Sensational Summer series continues with watercolors

Published 4:34 pm Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kylie Wideman, 7, paints a fish using watercolors at the Selma-Dallas County Library Monday morning.  --Emily Enfinger

Kylie Wideman, 7, paints a fish using watercolors at the Selma-Dallas County Library Monday morning. –Emily Enfinger

Seven-year-old Kylie Wideman took her time to paint the picture of a fish using watercolors at the Selma-Dallas County Library on Monday as part of its Sensational Selma Summer.

“When you make a mess, you can put a color right on top of it if it’s a dark color,” Wideman said as she colored in another scale on the fish.

Through its summer program, the library has been offering a variety of fun activities for kids of all ages. So far, children have learned how to make ice cream in a plastic bag, make arts and crafts, watched puppet shows and enjoyed a petting zoo and other fun activities.

Wideman has attended several of the events already. She said so far, making ice cream and painting have been some of her favorite activities, but she is looking forward to future events.

“Our classes get a little bit smaller and our crowds get a little bit more manageable,” said library director Becky Nichols. “We have a great time getting to know each other and especially getting to know art.”

Nichols said she’s most excited about the art classes, such as the class on Wednesday for crazy art projects beginning at 10 a.m. for children ages 5 and up.

“We will have art with shaving cream,” Nichols said. “We are going to make pretty nice and fun messes, all cleanup-able.”

Later that afternoon, children ages 10 and up are invited back to learn how to make fudgy brownies beginning at 2 p.m.

Nichols said all of the summer events so far have been a success.

“I haven’t seen anybody yet that is not having a fantastic time, including the library staff,” Nichols said. “Seeing our children laugh and our families have fun together is one of our greatest joys.”

Nichols said the library has been hosting its sensational summers for about 40 years and the events are always free for the public to enjoy.

Even though the events are free, there is limited space. Nichols advises anyone who is interested in having their children participate to come early because all events are first-come, first-served.

For more information about upcoming events, visit the library website at www.selmalibrary.org or call at (334) 874-1725.