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At the Janesville Public Library a basic sewing class will take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. from January 9th-23rd. (County News file photo)

The Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System has a number of events planned at its libraries on Jan. 6 through Jan. 23.

Elysian Area Library

Jigsaw Puzzle Derby

Assemble a team of up to four players to compete in a jigsaw puzzle competition on Wednesday, January 8th at 9 a.m. The first team to complete the puzzle wins a prize and bragging rights.

Janesville Public Library

Basic Sewing Classes

Ready to learn or refresh your sewing skills? Robin Wingo from the Mankato Makerspace will teach fabric preparation, pattern use, cutting and sewing on Thursdays at 6 p.m. from January 9th-23rd. Participants will create pajama pants or an apron. Registration required. Stop by the Library to register or call 507-234-6605.

Le Sueur Public Library

Jigsaw Puzzle Derby

Assemble a team of up to four players to compete in a jigsaw puzzle competition on Saturday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m. The first team to complete the puzzle wins a prize and bragging rights.

Waseca Public Library

Level Up: Marble Run Legos Thrill Ride

Create a marble run that can make it from start to finish on Monday, January 6th at 5 p.m. How long can you build? How fast can it go? This free event is geared for ages 7-12. Stop by the Library to register or call 507-835-2910.

Felt Banners Workshop

Help us prepare for our summer Fairytale and Folklore Festival by creating custom decorative banners and make one for yourself on Tuesday, January 7th at 6 p.m. Registration required. Stop by the Library to register or call 507-835-2910.

Romp and Rhyme Winter Story Times

Waseca Public Library will hold preschool story times will be held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for ages 4-7 from January 22nd-February 26th. From puppets to pumping music, from bubble machines to banging bands, these are not your average story time. The Library uses movement, STEAM activities, curiosity, imaginative play and active learning to keep kids engaged. Free and open to the public.

Area libraries

Book Blizzard Reading Challenge

Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System will be holding its annual adult winter reading challenge during January and February. The program is designed to encourage reading and thank our patrons who use our books, audiobooks, and ebooks to learn new skills, get informed, and to rejuvenate their minds. Readers over the age of 18 can read to win prizes. See your local library for more details.

Creativebug Subscription Available to Library Patrons

In 2020, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System patrons can enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes on Creativebug by using their library card number.

Videos are produced by renowned artists and creative experts, from author and illustrator Lisa Congdon to Making It finalist Amber Kemp-Gerstel to Stich n’ Bitch knitter and crocheter Debbie Stoller. Instructors bring a lifetime of practice, passion and proven teaching methods to the latest craft and art trends along with the basics every maker needs to learn. People of all skill levels can work alongside instructors to learn craft techniques, with class offerings ranging from sewing to papercraft to holiday décor.

“Libraries are transforming into places where people follow their passions—learning new skills and creating,” said Stacy Lienemann, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System Director. “Creativebug works well with our patrons because they can view the classes on their schedule—working on their projects at home, or coming to the library to work on a project with us.”

Patrons have an all-access, no-boundaries pass to explore thousands of classes. To access, patrons can use their library card number and password to log in at www.creativebug.com/lib/wasecalesueur. If patrons do not know their password, they should contact their local librarian.

Creativebug’s platform is simple and intuitive, with features like chapter divisions, note-taking tools, 20-second rewind, clear instructions, materials lists, and more. Users can save favorite classes and receive personalized recommendations.

In addition, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System will begin holding classes utilizing these videos and providing the craft materials for patrons in March, including a Sketchbook Series collaboration with Waseca Public Library and Waseca Art Center.

Reach Reporter Bailey Grubish at 507-837-5451 or follow her on Twitter @wcnbailey. ©Copyright 2019 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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