Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday January 10, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY? Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies provided.

Chesstastic

Sunday January 18, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities!

Challenge old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday January 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects. Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources. These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations of fiction and non-fiction writing.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday January 24, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for 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 and Amandla Energy Works, 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.

Kick Off: "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest

Tuesday January 27, 2015: 12:00 am to 11:50 pm

The 23rd annual Teen Short Story Contest will accept story submissions from Tuesday, January 27 through Friday, March 13! For more information, view the full guidelines at www.aadl.org/events/itsallwrite.

Yarn-Wrapped Wire Words

Saturday February 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade 3 and up).

Brighten up your home or give a gift (just in time for Valentine's Day!) with these funky yarn-wrapped words.

DIY Bath Bombs

Wednesday February 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades 6-Adult

Come and learn to make your own spectacular bath bombs! Use colors and confetti to add a little fizz-boom to your baths!

Chesstastic

Sunday February 15, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities!

Challenge old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.

Make Your Own Bubble Magnets

Monday February 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Cut out pictures from magazines and comic books, then glue flat glass marbles on them to magnify the image. Attach a magnet to the back and you have cool, useful decorations for metal surfaces in households, dorm rooms, and offices! You can even make a series of magnets based on your favorite book or movie.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday February 17, 2015: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4 to adult

Local 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.