Library hosting new gardening, crafting classes

A Community Meet and Greet is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Enumclaw residents voted on what programs they’d like to see their local library sponsor, and the results are finally in.

At the beginning of the year, the Enumclaw Library announced it was holding a Community Creators contest, asking residents to submit ideas for programs or events they wanted to library to fund.

One of the winners was the Community Connections program, which aims to bring the Enumclaw community closer together through shared interests and monthly themes.

The Community Connections program issued a poll in July, asking residents what sorts of interests they wanted the program to focus on.

According to Tandra Solvey, the teen librarian in charge of the Community Creators project, Enumclaw expressed the most interest in gardening, music, and visual arts.

Now, from September through December, there will be five events revolving around those interests.

First is the Enumclaw Community Meet and Greet, which is Sept. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., so residents who want to participate in the Community Connections program can meet each other.

Then, on Sept. 29, Seniors Creating Art will be at the library to teach people kitchen table printmaking — ways to duplicate images using pencils, skewers, rolling pins, clay, and leaf prints. Registration is required to attend, and registration beings Sept. 15.

On Oct. 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. gardening author Lisa Taylor will be presenting how to properly bed your garden for the upcoming winter, and will speak on topics like how to build your soil, fight pests and disease, make your fall and winter garden more attractive, and what you can do with late fall fruit and veggies. No registration is required.

Artist Emily Mallory will be coming to the library on Nov. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. to teach people how to create their own greeting cards using up-cycled materials; attendees will have the opportunity to make up to five cards during the event. Registration is required to attend, and registration being Nov. 9.

The year will then end with a Holiday Recorder Concert with the local Cascade Recorder Consort on Dec. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. The Consort, comprised of Diane DeGooyer-Harmon, Stephanie Magnusson, Claire Sullivan, and Claire Wesley, will be playing music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, plus some folk music. Registration is not required.

Library visitors will also notice a new Community Connections flyer board in the Enumclaw library lobby, which will showcase a rotation of various events, clubs, and classes in Enumclaw that are related to gardening, music, and visual arts, as well as baking and cooking, dance, and travel, which were the runner-up categories.

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