Pure Imagination Magic Show

There's nothing like a wacky magic show to liven up a summer day. Magician Chris Linn will bring his Pure Imagination show to Ann Arbor for two performances on Tuesday, July 16. He will be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and at the Traverwood Branch at 7:00 p.m.

This is a program for the whole family. All ages are welcome.

Try your own magic tricks by looking here.

Babytime iPads

Thursday July 25 | 10:00 to 11:00 am | Pittsfield Branch

Did you know that there are apps available for babies to use on your ipad, as well as apps to soothe your child? Bring your baby and explore these apps together on our baby-proofed iPads. Join us Thursday at our Pittsfield branch, where we'll kick off the event with rhymes and music, then give you and baby time to poke around our iPads!

This event is for parents, caregivers, and infants & toddlers from birth to 24 months.

PokeMonday Returns!

Monday July 15 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grades K – 5

It's BACK! Summer's here, and so is PokeMonday! We'll be battling four Mondays in a row with tournaments at different branches each week (July 15 at Pittsfield Branch, July 22 at Mallets Creek Branch, July 29 in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and August 5 at Traverwood Branch - all from 1 - 5 pm), so be sure to catch 'em all. As always, you'll need your Nintendo DS, DSi or 3DS and a copy of your Pokemon game (sorry, Black and White won't work).

Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon level 30 or under trained for battle. They'll be needed for qualifying rounds!

Family Camp-in 2013

It's going to be family night at the Pittsfield Branch. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m when we have our annual Family Camp-in.

Join us around the campfire as we tell stories and sing songs with musician Sara Keller and her guitar. Then we're going to try to make ice cream. No electronic ice cream makers will be involved. We're going to try it the old fashioned way . . . with ice, salt and lots of shaking. You will also be able to try some sand painting.

It will be a fun evening for everybody. Parents must stay with their children for the entire event.

For some books about camping, click here.

Felt Ball Fun!

Monday July 22 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Pittsfield Branch | All Ages

What is a felt ball, besides fun? It can be whatever you like! A gift, a pet toy, a ball for baby, a smiley-faced friend - it's up to you. Meet us at Pittsfield, where local crafter Beth Battey will show you how to use your hands, wool, soapy water, and some patience to create your own felt ball!

This event is for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up), so bring the whole family!

Block Printing Workshop

Wednesday, July 10 | Pittsfield Branch | 6:30-8:30pm | Grade 6 - Adult

At this block printing 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 wall art, or perhaps design a card.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have a design you want to carve please bring a sketch along, or if you have your own tools, feel free to bring those as well. If not, no worries, we’ve got you covered. No younger siblings please, we're using sharp tools.

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

Today: Happy Birthday, America!

Let's make decorations for America's birthday party. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. for some star-spangled fun. We'll be making red, white and blue wreaths and other festive things in celebration of this national holiday. This is for preschoolers - grade 5 but everybody is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For materials on this holiday, click here.

Mad Hatter Hats

Few hats are as wacky as the Mad Hatter's hat. Let's make tall, colorful, silly hats of our own.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm and see what kind of hat
designer you can be. Ours will start out as brown grocery bags. The rest will be up to you.
This is for preschool - Grade 5 but everyone is welcome. Supplies will be provided.

Not familiar with the Mad Hatter? Try the book or the various movies.

Make a Father's Day Card

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This Sunday is the day we honor dads, grandpas, and uncles.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. and make a card
for those special people in your life. This is for preschoolers through 5th graders but
everyone is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For books on this summer holiday, click here.

Yarn Bomb the Library: Knit & Tag

Saturday, June 8 | 11am-1pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grade 6th- Adult

June 8 is International Yarn Bomb Day! We have two yarn bomb programs at Pittsfield to celebrate. First up:

Help us yarn bomb the exterior of the Pittsfield Branch Library! What is yarn bombing? It’s a form of knit graffiti and public art. We will be adding a coat of knitted color to the trees outside Pittsfield.

At the program you’ll learn how to knit simple pieces with our knit-cam and an instructor (the multi-talented Karen LePage of One Girl Circus) to help guide you. At the end of the program we'll use the pieces we created to yarn bomb the front of Pittsfield. We'd love your help with this art collaboration! The knitting instruction starts at 11am, and it’s not an easy program to arrive late to if you plan to knit for the first time.

We highly encourage experienced knitters and crocheters to also join us. Or if you have a piece already made, bring it to the program and we’ll direct you to the yarn bomb zone!

We have a ton of yarn on hand, but ask that you bring needles size 8 or 9 if you have them. For the younger patrons we have a yarn bomb program for grade K- Adult at Pittsfield from 3-5pm!

For more info on yarn bombing see this great website, and check out the book Yarn bombing: The art of crochet and knit graffiti. For better visuals, visit the Downtown library garden, which was yarn bombed in May!

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