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).

Where My Peeps At?

Wednesday, March 20 | 6:00-8:00pm | Pittsfield Branch | 6th grade- Adult

Make a mini stuffed marshmallow Peeps bunny using felt and hand-sewing techniques! We’ll have all the Peeps-colored felt necessary to make the cutest little Peeps bunnies. Guaranteed to be a fun evening of sewing and chatting. Join us!

For more projects with felt, check out these books.

Decoupage Craft Boxes

Friday December 28, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

If you have some favorite images from magazines, greeting cards or other scrap paper, bring them with you to this fun workshop!

We'll provide craft boxes and supplies to decoupage (gluing paper to an object) your own special little box for your favorite treasured stuff.

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

DIY Decor!

Saturday December 15, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Create surprisingly sophisticated looking mod forms with paper and buttons to create hanging miniatures. Decorate your house for the holidays or anytime with your very own homemade touches!

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

Crafting With Copper Leaf

Sunday December 9, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Add a little sparkle to your winter!

Using simple materials, we'll walk you through creating a decorative vase or candle holder with shimmery geometric copper designs. Great for gifts!

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

Playing With Polymers

Saturday December 8, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Polymers are long chains of molecules. We'll play with polymers and make slimy, bouncy balls and mock snow!

This event is for Grades K-5.

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