SHAMOKIN - Looking for a fun, educational activity to get your elementary age child out from in front of the television this summer? Then you should check out Rose Purcell's Kids Workshop.

During each class, Purcell will begin by reading a children's book. Then, the children will make a craft and have a snack based on the theme of the story.

Purcell, who is a third-grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, taught a similar program at the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library where she read a story and then did an activity with the children.

When she was contacted by Jeanne Shaffer, executive director of the Northumberland County Council for the Arts, about bringing her sessions to the newly renovated Kallaway Center for the Arts and infusing it with crafts and snacks, she immediately said yes.

"The kids had a great time," said Purcell about her previous program.

She already has the books, crafts and snacks picked out with a target age range of five to 10 in mind.

When she reads "Hey, Little Ant," by Phillip M. Hoose, she'll have the children make an ant out of pipe cleaners and puff balls and a snack of ants on a log.

She'll also have special activities, like inviting a veterinarian to visit when she reads Judith Walker-Hodge's "Animal Hospital."

As a teacher, Purcell is tapped into the issues children face everyday. She plans to read "Pinky and Rex and the Bully," and have the children perform a puppet show about bullying with the puppets they make as a craft to help them understand the concept.

"I like children to remember what they hear," said Purcell, adding that she believed creative activities helped children recall important concepts.

Purcell's class begins July 8 at the Kallaway Center for the Arts, 144 E. Lincoln St., Shamokin, and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks. Children can sign up for two different time sessions, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost for the workshop is $80 and includes all materials and snacks.

For more information or to enroll your child, contact Jeanne Shaffer at 570-850-9121 or

Adults who appreciate shabby chic design will enjoy Cyndee White's classes at the Kallaway Center for the Arts.

During her hour-long classes, which can be taken individually or as a set, attendees will make a variety of items decorated with collages.

In her first class, White will demonstrate making two different bookmarks. One will be made from a luggage tag, old photos, ribbon and small items like buttons. She also suggests participants bring copies of old photos to incorporate into their projects.

"Wouldn't it be nice to have something (with a photo) of your great-grandmother?" said White.

For attendees that don't have anything or are unsure of what to bring, White will provide plenty of materials. She enjoys visiting antique shops, yard sales and auctions to pick up boxes old photos, which she calls "instant ancestors."

Additional materials will also be provided. White keeps a craft room in her house filled with small items like ticket stubs that she uses to make her collage art. She even has an old library card catalog filled entirely with stamps.

White said that although she has the lesson planned around bookmarks, she invites her students to use their imaginations and create other collage items if they'd like. She has decorated the journal covers and magnets with collages, and has sold these items online at craft fairs.

The other bookmark students will create is a beaded string bookmark, which looks similar to a necklace. White said this project would be the perfect accessory for a cookbook or other large tome.

During White's second class, attendees create a stamped pin from an image embedded on laminated plastic sample swatches.

White will wrap up her sessions at the Kallaway Center with two classes on making Froebel stars, the 16-tipped German paper stars sometimes hung on Christmas trees.

White said she decided to host two sessions on making the stars after customers purchasing them at her craft tables repeatedly asked her to demonstrate how to make them. She said the sessions will be similar, and students who take just one session will come out knowing how to fold the intricate spheres.

Years of practice allows White to make up to a dozen stars per hour, which she often does in the months leading up to Christmas while watching television.

White said she's excited about the opening of the Kallaway Center because she would like to see a revitalization of the arts community in the Shamokin area. She said a downtrend in handcrafting items in the region has led to a closure in some of the shops she would frequent for supplies, which has made it difficult to find some of the more eclectic items she uses in her projects.

"It would be nice if people were interested in things like that," said White.

White's class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Students can attend all of the sessions for $40 or pay $15 for each class individually. All necessary materials will be provided under this fee, but students are welcome to bring anything that inspires them.