Children paint, tie-dye during summer reading program

Hannah Raglin (front) cleans her paintbrush as Sally Dittman prepares to pour yellow paint onto a plastic plate. Raglin, and many other tweens and teens, spent Thursday painting rocks and tie-dying shirts, socks and pillow cases. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

MECOSTA — Children and teens let their creativity flow on Thursday as they spent the afternoon tie-dying shirts, socks and pillow cases, and painting kind messages on rocks.

(From front) Kyle And Sophia Bouck and Emma Bristol work to put the base coat of paint on the rocks they picked before heading outside for the tie-dying portion of Thursday’s program.

Thursday’s activities were part of the tween and teen portion of Morton Township Library’s Summer Reading Program, which is funded through a grant from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by LowellArts.

Students entering fifth through 12th grades can participate in the tween and teen program, which runs on Thursdays at the library until July 26. Remaining programs include stop-motion animation from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on July 5, unlocking a mystery box in an escape-room themed event from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on July 12, learning tricks of the trade during a wizard school workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 on July 19, and an after-hours party, with board and video games, movies, crafts and more, from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 26.

Additional programs, geared toward children age 1 to 5 and children and parents, are set for 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, respectively.

Hannah Raglin carefully coats a rock in paint before adding a kind message in marker.

Trilby Howarth (left) and Grace Supanich decide which colors to use for their tie-dye projects. Next week, summer reading program participants can take part in stop-motion animation.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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