Beads, books and more

Want to help kids learn a new hobby, find local and international beads, or find a treasured book? Beads and Books wants to help by providing classes, party options, options to earn the Girl Scout jewelry making badge, materials, and a large collection of beads and books.

Carmen Smith, co-owner, has been beading for the past 11 years and has worked in several local bead stores from Toledo to Bowling Green. Working in small local shops really peaked her interest in entrepreneurship, and led her and her husband, Eric Nedrow, to open their own store that holds their biggest interests. Her beads come from all over, even regionally, from Glass Beads and Paper Beads from Cleveland. She loves having birthday parties and Girl Scout Troops come in to bead. There’s so much excitement because whatever you create, you get to take home and wear in the future.

Carmen suggests beginning with the basics, such as, a single strand design and then expanding from there, maybe a crochet technique with wire or the popular scrapple technique where you take leftover beads of several different designs and make something unique.

Class Schedule:

Basic Brick Stitch ($20 + materials, ages 15+): 3-5pm, Wednesday, April 13

Beginning Stringing ($15 + materials, ages 10+): 6-8pm, Friday, April 15,

Herringbone Bangles ($20 + materials, ages 15+): 3-5pm, Tuesday, April 19

Funky Fun Bracelet ($20 + materials, ages 15+): 2-4pm, Saturday, April 23

Parents can also bring their tweens in to make a memory bracelet or necklace using beads from the trays. ($5-$8)

Beads and Books, 4925 Dorr St. | 419-350-1087 | |