Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teen Craft Events @ the San Antonio Public Library

Crafting clubs can appeal to teens' creative side. (San Antonio Express News, 3/22/2011)

Excerpt: Persuading teens to step away from their laptops, iPods and gaming consoles can be difficult. But crafts can be a way to get them to slow down and express themselves.

"It doesn't matter if you're creative or not — you do what you like to do," says 17-year-old Erika Maldonado, who attends many of the same activities as Saenz. She gives some of her crafts to family and friends instead of buying gifts.

"That comes from the heart," she says. "I think that's something better."

Recent teen craft events at the San Antonio Public Library have included clay charms and bracelets from bubble-gum wrappers (an "eco-friendly fashion piece"). There's a scrapbooking session on Sundays for teens and adults.

Listening to what teens like Saenz and Maldonado want is what gets them to participate in crafts, says Jennifer Velasquez, coordinator of teen services at the library.

"Again and again, they want to make stuff that's personal to them," she says

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