Slime Time at North Salem Library

Mirabelle Northshield, 9, Zoe Elias, 9 and Niamh Murphy, 9 Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Mirabelle Northshield, 9, holds up her creation. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Slime time! Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Slime in the making Credits: Gabrielle Bilik

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-From a little green trash can released by Mattel in 1976 to the small screen on Nickelodeon and the stage of the Kid’s Choice Awards, slime has become a pop culture mainstay. These days, it’s the do-it-yourself versions that have captivated the internet.

Instagram, for instance, has become a mecca for those looking to get their hands on the stuff—literally or vicariously. Accompanied by hashtags like #oddlysatisfying, recipe tutorials and videos of people prodding and stretching various slimes have ammassed up to 250,000 likes and thousands of comments. Craftyslimecreator, a popular Instagram, has 875,000 followers. Alyssa Jagan, the 15-year-old girl behind the Instagram handle, has turned the account into an entrepreneurial venture, even landing a book deal. Her book, “Ultimate Slime,” can be purchased for $15.99 online.

Mirabelle Northshield, a 9-year-old Pequenaconck Elementary School student, explained the fascination in short.

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“It’s addicting,” she said as she rolled a homemade concoction of her own between her hands.

She and several other PQ students gathered at Ruth Keeler Memorial Library for one of a series of workshops rooted in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses those fields as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialog and critical thinking, according to Using sodium borate (Borax), school glue and water, they created slime of their own.

Clerk and Children’s Programming Assistant Lauren Gray created the schedule of activities, for which she considers age and skill level. Today’s workshop for instance, “Pop Rocks, Balloons and Carbon Dioxide” is specific to children in Grades 3-5. The hour-long workshop begins at 4 p.m. Visit for more information.

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