Fairies in the Library!

Wow! Have you seen the new display in the downtown youth department? It was created by FAIRIES! As many of you know, the fairies have a special house here at the downtown library. Lots of fairy-lovers come and leave little notes and gifts at this house for the fairies—which they love! To say thank you for all these beautiful presents, the fairies have displayed some of them next to the youth desk along with a special thank-you note!

Of course, fairies don’t just live at the library: there are fairies all over Ann Arbor! There is even an urban fairy village near the library and another fairy village in Nichols Arboretum. It’s clear that we in Ann Arbor love fairies… and that fairies love us! Are you interested in creating your own fairies? The library has lots of resources that might be of help to you. Try Drawing Faeries: A Believer’s Guide, How to Draw and Paint Fairies, or Forest Fairy Crafts: enchanting fairies and felt friends from simple supplies.

If you’d rather just read and learn more about fairies, of course there are tons of great fairy stories at the library too. We have The complete book of the flower fairies: poems and pictures, which has beautiful illustrations accompanied by memorable and detailed poems about fairy life. There’s also My Treasury of Fairies and Elves: a collection of 20 magical stories, the beautiful The Little People: stories of fairies, pixies and other small folk and The Hidden Folk: stories of fairies, gnomes, selkies and other hidden folk.

Are fairy movies your thing? There’s the classic Ferngully, in which fairies help to save a rainforest from being cut down, and the enchanting Fairy Tale: a True Story, which tells of how two little girls discover real fairies and get swept up in the ensuing controversy in post-World War I England.

Happy fairy-seeking!

DIY Snow Globes

Sunday December 7, 2014: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adu.ts and teens grades 6 and up

Come make your own snow globe! Bring a favorite figurine or toy to use, or decorate it with our supplies!

DIY Wrapped Yarn Vases

Sunday February 1, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth grades 3 and up

Come learn how to make easy and beautiful wrapped yarn vases! These are great for display or to give as gifts!

Make Your Own Bubble Magnets

Monday February 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades 6-adult

Cut out pictures from magazines and comic books, then glue flat glass marbles on them to magnify the image. Attach a magnet to the back and you have cool, useful decorations for metal surfaces in households, dorm rooms, and offices! You can even make a series of magnets based on your favorite book or movie.

Tiny (Fake) Taxidermy

Tuesday November 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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


For this event, we'll be making tiny taxidermy heads for you to decorate with! Unlike real taxidermy, no animals will be harmed, and your taxidermy heads will be small enough to fit in your locker, bedroom, or anywhere else that needs a little pop of fake wildlife!

Twig Terrariums Presents: a Terrarium Building Workshop for Teens & Adults

We're all excited about the hotly anticipated Twig Terrariums workshops this Sunday!

Please note that due to limited space and supplies as well as the detailed nature of the project we will be limiting the attendance to Teens in grades 6-12 and Adults. We rarely enforce our age limits for events, but this is a very special circumstance. However, this is just the beginning of the TWIG fun! As of Saturday, July 26 all summer game players will be able to check out the Twig Terrarium's display in the Downtown Library's Youth Department case, and the window at 826MI/Robot Repair & Supply. Starting, Tuesday, July 29 terrariums will also be at Literati Books, Rock, Paper, Scissors and Downtown Home & Garden. ! Keep your eyes peeled for the Twig Terrarium badges to be released next week and get ready to start your search! Literati Bookstore will be selling their book at the event and at their store and of course you can also check out a library copy.

There will be two workshops on Sunday: From 12:30-2:30 PM and from 3:30-5:30PM. If the first workshop fills up we will be handing out tickets for the second workshop.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Felt Star Keychain

Sunday September 21, 2014: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 -adult

Make a cute little star keychain out of felt to hang on your keyring, backpack, or anywhere you'd like! We'll use basic hand sewing techniques during this event. If you don't know how, we'll show you!

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?

Mini-Monster Stuffies

Saturday October 25, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 to adult.

Local crafter, Beth Battey, returns to teach this fun, monstrously creative, sewing workshop. Make your own unique stuffed monster! All supplies provided. This is an intricate project that will require the entire time and patience to complete.

Crocheted Beaded Bracelets!

Saturday October 18, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 to adult.

Local crafter, Beth Battey, returns for this unique hands-on workshop. Using very small crochet hooks make your own beaded bracelet. Be warned, once you make one you'll be hooked and want to keep making them! All supplies provided. Previous experience with crochet is required.

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