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Yarn club, in the age of tech

During my whole library career, I’ve done programs. When I was in the children’s library, it was story time and preschool visits. During the summer, I offered programs for older kids and teens, too. Then when I moved “upstairs,” I offered book art classes. (We folded books into apples — it was so fun!)

My career has been all about getting people into the library. Nowadays, that’s not such a great idea but I’m a glass-half-full kind of person. I see the challenges around me as new opportunities. If I can’t attract people into the library, then I’ll bring the library to the people.

If you have internet access at home, maybe you’d like to learn how to crochet? Mifflin County Library has its own YouTube channel. I’d love for you to subscribe to our YouTube channel and ring the little bell to receive notifications.

Being a YouTube star is exhausting (Although, I think the term is “Influencer.”) — especially when you are your own film crew. So, getting back to Yarn Club.

We’ve always wanted to have a yarn club at the library. Several years ago, I taught a Learn to Crochet class in the children’s room for older children and teens. Even a few adults attended. It was fun but it was only in the summer. When kids went back to school, we moved on, because no one came after that. There were other activities, sports, church activities and homework.

YouTube has opened up a new world for programming, especially Yarn Club. You can watch the videos when it is convenient to you, rewind the videos if you don’t understand how to hold the yarn, and work at your pace.

My coworker, Jillian, is teaching knitting patterns. She’s right-handed. I am teaching crochet and I’m left-handed. So if you’ve always wanted to learn to crochet but you are the only lefty in your family, our channel is for you.

Usually, I crochet at home on my kitchen table with my phone balanced on a basket and pointed down at my hands. I crochet slowly. Because watching myself crochet through the video camera makes me dizzy. I try to crochet and watch myself and make sure I’m in the screen, all at the same time. I wait until later to actually speak. When I do the voiceover, I feel like a movie star!

Yarn eClub has only been around for about three months, we offer new tutorials on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. on YouTube. Jillian offered seed stitch knitting, I’ve done learning to crochet left handed. And next will be Tunisian Crochet; yes, left handed. What is Tunisian Crochet? Well, you’re just going to have to watch.

MCL’s channel has lots to offer, even Dr. Molly on a motorcycle the day before she resigned. So fun!

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Susan Miriello is the Acting Library Director of the Mifflin County Library. She is currently reading the newest Louise Penny novel, All the Devils are Here while crocheting scarves for Christmas.

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