John Thomas Stephenson at Glendale Art cart

John Thomas Stephenson, 2, of Glendale, with his mom Jennifer, who makes a face as he successfully cuts a green piece of paper, do arts and crafts in the Children's Room at the Glendale Central Library in Glendale on Friday, March 28, 2014. The Art Cart, which is available Friday's from 3:30 to 5:00, usually has an art project children can try to copy, or lots of supplies for them to be the creative artist that they are. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / March 28, 2014)

Several children visiting the Glendale Central Library on Friday created tin-can men using recycled objects such as tin cans, pipe cleaners and milk caps under the library's Art Cart program that uses donated and recycled items for young children to create art.

The Art Cart is available to children on Fridays through the end of April and again at the beginning of June.

It was the idea of children's librarian Lessa Pelayo-Lozada and children's library assistant Cecile Phan, who welcome donated (and cleaned out) milk cartons, yarn, pipe cleaners, yogurt cartons with lids and egg cartons, juice and coffee cans.

"Anything that might be able to be reused," Pelayo-Lozada said.

The Art Cart also comes with glue, scissors, glitter and decorative plastic eye-balls in varying shapes for children as young as 2 years old to assemble what they wish, working alongside their parents — or not.

Parent Jennifer Stephenson was there Friday afternoon with her 2 1/2-year-old son, who cut and glued paper using those tools for the first time.

There are no rules to what they can create, and they're welcome to use any materials provided on the cart.

"We just let them go for it," Pelayo-Lozada said. "This gives them the free imaginative reign."

Art Cart is at the library at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call (818) 548-2020.

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