NEW HAVEN — A mug for their own hot chocolate or a Christmas gift for someone special was the decision children wrestled with Tuesday, when the New Haven Library played host to a pottery painting class.
More than 20 children, home on Thanksgiving break, took advantage of the workshop. Snowmen, flowers, stripes and a lot of freehand designs adorned the bisque mugs that will now be fired and returned to their owners next week.
The program is one of many that library staff across the county has worked to provide. The aim is to show the library is much more than a place to simply check out a book.
Story hour and the summer reading program have been longtime staples at the county’s four library branches — Point Pleasant, New Haven, Mason and Hannan. In recent years, new programs have been added, such as the Lego club at the Point Pleasant location.
Pam Thompson, county library director, said after the success of the pottery painting class, it won’t be the last one. The class filled up within 24 hours of being announced. Children ranging in ages from two years to pre-teens were in attendance.
“The next time, I think we will have two classes, and break it into age groups,” Thompson said.
Children aren’t the only ones benefiting from new programs, however. Several canvas painting events have been held at the Point Pleasant and New Haven libraries. Essential oils classes have been held there, as well as Mason.
Although specific dates have not yet been set, Thompson said there are plans for a children’s event over Christmas break, and an adult coloring club that will begin after the new year.
People can keep up with library events by visiting their local branch, or on Facebook where the Point Pleasant (under Mason County Library), New Haven and Mason locations all have pages.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.