Make Jewelry from Paper Beads

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Have you ever tried making paper beads? We'll have lots of recycled magazine papers and beads for you to create a simple, ready to wear necklace. Check out these book titles to get inspired, Creating Extraordinary Beads from Ordinary Materials or Paper Creations. Paper bead creations can be found here.

Hope you can join us at Traverwood, Friday, April 8, from 2:00-3:30 PM. Grade 4-Adult.

Take Part in Art -- Marvelous Masks

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From masquerade balls to dramatic performances, from exuberant carnivals to solemn ceremonies, people all over the world love wearing masks. Why are masks so popular? Maybe because wearing a mask lets us transform ourselves into anything we can imagine!

If you love masks, you can come to the art table in the downtown youth department to make some with us. Or you can join in at home:

Read!
Niño’s Mask – A young boy is told that he is too young to wear a mask in his village carnival. Won’t everyone be surprised when he makes a mask and becomes el perro – the dog – all by himself!
Behind the Mask – Kimin wonders what to wear for Halloween. When he discovers a mysterious mask among his grandfather’s things, he learns more about his own past.
The Art of African Masks – Discover how different cultures make and use masks in Africa.

Do!
Masks – Make masks from all over the world!
About.com has tons of ideas for making masks from egg cartons, plastic jugs, paper plates and all sorts of other stuff!
At PBS you can learn more about African masks, or you can make your own!

Try a mask today – they work for superheroes and luchadores, so you know they've gotta be good.

Let's Make Some Valentines!

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Valentines that are made with love and sticky little hands are always nicer than the store-bought kind. Bring your kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. We'll be making Valentines of all kinds. Think of all those grandparents, aunts, uncles and special neighbors who would like Valentines. Bring your imaginations, we'll provide all the supplies. For kids preschool - Grade 5.

For some Valentine craft ideas, click here. Check out this website for some good ideas for family Valentine activities.

Make a Valentine! | Saturday, February 12 | 1-2pm | PIttsfield Branch

826MI Robot Workshop! Sunday Feb. 13!

Kids and Teens in grades 4-12 are invited to attend this hands-on junk-yard awesome robot making workshop! The robots are coming! The robot wizard from Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair will show you how to create your own amazing robot. You may even get to use some of the Better Bot's Repair Co. products, including Positronic Brains, (Replacement) Robot Larynxes, and Grasping Appendages (two varieties!). We'll provide the robot supplies and you provide the inspiration! Volunteers from the fantabulous non-profit 826MI will be presenting this workshop.

Join us Sunday, February 13 from 1:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library! No registration is required for this FREE event! robotsrobots

An Epic Magazine Update -- Tigers, Fashion, and Valentine's Crafts

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This magazine update is truly epic, folks. Our magazine "in" box is swamped -- and I mean completely flooded -- with new magazines for all.

For the kiddos:
Zoobies -- This one's all about tigers. Adorable and fierce!
Iguana -- Cuentos, poemas, leyendas, y articulos. En Espanol, claro.
Scholastic Math -- The boys of Big Time Rush lead you through some painless problems.

For the teens:
Cicada -- Creative writing for teens, by teens.
WWE Magazine -- Wrestler Kaval tells all. Or at least some.
Lucky -- Going shopping? Find out what's in now! Before you perpetrate some serious fashion crimes on your friends.

And for the parental units:
Family Fun -- Valentine's Day crafts!
Book Links -- Multicultural literature. Hey, that sounds familiar.

With so many new magazines it's almost hard to know where to start. Dive in!

Exercise Your Creativity at the AADL Kid-i-Cotts!

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The Caldecott Winners and Honor Books have been proclaimed, including A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Ann Arbor's own Erin Stead! Now it's time for you to get in on the action. Stop by the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room this Saturday from 1 to 2:30 to hear a storytime presentation of one of these fine books, followed by a creative craft. Let your imagination take flight!

Celebrate the New Year!

Do you need some silly hats and noisemakers for your New Year's celebration?
Come to the Traverwood Branch at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28 and make some festive gear for your party. All supplies will be provided. This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders.

For other New Year's decorating ideas, go here.

Take Part in Art -- Art that Tells a Story

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People have been using pictures to tell stories since…well, forever! Cave paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and the Bayeux Tapestry are all ancestors of modern picture books and graphic novels. To explore the relationship between art and storytelling, you could always come visit the Youth Art Table downtown, or enjoy our abundant and awesome resources at home.

Some excellent artists – modern and historical – have focused on using art to tell stories. To learn more about these artists try reading:
Brueghel: A Gift for Telling Stories – about the life of Dutch artist Pieter Brueghel.
En mi Familia and Family Pictures by Mexican-American artist Carmen Lomas Garza.
Pretty much anything about Norman Rockwell.

To explore how artists tell stories using pictures, try these books.
Telling Stories in Art by Joy Richardson provides examples readers can use to create their own story in art!
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud describes how graphic novelists use pictures to tell their stories, and Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel guides readers in creating their own graphic novels!
Read a wordless picture book to see how amazing a story without words can be.

If you have children ages 4-7, you can also attend one of the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Storytime in the Museum programs starting January 8. University of Michigan students read stories related to the art on display at the museum to bring art to life!

Finally, to see how art can tell different stories to different people try Twice Told -- a collection of short stories based on paintings. The twist? Each painting inspires two stories by different authors. See how different stories based on the same picture can be! What story would you tell?

AADL Bags Make Great Holiday Gift Wrap

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This year, consider wrapping your holiday gifts in something their recipients can actually use: an attractive, reusable AADL tote bag.

These little numbers come in black, emblazoned on one side with our fetching teal logo. They look pretty sharp when coordinated with a contrasting color of tissue paper (I'm liking blue, red and silver). Oh, and did I mention they're only $1?

Wow your friends and family this holiday season with your eco-friendliness and discerning sense of style! Our totes are roomy enough to hold your holiday gifts, as well as groceries for years to come. AADL totes are for sale at the circulation desks of all branches of the library. This year, wrap in the gift that keeps on giving!

Celebrate the Winter Solstice!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 is the shortest day of the year. But that's no reason to stay in your pajamas all day. Come to the Malletts Creek Branch at 2:00 p.m. and make some winter decorations to brighten up your house. This program is for children preschool through 5th grade. All supplies will be provided.

For more information about the winter solstice, look here.

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