Crafting at the Library: Bubble Art

The Central Library is having another installment of Art in the Park at the Market Street Park in July. On July 27 we’ll be making bubble art on canvas. You can sign up here. This craft is recommended for adults since it can get messy.

Supplies needed:
Canvas or card stock
Paint (we used acrylic)
Bubble solution
Straws (one per paint color)
Bowls or cups

Step 1: Combine 2 tablespoons bubble mixture and 1 tablespoon paint in bowls or cups- mix well. 


Step 2: Using the straw, blow bubbles until it overflows the cup.


Step 3: Carefully place the canvas or card stock on top of the paint bubbles. Be careful- the paint will splatter when the bubbles pop.


Step 4: Repeat with other colors. You can also layer the bubble paint.

Step 5: Let dry and enjoy your masterpiece!


Some things to remember- children may have a hard time remembering to blow bubbles out of the straw instead of sucking up the liquid, which is why we don’t recommend this craft for them. Also, you will get a few paint splatters, so wear old clothes and try this craft outside.

Here are a few books for more inspiration:
Craft Candy: Easy Projects to Stitch, Glue, and Paint by Candace Marquette
Daily Painting by Carol Marine

Early literacy challenge

Did you know 34 percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read?girlreadingwmom_180949925

Join the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) in the quest to build early literacy skills by participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!

How does the challenge work? It’s simple…read!

First, pick up the ‘reading log’ worksheet at any JMRL location or download it online at, then color a square on the log for every book you read.

After reading 50 books, bring the worksheet into the library to receive a folder to hold your program materials. After 100 books, participants will receive a tote bag and a sticker for the worksheet.

When you finally reach 1000 books, take home a free book and a certificate of achievement!

If participants get an extra sticker for doing the early literacy activity on each worksheet, they will also receive an extra prize after finishing the program.

For more information, visit the JMRL website at

New book club kits available


On a hot summer day, what do you like to do? Drink lemonade? Stay indoors because you know the heat outside will kill you? Or, maybe you like to sleep? But, for those of you who love to read, I have a special surprise- new book club kits.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Viann and Isabelle have always been close even if their age difference sets them apart. When World War II strikes, Antonie, Viann’s husband is called away to fight and Isabelle is sent to live with Viann. During this event in their lives, not only will the relationship of the sisters will be tested, but also their personal opinions on what is right and what is wrong.

She has her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer –  This nonfiction book tells the history of human understanding when it comes to hereditary and how that has shaped this society. It tells the transitions of genetic research and makes predictions on how our evolution will impact the future. If you enjoy science, you will most likely enjoy this book. This kit was funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Place a hold for The Nightingale here and for She has her Mother’s Laugh here.