Crystal Lake library celebrates 100 years

EPIC Exploration event features crafts to make, hobby presentations

CRYSTAL LAKE – Tammy Schneider had gone to the Crystal Lake Public Library on Saturday afternoon intending to do research for her school paper.

But with materials stacked beside her, the Cary resident detoured to try out Zentangle, an art method based on repetitive line and shapes.

"This is right up my alley," Schneider said. "I can see this being very meditative."

Zentangle teacher Linda Cannizzo's booth was one of 14 scattered across the library Saturday as part of the library's EPIC Exploration event held in concert with the library's 100th anniversary.

Volunteers demonstrated scroll sawing, how to make rubber band balls and how to play chess and gave presentations on beekeeping, fishing and 3-D printing.

Cattycorner to Cannizzo was Linda Gullo, who showed visitors how to make homemade envelopes out of magazine covers, scrapbooking paper and dollies.

"I never thought of it as any great talent," Gullo said. "It's just a no-brainer thing I do. ... I like to clip and cut and stuff, so I'm always doing these kinds of projects."

Alice Hayes showed samples of sewing projects she's made, most of them using books from the Crystal Lake Public Library.

Hayes is a member of the library staff and the go-to person for questions on sewing and genealogy. Other members of the staff have become resources for residents on music, senior issues and business issues, including how to start an Etsy account, she said.

The event is a way for the library to showcase its other services, public relations coordinator Linda Price-Natter said.

"The Crystal Lake Public Library first opened in 1913 with 200 books in the Congregational Church," she said. "Today, we circulate over a million items a year and we're the busiest library in McHenry County. ... We also started with books, but today we have DVDs, audio books, video games, WiFi, computers, a lot of different materials."

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