Unwanted socks take centre stage for library children

Published: 15th April 2010

Unwanted socks take centre stage for library children
Footwear was given a new lease of life by a Newport library after a number of talented schoolchildren decided to let their creative juices flow, it has been reported.

The South Wales Argus reported that youngsters flocked to Pillgwenlly library in order to read stories related to socks before being given their very own sock to decorate with glitter glue and felt pens.

After all of the offerings were completed, they were added to a "sock tree" and given central placement on the library wall for the next few weeks.

Tracey Paddon, the children and young people services manager of the council, said the idea was put forward by one of her colleagues and while she originally thought it was "a bit weird" at first, she went with the idea and was happy it worked out.

"It's good to use things you would usually throw away," she said. "At some point everybody has lost one sock."

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is currently playing to the desires of sock lovers, hosting an exhibition about the history of the footwear.

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