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Ordering Take-Out: Establishing Best Practices for Take-Home Crafts and Kits

Katie Chase


In the past, take-home crafts were seen as a bonus service. During the pandemic, they became an expected offering. That’s true even now, when in-person events are becoming possible again.

However, there are not many accepted guidelines for creating and distributing take-home crafts. As I’ve worked to provide consistent, high-quality take-home kits, I’ve come up with a list of best practices about what projects to choose and how to execute them. I share them here as a starting place for your own discussion of best practices as take-home kits become a permanent fixture in libraries. These guidelines address general methods for producing successful take-home kits. Specific crafts and skills are outside my scope, but I will recommend sources for these ideas.

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