Holy shirt, this was one fun library event

The Dinosaurs get to have fun with the kiddies.

The Dinosaurs get to have fun with the kiddies.

Yes, I do enjoy working at the Liverpool Public Library.

My job as communications specialist leads me down interesting paths daily.

Patience pays off.

Patience pays off.

Wednesday I took photos and videos in our Dinosaur Garden, where more than 300 people lined up for the annual Tie Dye on the Lawn event.

I heard our director being interviewed for the CNY Central news โ€“ yes, I cheered internally that the assignment editor responded positively to my news release, email and follow-up phone call โ€“ saying this was the 17th edition of the popular, family-friendly event.

The premise is simple.

Bring a cotton item. Most people pick a T-shirt.

The library provides rubber bands, instructions with photos of popular designs and how-to fold and roll the garment to attain it, fixer, dye, bags and clean-up products. There’s also plenty of staffers and teen volunteers to help with the process.

Good times galore.

Good times galore.

Yes, I stayed out the entire time.

Yes, I also brought a plain, white T.

I joined a small knot of colleagues that jumped in after the patrons were finished.

My design of choice was vertical stripes. I squirted four colors of dye on my rolled and banded shirt. Pickings were a bit slim by then, but I was happy nevertheless.

I will let it sit awhile in the bag.

Another post another day will show you my result.

Here’s a video I shot for the library’s social media.

Notice the excellent concentration for the young artist.

And feel free to enjoy the LPL YouTube Channel, where I’ve been stockpiling videos since landing this enjoyable position in May.

Have you ever made your own tie-dyed clothes? If you’ve tie-dyed, what did you make and how did it turn out? What would you like to tie-dye most, and in what pattern and colors?

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24 thoughts on “Holy shirt, this was one fun library event

  1. This wonderful post is in the bag, Mark. I love that you’re there at the library! And stop bothering me about tie-dye, because my answers are no, not applicable, and nothing.

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      • Ha, I delegated tie-dye to my crafty friends! There are still a few T-shirts floating around from when the kids tie-dyed with their cousins. How cute is that? Speaking of T-shirt, my 17-year-old is designing one as we speak. It’s not currently tie-dye but I’ll let you know when it is unveiled ๐Ÿ‘ Mark, you are welcome ๐Ÿ‘Š

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  2. How fun, Mr. B! I have such fond memories of the many activities I took my kids to at our local library. Who says we don’t need libraries anymore???? Looks like you are enjoying your duties and doing a heck of a job. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I love it – “a small knot of colleagues” making small knots ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to tie-dye, though I haven’t done it since my daughter was young. T-shirts were always my fav – & back then there were no “fancy tie-dye bottles” – you used Rit dye and small plastic bins. This makes me want to do this with my grandkids!
    So where’s your t-shirt? ๐Ÿ™‚ (Did I miss it?)

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