Kids at the Sekula Memorial Library are preparing for the holidays by keeping their hands busy. The group of young adults that meets every Thursday evening is knitting caps for the young patients at Edinburg Children’s Hospital. In the holiday spirit, they presented their woolen creations to the patients just before Christmas.
The Literary Knitters, as they have come to be known, began meeting in the fall to discuss books they had read, but after Elma Guerrero, the Young Adult Librarian, introduced them to knitting with looms, the kids decided that they could do two things at the same time—knit and talk. Soon after, a purpose for their handiwork became apparent. They would provide hats for the children who would be spending the holidays in the hospital.
“We saw that there was a need for this in our community and that the kids would be able to make a difference in someone else’s life,” says Ms. Guerrero. “By helping others, sometimes it’s you that gets the greater benefit.” Whether it’s the book talks, the knitting or the feeling that comes from helping others, these kids are “hooked” on this project. They’re already considering their next knitting project.
For more information on the Literary Knitters, or other teen programming, contact the library at 956-383-6246 or visit the Sekula Memorial Library located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd., Edinburg.