Island-made arts and crafts bring holiday cheer at library

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 2:00pm

The main room of the Island Free Library was filled with color, crafts, and aromas at the second Tuesday night Holiday Stroll of the season.

Strollers made their way into the library in search of the perfect hand-made island gift for the coming holiday.

Christine Peterson, owner of Fiber Stene, sat behind her table with a beautiful display of crocheted items: Santa stocking stuffers, winter headbands, beanies, and scarves. She crocheted a new design as she sat and chatted at her table.

Close by, Erica Tonner had woolen knits on her table, with clothing designed for young children and babies. Baby alpaca, a smooth and soft material, was used for one of the baby sweaters. Tonner was winding up her ball of yarn for the next knitting project as she chatted.

Erin Hediger was displaying her green sea glass Christmas ornaments, with the glass collected here on the island. She also had wood ornaments embedded with photos of island scenes.

Pam Glen had on her table a wide variety of holiday homemade foods, including almond butter crunch, peanut brittle, fudge, and canned Pam’s bread and butter pickles. Judy Mitchell, Interlibrary Loan Circulation Clerk, was sitting next to Pam and said the fudge and brittle “melts right in your mouth.”

Hope Howley Brigham and Kathy Mulshine were present again this week, with Brigham selling honey for Littlefield Bee Farm and Mulshine selling her candles from her business Block Island Candle Co.

Downstairs in the library, a needle felting event was hosted for the children, sponsored by North Light Fibers. Designs and creations included trees and the holiday symbols of Christmas. Wool in holiday colors was spread out on the tables for participants to choose from. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the library will be hosting a community sing-along outside the Dodge Street building. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Vendors will be at the library next Tuesday, Dec. 17, selling their artwork and crafts from 4 to 8 p.m.

The library will be open on Christmas Eve Day, Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more about events and programs, contact the library at (401) 466-3233 or