Eyes focused intently on their fingertips, eight women sat around the big rectangular tables in the Centralia Public Library reading room.
Each held a tiny paint brush between the fingers of one hand and an equally, tiny, plastic figurine in the other, poised over a clay flower pot
They were there for the library’s Mini Succulent Fairy Garden craft class, taught by Leah Smoot, CPL adult fiction librarian. Smoot said 16 people participated in the two classes, one held in the morning, the other in the evening.
“Succulents are kind of small desert plants, like cactuses,” Smoot said, “generally they are small and don’t require a lot of water or care.” The class, one of many Smoot teaches at the library seems to offer creative and other outlets for its participants. Denean Brady was there, focused on completing a green strip on her green and yellow woodland mushroom figurine.
“This is my child-free time,” she said, slowly turning the figurine between her fingers as she held it above her flower pot containing an inch-tall Zebra Haworthia plant.
“This helps me meet people, I am so new to Centralia,” said Brady, originally from Maryland, who had lived in Columbia while earning her forestry degree from the University of Missouri. “After my car was broken into I realized I did not want to live there any more.”
For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.