Best Friend Guided Painting

Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2021 by Megan

Image: Two paintings connected by a rainbow. Painting on the left has a slothicorn on a cloud and painting on the right is a unicorn on a cloud. Text: ages 10+ Best Friend Guided Painting Sloth or Unicorn

My best friend and I love to paint so we decided to make a friendship painting together! We combined our favorite things–rainbows, slothicorns and unicorns and made a beautiful painting! Grab your best pal and paint along with us on our YouTube channel.

Here is what you’ll need to get started. This is the exact list of what we used, but you can deviate from the list and make it your own!

  • Canvas. We used a 4×4 canvas.
  • Acrylic paint. We used the following colors and mixed them to make other colors:
    • White
    • Blue
    • Black
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Purple
    • Green
    • Orange
  • Brush. We used a small flat brush for the background and sometimes a Sharpie for the details.
  • Water cup and towel. You will want to rinse and squeeze your brush between each color.
  • Paper plate. We used a paper plate to mix my colors.

Optional supplies.

  • Hair dryer. You can use a hair dryer to make your dry time a little faster.
  • Apron or drop cloth. We used acrylic paint which is sometimes difficult to get out of fabric, so if you are a messy painter you may want to cover up anything you don’t intend to paint.
  • Snacks. Each painting will take you about 30 minutes to complete if you use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Creativity takes a lot of brainpower, so you’ll want to have some sparkling water handy to stay hydrated and maybe snack nearby. Make sure to wash your hands before you eat!

We would love to see your finished artwork. Snap a pic and send it to us at kids@dbrl.org.

Image of Megan and Kristy holding painting of slothicorn and unicorn.

Merperson Makeup Tutorial

Posted on Monday, June 14, 2021 by Dana

Summer Reading is upon us!  With a theme like “Tails and Tales,” how could I not think of merpeople?

Since cosplay and makeup effects are one of my favorite hobbies, I wanted to share a little video tutorial so you can play along at home.

Here is what you’ll need to get started.

  • Eyeshadow pallet.  Any colors or brand you want to use, but the higher the pigmentation, the better.
  • Brush or sponge.  I used a makeup sponge in the tutorial, but a large makeup brush would work, too!
  • Wig cap or fishnets.  The wig cap is what gives you the scale pattern effect.

If you feel like going all out, combine a costume and a watery location! We’ll also have makeup kits available beginning Monday, June 14 while supplies last. If you are using curbside pickup, call and ask staff for a kit when you arrive. For ages 12-18.

We would love to see your finished look! Snap a pic and send it to us at teen@dbrl.org.

Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by Brandy

Tails & Tales: Join us for Summer Reading June 1 through August 14.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 15 hours, share three book reviews and do seven fun, library-related activities. Complete this Summer Reading challenge, and beginning July 1, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire Tablet.

Reading and activity trackers are available to download below. You can also request printed Summer Reading materials at your library, at a bookmobile stop or via curbside pickup.

Teen Activity Trackers: Color | Black & White

Teen Summer Reading Preview

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 by Brandy

Summer Reading Info Sheet (PDF)

This year, Summer Reading goes wild with stories about animals, both real and imagined. Beginning Tuesday, June 1, you’ll be able to download reading and activity trackers from the library’s website, or you can request printed Summer Reading materials at your library branch or bookmobile stop or via curbside pickup.

Starting Tuesday, June 8, you can submit your entry into the “Pet Photo Contest.” Share your your cutest pet photo for a chance to win a gift card to a local bookstore. In June, we’ll also be hosting a podcasting workshop for beginners and launching a two-part introduction to Dungeons & Dragons (5th edition). Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Preview”

NaNoWriMo Writing Kits Available November 2

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020 by Brandy

person writing in notebook with NaNoWriMo logo During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, writers of all skill levels are challenged to craft a novel in 30 days. Beginning Monday, November 2, stop by any of our four library branches to pick up a free NaNoWriMo kit which includes a journal to jot down your ideas and writing prompts to help inspire your creativity.

Kits are available while supplies last. If you are using curbside pickup, call and ask staff for a kit when you arrive. For ages 12-18.

Be sure to check out the weekly CoMo NaNoWriMo Write-ins. These virtual meet-ups provide great opportunities for teens to connect with other local authors and hone their craft. The library also has a wealth of resources to help as you embark on this exciting challenge: Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Writing Kits Available November 2”

DIY Haunted Terrarium

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Tess

Is your inner ethereal garden witch itching to grow something green and spoopy this fall? Have no fear, for spooky terrariums are here! Today I’m going to walk you through building your own terrarium to bring the green inside (since everything outside is going to ground for the season). The first thing you are going to need is an interesting container for your terrarium. Many craft stores will have fish bowls or glass jars that will work well, but I highly recommend checking out garage sales for unique old glass pieces for super cheap prices.  Continue reading “DIY Haunted Terrarium”