NEWINGTON - Call them crafters, inventors or entrepreneurs, but whatever you do, bring cash.
The Lucy Robbins Welles Library’s annual Kids’ Craft Show is set for this Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. About 30 crafters between the ages of 6 and 13 will be selling handmade creations inside the library. Their wares are unique and they get to keep all their earnings.
“We have kids who make slime, bath scrubs, jewelry, homemade lip balm, snow globes. ... These kids are just amazing,” said Pat Pierce, head of the children’s department and show facilitator. “They’re very creative.”
This is the fifth year of the LRWL event. It all started with a young man who wanted a venue in which to sell magic wands he designed himself. He’s since grown up, but the show has blossomed into a widely popular event.
“It’s a really big hit,” Pierce said. “The kids love it and the parents like the educational components of it.”
After all, once kids decide what to sell, they still have to make it. Then they have to give it a price and be prepared to count change correctly. All basic business practices.
“We do ask them if they know what they’re going to make when they sign up and whether they want a full or half table,” Pierce explained. “They decide how much to sell it for based on the materials used and time it takes to make. Then they come early in the morning the day of the sale to set up their signage and their booth.”
The littlest ones might make something as simple as pet rocks. Preteens might have jewelry, or their own framed artwork for sale.
Buyers of all ages are welcome at the sale.
Library Director Lisa Masten remembers needing extra change one year because she didn’t expect to buy so much.
“I think I bought something from each seller,” Masten said. “They have very cute stuff and they put a lot of heart and soul into it.”
Over the summer, staff have made special accommodations around the ongoing Town Hall/Community Center construction project. The facility now offers ‘Lucy To-go’ curbside pick-up and more flexible program hours.
“We were worried this year with the construction, but our summer reading programs are going really well,” Masten pointed out.
A total of 452 teens are participating. They’re not only required to keep a reading log, they also do community service activities and learn new skills. Adults haven’t been shy with their summer reading either. A total of 825 had registered for the program as of this week. Last year there were 551.
Prizes will be awarded to readers of all ages at summer reading finale events later this month.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or email@example.com.
If you go:
WHAT: The LRWL Kids’ Craft Show
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
WHERE: Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. Newington