Harris County Public Library System
Aldine Branch Library, Aldine, TX
Youth Services Librarian: Jennifer Haight
In partnership with the North Houston Skate Park and Clouds and Tricks Skate Shop, the Aldine Branch of the Harris County Public Library System provided a multi-day workshop for a dozen children to create their own skateboards and receive professional training in how to use them.
With the success of the first week-long session in July 2017, the library received financial support from an outside sponsor to continue offering these workshops on a monthly basis through the end of the year.
The children who register for the program receive daily snacks, art supplies, and high-quality equipment to assemble their own skateboard. With oversight from two skateboarding instructors and a librarian, the kids build the skateboard themselves. Once the boards are constructed and before skating into action at the local skate park, the instructors teach the young trainees about balance and foot positioning and share techniques on how to fall properly.
For more information, read the Houston Chronicle news article.