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How your skills at making friendship bracelets could save a life

The monthly worker space for January at the C.M. Shields branch of the public library is dealing with knots for making friendship bracelets that can adapted to a much larger scale.

Branch head Louise Gaudette says it takes advantage of the engineering and art components of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  And kids who participate don’t realize they’re learning.

“We need knots for different things like tying lures, your boat, during search and rescue, even for climbing,” Gaudette points out. “So you never know when you’re going to use those neat skills.”

She adds that the knots used in bracelets made with rope-like paracord or finer threads can be adapted to larger things like safety ropes for rock climbing.

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“The one that we’re making here in-house is going to be made with either DMC floss, which is like embroidery floss, or hemp, you can do it with jute, you can do it with yarn, it’s very versatile.”

The worker space is available to library patrons during regular library hours.

A paracord bracelet (MW/
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