Whirlwind 'Spring Fling' at Roland Park Branch

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By Brian DeLuca

For two weeks this March, the students who frequent the Roland Park Branch got to experience several fun activities as part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s annual "Spring Fling."

Jewellery MakingJewelry Making was the first activity, which proved to be popular with both teen girls and boys, most of whom gave their jewelry to the girls in the very same program with them! With a variety of materials and beads available, our teens learned the techniques and skills to make earrings, bracelets, and a variety of other jewelry.

While an unexpected snow day meant rescheduling our T-shirt design workshop, it did not dampen enthusiasm for our Drawing and Caricatures program several days later! The teens, and at least one staff member, learned the basics of drawing using geometric shapes, and how that can translate into the fun, cartoonesque style of caricatures. All of the program participants learned some great drawing fundamentals and went home with personal caricatures.

Temporary TattoosOur last, and most popular event, was the Temporary Tattoo program. Thirty teens lined up to listen to a brief history of tattoos as well a discussion of the dangers of actual tattoos. A temporary tattoo is created not with a needle and ink but instead with an air brush and paint. Using stencils, a skilled artist can create a vivid and detailed temporary tattoo that looks every bit like an actual tattoo. Depending on a person’s skin and use of lotion, a temporary tattoo can last for just over a week. Not only did the teens all get one, and many waited in line for a second tattoo, but the entire staff also opted to boost their street cred by getting "inked" as well.

"Spring Fling" is just starting at most of the Enoch Pratt Free Library branches, and these programs, as well as many others, are available as after school activities for teens. Ask your local librarian when they are having "Spring Fling!"

Watch this slide show to see more photos from our "Spring Fling!"

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