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For immediate release Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
North Avondale Library host workshops in partnership with Hands On Youth Activities
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-Smiles filled the room at North Avondale Branch Library as participants showed off the wreaths they made during a workshop taught by Birmingham’s Juliette Watts.
When the class had begun an hour earlier, not everyone was on the same page, including two sisters who struggled to work together in building their wreath. But Watts encouraged the girls, and soon they too created a beautiful wreath to take home and proudly show their mother.
“I get so much joy out of using my love of the arts to develop discipline and teach these kids to work together,” said Watts, who founded Hands On Youth Activities Inc. in 1999.
 During June and July, Watts hosted three free workshops at the North Avondale Branch Library, teaching kids to make wreaths, and decorative flip-flops. Kids and adults also learned to sew squares for a community quilt project.    
Watts is among community organizations, nonprofits, schools and businesses across the Birmingham metro area that partner with the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s 19 libraries located across the city. North Avondale Library Branch Manager Saundra Ross said Watts has been a tremendous asset to her library, giving participants of all ages the community something positive to do.
Watts said she has spent the past 17 years devoting countless hours sharing her artistic talents with young people and adults across Birmingham, partnering with the Birmingham Public Library, schools, and community groups. Among her past projects: Special Olympics World Winter Games Scarf Making Workshop, Parents Crochet With Your Children Workshop, Cherokee Leaf Pounding Workshop, Let’s Plant Something, Fishing Expedition, Kids Cake Baking, and others.
“I want to do my part to make a difference in the lives of young people,” said Watts, who also shares her talents with adults.
For more information on Hands On Youth Activities Program, contact Watts by phone at (205) 244-1465, email at, or via mail at P.O. Box 611072, Birmingham, AL 35261.
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