Douglas Library
108 Main St.
North Canaan, Conn.
United States
Children's Art Workshop

Children's Art Workshop

Artist Erika Crofut will hold a workshop for children on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will create and paint their own wooden flower for a yard or garden ornament. This event is free and open to children 6 and up.

Sign up is a must since supplies are limited. Please contact the library at (860) 824-7863 or email douglaslibrary@comcast.net

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