 4th with a Star Wars-themed Yoda craft! Tag us on social media with your creations!

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CLICK HERE to download instructional PDF.

Below are some Star Wars-themed eBooks that are available for instant download!
Access on hoopladigital.com or rowancountylibrary.org/digital-resources and click on the Hoopla logo.

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey (EBOOK)
The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein (EBOOK)
The Best of Star Wars Insider, Volume 1 by Jonathan Wilkins (EBOOK)
Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu (EBOOK)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz (EBOOK)
Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back by various authors, a Disney and Lucasfilm STORYBOOK (READ ALONG EBOOK)
Star Wars: Search Your Feelings by Calliope Glass, a Disney and Lucasfilm STORYBOOK (READ ALONG EBOOK)
Daring Adventures, Volume 1 – Star Wars Forces of Destiny by Emma Carlson Berne (EBOOK)
5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back by Calliope Glass, S. T. Bende, Meredith Rusu, and Ella Patrick (EBOOK)
~ Article & Graphics by D. Sargent
~ Craft Slideshow by J. Arnett-Brock

National Library Week

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Libraries have been around for centuries, serving as safeguards and sources for all areas of knowledge far and wide. The first known library can be dated as far back as the seventh century B.C., stationed in what is now known as Iraq. It housed stone tablets categorized by subject matter, including religion, scholarly texts, and even literature, all the way back then! So, in many senses, libraries haven’t really changed. However, they have adapted throughout the years to the ever-fluctuating needs of society and technology. 

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(Above) Image of one of the first known libraries sourced from History.com

In the mid-twentieth century, libraries began using microform to preserve newspapers and documents for public record and educational consumption. In the mid-nineteen-sixties, the installation of public computers became available to libraries, starting with the Library of Congress. In the nineteen-eighties, the recording and distributing of audiobooks picked up, beginning with cassette tapes and eventually transitioning to CDs and even Playaways! 

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Now, libraries are the domain of countless resources, including online streaming services for music and movies, digitally accessible ebooks and audiobooks, virtual reality gaming, recording studios, WiFi hotspots, online gaming servers, video games (and even consoles!), web access to job search and resume assistance sites, outreach services, community programs, and so much more. But still, with as many areas of interest as the library caters to, the most commonly trafficked media is good old fashioned books! 

No matter who you are or where you’re going, your local library will always be there to help you find your way. Happy reading or streaming or listening, whichever you prefer! And happy National Library Week from all of us here at RCPL!

~Article by Emily Robinson

 

Sources:

https://www.history.com/.amp/news/8-impressive-ancient-libraries

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microform

https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2014/01/a-half-century-of-library-computing/

https://www.voices.com/blog/_evolution_of_audiobooks_continued/

Stay Safe and Entertained: What We are Doing for COVID-19 and Library Resources to Access at Home

As a precaution for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Rowan County Public Library Board and Executive Director have decided to close the Library building from March 16 – April 4. During this time Library services will still be available through the drive-thru window and as always patrons can return materials in our outside dropbox. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of our free digital resources. Scroll down for more information!

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Patrons may call the Library at (606) 784-7137 to place a hold or go online. CLICK HERE FOR THE RCPL CATALOG

All items returned during this time will be quarantined and disinfected.

All previously scheduled community programs/meetings, library events, and bookmobile services are cancelled until April 18.

 

 

Stay safe and entertained in the convenience of your home with access to some of our free digital resources provided by YOUR Rowan County Public Library.

The library offers online digital services that you may access at home by simply logging in with your RCPL card. These services include downloading and streaming eBooks, digital magazines, music, audiobooks, movies, graphic novels, learn a language, and more!

Try ’em out! They’re ALL FREE!

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CLICK to read eBooks/graphic novels, listen to music and books, and watch movies. NEW increased limit of 15 items per month. 

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CLICK to read eBooks/graphic novels/magazines and listen to audiobooks.
NEW increased limit of 15 items per month. 

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CLICK to read eBooks/graphic novels/magazines and listen to audiobooks.
NEW increased limit of 15 items per month. 

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FOR KIDS! CLICK to read eBooks, listen to audiobooks, and play interactive games and puzzles.

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CLICK to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks.

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CLICK to get started!

Learn a new language with MANGO! The RCPL offers access to the only personalized, adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills wherever and however you learn best.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further details.

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March & April Library Happenings

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Lots to do at YOUR Rowan County Public Library–take a look for yourself!

