Make Your Own Minions

minion twinkieminion twinkieCant wait for Despicable Me 2 to come out? It's almost time, but in the meanwhile, come join us for some fun minion-themed crafts on Monday, July 2, 2-3 PM at the Malletts Creek Branch.

Full disclosure: blue frosting is involved!

This event is for grades K-5.

Today: Happy Birthday, America!

Let's make decorations for America's birthday party. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. for some star-spangled fun. We'll be making red, white and blue wreaths and other festive things in celebration of this national holiday. This is for preschoolers - grade 5 but everybody is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For materials on this holiday, click here.

Recycled Paper Flowers

Tuesday, July 2 | 3-4pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room

Ever wondered what happens to old books that the library can't use anymore? Come join us at the Downtown library on July 2nd from 3-4pm and find out! We'll be crafting paper flowers out of discarded books and embellishing them with brads, beads, and buttons. Supplies will be provided.

This event is for teens (grades 6-12) and adults.

Mad Hatter Hats

Few hats are as wacky as the Mad Hatter's hat. Let's make tall, colorful, silly hats of our own.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm and see what kind of hat
designer you can be. Ours will start out as brown grocery bags. The rest will be up to you.
This is for preschool - Grade 5 but everyone is welcome. Supplies will be provided.

Not familiar with the Mad Hatter? Try the book or the various movies.

Washi Tape Craft Program

Monday, June 24 | 2-3pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 3 - Adult

Washi tape is a popular, decorative, Japanese paper tape used in craft projects. We have a variety of colors and patterns of washi tape, along with various colors of card stock and other patterned paper available for you to make greeting card images and other inspired crafts.

If you have never heard of washi tape, check out this Pinterest pinboard for great project ideas. You could also bring an item from home to decorate, and feel free to bring your own roll(s) of washi tape to use along with ours to create your greeting card, if you like!

PS. And if you're collecting codes for the Summer Game, be sure to stop by!

Shrinky Dinks Craft Workshop!

Tuesday June 25, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Make jewelry, key chains, pet tags, pins, clothing buttons - the sky's the limit!

Shrinky Dinks shrink to approximately 1/3rd their original size and actually become 9 times thicker! In two magic minutes your creation gets smaller and smaller.

This event is for adults, teens and pre-teens (grade 4 and up).

Make a Father's Day Card

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This Sunday is the day we honor dads, grandpas, and uncles.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. and make a card
for those special people in your life. This is for preschoolers through 5th graders but
everyone is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For books on this summer holiday, click here.

Yarn Bomb the Garden

Sunday, May 19 | 1:00-3:00pm | Downtown MPR | Grades 6th-Adult

Help us yarn bomb the garden at the downtown library! What is yarn bombing? It’s a form of knit graffiti and public art. We will be adding a coat of knitted color to our luscious outdoor garden.

At the program you’ll learn how to knit a small piece with our knit-cam and an instructor to help guide you. At the end of the program we'll use the pieces we created to yarn bomb the exterior garden by attaching them to trees and the like. We'd love your help with this art collaboration! The knitting instruction starts at 1pm, and it’s not an easy program to arrive late to if you plan to knit for the first time.

We highly encourage experienced knitters and crocheters to also join us. Or if you have a piece already made, bring it to the program and we’ll direct you to the garden yarn bomb zone!

We have a ton of yarn on hand, but ask that you bring size 8 or 9 needles if you have them.

For more info on yarn bombing see this great website, and check out the book Yarn bombing: The art of crochet and knit graffiti.

Make Mom Special!

Nothing says " I love you, Mom!" like cards and flowers made by their children's hands.
Come to the Main Library on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and we'll help
you do that. We'll be making cards and giant tissue paper flowers.
This is for children preschool - Grade 5 but everyone is welcome.
All supplies will be provided.

For materials on this May holiday, click here.

Lovin' the Lavender

One of my favorite scents is lavender and with spring planting upon us, I turned to the Lavender Lover's Handbook, for inspiration. Lavender not only smells intoxicating, the flowers are gorgeous, and it can be used in a variety of recipes. From flower arranging to wreath making to cooking, this book provides the information needed to utilize lavender in many ways and in a variety of forms. The author also describes the different varieties of lavender, as well as how to grow and maintain them in abundance. The author should know, she has a 5-acre farm in Oregon with some 5000 lavender plants. It is open to the public and has the romantic name of Lavender at Stonegate. The library owns several other books on lavender, like Lavender : the grower's guide and Lavender : how to grow and use the fragrant herb I also have just heard about the Michigan Lavender Festival in Armada that takes place in July! A rewarding summer sipping sweet lavender lemonade!

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