Thursday, August 4 was the Newport Library's Teen Henna Night, hosted by special guest Lyn Getner, a henna body art specialist.
Early in the evening Lyn gave us a bit of background about the history and significance of henna. Did you know that use of henna dates back 9,000 years? Eastern Indians traditionally only use henna for ceremonial purposes, such as wedding ceremonies.
After that, each teen received a “cone” of henna, which Lyn had prepared ahead of time. Each cone is filled with 1-2 ounces of henna paste. Then, armed and dangerous, and mostly self-directed, we launched into our artistry.
30 teens took part, including a few out-of-town visitors. By the end of the night we were hands, arms, ankles, shoulders, feet and leg deep in henna designs. Perhaps you’ve seen some of us around town sporting our new body décor.
August 19th will be the final drawing and announcement of Grand Prize winners for the Teen Summer Reading Contest.
A new Teen Advisory Board will be forming to help direct and design upcoming programs for 2011-2012. If you’re interested in serving on the Teen Advisory Board, give Linda a call at 541-265-5465. You could have a voice in the decision-making process. (And we usually have food!)