WHITEFIELD — Local community-based education network Dirigo Learning will conduct a free Literrarium Make-and-Take workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Whitefield Arlington Library, 1 Arlington Lane. The workshop is open to all ages, and offers participants the opportunity to learn about the science of terrariums and the art of recreating favorite moments from stories.

A combination of the words “literature” and “terrarium,” a literrarium is a literature-inspired, self-contained natural environment. In this case, the terrariums will be crafted in large jars and will house live moss and small plants native to the Maine landscape. Materials will be provided for participants to use in creating a depiction of a favorite character or scene from a book, which can then be added to the terrarium to make it a true literrarium. If given the proper home, the plants inside of literrariums can flourish for years, and terrarium creation offers a rich hands-on learning experience highlighting topics of botany, soil science, lifecycles and more.

All of the materials for the workshop are recycled, upcycled, or found, allowing the event to be offered free of cost. Participants are encouraged to brainstorm ideas for their literrarium before the event, and are welcome to bring any materials of their own that they would like to use in creating their characters and/or scene.

Registration is required for the workshop, as space is limited. To register, contact Dirigo Learning director Robin Huntley at [email protected] or 441-7501.

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