Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Tuesday July 29, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:45 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 octopus. Beginners with lots of patience are welcome to give it a try, but previous crochet experience is recommended. Beth will be teaching a Beginning Crochet class on Tuesday, July 15, 6:00-8:45 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch.
A “crochet cam” will be set up for projection of instructions on the big wall! All supplies will be provided.

Joel's ScienceRific Comedy Show - NEW LOCATION

Tuesday July 29, 2014: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades K-5

Discover a secret lab and help Joel (Michigan's Family Funnyman Joel Tacey) find his missing sidekick, Maze the Mouse as Joel brings to life 8 exciting books! Comedy, magic, music, and lots of audience participation highlight this exciting, wholesome youth program that will have kids and grown-ups laughing out loud and crazy about reading.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the Malletts Creek Branch.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday August 2, 2014: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Yoga is a fun way to gain strength, flexibility and balance, while decreasing stress and tension. Come learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Certified yoga instructor, Raina LaGrand of A2 Yoga, will be teaching. Participants should dress ready to work out and bring a mat if they have one! All levels welcome, but participants should be able to move comfortably from the floor to standing.

Paperclip Fashion Necklaces

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 3 to adult

Make a chic statement necklace out of paperclips and colored tape.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4 to adult

Crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of Japanese paper folding, focusing on geometric shapes and boxes. Experienced paper folders are encouraged to come and share their skills.

Lights, Camera, Action! Talk Up Your Favorite Library Item

Saturday August 9, 2014: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th floor Atrium and Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room and Downtown Library: Conference Room A

This event is intended for preschool to adult
This event will be recorded

Do you have a favorite picture book, novel, BOCD, movie, magazine, graphic novel, or science tool you want to share with others? Talk up your favorite library items on screen!

Drop in and learn handy tips on how to create an awesome video and review, and catch some on screen time by describing your favorite library item. Don’t miss the chance to have your video posted onto jump.aadl.org!

Kids, parents, teenagers, grandparents, and friends are all encouraged to stop by during any point of the program. Please either bring the item, provide the title/name, or bring the link to your favorite library item from the catalog at aadl.org.

Magnet Crafts

Saturday August 9, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for youth and pre-teen, grades K-8

Create and decorate your very own bottle cap and clothespin magnets. Use a variety of craft supplies to transform them into critters, monsters, people, or anything else that strikes your fancy!

Manufacturama

Sunday August 10, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and the manufacture multiple copies!

The focus will be on using conductive paint to create your simple circuit product!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Binary Keychains - NEW LOCATION

Tuesday August 12, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 3 to adult

Make a cool keychain that spells your name in binary code!

Binary code is a system that computers use to interpret language and characters using only 0 and 1. For this craft, we'll convert the sequences of 0s and 1s to colored beads for an amazing keychain!

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the Pittsfield Branch.

New York Times Bestselling Mystery Author J.A. Jance Discusses Her New Mystery 'Remains Of Innocence'

Wednesday August 13, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event will be recorded

New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance has written the sixteenth book in her Joanna Brady series, Remains of Innocence, and she will be at AADL to talk about it!

For those of you who follow the series, you know Joanna Brady is an Arizona county sheriff. She became sheriff in an election after her husband (who was running for the election) was murdered and accused of being "dirty". After clearing his name and winning the election, although she has little background in law enforcement, Joanna continues to solve crimes with her moxie and uses being a woman excluded from the "boy's club" in her community, to her advantage.

"Remains Of Innocence" delivers all the ambiance and tension Jance’s current and future readers love, while further developing reoccurring characters and introducing unforgettable new ones.

Books will be for sale at this event, courtesy of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore and the event includes a book signing.