Bruce C. Clark Library has created the Creation Lab to promote imaginative play

Approximately 30 children and their parents were at the Bruce C. Clarke Library Monday afternoon to experience their newest program, the Creation Lab.
“Our main goal is to get the kids to use their creative ability and use their minds in order to build different crafts,” said Lacie McMillin, Bruce C. Clarke Library Children’s technician.
“The Creation Lab is a well-known activity that is held at libraries throughout the country to encourage children to bring out their creativity in a series of arts and crafts,” McMillin said.
She explained they usually come up with different themes for the crafts and try to make them not only fun, but also educational.
“Today we are focusing on dinosaurs,” she said.
The children don’t always have to participate in the themed crafts. They are able to play with other materials and come up with their own creations.
“What really matters is that the children and their parents are having fun and being creative,” McMillin said.
“It’s an awesome way to get kids thinking outside of the box as the variety of crafts encourage other skills such as science, math and motor skills,” she added.
Parents joined their children participating in the creative labs.
Riley Taylor, who normally takes her son Colton, age 2, to StoryTime at the library, heard about the program and decided to join in.
“I really enjoyed it,” Taylor said. “I was initially worried that he was going to be too young to participate and enjoy the crafts, but it turns out there were a variety of activities for all age groups.”
Taylor said her son was excited to make dinosaurs with salt dough, because it was hands-on and messy. He also enjoyed coloring the dinosaurs in available coloring books, she said.
After experiencing the labs and seeing they were good for all ages, Taylor said she was impressed.
“I would definitely come back after seeing how Colton enjoyed participating in the different crafts,” Taylor said.
The Creation Lab is held on a Monday each month and is open to all age groups. The next scheduled Creation Lab will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Feb. 13 at the library and will feature a Valentine’s Day theme.
For more information, contact the Bruce C. Clarke Library at 573.563.4113.