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Coal City library hosts groovy activities

COAL CITY – “It’s totally groovy.”

That’s how Teen Services Director Danielle Diamond described the Coal City Public Library District’s tie-dye themed activity week, which culminates Saturday with an “Austin Powers” movie screening and a 1960s party.

“I’m a huge ‘Austin Powers’ fan, and I love everything from the ’60s,” Diamond said. “I thought it would be a fun summer thing. Tie-dye is really summer-y, and you can tie-dye so many different things.”

Every day for the last week, kids were invited to the library to do different tie-dye crafts including tie-dye flowers, T-shirts, pictures, cupcakes and paper butterflies.

Music from The Beach Boys, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Beatles and other classic tunes from the era played while the kids worked on their crafts.

Diamond said she likes hosting themed activities and tries to organize at least a few throughout the year, including a ’50s sock-hop and shark week.

“I like having themes like this. It’s something fun we can get into every day,” she said.

The crafting events are usually well-attended, and tie-dye week was no exception with about five to 10 kids attending per day.

Friday’s craft involved making a modge podge, tie-dye peace sign painting.

Zach Erickson, 16, comes all the way from Reddick to visit the Coal City Library, and he tries to catch as many activity weeks as he can.

“The activities are always fun. It’s, like, the best time to come here,” Erickson said.

Like many of the other kids who attended, Jenna Super, 12, and Conner Super, 10, both of Coal City, said their favorite craft was the tie-dye T-shirts.

Diamond said they used food coloring, vinegar, salt and water to color the shirts.

“It smelled really bad in here,” Jenna Super said. “But it was fun.”

Diamond makes an effort to use simple household goods as supplies, something 16-year-old Bridgett Voelsch of Coal City appreciates because she is able to replicate the library projects at home.

“It’s using a lot of stuff you already have at home,” Voelsch said.

Saturday’s party is free and open to Coal City library patrons. The library will be raffling 24 different tie-dye prizes, providing 1960s themed food and showing “Austin Powers.”

Beginning Aug. 11, Diamond will launch Shark Week, another themed activity week she has organized for the past few years.

Shark Week also will feature daily crafts, shark trivia games and will end with a screening of the “best worst movie ever,” titled “Sharknado,” Diamond said.

“It should be a lot of fun,” she said.


What: Shark Week

When: Aug. 11 through Aug. 16

Where: Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City

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