Teens will learn the ancient art of henna Thursday at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.
The small class of 15 will explore the history of the ancient body art, how to apply it to their skin and where to get the supplies locally to do it themselves, said young adult librarian Kimberly Edwards. Henna tattoos stain the outer layers of the skin and last for about two weeks.
Henna artist Jennifer Cinocco, who has shared her work at area renaissance fairs, will teach the class, and ink each student with their chosen design, Edwards said.
The class is part of the Metropolitan Library System's summer reading program, which tasks teenagers to read either eight books, 800 pages or for eight hours, Edwards said.
"This year, our summer reading program is called 'Express Yourself,' and this is a way to express themselves with henna," she said.
Once the teens complete the summer reading program, they are entered into a drawing to win a flip video camera. If teen readers complete a second round of reading requirements, they then receive a Sonic coupon and a ticket to an Oklahoma City RedHawks game, Edwards said.
"We want children to be lifelong library users," Edwards said. "Once people start realizing about the library's programs, services and that it's free, people will find the library is a cool place to be."
The "Henna Body Art" class is free, but preregistration is required. The 6 to 7 p.m. class is held at the library, 300 Park. For more information, call 231-8650.