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Knit For A Cause At The Verona Public Library

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Some of the many chemo cap designs you can learn to make in the Library class.

Do you know the basics of knitting but want to improve your skills? Did you learn to knit as a kid but feel you’re rusty now? The Verona Public Library is offering a class this summer that will help you improve your skills–and do good at the same time. This supports the Verona Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club where this year’s theme challenges us all to “Build a Better World.”

Verona resident Virginia Citrano will teach a knitting class on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 6 to August 10. Participants will learn to make hats for chemotherapy patients, which they can donate to St. Barnabas Hospital or give to the cancer patient of their choice. There are patterns for women, men and children so that anyone experiencing treatment-induced hair loss can feel warm in a treatment room or outside. Receiving a chemo cap can also lift the spirits of a patient experiencing a health crisis.

Citrano learned to knit as a child, and has used her skills to make dozens of hats, scarves, afghans, sweaters and socks for family and friends. She knit 10 “pussyhats” for the Women’s March on Washington in January and has made more than a dozen chemo caps since the start of 2017.

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Materials are included, but registration is required. Since the Verona Public Library has had to relocate for construction, the class will take place in the Annex Building of the Verona Community Center at 880 Bloomfield Ave.

To freshen up your knitting skills before the class, Citrano suggests watching knitting videos on YouTube like this one and this one.

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