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Bringing the ocean home

Youngsters create jars at library

Desmond Ruiz, 8, of Harvey, creates a maritime-related craft on Wednesday at the Peter White Public Library. “DIY Ocean Jars” offered youngsters a chance to make a take-home craft with objects found in the sea. (Journal photo by Christie Mastric)

MARQUETTE — It probably was the closest anyone at the Peter White Public Library would get to the ocean on Wednesday.

The program, “DIY Ocean Jars,” allowed youngsters to visit the Youth Services room to make a jar full of ocean — or at least oceanlike — objects.

“We’ve been doing, over the course of COVID, ‘take-and-makes’ where they could take something and make it at home,” said Sarah Rehborg, the head of the Youth Services Department. “So, this is reverse. It’s going to make a ‘make-and-take.’

She called the ocean jars “sensory soothing.”

“They can take it home and move it around and play with it, let the light shrine through,” Rehborg said. “Whatever they want.”

This is a finished ocean jar. (Journal photo by Christie Mastric)

Desmond Ruiz, 8, of Harvey, seemed to like the activity, with a finished jar resembling a cross among an aquarium, Lava Lamp and snow globe.

“I think it’s pretty good,” he said.

Library assistants helped youngsters fill the tube-shaped clear containers with sand, baby oil, tiny shells, beads and other items.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Re

hborg said.

Upcoming scheduled events at the library include the PWPL Kindness Club from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, which will involve kids ages 8 and up a chance to make dog treats, although PWPL stressed this is not an allergy-friendly activity.

This is an ocean jar in the making. (Journal photo by Christie Mastric)

Registration is required at www.pwpl.info on the event date.

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.

Celia Jo Ruiz, 6, of Harvey, creates a maritime-related craft on Wednesday at the Peter White Public Library. “DIY Ocean Jars” offered youngsters a chance to make a take-home craft with objects found in the sea. (Journal photo by Christie Mastric)

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