Children turn artwork into colorful buttons

Krystle Wagner • Feb 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — Several local children put their creativity on display Thursday, turning their artwork into buttons.

Through the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event at Spring Lake District Library, the kids created buttons with the help of Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Griffin.

As 6-year-old Aubrey Darby colored a circular rainbow, she said she liked designing her own buttons.

“You can just do anything you want,” she said.

Aubrey’s friends, Paxton Wiedenhoeft and Payton Gorski, also drew funny faces and butterflies for their buttons.

Having the opportunity to make buttons was one of the ways Madeline Vink continued her interest in making and building new things. Each month, the 8-year-old looks forward to the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead program for new experiences.

The best part of Thursday’s event was having the chance to make something on their own, Aubrey said.

“You can just create things you like,” she said.

The Spring Lake public library has offered the Full S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, math) Ahead program for the past few years. Griffin said they wanted to implement more after-school programming, and S.T.E.M. plays an important role and offers many opportunities.

In recent programs, children have made slime and taken apart toys and simple appliances. Next month, kids will create a marble run by using paper towel tubes.

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