Austintown library teaches basics of paper crafting

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library hosted an introductory class for crafting in their meeting room on Sept. 26. The table pictured included adhesives and different types of hole punchers. Librarians Cindy Mawhinney and Lindsay Platt led the event. Mawhinney has a monthly "Stamping with Cindy" event, and Platt runs a paper crafting activity monthly.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The event had 22 stations with different equipment for those present to use and learn. Most of the patron knew the equipment, but some found new, interesting tools.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Most crafty people that came to the Crafting 101 event in the Austintown library go to the other crafting events the library hosts. Certain tools the patrons had not seen before, such as the library's crafting scissors that come in different designs.


Austintown library offered a class designed for beginners at paper crafting in their meeting room on Sept. 26.

Librarians Cindy Mawhinney and Lindsay Platt placed 22 different crafting stations on tables in their meeting room. The tools ranged from beginner’s tools, such as a hole puncher, to more advanced tools such as the embossing heat gun.

Patrons of Mawhinney’s “Stamping with Cindy“ program and Platt’s “Paper Crafting Corner“ came to the event despite knowing most of the equipment. One participant who does not regular either of their classes did show up and learned about a few tools she had not used.

Though many patrons had worked with the equipment before, they still found new tools to use. The librarians had brought some of their own tools from home and demonstrated how to use them, such as a paper cutting board that could make various shapes. One person who frequents Platt’s class said she loved “the scissors because of all the different designs,“ as opposed to a straight or zigzag cut.

Most of the people at the event walked freely between stations. Platt walked around and helped anyone who wanted it. Mawhinney held demonstrations of different tools at the top of the room.

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