Get Twiggy With It

Are you pumped for this weekend’s big program Wooly Woods Crafting With Anna Hrachovec (of Mochimochi Land)?! Teens & adults will wrap twigs with yarn to make beautiful sculptures, as well as knit tiny creatures to live on them. Yes, twigs! Let me tell you, I know from experience that wrapping sticks with yarn is addicting, and the talented Anna takes it up a notch.

If you’re inspired to find more twig action, I recommend the book Super Simple Twig Projects: Fun and Easy Crafts Inspired By Nature. It's just that. A small youth-oriented book with some easy projects made of collected sticks and twigs. It goes over what supplies you’ll need to make things like trivets, dream catchers, baskets, vases, tiny rafts, and more. The question is: What if you wrap the twigs with yarn before you craft with them?

Make a Flowernote Bouquet with us this afternoon!

Join library staff and elementary-aged kids for a fun flowernote bouquet craft today (Monday, June 16) at Traverwood at 1:00! Children will use flower templates to cut out and fold special flowers that open up to reveal a handwritten note on the inside. Pipe cleaner "stems" and ribbons will also be provided so that the flowers can be constructed into a beautiful bouquet to give to someone special. This program is intended for grades K-5.

Yarn Bomb Zone

This past weekend the outdoor garden at the downtown branch was yarn bombed to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day! Patrons learned how to knit at a library program and took their creations outdoors to create a bit of whimsy. I’m not sure how long the exhibit will stay up, so check it out the next time you’re downtown!

If you’re curious and want to learn more I recommend Yarn bombing: the art of crochet and knit graffiti by Mandy Moore. The book talks about the birth of knit graffiti and all it encompasses. It’s a great read for the crafters out there, whether you knit or not.

Bibliocraft - A Crafter/Library Lover's Dream

An honest question here: Do you love your library? If you're here, on this page, reading this, then I can pretty much guess that you do. I'm not surprised; your library has so much to offer! Books, and games, and science-y things--and now, for all of you library-loving crafters out there, a book that can help you combine your crafting talents and your undying love of all things LIBRARY.

Bibliocraft. How perfect is that? A book that tells its reader all about how to harvest crafting inspiration from the endless potential on the library shelves. It starts you out slow and steady, walking you through some library basics, like how to find what you want in a library catalog and some important points about copyright in library books.

And then it gets real. Part 2: THE CRAFTS.

The rest of the book is a smorgasbord of amazing projects inspired by library resources like, oh, perhaps, the ones you might find here. Historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, votive holders, pendants made from quilled paper, and, my personal favorite, instructions for making a pocketed kitty-kat apron. With...wait for it...additional instructions for making actual knitted kittens to put in those pockets. Because why not?

You had me at "kitties", Bibliocraft.

And don't forget, along with this biblio-gem, the library has dozens of other awesome craft books and crafting programs, so make sure to check them out! (...see what I did there?)

Geography Crafts for Kids

About now most kids are are counting down the days to summer break. However, summer doesn’t have to mean taking a break from learning. AADL has some great books that will have the whole family learning all summer long! The book Geography Crafts for Kids by Joe Rhatigan and Heather Smith offers hands on activities that will have learners of all ages thinking in new and exciting ways about the world we live in. Serve up some plate tectonics with a Pangea Pudding Puzzle or learn the art of cartography by mapping out your neighborhood. This book is filled with over 50 cool projects, along with illustrations and sidebars for parents. Check it out and learn about the world and beyond from your very own home!

DIY LED Origami Light Garlands

Saturday July 19, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Create a decorative glowing garland for interior decoration or entertaining using LED light strands and origami paper! The host will demonstrate a few simple origami shapes which can be fitted around LED bulbs, and patrons can create their own unique garlands from origami paper.

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Summer and no school is just around the corner, and this giant book is full of ways to keep you busy with a variety of subjects. While the book features "serious fun," it's written more on the funny side. It has a great cover and great illustrations, which totally nudge me to like certain books more.

Unbored gives you big ideas and how to start them, including how to grow a science garden, make your own games, zines, and LED graffiti You can also learn how to perform kitchen experiments, blog, fix your bike, and lots more.

The book also features some fun lists! Including a list of banned books you should read, secret history of young adult novels, best ever sports movies, best ever stop-action movies, best ever animal movies, best ever DIY fiction, and the best ever clean hip hop songs.

There’s also informational bits thrown into the book. Learn some weird facts about condiments, or browse a list of kitchen cures, and learn how to train your grownup to be a ninja.

UNBORED! That’s what you’ll be at the end of the book. Be sure to check out the book preview to see examples of what's inside. And check out the awesome website for the book! There is a TON of great stuff to look at.

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Tuesday July 29, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Looking for a seriously fun and unique craft obsession?

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed toys. Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make your own cute amigurumi octopus. Beginners with lots of patience are welcome to give it a try, but previous crochet experience is recommended. Beth will be teaching a Beginning Crochet class on Tuesday, July 15, 6:00-8:45 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch.
A “crochet cam” will be set up for projection of instructions on the big wall! All supplies will be provided.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4 to adult

Crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of Japanese paper folding, focusing on geometric shapes and boxes. Experienced paper folders are encouraged to come and share their skills.

Beginning Crochet Class

Tuesday July 15, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grades 6 and up

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY?

Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies provided.

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