Jason Owens held up a massive paper airplane, squinted his eye for a moment and then threw it perfectly through an upright hula hoop Sunday afternoon.

“It’s kind of like being close to a giant plane that’s coming close to you, but you’re the one controlling it,” he said. “It’s a very good skill to have.”

Jason, 8, was one of about 10 kids who came to the Sand Creek Library to build paper airplanes Sunday afternoon. The library hosts kid-friendly events like these every month, said Melody Philbrick, the children’s specialist at the library.

On Sunday, all the supplies Philbrick needed were a few reams of paper and some paper clips to put young ideas aloft.

She also pulled out a few books on making paper airplanes for kids who wanted to do a little aerodynamic and engineering research before they designed their plane.

“That was for the type-A personalities,” she said. “We don’t have any here today … This is a learning-by-doing kind of day. But that’s great. That’s what science is.”

She watched as the kids experimented to make different plane designs and tested them to see what worked best.

Sarai Owens, 7, made her first-ever airplane Sunday.

The trick, she learned, was putting a paperclip near the nose to balance the fuselage.

“Mine flies better than my brother’s,” she laughed.

Dauna Overly brought her granddaughter to the event. She usually goes to a different library, but said she couldn’t resist coming out.

“It’s just deliciously fun to throw paper airplanes in the library,” she said.

She spent her afternoon perfecting her airplane designs and then handing them over to the kids to throw and test.

“My design is good, but my throwing arm is not so good.”

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