Making A Difference With Make U Mobile Art Labs


Between January and April, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) presented 41 Make U Mobile Art Lab programs at the Sanger, Washington, Sylvania, Kent and Main Children’s Library. 352 children between the ages of 6 and 14 explored art in a variety of forms and media, and were able to interact with the professional artists who taught several of the Labs. These instructors are working artists who were able to give quality art education to our youngest library customers; an aspect that impressed and delighted parents and caregivers.

Students taking advantage of the Make U Mobile Art Labs had the opportunity to meet new friends while being creatively inspired to experiment with new and in some cases unusual art forms. Librarians, parents, and children welcomed the opportunity to learn more about creativity and art. We are excited to share that there will be even more opportunities for children and adults to participate in the Make U Mobile Art Lab programs. We encourage anyone who is interested in these programs to contact the West Toledo Branch Library about their Make U Mobile Art Labs this summer and to keep an eye on TLCPL’s Programs & Events section of the website for more classes in the future!

Upcoming Make U Mobile Art Labs

Digital Photography

Learn the basics of using a digital camera and how to compose images. We provide digital cameras to use for this class; students just need to bring their imagination! Please bring a flash drive or a valid email address if you would like to save your images. 
Saturday, June 11, 2016 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | Ages 10–14 | Register

2D Printmaking

Join us as we explore the art of Printmaking. 
Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | Ages 6–9 | Register

3D Sculpture

Come to the Library to explore the tools and techniques used to create sculpture. Then create one of your own! 
Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | Ages 6–9 | Register

3D Installation Art

Join us for a chance to create a piece of installation art for the Library! 
Saturday, July 09, 2016 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | Ages 6–9 | Register

2D Printmaking

Join us as we explore the art of Printmaking. 
Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | Ages 10–14 | Register

2D Painting

Join us as we explore the art of painting. 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM | Ages 10–14 | Register


The programs listed above will take place at the West Toledo Branch Library. We supply the tools and instruction — you supply the creativity and imagination!

All Make U Mobile Art Lab programs are made possible through the Curiosity Creates Grant from the Association for Library Service to Children.


Featured Image Credits:

Class holding paintings at the Sanger Painting Class for 6–9 year olds with instructor Nick Furlong. Photo taken by Rebecca Stanwick on April 16, 2016.

Child Painting at the Sylvania Branch Library’s painting class for 6–9 year olds. Photo taken by Katie Midgley on January 21, 2016.

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