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.

March is National Craft Month

If the bleak winter so far hasn't already had you dusting off your knitting needles or roaming the local craft stores looking for something to do, now's a good time to start! March is National Craft Month, and the Ann Arbor District Library is a great resource for books on sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, woodworking, and a whole lot more. Dive deeper into your favorite craft or pick up a new one!

Here's some titles from our collection to get you started:
Sewn By Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle and Thread
Knitting Off the Axis: Projects & Techniques for Sideways Knitting
The Weekend Woodworker's Project Collection : 40 Projects for the Time-Challenged Craftsman
Weekend Handmade : More than 40 Projects + Ideas for Inspired Crafting
Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories for the Home

Windsock Craft Workshop

Saturday March 9, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

March is a blustery month, so it's a perfect time to make a new windsock for your yard! This project will take the entire time to complete.

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

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