Keyboard Rings!

Tuesday February 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Join us in turning old unused keyboard buttons into quirky rings! This quick and easy project is perfect for showing off your geeky side!

Get creative with Bobby Pins!

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Join us in creating custom designed bobby pins using nail polish, glue and beads! You'll never have to leave the house wearing a boring brown bobby pin!

Polka dots, squiggly line, cute little hearts - - the possibilities are endless!

New Craft Books!

Have you been keeping up with all the new craft books that have been rolling in? Book on crafting all sorts of things, including sewing, paper love, duct tape engineering, repurposing, and more. Now that the days get dark so early, it's a perfect time to start planning some new at-home projects to work on this fall and winter. I know I like to hunker down with old TV shows on DVD and a new project to keep me going. Here are a few stand-out titles:

Love At First Stitch

Scissors, Paper, Craft

Handcrafted Christmas: ornaments, decorations, and cookie recipes to make at home

Half yard heaven: easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric

No-sew love: 50 fun projects to make without a needle and thread

And here are more of the new crafty maker books to keep an eye out for! Tis the season to craft. Wait, tis always the season to craft.

November Holiday Markets

Mark your calendars and plan to take in a holiday market during the month of November. Here are a few to consider:
The Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday Sale is Saturday Nov. 8 from 10am - 4 pm., in WCC Morris Lawrence Buillding., 4800 E. Huron River Dr.
The Holiday Art Fair of the Guild of Artists & Artisans is Saturday, November 15, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, November 16, 11am - 5 pm, in the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.
The Sunday Artisan Market Holiday Open House is Sunday, November 16, from 11am - 4pm in Kerrytown Shops on Detroit St.

Tiny Expo: Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair — Downtown, December 13th!

Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair is back! After a few years of hopping around to different locales, Tiny Expo will land at the Downtown AADL this December 13th, 11am—5:30pm!

Just what IS Tiny Expo? It's a fun local, and handmade shopping experience that began with a small group of artists in 2010. As the initial group of creative folks banded together to hold a fun, informal little fair, expo-goers responded, and the show grew just a teeny bit each year. Finding a location that could fit everyone was a perennial challenge, though, and so Tiny Expo jumped around town — from Kerrytown to Felch Street and back again.

This year, the Downtown Library will host Tiny Expo's marvelous collection of local indie artists and crafters, including a few audience favorites from past Tiny Expo editions! We'll be announcing the final artist roster in mid November, but if you or an artist you know might be a good fit, you can apply here to be a part of things!

So, get excited, get ready, and mark your calendar — for the biggest little indie arts and craft fair, this December!

Halloween Events at the AADL!

We love Halloween at the AADL, and we have lots of fun events planned for other Halloween lovers, too! On Tuesday evening, October 28, adults and teens can make decorative Halloween wreaths at the Pittsfield branch of the library. On Wednesday, October 29, we’ll be celebrating Dia de los Muertos by making Day of the Dead Shrinky Dink skull charms at the Mallets Creek location. And, on Halloween itself, we have tons of activities for little ones. In the morning, at both 9:30 and 10:30, there will be a special, first-ever Halloween-themed puppet show at the downtown library! Preschoolers will definitely enjoy the Halloween storytime that morning, also taking place at the downtown library and featuring, music, finger plays, and holiday stories. Kids can come in their costumes for treats here at the library, and then join up with the Treat Parade! The library has partnered with the Main Street Association and we’re a stop on this year’s parade! For more information about any of our Halloween events, you can call or ask at any of the AADL locations. Happy Halloween!

Duct Tape Bracelets and Rings

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens and youth (grade 1 and up).

Cold weather and gray skies getting you down?

Make a bunch of crazy-pattern, colorful duct tape jewelry! It’s quick and easy!

New Year/New Vision-Create your own Vision Board

Tuesday January 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Wellness coach Shawn King will help guide you in creating a visual map of your dreams and goals using the art of feng shui.

With poster board and old magazines we'll create a collage of pictures, phrases, words or items that represent you and your goals.

Mardi Gras Masks

Tuesday February 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Decorate masks with sequins, feathers,and other fun stuff and celebrate Mardi Gras!

Story & Craft Time: 'Fly Guy' and Other Stories

Saturday April 25, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 3

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold!

This event corresponds with the Michigan Theater’s “Not Just for Kids” May 9th performance of 'Fly Guy and Other Stories.'

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