by: COURTESY PHOTO - Ugly dolls, a phenomenon popular with youth, are featured on shirts and bags, and are also available as plush novelties.  Sign up for a craft class at a local Washington County library before things get ugly.

This summer, teens can take a free class to learn to make ugly dolls, a flat, fleece stuffed animal character often with funny appendages and simple features.

For four years, LeBrie Rich has been teaching ugly doll sewing classes at the Tualatin Public Library, where they are always wildly popular.

The classes are free and those interested can sign up ahead of time by calling their closest library. All materials are provided.

“I really like the overlap in the library system between literacy, arts and community,” Rich said. “And classes are free, so we can reach youth that maybe otherwise couldn’t participate in the arts.”

The program is part of the Washington County Cooperative Library System’s summer reading program, and is open to teens.

“I try to design classes that really interest teens, a group that’s also the hardest to reach,” Rich said.

Youth will design their own ugly doll, create a pattern and hand-sew it up. The class is appropriate for beginners and those without sewing experience. Her classes are popular and suitable for both girls and boys, Rich said.

There will be an ugly doll class at the Forest Grove City Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12.

The North Plains Public Library will host their class at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

Cornelius’ class will be Tuesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. A class will be held at the Hillsboro Library Shute Park branch Wednesday, July 16 at 2 p.m. The Hillsboro Main Library will host a class Thursday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Banks Public Library will host their class Thursday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

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