Join us in March and April at the Library for gaming, crafting events, free movie showings, writers workshops, a theatrical performance by Rachel Lee Rogers, and a special performance from The Lexington Children’s Theatre in collaboration with the Shooting Stars Youtheatre! Download or view the attached PDF titled, “Library Happenings” to be in the know about what we are doing at the Library.

Next time you stop by the Library to check out a movie, book, magazine, or even a telescope, ask our staff for a copy of our “Library Newsletter” and a printed copy of the current “Library Happenings.”

CLICK HERE –>  Library Happenings-March and April DIGITAL

 

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RCPL Newsletter Issue 10

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The NEW ISSUE is available!

Be in the know of Library news and special events! Sign up for the Rowan County Public Library Newsletter by sending an email to marketing@rowancountylibrary.org or by signing up at rowancountylibrary.org for digital issues. You may also download the newest issue below! Or pick up a printed copy at the Library.

NEW Interactive Version!
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD –> Newsletter Issue 10 DIGITAL

Crafting, Crafting, and MORE CRAFTING!

Creative Blog 1: Mixed Media Project

 

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If you LOVE crafting and art, then the Rowan County Public Library is the place to be! There are lots of crafting events (for all ages) to look forward to in February, and when we say lots we mean LOTS.

Did you know that you can make art out of almost anything? There are many types of mediums for makers to create with, such as metals, wood, paper, pasta, leaves, flowers, ink, paint, sand-the list goes on and on. Some artists like to combine mediums to make mixed media art. This is one of the events offered at the Library just for adults. Learn how to make a mixed media piece and make your own!  You can use many materials to make mixed media, but for this event we will be using acrylic paints, mixed media paper, cardboard, scissors, mod podge/glue, book pages and foam squares (to add dimension) Interested participants are also welcome to bring small items to include in their art. The Mixed Media Art Night for ages 18+ is on February 20th at 5:30 pm. SCROLL DOWN for the process of the Mixed Media artwork.

On every Monday and Thursday at 4:00 pm, children ages 3-12 meet in the Children’s Area for storytime with Miss Sandy and they make themed crafts!

On February 26 at 4:00 pm, the TEEN Art Club will meet in the Community Room for Valentine-themed crafts. Teens will create wall hanging art such as heart string art and make valentine plaques.  All materials provided. For Grades 6-12.

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NOW-February 29: Learn how to make origami at our Origami Station located near the Young Adult Area. Make an origami creation and turn it in to the Children’s Area for a chance to win a prize, or snap a photo of your creation and tag us on social media for another chance to win. Use the hashtag #BoragamiRCPL

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Join us for crafting during our monthly event, “Just Craftin’ Around”
New projects every month!

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Mixed Media Artwork Process

Dawn shows the process of her artwork that was used in the event marketing. All materials used in the final piece are listed at the bottom of the article.

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First, I started with the background. I used two large sheets of old book paper and dyed them with coffee water to give them an old, dingy appearance. After they dried, I tore the edges to make a circular shape, then glued them in the center of a thick sheet of cardboard. Next, I painted a layer of acrylic paint in the center to cover some of the text. I used white and red and mixed them to make different shades of pink.

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On mixed media paper I sketched out the cat outline and then painted the cat (wearing those cool shades) by adding various colors. The colors used were black, white, dark green, yellow ochre, orange-red, brilliant red, burnt Sienna, crimson, and burnt umber.

Once, the cat painting had dried, I cut it out using an X-Acto knife. The next step was to glue the now cut-out cat to a different piece of cardboard (you can also use cardstock or another heavy paper.) After that had dried, I cut the cat out again.

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Next, I applied the foam stickers to the outline of the cutout and a few in the middle for support. Aligning it to the background cardboard was easy. On to the next part! More painting!

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So, the cat was finished. Now on to the background.
I wanted to use the final art for the advertising image for the event. This would be an example of what a mixed media project could include.

I added some typography and used a ruler to draw lines for the text so each letter would be the same height. FYI – Eyeballing it could lead to disaster unless you are a pro! Once the guides were drawn, the text outline was drawn.

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When painting text with a brush, it’s very easy to go out of the lines. Try to steady your hand as much as possible to prevent this. Once the text was painted, I took a photo and finally edited it in Photoshop to make the final image!
Please, excuse my creative mess 🙂

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Thanks for reading about my process and I hope that you are encouraged to try a mixed media project in the near future!
AND don’t miss our crafting events – ALL FREE from your local library!

