CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As a book lover, Crystie Kaiser said visits to the library were a treat when she was a child.
Today, the mother of five daughters said it is important to take her girls to the library, whether they go to volunteer, check out books or participate in an arts and crafts activity.
Kaiser and three of her daughters -- Arden, 12, Annah, 9, and Ava, 10 -- sat around a table at the Dunbar Public Library earlier this week as they decorated Styrofoam cups with colored duct tape to make a Christmas tree.
The "duct tape trees" activity -- hosted for the first time at one of the 10 library branches -- was one of more than 20 holiday-themed craft events on the libraries' calendars this month. All of the events are free and are geared toward children, families and adults.
Arden Kaiser layered the white Styrofoam cup with a pink zebra-printed duct tape and a lime green roll.
Ava Kaiser chose colors she thought went well together. Her bright cup had layers of neon pink, orange and green.
Their youngest sister, Annah, chose a pink-and-gray-plaid duct tape with layers of the traditional gray.
Crystie -- who made a blue-and-purple-colored Christmas tree out of duct tape -- said her daughters have a calendar at home that lists all the craft events at the library. The family makes crafts at home, but the library is a fun place too, she said.
"I grew up reading and going to the library. Without having a lot of money, it was a treat for us to go to the library," Crystie said as she topped her tree with a star. "It's fun and different to come to the library for crafts. And the girls enjoy it."
Dunbar Public Library assistant Kelly Stevens said she found the idea to make Christmas trees out of duct tape on the Internet.
The Kanawha County Library covers the cost of supplies.
Stevens said she has visited the Dunbar library since she was 3. As an adult, she looks forward to working with teens who visit the library.
"I love doing this, especially for the teens," Stevens said. "I think it's really cool to work with the teens and kids and to help them learn something new."