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!

Totally Cool Totes!

Wednesday, April 17 | 7:00-8:00pm | Pittsfield Branch | 6th - Adult

It's National Library Week! Let's celebrate the DIY way.

Stencil up a plain canvas tote bag any way you’d like! We'll have the totes, the paint, and stencil supplies, you bring the design ideas. We'll be exploring freezer paper and contact paper methods. It’ll be totes fun. (Feel free to bring a drawing or a print of a design you think would work as a stencil to put on a tote.)

Tubular Bracelet Workshop

Saturday April 13, 2013: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Learn how to make colorful, fun, sparkly bracelets out of clear vinyl tubing filled with candy, glitter, beads and more!

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

Straw Bridge Engineering

If you are a 3rd - 8th grader, come join us today at the Traverwood Branch from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. to test your construction skills! We will be designing and building bridges out of drinking straws and tape. Play around with different supports and designs to see how strong you can make your bridge. You will get a chance to test your bridge at the end and discover if you have what it makes to be a Stupendous Straw Bridge Engineer!

DIY Instruments

Friday, April 5 | 1 - 2 pm | Downtown Library | Grade 3 - 8

Learn how to make musical instruments out of household items, such as a Bee Buzzer out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands and a Brazilian Laughing Cup (aka Cuica) out of a paper cup and a paper clip. Also try making a didgeridoo, a sound sandwich, and a straw oboe!

There will be several items from the AADL's new Music Tools collection available for playing as well as for checkout.

This event is for grades 3 - 8.

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun

Thursday April 4, 2013: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Amigurumi is very popular in Japan where it means the art of making small crocheted (or knit) toys. We'll give you the supplies and show you how, using our "crochet cam." Unless you're a pro, the project will take the entire time.

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

Making Jewelry With Paper Beads

Thursday April 4, 2013: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Paper beads are made from scraps of paper rolled up to create easy, beautiful beads that can be added to string to make a fun necklace. Come to Traverwood next week and learn how! We will provide the supplies.

This event is for teens and pre-teens in grades 4 - 12.

Rain Cloud Mobile Workshop

Wednesday April 3, 2013: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Need a decoration for your home? Make your own unique, stormy rain cloud mobile for a special corner of your house. We'll provide all of the supplies.

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

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Saturday March 30, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and if you'd like, bring a treasured object to weave into it. Plan on using the entire time to finish your project.

This event is for adults and teens (grades 6 & up). The project is intricate in nature and will likely take the entire time provided to complete.

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