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Covington Library Hosting Free Sewing Workshops, Bike Safety Day

The Kenton County Public Library’s Covington branch is hosting sewing workshops to help residents increase their safety and engage in creative activities thanks to a Creative Community Grant from Center for Great Neighborhoods. The "B Visible" project started at Holmes Middle School where students are creating bike messenger bags in a six-week program.

The library is also hosting B Visible workshops that are open and free for all ages where sewing machines, fabric, reflective tape, LEDs, conductive thread, and other supplies are available for residents to create bags, belts, capes, pants protectors, buttons, and more. The library will have plenty of ideas and instructors on hand to help participants of all skill levels.

There are seven workshops left in the series:

Thursday, May 21, 6-8pm

Friday, May 22, 11am-1pm

Saturday, May 23, 2-5pm

Thursday, June 11, 6-8pm

Monday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Thursday, June 25, 4-5pm (kids only)

Tuesday July 14, 5pm-7pm

Also, on Saturday, May 23, the library will host an all day celebration for bike month. BRIDGES Northern Kentucky is providing free helmets, Smitty’s Cyclery will provide safety training, and the grant is providing head and tail lights with help from Reser Bikes and Queen City Bike. From 5-6 p.m., Smitty’s Cyclery and Park Hills and Covington Police Departments will guide kids through a parking lot obstacle course to practice their bike skills in a bike rodeo, followed by a light parade and party from 6-7 p.m. where attendees can show off their new helmet, lights, and bike safety creations.

Individuals can sign up for one of the workshops on the library’s website, RSVP to the Saturday event on the library’s facebook page, or just show up to any of the events.

The B Visible project is one of eight Creative Community Grant awards that Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington announced in January for artists and creatives who proposed unique solutions to the community identified issue of safety. The projects are all unique in that they use a variety of art forms – from visual art to dance, photography to fashion design – to take steps towards improving the safety of the community. These funds are available thanks to a multi-year grant that CGN received from The Kresge Foundation to implement creative placemaking activities in Covington. The next round of grant applications are due tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19 and applications can be downloaded from CGN’s website.

Staff report/Photo: Participants in a B Visible workshop (provided)

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