Graphic Novel Bootcamp: Training in the Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling

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How is a graphic novel different than a comic book? Is it the length of the story, the format in which the story's printed, the genre or subject matter, or is there something more going on? Find out Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Pittsfield Branch Program Room .

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Mark Rudolph, author of the graphic novel Closing Doors (recently featured in a documentary aired on Detroit Public Television), in an interactive discussion and hands-on workshop that explores the unique affordances granted to a cartoonist when making a graphic novel. Learn some of the fundamental techniques used by professional cartoonists as you create some of your own comics work. Discover some of the idiosyncratic storytelling possibilities facing an author of "long form" comics stories.

Supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination and the urge to create!

Aging Gracefully

Coming into Our Years is a gathering at Pittsfield Branch on Sept. 8, 7-8:30 pm, where Jeanne Mackey, MSW, will use song and discussion to recognize and celebrate the opportunities of aging for men and women. AADL has a rich collection of books and other materials full of insight about this topic and the many arts related to it. Just do a keyword search of aging at for a listing with reviews.

Scrapbooks From Scratch

Bring your collected items (photos, ticket stubs, sports ribbons, etc.) from home and create your own scrapbooks.
Thursday, August 7, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. Grades 6-12.
Check out Cool Scrapbooks or The Simple Art of Scrapbooking to get inspired. See you there.

YoYo Genius of Michigan


Calling all kindergarteners through 5th graders to take a glimpse at a Yo-Yo master. Come to the Pittsfield Branch at 11 AM Wednesday, July 30 for a great show with YoJake. During National Turn Off the TV week, YoJake picked up a yo-yo and has not been able to put it down since. See the latest yo-yo tricks and skills from someone who has competed all around the nation! Extreme yo-yoing is not just "walk the dog" any longer!

Learn your own crazy yo-yo moves from these cool books:
Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks by Shar Levine
Yo-Yo’s: Tricks to Amaze Your Friends by Ingrid Roper

I Can Make That!


With only a few craft supplies, put together tiny characters that look like fairies or superheroes.

Wednesday, July 2 | 4:00-6:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch | Grades 6-8 See you there.

Construction Junction

A marshmallow toothpick tower, a Q-Tip ramp or a castle out of cups? It's amazing what unique creations you can come up with from simple objects, a visit to the Scrap Box and your imagination! Children five and up are invited to join us on June 19th at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch for Construction Junction. Don't eat too many marshmallows!

Pittsfield meeting room now available for rental


With the addition of the meeting room at the Pittsfield branch, AADL now has seven rental options available throughout the system. Check out the Pittsfield room setup, which can accommodate up to 96 people for lectures and meetings. Other meeting rooms, including one free space, are available at the Downtown and Malletts Creek locations. Read more about renting AADL meeting rooms, including rules of use, fees, and setup options.

Trouble in Story City!

It's all about mischief when Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto jumps into every story and little caterpillar, tricks all the big tough animals for the last week of January at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

TweenSpace: PokeCRAZY!

Spend your afternoon at the PokemonCon enjoying all aspects of the Pokemon craze. Watch Pokemon anime, play the trading card game, and make Pokemon to hang on your wall. Use your creative culinary skills to invent tasty candy sushi. Bring your trading cards if you have them.

Program is for 4th and 5th graders on Tuesday, October 16 at the Pittsfield Branch from 4:30-6 PM.

EGGcellent Engineering


Tuesday, July 17 @Pittsfield Branch, 2-4 PM

Show us your mad engineering skills and create the perfect structure to safe your egg from a fate worse than frying on the sidewalk! All supplies including eggs will be provided, just bring your thinking cap. Building your egg structure will take place from 2-3. Preliminaries will start at 3 PM, when all eggs will be dropped. All eggs that make the fall intact will move on top the finals, where the three EGGcellent Engineers will be determined by how heavy their egg construction is. The lightest egg container win!

Start getting building ideas by checking out these great books: Build It!: Activities for Building Super Structures, and Structures. Or get inspired with Egg-Drop Blues by Jacqueline Turner Banks and Egg-Drop Day by Harriet Ziefert.

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