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Out With Kids: Note of Thanks art workshop lets families make cards of gratitude for holiday presents

One of the Bellingham Public Library’s most popular family programs marks its 24th year next week.

Note of Thanks, a workshop to create artistic gestures of gratitude for holiday gifts, is free from 10:30 to noon Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the downstairs Lecture Room at the library, 210 Central Ave.

“It gives children an opportunity to be creative with their thank-yous,” said Bethany Hoglund, head of children’s services at the library. “It’s basically an art workshop, all kid-directed. We love to see families working together.”

All materials are provided, except envelopes and postage stamps, she said.

Participants will find many items that families don’t have at home, Hoglund said. It’s a veritable art store of supplies, from stamps, paper and punches to collage supplies, glitter and glitter glue – plus a variety of markers and pens.

There will be sample cards from previous years on display to spark the imagination and original ideas.

Some 50 to 100 people participate every year, she said, calling it a fun atmosphere with so many busy minds working together. She marvels at how the cards convey the giver’s personality.

“The art of the thank-you card is getting lost in our digital life. A card goes farther than a thank you,” Hoglund said. “The level of creativity is varied, from little kids making a card with a sticker and mom writing something on the card, to more artistic kids who come in and blow my mind.”

For more information, call the library at 360-7789-7200 or go online to