Colors fit to be tied
Alex Caster, 10, of Valparaiso, dips a shirt into red dye while his mother Sonya watches Thursday at the Porter County Public Library's South Haven branch. For only a buck, they brought their own shirts and elbow grease as nearly 50 children and adults gathered to tie, dip, rinse and repeat during the annual tie-dye event. "This is kind of our finale to our summer reading program, Dig Into Reading," said Kathy Blackburn, head of youth services at the library. "It's a lot of fun," said Blackburn. "I love it, and I think everybody loves it," she said, as children and adults dipped shirts tied off with rubber bands on one color, then into clear water rinse from one 5-gallon bucket to the next. The event included seven colors this year. "They're all unique," Blackburn said of the shirts.