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Maker Is In

Tiffany Yeh

You know that big cream-colored building on the corner of the street? That one you sort of glance at every time you wait for the TCAT? The outside may seem plain but don’t let that fool you. From teaching kids about robots to building cities with LEGOS, Tompkins County Library has become the hub where knowledge and fun intertwine for families, kids, teens, and even college students like ourselves.

Every weekend APO helps with Maker Is In, one of the many activities the library runs for its vast audience of kids. Maker Is In is essentially one hour of getting glue and pom poms stuck to your hands, teaching kids how to use scissors, drawing and cutting, or just talking to kids as their imagination goes wild. *cue Chuck E Cheese sing song* Where a kid can be a kid. But in reality, where a Cornell student can relearn the joys of being a kid.

Though it may not seem like much, even an activity as simple as arts and crafts is so important to children. And as cliché as it sounds, I never truly realized how true that was until I met the nicest most eloquent little 6 year old last week. What were you doing at age 6? Watching Disney Channel? Not this girl, she had come up to me and started talking about Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of her favorite book series, Little House on the Prairie. I’m talking full on 300 page chapter books. From a six year old! And what did she want me to help her with this fine Saturday afternoon? Drawing a prairie where she could pretend to be her favorite character playing on a farm. I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday afternoons, now if only Uris Library was as playful and joyous as TCPL.