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Stiegemeyer: Library group knits from the heart

Community voice

In the fall of 2013, Elmhurst Public Library kicked off new programs, encouraging patrons to gather in clubs or special interest groups. These are less formal or structured than regular library programs, usually meeting once or twice a month.

Currently gathering at the library are a card-making club, a cooking crew, an Italian conversation group, and a knitting/crocheting club. One of these groups, In Stitches, for people who crochet, knit, or do other types of needlework, meets twice a month to share project ideas, tips, and tricks for improving various needlecrafts.

In November, American Heart Association representative Martha Elshareif approached the participants of In Stitches. She told the group about a “red hat” initiative to raise awareness for heart disease. Elshareif noted that even children are affected by the disease as some heart conditions arise in childhood.

The knitters and crocheters got to work on simple patterns with donated yarn. After a few short weeks, they ended up producing more than 50 hats to assist with AHA’s efforts. Some of the hats were patterned, others plain. Some had knitted flowers, others pompoms.

The red hats will be delivered to area hospitals for newborn babies during the month of February, “heart month," when the American Heart Association encourages the public to learn more about heart disease.

If you’re interested in joining In Stitches, you can find information at And if you have your own hobby, club, or group you’d like to bring to the library, send us a note at

Julie Stiegemeyer is the communication assistant at Elmhurst Public Library.

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