~ Dawn in Marketing 🙂

 

 

Materials:

Rubber Cement, Acrylic Paint, Gouache Paint, old book paper, coffee water, thick solid cardboard, mixed media paper, foam adhesive squares, brushes, water, X-Acto knife & cutting matt, pencil (for sketching out outline)

 

Article and art by Dawn S.

Learning About Wild Game Butchering and Cooking @Your Rowan County Public Library

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We know the Lincoln family were some of the early settlers in Kentucky.  It is not hard to imagine Abe hunting, fishing, and reading on the Kentucky frontier.  I’m sure he enjoyed a good, hot, bowl of Hunter’s Stew.

My family also has frontier roots in these hills. My maternal grandfather’s people came over the mountains with Daniel Boone into the Kentucky frontier; William James Warnock and his son James settled in what is now Greenup County.  I heard stories about Daniel Boone visiting with them and going hunting. As I grew older, I always wondered about the cooking recipes our ancestors had for wild game they caught and dressed.

Though my single mom did not hunt wild game or even fish I thought about it and wanted to sample venison, quail, wild turkey, and so on.  I got my chance to try venison while I was working a union job where many of the men looked forward to hunting season. I got ground venison from them for deer chili and vegetable soup, and loved every bite!  An older lady I knew also made a barbequed leg of deer, baked in the oven; she gave me some and believe me this was savory and outstanding!

Therefore, for all the wild game hunters and preparers, I have found a collection of books from the nonfiction section just for you.  I hope you learn something new or find a new recipe your family loves.

Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail: Upland Birds and Small Game From Field to Feast by Hank Shaw

Duck, Duck Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated by Hank Shaw

Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Antelope, Moose and other Antlered Things by Hank Shaw

Venison: The Slay to Gourmet Field to Kitchen Cookbook by Jon Wipfli

Wild About Venison: World Class Recipes For the Game Connoisseur published by Stoeger Publishing Company

Butchering Deer: The Complete Manuel of Field Dressing, Skinning, Aging, and Butchering Deer at Home by John Weiss

Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast by Hank Shaw

Slow Cookers Go Wild! 100+ Recipes for Wild Game by Teresa Marrone

The Mountain Man Cookbook: The how-to recipe for preparing, cooking, and eating raccoons, muskrats, beavers and other unconventio0na wild game published by Krause Publications

The Wild Game Cookbook: Recipes from North America’s Top Hunting Lodges by Anna and David Kasabian

The Hunter’s Guild to Butchering, Smoking & Curing Wild Game & Fish published by Voyageur Press

Recipes From the Woods: The Book of Game and Forage by Jean-Francois Mallet

The Homeplace History and Receipt Book: History, Folklore, and Recipes from Life on the Upper Southern Farm a Decade before the Civil War by Geraldine Ann Marshal (there is a chapter on “Game Receipts”)

W-Hollow Cookbook compiled by Glennis Stuart Liles (there is a chapter called “Wild Game and Other Wild Foods” full of regional recipes)

The Original White House Cook Book 1887 Edition (there is a chapter on “Poultry and Game” which is filled with interesting recipes for wild game)

Fannie Farmer 1896 Cookbook published by the Boston Cooking School (there is a chapter in this book for “Poultry and Game”)

Miss Jennie’s Kitchen: Recipes and Other Gifts from a Distinguished Southern Family 1839-1965 by Carolyn Ridenour (there are only a few recipes in the “Main Dishes” chapter these are Fricasseed Rabbit and Roast Duck with Dressing)

 

~ Article by T.J. Cunning

Jan. & Feb. Library Happenings 2020

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Lots to do at YOUR Rowan County Public Library – take a look for yourself!

Join us in January and February at the Library for calligraphy classes, crafting events, free movie showings, writers workshops, a theatrical performance by Rachel Lee Rogers, Winter Reading for all ages and more! Download or view the attached PDF titled, “Library Happenings” to be in the know about what we are doing at the Library.

Next time you stop by the Library to check out a movie, book, magazine, or even a dulcimer, ask our staff for a copy of our “Library Newsletter” and a printed copy of the current “Library Happenings.”

CLICK HERE –> RCPL Library Happenings Jan-Feb DIGITAL

We hope to see you at the Library!

RCPL Newsletter Issue 09

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The NEW ISSUE is available!

Be in the know of Library news and special events! Sign up for the Rowan County Public Library Newsletter by sending an email to marketing@rowancountylibrary.org or by signing up at rowancountylibrary.org for digital issues. You may also download the newest issue below! Or pick up a printed copy at the Library.

NEW Interactive Version!
Click to skip or click images and links to visit websites and more!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD –> Newsletter Issue 9 – DIGITAL