Drop-in For Wintry Art Tools Crafts At The Downtown Library

Visit the Downtown library anytime through early January to create your own winter papercrafts. We're supplying the same die-cutting machines that you can borrow from our new Art Tools collection, along with every winter-themed die we could get our hands on including snowmen, penguins, snowflakes, ornaments, sleighs, greeting cards, paper villages, embossing folders & more.

Die-cutting works by placing the material to be cut or embossed, like paper, cardstock or craft metal on top of a die that contains safety foam and a blade, which you run through a roller press to cut or emboss your design. We're supplying scrap paper for you to try it out, but If you want to get super fancy or make something in large quantities then you're welcome to bring in your own decorative paper and supplies. Hollander's is just a quick walk down 4th Ave!

Look for the Art Tools craft table near the desk on the 1st floor at the Downtown library.

Checkout A Metal Detector Soon (Or Wait Until Spring)

Did you know that the library lends out metal detectors? The Bounty Hunter Jr is a great beginner tool that is simple and easy to use, and can be adjusted to a length suitable for children and adults. We still have a few weeks before the ground freezes, so take this last chance to get outside and explore. You can place a request in the catalog or head Downtown today to grab one off the shelf. They checkout for 2 weeks and are shelved with our other Games.

Drop-in For Halloween Art Tools Crafts At The Downtown Library

Visit the Downtown library anytime through October 31 to create your own Halloween papercrafts. We're supplying the same die-cutting machines that you can borrow from our new Art Tools collection, along with every Halloween themed die we could get our hands on including bats, owls, witches, cats, pumpkins, ghosts & more. Die-cutting works by placing the material to be cut, like paper, cardstock or craft metal on top of a die that contains safety foam and a blade, which you run through a roller press to cut or emboss your design. We're supplying scrap paper for you to try it out, but If you want to get super fancy or make something in large quantities then you're welcome to bring in your own decorative paper and supplies. Hollander's is just a quick walk down 4th Ave! Look for the Art Tools craft table near the desk on the 1st floor at the Downtown library.

New Collection: Art Tools!


Attention papercrafters! You can now borrow Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting kits. Die-cutters let you cut or emboss shapes out of a variety of materials, from paper to thicker card stock, felt, and even thin aluminum if you're brave enough to cup up your old pop cans. Each kit contains a variety of dies and one rolling machine, you just supply the consumables like paper and glue. Die-cutting kits are great for back to school projects, scrapbooking, card making, party decorations and more. The Big Shots are shelved Downtown, currently circulate for one week and are requestable. Parental supervision is recommended as the dies contain sharp edges. More Art Tools are forthcoming and you can watch aadl.org/arttools for the latest updates.

AADL Featured in Current Magazine

Did you know about all of the Unusual Stuff we have to borrow?

The October issue of Current Magazine features a full-page article highlighting AADL's music tools collection, explaining how the collection has attracted interest from "musicians and teachers, students, parents and hobbyists," as well as the general public and mentioning that AADL offers access to these unique materials at no charge to library cardholders.

The article also relates the collection to AADL's mission to offer resources to the community through the use of traditional and innovative technologies and mentions our growing collections of games, home tools, art prints and telescopes.

Marvelous Monet

Tuesday May 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn about Impressionism, the style of Claude Monet’s art, and see prints of his famous work.

Then, create a painting in the style of Monet!

Observing a Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking right now and although the weather in Ann Arbor isn't exactly cooperating tonight, it looks like it may clear up in the next couple days. So prepare yourself for a shower of comet debris by grabbing one of our new binoculars, part of our collection of Science Tools. Even if the moon outshines the shower, at least you'll have the perfect tool for gazing at the mountains and craters of the moon.

Head Downtown to Check Out Lawn Games For The Weekend

Today is a great day to visit the Downtown Library and check our recently expanded Games collection. We've got giant garden checkers and dominoes, disc golf kits and colorful scoop ball sets, giant tumble towers, metal detectors & more. Also, we highly recommend that you get your Scandinavian lawn games fix with a set of Kubb (pronounced coob) the ancient viking lawn game of chance and skill. Most games circulate for one week and some can be requested, but most are offered on a first-available basis.

Games People Play

Just in time for summer, we have added games to our list of Unusual Stuff to Borrow. But, not just any ol' games! We now have giant-sized versions of small games and small-sized versions of giant games. Available only Downtown, we have giant lawn Checkers, giant Dominos, a mini Ping Pong table, Kubb and more, available for all AADL cardholders to check out.

The games are limited in quantity, and are on a first-come first-serve basis; they may not be renewed or requested. You can see the full catalog list of games here.

Framed Prints for Your Events

May and June are packed with graduation parties and weddings. Are you hosting an occasion and would like an inexpensive way to decorate the venue? You can borrow beautifully framed prints to display at your event from us.

AADL not only has books, music and movies for patrons to check-out, but many unusual items, including framed prints. The collection includes works by well-known artists including VanGogh, Matisse, Degas, Monet, Rivera, da Vinci, and Lichtenstein, just to name a few. You can browse the full selection in our catalog. Rentals for art prints extend for eight weeks.

Even if you aren't hosting a party, adding something new to your wall can freshen up any space. Stop in and browse today.

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