Friday, November 4, 2011

Craft Group Knits Teddy Bear Clothes

For the past few months, members of Saturday Crafters, the monthly craft group organized by Bernardsville Public Library, have been knitting and crocheting clothes for teddy bears. These stylish, colorful bear outfits may be purchased for $10 and used in order to dress the bears now on display at the library. The dressed bears will then be donated to the Salvation Army to distribute to needy children during the holidays. The purchase benefits both the library and the lucky children who will receive the bears.

The project was conceived by Readers' Services Assistant and long-time crafter Evelyn Fischel who leads the Saturday Crafters. "I thought this would be a great project for group members to work on together," said Ms. Fischel, "They have all donated their time, yarn and fashion sense to make outfits ranging from wool sweaters and overalls to crocheted sun suits and bathrobes. Other library volunteers and some staff members have also joined the effort. We hope many people will choose to double their dollar’s impact by supporting the library while outfitting the bears at the same time.”

The next meeting of Saturday Crafters will be on Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 pm. New members are always welcome to join the group. They are invited to bring their own handwork projects to the Library and work together in a comfortable, communal setting while enjoying the benefits of shared tips and conversation. There is no charge to attend the meeting, and no sign-up is needed. For more information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

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