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Teens tapping into nature with summer library programs, and there’s plenty more to come – Chicago Tribune

Local teens have been using crafts to connect with nature as part of Naperville Public Library’s great outdoors theme for its summer reading program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.”

They’ve also coupled their passions for science and the environment through the Urban Birds Project, a year-round, citizen-science project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to collect data on the area avian population.

Over the course of several weeks, teen volunteers have logged the bird populations they’ve observed, which will provide valuable knowledge of how our local ecosystem influences birds in urban areas.

When they aren’t scouring the skies for birds, teens are using their summer camp skills to create crafts in our Teen DIY programs, like Teen DIY: Bee Hotels. Our busy bee participants put their upcycling skills to use as they created bee hotels out of old water bottles and brown paper to create homes for our native pollinators.

Teens can join in more Teen DIY programs planned for the rest of summer.

Some of these programs require advanced registration, which can be done on the library’s website: www.naperville-lib.org.

Teen DIY: Wooden Slice Ornaments

Learn how to turn a rustic slice of wood into a personalized camping hanging ornament. This program will be held online at 3 pm Thursday, July 14.

Teen DIY: Rustic Wind Chime

What’s more relaxing than listening to the sound of a wind chime? Create a beautiful chime for your window or yard by adding colorful beads and keys to rustic wood. This program will be held at Naper Blvd. Library at 4 pm Thursday, July 28.

Teen DIY: Friendship Bracelets

It’s time to make a classic summer camp craft! Using colorful embroidery floss and simple knotting patterns, teens can make personalized bracelets to share with friends. This program will be held at 95th Street Library at 3 pm Monday, Aug. 1.

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Teen DIY: Flower Print Art

Pressed flower prints are a wonderful way of preserving blooms at home. Create your own 3D flower art with pressed flowers, leaves and tissue paper. This program will be held at Naper Blvd. Library at 3 pm Thursday, Aug. 4.

Teen DIY: Embroidered Patches

Learn simple embroidery techniques to create your own “merit badge” to celebrate accomplishments big and small. Perfect for backpacks and jackets. This program will be held online at 4 pm Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Teen DIY: Rock ‘n’ Bead Photo Holder

Let’s turn rocks into special keepsakes this summer! Make your own rock photo holders using rocks, beads and floral wire. This program will be held at Naper Blvd. Library at 4 pm Thursday, Aug. 18.

Ashlee Conour is the marketing specialist at Naperville Public Library.

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