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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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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