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Making The Most Of Duct Tape

A bunch of young ladies were recently instructed on the crafty caveats of creativity with the most unlikely of materials: duct tape, which according to Farmingdale Young Adult Librarian Natalie Korsavidis, is a surprisingly big hit among the students in her art classes.

“Duct tape is very, very popular,” said Korsavidis, who runs all of the programs for kids in grades 3-12. “If something is popular with my teens, third to fifth graders usually tend to like it as well. I’ve done duct tape before with older kids, so I thought I’d try it with the youngsters this time.”

The focus on the evening’s craft session was the creation of roses, which were made by simply folding sections of duct tape into petals and flowers using a straw for a stem; Korsavidis, who is also the library’s youth services supervisor, was fully supplied with a variety of colors and styles of duct tape so that the ladies attending her workshop would be ready to make whatever their young imaginations dictated.

“We have patterns of all types: tie dye, animal prints, flames, paint splatters, and I just bought gold, silver, and black as well,” she said. “It’s not just plain grey tape anymore... there are so many different styles available now, and you can do some really wonderful, creative things with it.”

In addition to roses, Korsavidis’ class also put together pretty much anything else they could think of, including bookmarks, hair bows, and lots of other neat and practical stuff.

“Other librarians have done it in the past, and I thought it would be fun,” she said. “There’s so much information online on how to make all this stuff, so I just looked it up. Plus, we have duct tape craft books here at the library, so there was plenty of info on how to do this.”

Korsavidis has been with the library since 1998 as a children’s librarian, and was appointed Young Adult Librarian in 2008. However, even after taking over her new position, she said that she makes it a special point to still take on the youngsters as well.

“When I get them in third grade, I get to keep them until twelfth,” she said.

She said she had recently been visited by her former students, who have now gone on to graduate from college.

“And they were orginally my thrid graders,” Korsavidis exclaimed. “You get to see them grow up, get married, have babies. But the time goes by so fast.”

For 9-year-old Kiley, this was her first-ever craft workshop at the library, and based on the fun she was having, she said it certainly wouldn’t be her last.

“Working with duct tape is a lot of fun, ‘cause it’s really sticky and you can make such cool stuff with it,” she said. “I’m having a really good time and Miss Natalie is a great teacher.”

Jenna, also 9, was having a little trouble getting her rose to stick together, but with a little hands-on help from Korsavidis, she was soon cranking out terrific tape-based blossoms.

“Putting together things out of duct tape is hard, but it’s really fun once you get the hang of it,” she said. “I really like to do crafts and I always try and get down to the library to attend classes like this. They’re so cool.”

Korsavidis noted that the summer time is a very busy period at the library, and invited kids of all ages to come down and experience the plethora of fun, creative, and educational programs that they will be offering all season long.

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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