Area kids got their hands dirty Thursday afternoon with Manon Shockey, Tarleton State University instructor and horticulture center manager, at the Stephenville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program event.

“Every summer we look forward to watching as Manon shares her ‘green thumb’ with our young library patrons,” Mary Meredith, director of the library, said. “The kids like getting their hands dirty and really enjoy taking their plants home. Manon is also great at teaching kids about horticulture and its affect on the environment.”

The kids learned how to make a mini greenhouse out of a latex glove by wetting a cotton ball, placing seeds on the cotton ball and into the fingers of the glove, blowing air into the glove and then sealing it shut.

At home the kids will tape them to a window and as the seeds begin to germinate, will take them out and plant them in soil.

“Tarleton horticulture really likes working with the youth in the community to help spark an interest and better understand the plant process,” Shockey said.

For more information on future library events, visit the SPL’s Facebook page or call 254-918-1240.