Those who participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge at Indian Prairie Public Library Oct. 5 learned cardboard can be used for a lot of things. But an umbrella isn’t one of them.
Rain brought the event inside Saturday, but didn’t douse the creativity of more than 50 guests. Children, families and library staff and volunteers turned old boxes, wrapping paper tubes, paper, strings and other previously used materials into animal sculptures, a rocket ship and even a car wash.
“It became a kid wash. The kids all crawled through it,” said Natalie Williams, head of youth services.
The event is held every year at locations throughout the world, but this was a first for the library.
“It’s to build community and to give the community a chance to use their imaginations,” Williams said.
Much of the material that went into the Cardboard Challenge creations will be recycled one more time on Oct. 26. That’s when the library is holding its first recycling and shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon. All sorts of things, from paper to musical instruments, will be collected at the library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien.
For a full list of items, call (630) 545-9710.