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Better duct! Creative kids are on a roll at the Freeland Library

Seth Daley, 10, and his mom Brenda Daley enjoy a day of duct tape fun at the Freeland Library on Friday.   - Samantha O’Brochta / The Record
Seth Daley, 10, and his mom Brenda Daley enjoy a day of duct tape fun at the Freeland Library on Friday.
— image credit: Samantha O’Brochta / The Record

FREELAND — Once used as a heavy-duty patch-up adhesive found in tool sheds across the country, duct tape is taking on a new “roll” as an inventive way to create everyday objects.

Kids, teens and even adults got a chance to make creations out of duct tape at the Freeland Library on Friday. About 25 people of all ages showed up to make wallets, bags and clothes.

Seth Daley, 10, attended the event and said it was fun. He made a wallet and a bracelet out of duct tape.

“I like making stuff out of duct tape,” he said. “I will be making more stuff out of it after this.”

Duct tape isn’t just a large, gray roll of tape anymore. It’s now available in arts-and-craft stores in an array of colors, from neon pink to metallic silver, and people are using the ubiquitous sticky stuff to make anything one can imagine.

Sisters Jaina Harris, 16, and Lauren Harris, 11, of Arlington, were on Whidbey Island to visit their grandmother for the summer. Looking for fun, they ended up at the library for the free event.

Lauren took some tape and made an unconventional, yet traditional-looking birdhouse. Lauren said the idea for her imaginative birdhouse just came to her.

Her sister made a multicolored purse.

“The event was fun and something different to do,” Jaina said.

Friday’s program was the latest in a series of summertime activities at South End libraries.

JoAnn Buff and Jayanne Bixby are in charge of children’s services at Sno-Isle Libraries in Langley and Freeland. They collaborate on ideas for the fun events that are offered each week, Buff said.

Buff and Bixby check out materials from the Marysville branch to create the events. That’s where they got the duct tape idea that lets children and teens create a variety of items.

“This year, the summer reading program is ‘Make Waves at Your Library,’” Buff said. “It’s water-themed, and all our events have something to do with that.”

That’s not always obvious, however.

The movie accompanying the duct tape craft session was “Free Willy,” a “whale” of a film, though the participants seemed to be fully distracted by the sticky and colorful creations in front of them.

“We play the movie just in case they get bored by the activity,” Buff said. “But [the attendees] seem to be really enjoying the duct tape.”

The special events continue every week through Aug. 12, Buff said. At the Freeland Library, there are programs for kids at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays are family storytime, and the teen programs are at 2 p.m. on Fridays. At the Langley Library, the kids’ programs start at 10 a.m. on Thursdays and family storytime is at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.

They usually have about 20 to 25 attendees of all ages per event, but they always welcome and encourage more, Buff said.

“The kids are so into the events, and the adults who come are young at heart,” Buff said.

“You’re never too old to have fun and enjoy our youth events at the library.”

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