Take and Make

Banner with the text, "Take and Make: Craft Kits for Teens"

Our next round of Take & Make kits are now available to reserve! 

PLEASE NOTE: these kits are available for GRADES 6–12 ONLY.

  • As quantities are limited, your request may be put on a waitlist.
  • You will receive an email when your kit is ready for pickup and will have 10 days to pick it up. Any unclaimed kits will be offered to the waitlist.
  • When filling out the form, please use an email address other than your school address. We are unable to send you information/confirmation to your school address.
  • The library card used to reserve a kit must be assigned to the TEEN, not a parent or guardian. If you have a library card, but don't know the number, we can look it up for you. If you do not have a library card, you can sign up for one on the Minuteman Library Network website.

Questions? Send us an email at libraryteendepartment@watertown-ma.gov

Project Schedule + Instructions

March 29: Candy Aquariums

April 12: Pom Pom Bunnies

April 26: Duct Tape Stuff

Share Your Work

Send us a picture of your completed project at libraryteendepartment@watertown-ma.gov.

Check out other Take and Make submissions in the gallery below!

A basket made of interwoven newspaper on a black tabletop.
Photo of a glass jar with paper flued over it to give a "stained glass" effect.
Yellow bars of soap with plastic spiders inside.
Take Make

Creative Writing Submission:            

            Well, I thought it was going to be a regular summer doing all our regular things but I couldn’t have been more wrong. 

            It all started on the last day of school. Rushing home, I remembered that my parents would be working later today so I would be able to play video games the rest of the afternoon. Smiling from ear to ear, I ran up the steps to the porch and felt for my keys. I stopped smiling. How could I forget my keys?! Now I was going to be stuck outside till 8:00 PM with nothing to do.

            Sitting down on the stairs, I scolded myself for being so forgetful. I could’ve sworn I remembered putting them in my bag. I checked one more time in my backpack when I heard a growl. Slowly looking up, I turned my head around trying to figure out where it came from. When I heard nothing more, I went back to looking for my keys. Then I heard a grunt. 

            “Hellooo, down here!” A high yet rough voice called out. I looked down and there was a garden gnome holding my home keys. Now that I think about it, it sounds really weird when I write it out but I swear it happened. 

            “Hey! Those are my keys,” I cried out bolting up. The little gnome wobbled towards a rabbit hole and as I raced down the stairs to chase it, I didn’t notice the tripwire that two gnomes held. Face-planting into the hard cement, they giggled and ran after their friend. They giggled when they saw my bruised cheek and I slowly got up.

            “This means war!!!” I screamed at the top of my lungs to them. Across the street, I saw the neighbour’s blinds close. Who cares if they think I’m crazy, I had to go play Call of Duty while Ryan was still on! The gnomes didn’t seem rattled as I stomped towards them over the lawn. My foot raised to smash them, they smiled deviously and jumped up on their knobby little bodies. My foot went down and they fell on my foot. Hard. I yowled and jumped up and down as they went down the rabbit hole after their friend. Gritting my teeth, I crawled to it and without thinking stuck my hand right to the bottom of it. When I felt a hard and pointy edge, I pulled.

            Yanking the gnome out, I threw it against the ground and jumped on it once more. It cried for mercy but the durable ceramic crushed under my air force ones. It shattered and there was the extra key mom hid inside it in case of emergencies. Calmly, I brushed the dirt off my jacket, picked up the keys and pushed the broken gnome down the rabbit hole. 

            Maybe that isn’t what actually happened, but what an interesting way to start the wacky Summer I had ahead, right?

A person smiling behind a tall clothespin lamp in a living room setting.
A clothespin lamp with blue light in a dark room
Small Magic the Gathering icons created with colorful perler beads.