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Kids had a chance to turn trash into treasures Thursday at Campbell Park.

The Baraboo Public Library held a craft workshop at the park in partnership with the city Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department that allowed kids to create works of art using leftover materials from the library.

“We’re going to make stuff out of recycled materials,” youth services program coordinator Anne Horjus told a group of excited children gathered under the park shelter. “Please make whatever you want – we don’t want to take anything back to the library.”

After the announcement, kids dove elbow-deep into boxes of pipe cleaners, decorative cotton balls and a host of recycled objects to bring their artistic visions to life.

They had no trouble using their imaginations to create unique pieces. Some made telescopes from toilet paper rolls, while others developed plans to build robots from “Star Wars.” Jardin Cross, 4, turned a rock into a lady bug with a creative paint job.

Amy Lorbecki brought her children to the workshop and said it was nice to see the kids expressing themselves, while getting rid of clutter for the library. A teacher at Al Behrman Elementary, Lorbecki said the program presented a welcome deviation from the structured schedule of school-life.

“It’s different because you let them go and do whatever they want,” she said. “A lot of other activities tell them what to do and when to do it.”

Horjus said the library hosts special programs in conjunction with its summer reading program each Thursday and sometimes on Saturdays. He said the events are intended to raise awareness of library services for children and families who might not regularly visit the facility.

Next week’s special program will feature a hobo-themed scavenger hunt through downtown Baraboo. Set for Thursday at 10 a.m., the event will teach children about the secret language and hard lives of migratory workers from 100 years ago. Because the scavenger hunt will take place downtown, adult supervision is required for young participants.

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