NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Now that summer has arrived many young people have a lot of free time.
But if a child tells their parents that they're bored, taking a trip to a local library can probably keep them busy.
Not just to read, but to create as well.
"Do you guys recognize this," said Susan Boling, children's librarian at the Southeast branch library, standing before a group of children at the library. "Yes, it's the American flag. Today you guys are going to make your own American flag pins."
The children enjoyed just one of the courses offered this summer at Nashville public libraries.
"The kids get to get together during the summer," said Tina Thomas, a parent. "They people that they can hang out with and they make it really fun for them."
"It's very exciting because three of them are my nieces and nephews," said Ursula Brown. "I just pick them up and bring then here. I get all my activities out of the parent book and it's free."
It's a project that keeps the kids occupied and parents happy.
"This is very handy. It's very handy and we like not having to do the clean up," Thomas said.
But Thomas said it's also important for another reason.
"I home school my children so school doesn't stop at the end of the school year," Thomas said. "You know, they continue throughout the summer and that's really important to me."
There are a number of summer programs available. Contact local libraries for information.