AADL Bags Make Great Holiday Gift Wrap

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This year, consider wrapping your holiday gifts in something their recipients can actually use: an attractive, reusable AADL tote bag.

These little numbers come in black, emblazoned on one side with our fetching teal logo. They look pretty sharp when coordinated with a contrasting color of tissue paper (I'm liking blue, red and silver). Oh, and did I mention they're only $1?

Wow your friends and family this holiday season with your eco-friendliness and discerning sense of style! Our totes are roomy enough to hold your holiday gifts, as well as groceries for years to come. AADL totes are for sale at the circulation desks of all branches of the library. This year, wrap in the gift that keeps on giving!

Block printing workshop @ Pittsfield

At this linocut workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block with the proper tools, and then print the image onto paper and/or note cards. This is your chance to create something to hang on your wall, or perhaps design a card for upcoming events.

Did you attend the Printmaking Workshop we had this summer, and would like more instruction and practice carving the blocks and printing your designs? Or are you wondering what block printing is all about? This workshop is for you!

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them.

Don't forget to check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Wednesday, December 8, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!
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Straight Talk About Sending Your Kid to College

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Still Looking for a Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Are you still waiting to find the centerpiece that will make your Thanksgiving table picture perfect? Let the young artists in your family make one. At the Pittsfield Branch Library, on Wednesday, November 24, from 2 - 3 p.m. we will be constructing turkey centerpieces that will be sure to impress your dinner guests. What could be more elegant than a stuffed brown bag with multi-colored paper feathers attached to the back?

This program is for children preschool through Grade 5. All bags and feathers will be provided.

For more decorating ideas, look here.

Author and Illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee Visit the Library

On Friday, November 5, 2010 Philip and Erin Stead, author and illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee will be at the Pittsfield Branch Library at 10:00 a.m.
The book tells the story of what the animals do when a beloved zookeeper gets sick.
This will be a very special program for preschool age children. It is rare that children get to meet the author and the illustrator of a book at the same time.
The Steads are Ann Arbor residents. This is their first book together.

Hula Hoopla

Hula-HoopHula-HoopHave you been searching all the stores for the perfect hula hoop? Are the hoops you find too small or too light or just the wrong color? AADL has your solution: Hula-Hoopla! Join us to use tubing and duct tape to make a unique hula hoop just for you!

Come to the Pittsfield branch on October 2nd and join in on the fun!

Hula-Hoopla! | Saturday, October 2 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Pittsfield | Grade 4-Adult

A little preview?

Here is your chance to hear some of the tales that will be told by Corinne Stavish at the National Storytelling Festival this fall. Corinne has been invited to the festival, which draws a crowd of thousands, numerous times as a teller and emcee. She joins us to present Guilt Trips: Roads Taken...And Not With Award-Winning Storyteller Corinne Stavish. On Thursday, August 26th, bring your sense of humor and Corinne will give us a taste of her fun and feisty stories for the adult crowd!

Pittsfield Branch | Thursday, August 26th | 7:00-8:00 PM

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Create Something! Make it Happen!

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In the last year we have had many, many different craft programs. We've covered holidays (Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Mother's Day, etc.) and themes (Mexican Folk Art, Hawaiian Luau, etc.). And there are always art supplies left over after each program. Now we're trying to clean out all of our supply closets to get ready for the new fall and winter programs coming up.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. and see how creative you can be. We'll provide a wide variety of supplies, you provide the ideas.
For preschool through grade 5.

For some good ideas, take a look at the books Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U or Crafts for Kids by Gill Dickinson.

Hawaiian Luau Craft Program

Let's pretend we all can take a Hawaiian vacation. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. for an island experience. We'll be making grass skirts and floral leis. You'll be ready to learn the hula! This program is for preschoolers through 5th graders. All supplies will be provided, light refreshments will be served.

For children's books about Hawaii, click here.

Magic Shows With Local Magician Jeff Wawrzaszek

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Everyone loves magic shows. And we've got two opportunities for you to enjoy a great magic show with Jeff Wawrzaszek. This local magician returns to the Library for two shows on Tuesday, July 27. At 2:00 p.m. he'll be at the Pittsfield Branch on Oak Valley Drive. At 7:00 p.m. he'll be at the Malletts Creek Branch on Eisenhower Parkway.
What a great way to enjoy a summer day!

Then try learning some magic tricks on your own with these books.

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