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Library holds candle-making workshop

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Candles make great Christmas gifts and are a way to provide relaxation and take stress away.

The community had the opportunity to learn Tuesday how to make candles at Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Brittany Humbarger, young adult library assistant, led the program. She melted the soy candle wax in a pouring pot and when it reaches 185 degrees it is safe to offer the fragrance and color. A wick is put in the jar as well. The wax sits overnight and is ready for use the next morning.

There were mugs and jars people could use to pour the candle wax in.

“I make candles as a hobby and taught myself by looking up things on the Internet and its less expensive to get the supplies in bulk on candle making Websites,” Humbarger said.

She said candle making is an enjoyable way to pass time and she hopes those who attend learn a new skill and can express their creativity. She further said she is a fan of candles and she likes making them and burning them and people can personalize them.

Those who made candles could choose from scents including cappuccino, espresso, chocolate, sea mist and hot chocolate.

Riliegh Reed, 14, and her grandfather, Jerry Gilbert, both of Huntington, made a candle together.

“My favorite candle is a vanilla cookie crunch and I like to have candles in my room and they are relaxing,” Reed said.

She said she will give the Apple Harvest candle she made in an apple jar to her mother for Christmas.

She and her grandfather have attended other programs at the library such as craft programs.

“I feel these programs give teens a chance to be creative,” Reed said.

Gilbert said he enjoys going to programs with his granddaughter.

“We have made pipe cleaner crafts here before. These programs give an opportunity to try new things and get together and do things with other people,” Gilbert said.