Creating miniature shark tanks at the Michael Kusalaba library

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Librarian Amelia Dale helped children create their own miniature shark tanks at the Michael Kusalaba library's crafting event July 30.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Children worked to stir glitter into their mini shark tanks at the Michael Kusalaba library July 30.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Logan Amaismeier stirred glitter into his mini shark tank at the crafting event hosted by the Michael Kusalaba library July 30.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Librarian Amelia Dale outlined facts about sharks during the mini shark tank making event at the Michael Kusalaba library July 30.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Michael Kusalaba library hosted a mini shark tank making event on July 30.

Librarian Amelia Dale hosted the event for children grades K through five.

“We are doing a special shark themed program because it’s Shark Week,” Dale said.

She started the program by teaching children about the different types of sharks.

“There are over 400 types of sharks,” Dale said. “They live to about 30-40 years-old.”

Dale talked about different types of sharks, including whale sharks, tiger sharks, great whites and saw and hammerhead sharks.

Each of these types of sharks had corresponding plastic versions available for children to place in their shark tanks.

Based on the information provided by Dale, children selected three sharks to place in their tanks.

“It’s a really easy craft that anyone can do,” Dale said. “It’s a kind of sensory bottle.”

Children started with a plastic jar that Dale filled with water.

She added food coloring to turn the water blue, and then children added the sharks, beads and glitter to the jars.

After adding everything they wanted to children were able to hot glue the lids closed to prevent them from leaking.

“I like to have something everyone can take home,” Dale said.

Along with this event, the library is hosting a number of programs throughout the week to celebrate Shark Week.

Both the Michael Kusalaba library and the Austintown library also hosted a shark sticker scavenger hunt.

Every child that could locate the 15 hidden shark stickers in the library was entered to win a prize at the end of the week.

For more information on upcoming library events, go to www.libraryvisit.org.

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