Make an iPod Cozy!

Come take a stab at hand sewing and jazz up your iPod or MP3 player at the same time. Using colorful felt, embellishment items, and embroidery thread, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind cozy to keep your iPod or MP3 player protected with a handmade case for it. All supplies are provided, and we’ll have patterns and samples to get you going. Feel free to bring your MP3 player if you want to test out your design. Don't have an iPod? No worries, you can make a small case to hold whatever needs holding.

To keep the crafty crafting, check out some books on hand sewing or felt fun.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Tuesday, July 12, from 7-8:30pm. See you there!

Celebrate the Fourth of July Craft Program

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As America gets ready to celebrate its birthday with a long holiday weekend, come and make some party decorations suitable for the occasion. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Friday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m. for a craft program. We'll be making lots of red, white and blue things. This is for preschoolers through fifth graders. All supplies will be provided.

For some materials on this holiday, click here.

Summer Screen Printing Workshop

During this hands-on workshop you'll view a presentation on how screen printing works, and will then get a chance to screen print onto paper or cloth. You’ll have a choice between printing an original Summer Game design onto a tote we supply (or a cloth item that you bring in), OR you can print a different Summer Game design onto paper to create a print. That’s right, we’ll have two of Jannie Ho’s AADL Summer Game designs and two screen printing stations set up, ready for you to DIY.

To keep up with screen printing, check out these books as a resource.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Wednesday, June 29, 7-8:30pm. See you there!

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Make a Father's Day Card!

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In May we made cards for moms, grandmas, and aunts. Let's give equal time to dads, grandpas and uncles. Come to the Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday, June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to noon to make a card for Dad and the other special guys in your life.

This is for preschoolers through Grade 5. All supplies will be provided.

For materials about the holiday, click here.

Author Laura Resau Coming to Ann Arbor

Teen author Laura Resau is coming to Ann Arbor in May. She will be at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. With her strong interest in Latin America and her passion for journaling, Ms. Resau has written books for teens with exotic settings and serious issues. Her newest title is Queen of Water, just released in March 2011.

Laura will read from her work and discuss her writing. Books can be purchased and signed at this event. Take the time to read some of these marvelous titles, and then come see the author on May 4th!!

Author Laura Resau | Wednesday, May 4 | 7pm | Pittsfield Branch

Make a Card for Mother's Day!

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Show Mom how much you care by making a card for her. Add to that a large beautiful tissue paper flower and make her day a very special one. All this can be done at the Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. We'll be making cards and flowers that will put the store-bought versions to shame. And don't forget all those special grandmas and aunts out there as well.

This is for preschool through 5th graders and their grownups. All supplies will be provided. For some books and movies about the holiday, look here.

It's Only a Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, and More!

Composer Harold Arlen will be the focus this evening, April12, for jazz aficionado Stuart Johnson at Pittsfield Branch. Johnson is great at making jazz styles and luminaries come alive with a variety of recorded musical examples to accompany their fascinating life stories. Please join us for a wonderful musical evening.

Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen | April 12, 7-8:30 pm | Pittsfield Branch

DANCING Babies @ PITTSFIELD Sunday, April 17 1-1:40pm.

PITTSFIELD Branch Library will be the location for Dancing Babies on Sunday April 17, 1-1:40 pm.
Please note the location!
It is changed from the Winter/Spring JUMP! brochure.

PITTSFIELD Branch Library will be the location for Dancing Babies on Sunday April 17, 1-1:40 pm. Dianne Dudley, of First Steps Ann Arbor, will lead. This is a music and motion program for families with children under 5 years.

If you want to dance at home, pick some special recordings from the Library Catalog.
Then kick off your shoes!
Push back the coffee table!
And PRANCE!

Unleash Your Inner Poet

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April 15th, AXIS Coffeehouse will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a special poetry fest for teens and adults! Come join us to read poetry, write poetry and flex your creative muscles. Snacks (and prizes!) provided. The time is April 15th, 6:30-8pm. The place is the Pittsfield Program Room. Be there, or be quadrilateral.

Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk Rock

National Library Week Event: Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk RockNational Library Week Event: Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk Rock

In honor of Iggy and The Stooges' April 19th appearance at the Michigan Theater - the first-ever "official" performance by the "Raw Power" version of the group in their adopted hometown. AADL presents a discussion of the band's history and evolution from one of the most "hated" and misunderstood musical units of their time to one of the most influential and beloved musical units in rock 'n' roll history.

Bill Holdship is an award-winning journalist, editor, critic and music historian. A former editor of the legendary CREEM magazine, he has also been an editor and staff writer at numerous trade and consumer magazines, including California's BAM, New Times Los Angeles, Daily Variety, Radio & Records, and HITS, among others. He was a contributing editor at SPIN for many years, and his freelance work has appeared in a ton of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, US Weekly, Rolling Stone, Britain's NME, MOJO, LA Weekly and numerous alternative weeklies throughout the country.

Holdship has been featured as a music expert on various TV and radio programs, ranging from the CBS Evening News to Entertainment Tonight, various MTV specials, and National Public Radio. Most recently, he was the Music Editor of Detroit's Metro Times, where he was responsible for the Ron Asheton memorial tribute issue, as well as an exclusive cover story interview with Iggy Pop and James Williamson announcing their current reunion tour.

Monday April 11, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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