By Curt Yeomans
Tayah Ledford developed her system for quickly making a heart early on.
Ledford, 10, a resident of Morrow, took one-inch-by-one-inch squares of pink tissue paper and white tissue paper, and wrapped them around the end of an unsharpened pencil.
She then put each piece of tissue aside, while she wrapped more squares. Once she had about 10 wrapped pieces of tissue, she glued them onto a larger piece of paper, until she had a heart for a Valentine's Day card she plans to give to her mother, Ceresa, on Saturday.
"I do a lot of things for my mom," she said. "I love her very, very, very, very, very, very, very much."
Ledford was one of the children who came to the Morrow branch of the Clayton County Public Library system Thursday to craft Valentine's Day, paper hearts. Designing and making the hearts is one of two crafts that children can practice at the library this month.
On Feb. 20, they can make "Friendship Friends," during the library's Black History Month celebration. Friendship Friends are like paper dolls.
"At Valentine's Day, you tend to do a lot of construction-paper hearts, so I wanted to try something different this time," said Darla Rance, the youth services assistant for the library.
The project began with the children tracing an outline around a heart pattern on a piece of white paper. Rance then drew a smaller heart in the center of the larger one. The children used glue sticks to make the surface of the white paper sticky enough to put the tissue paper on it.
The children then wrapped the tissue paper around the end of the pencil, and used the pencil to gently apply the tissue to the valentine.
Samaira Keen, 4, of Rex, made a heart for her parents, which included tissue paper stuck not only onto the heart, but around it as well. For her heart, she used heavy doses of pink tissue paper.
"Pink is very pretty," Keen said.
Sarah McVay, 5, from McDonough, came to the library with her grandmother, Morrow resident, Betty Turner, to make a heart for one of her teachers at Stockbridge First United Methodist Church's pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten program.
McVay's heart had a lot of white tissues in the center, with a ring of light, and darker, pink tissues around the edge.
"I like putting pink on it, because it's my favorite color, but I also like wrapping the paper around the pencil and sticking it on," McVay said.