KENILWORTH, NJ - The Libraries of Union County Consortium recently honored "Yarnies" of the Kenilworth Public Library as the 2019 Adult Services Program of the Year. "Yarnies" is a gathering for fiber enthusiasts and those who would like learn how to knit, crochet, weave, or spin. The program started at the library four years ago and has become the most popular adult program offered.

“This is an incredible honor” beamed Kathleen Czarnecki, Senior Library Assistant and coordinator of this program.  “The recognition of this program is wonderful because it gives us a chance to spread the word about the value of fiber arts within communities.” Library Director Lorraine Ruiz commented, “We are extremely grateful to be the first recipient of this award as LUCC implemented this new category this year.  We have about 20 attendees at this program where Kathleen teaches participants how to knit, crochet, weave, and spin with so much patience and dedication.  Everyone helps one another, and their pieces are amazing. “

The "Yarnies" program has grown in scope.  Due to generous gifts from yarn companies, the group was able to run a special year-long project to teach members how to knit socks. This group has their own Ravelry group where one can find helpful videos and links to various tutorials.   The Kenilworth Public Library recently received an incredible donation from the Ralph Errington Charitable Foundation to procure a Saori weaving loom.  "Yarnies" has hosted several hands-on events where both adults and children can weave on this special loom from Japan. The Children’s Department teamed up with the Kenilworth Public Library "Yarnies" and welcomed Joy and Colin from Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch to the library.  Funds from the Les Malamut Art Gallery and the Friends of the Kenilworth Public Library sponsored “yarn tastings” at the library where luxury yarns and fibers were displayed for members to sample.  The library also held a mini tricky tray so that members were able to win these different and distinctive yarns.  All the yarn tastings and all Yarnies activities are always free. 

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The Kenilworth Public Library has been given many pounds of yarn from generous library patrons and the Kenilworth Senior Citizen’s Center.  “Most importantly, this program is special because of the people who gather at the library as part of this ongoing program” says Czarnecki. “Through our "Yarnies" meet-up, we are able to teach fiber arts skills, host special events, encourage friendships and help our community.  Stop by the Kenilworth Public Library during one of our meet-ups, you won’t be disappointed.”

"Yarnies" is held every Wednesday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, as well as the last Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm -7:45 pm. All ages are welcome and you do not need any crafting experience to join.