Sewing in the Library

 The Palo Alto City Library was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS, opens a new window) to create two inaugural sewing programs:

  • Community Threads: An intergenerational sewing program for teens, adults, and seniors, centered around the use of a sewing machine or hand sewing to create projects.
  • Artivism: A teen program for learning sewing skills and creating meaningful art focused on activism.

These two programs have included the following workshops:

  • Drawstring Bags
  • Spa pillows
  • Potholders
  • Upcycled tote bags
  • Mending
  • Sewing a kindness heart

Utilizing the machines and supplies acquired from the grant, the Library will continue to provide free sewing programs where attendees can develop and enrich their sewing skills by working on a variety of textile arts projects.

Upcoming workshops include:


These upcoming workshops are open to all levels of knowledge, welcoming everyone from beginner to seasoned sewist. The Library is grateful for the IMLS grant, and for providing the opportunity to offer sewing workshops where participants can nourish critical thinking and creativity, while experiencing a connection to their community. Interested in joining a sewing program? Check our calendar for upcoming events, opens a new window!

The Community Threads program was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, opens a new window, administered by the California State Library, opens a new window (Grant #40-9241)