AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 18, 2014: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will be repeated at 3:30 pm.

Paper Making from Pulp to Sheet

Saturday April 12, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Celebrate National Library Week by learning how to make paper. You can even put a few seeds in it, then bury the paper in the spring and grow flowers!

If you have any particular colors of paper you want to recycle, bring them with you. Local crafter Dawn Henry returns for this workshop.

Shrinky Dink Craft Magic!

Monday April 7, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and pre-teens (grade 4 and up).

Invented in 1973 Shrinky Dinks are retro craft that's made a huge comeback in recent years. Make your own plastic pendant, pin, pet tag, luggage tag, keychain and more using Shrinky Dink material!

This “magic” plastic shrinks to 1/3 of its original size and becomes nine times thicker when it’s heated in the oven!

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Monday April 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and, if you’d like, bring a treasured object to weave into it. Local crafter Dawn Henry leads this workshop.

The dreamcatcher project is intricate and will likely take the entire time to complete.

Felt Ball Fun!

Sunday April 13, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball!

Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Sunday March 16, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Looking for a seriously fun and unique craft obsession?

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed toys. Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make your own cute amigurumi snail. Beginners with lots of patience are welcome to give it a try, but previous crochet experience is recommended.

A “crochet cam” will be set up for projection of instructions on the big wall! All supplies will be provided.

Chesstastic

Sunday January 19, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult.

Challenge old friends and meet new ones when you play chess with others of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided.

Writing Inspiration for Teens

Working on or even just thinking about writing a short story for the “It’s All Write!” Teen Short Story Contest but need some inspiration? AADL has a lot of books with authors’ thoughts on writing:

King of the mild frontier: an ill-advised autobiography comes directly from Chris Crutcher, author of Deadline and Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories (providing fuel for the movie Angus). He shares details of his difficult childhood as well as the cathartic effects of writing.

Hole in my life by Jack Gantos combines harsh truths with aspiring hope. He discusses his 15 months in federal prison and how he turned his life around through writing and attending college. Gantos is well-known for Dead End in Norvelt, Rotten Ralph, and the Joey Pigza series.

Still need more inspiration? Check out this list of inspirational books with writing prompts and other teens’ stories. In honor of yesterday’s “John Green Day” at Mental Floss, you can read some of his quotes on writing.

Rubber Band Bracelets!

It seems like kids everywhere are making and wearing jewelry out of colorful rubber bands. Perhaps a Rainbow Loom made its way to your house in December? Rubber band bracelet fun is a book that offers more designs to create with the loom, including the triple rainbow bracelet, the beaded bonanza and the flower bracelet. There’s also Totally awesome rubber band jewelry, which offers tips, tricks and more designs to create. If you’ve got a stash of tiny rubber bands on hand and are waiting for the next project, give them a whirl!

ACT Plus Writing Tips With Kaplan Experts

Tuesday January 14, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens (grades 9-12).

A Kaplan expert will guide you through the process of preparing to write an essay for the March ACT Plus Writing.

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