Knitting at the Grand Forks library for teens

A teen knitting club will be making scarves this winter at the Grand Forks and District Public Library every Thursday.

A teen knitting club will be making scarves this winter at the Grand Forks and District Public Library every Thursday.

Teens will meet once a week for six weeks every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

The club, which is a first for the library, is aimed at 13 to 19-year-olds in the community who are interested in learning a new craft.

Program and outreach co-ordinator Lizanne Eastwood noted that this is the first time the library has created the club.

“Basically we wanted to provide more programming for teens in the community,” she said. “We’re thinking that a crafty type of program would draw some people in, and knitting has become retro and hip right now.”

No experience is required as they will be starting from scratch, learning the basics, such as scarves and possibly hats.

“We do have a couple of patrons who are willing to volunteer their services to the club and they’re really keen on getting more people interested in the fibre arts in town,” Eastwood added. “People in the community have donated a lot of items, by including wool and knitting needles.”

From the knitting club, Eastwood said the library hopes to attracts other interests, such as a recycled crafts club.

“We’ve had tons of interests from adults who also want to have a knitting club as well, so we may do that in the New Year,” she said.

Eastwood explained that knitting is part of the education curriculum in Europe.

“In Germany, the teachers teach while the students hands are engaged,” she said. “It’s a connection between body and brain development.”

For more information on the club, contact the library at 250-442-3944.