Roses Are Red, Valentines Are Too!

Roses Are Red, Valentines Are Too!Roses Are Red, Valentines Are Too!

Come to the Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. to make some Valentine cards for the special people in your life.
Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles . . . everybody likes to get Valentine's Day cards. We'll be making beautiful tissue paper flowers
to go with the cards. This is for preschool - Grade 5 but all are welcome. Supplies will be provided.

You can also make cards for patients at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the Veterans Hospital. We'll deliver those cards for you.
If you can't make it to the Saturday program, you can drop off Valentines cards at any AADL location from Feb. 5 - 11.
When making your card, please remember: sign it with your first name and leave it unsealed; do not use glitter, and please do not
include messages about getting well or feeling better - many of the patients are in the hospital for a long time.

For materials about this popular holiday, click here.

The Beaded Edge! Crocheting with Beads!

Sunday February 10, 2013: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

If you have basic crochet skills, we'll show you how to crochet with thread and beads to make a lovely decorative edge for a pin cushion or sachet.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Gertie' Hirsch, Creator Of The Popular Blog - 'Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing'

Sunday January 27, 2013: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Nationally-known sewing expert Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch visits the Downtown Library! Gertie is a passionate home seamstress and the creator of Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing. She has been invited as a part of the AADL's launch of an art tools collection.

Gertie will cover some personal tidbits in her presentation (not found on her blog). We will learn how she learned to sew, the first piece of garment she was proud to show off, and her line of Butterick patterns. She will also touch on her new book: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques".

The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale. Come early as we expect a good crowd. Doors open at noon.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett is one beautiful picture book. It has the potential of winning a Caldecott Medal, thanks to Jon Klassen's beautiful illustrations. The story features young Annabelle who comes across a box containing some yarn. But a magical thing happens! She knits and knits and knits and the yarn never seems to run out. So she knits sweaters for dogs, and people, and trees, and cars, and soon the entire monochromatic town is awash in color thanks to her handiwork. The greedy archduke decides to steal her magic box, which leaves Annabelle in a bit of stitchuation. Will she knit her way out of it?

Upcycle An Old Sweater Into Mittens!

Sunday January 13, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Don't get rid of that old sweater! Re-purpose the fabric for a charming pair of handmade mittens!

We'll have supplies (including a few old sweaters) for this workshop, but please plan to bring an old sweater to work with. If you have sweaters you no longer need, please bring them to share!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Create a Custom Hardcover E-Reader Case

Monday, January 7 | 7 - 8 pm | Traverwood | Grades 6 - Adult

Are you an e-reader owner who still loves the feel of a good old book in your hands? Bring your e-reader to the Traverwood branch on Monday, January 7 from 7 - 8pm, and create a custom case for your device out of a recycled hardcover book. We will provide the tools and supplies, all you need is your e-reader so that you can find a book cover that fits it. Then, decorate your e-reader case after it is assembled!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

For more crafty ideas, check out these books from the AADL.

Maker Music for Teens and Adults: Atari Punk Circuit

Friday January 4, 2013: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This Friday, January 4, we'll be making an electronic instrument out of commonly available pieces and parts.

For this Maker Music event, the Ann Arbor Hacker-Makers of All Hands Active will be teaching people how use basic circuitry to create their own musical instrument, the Atari Punk Circuit. What's that? An Atari Punk Circuit uses an assortment of basic electronics and two knobs to allow people to create basic two-tone electronic sounds, kind of like those that used to be the soundtrack to the first video games on the Atari video game console.

Do you need to know electronics to come to this event? No, that's why we're having it! Come learn a bit about electricity, circuits, and have some fun trying out making different sounds. After you're finished, take a look at our Music Tools collection, too!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Make a T-Shirt Backpack

Thursday, January 3 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Downtown | Grades 6 - 12

Do you have an old t-shirt hiding in the back of your closet that just doesn't work for you anymore? Maybe it's too small, or it has a little stain on the sleeve, or it has faded after a hundred washes.

Give your old t-shirt a second life and turn it into a drawstring backpack! You bring the t-shirt, and we'll provide the rest. There is a small amount of sewing involved, but don't worry, we'll show you how to sew a simple stitch.

For more crafty ideas, check out these books from the AADL.

Bring in the New Year!

Silly hats and loud noisemakers are part of the ritual of bringing in the new year.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
to make your own party supplies. This is for preschoolers through 5th graders
and their grownups. All supplies will be provided.

For more ideas, go to this website
that has many good ideas for kids' crafts.

Rain Cloud Mobile Workshop

Thursday December 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Make your own special stormy rain cloud mobile for a special spot near a window, or for a sad corner of your house that just needs a lift! We'll provide the supplies.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

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