Locker Makeover

Where did I put that schedule? I know it's here somewhere. If your locker needs a makeover to help you stay organized and find what you need,
then stop by the Traverwood branch on Saturday, the 15th from 2 - 3:30pm to make cool crafts to help you do just that. Branching out from your
locker makeover, here's a few other titles that you might find to be just the thing to jump start the new school year, Organizing From the Inside Out
the Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life, or Think confident, Be Confident for Teens : A Cognitive Therapy Guide
to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Creating Unshakable Self-Esteem. Grades 6-12.

September is National Sewing Month!

A month to celebrate the age old art of sewing! Sewing is a wonderful art form that spans generations and brings them together. How many of us learned to sew from our mother or grandmother? How many have taught our own children to sew? It’s an amazing gift to pass down, and a great skill to learn. Even if you just plan on sewing on buttons that fall off! Because guess what? You’re sewing.

To participate in a month-long celebration of sewing, AADL has books to get you started on new projects, or get you motivated on ones that have been collecting dust in your craft corner. It’s time to bust out the machine and get to it. Here’s a list of all sorts of book on various sewing projects. Some of my favorites as of late are:

Bags, the modern classics : clutches, hobos, satchels & more

The sewing bible: a modern manual of practical and decorative sewing techniques

Sew U : the Built by Wendy guide to making your own wardrobe

Reinvention : sewing with rescued materials

The library has SEW MANY great craft books to get you inspired and sewing away. With a wide range of projects from purses to dresses, for many different skill levels, a plethora of books have you covered with great images and tutorials.

Print Extravaganza... Make A GLOWSTER!

Sunday, August 19 | 1-3pm | Multi-Purpose Room | Downtown | All Ages

Join us for a day of print making! You’ll get a chance to screen print a glow-in-the-dark dino poster- a GLOWSTER! While that’s happening we’ll also have pre-carved blocks, paints, and assorted paper for you to do some stamped prints of your own. All the fun happens in the multi-purpose room at the Downtown branch this Sunday. See you there!

Make Your Own Board Game

Calling all kids in grades K - 5 to come use your imaginations to make your own board game.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m at the Pittsfield Branch we'll have all the boards and supplies
that you need to map out an adventure. Build your own game board, write your own rules, invent
your own characters.

For other game ideas, look here.

Tie-Dye Bandanas & T-Shirts

Tuesday August 7, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Create groovy designs with tie-dye! We'll have all the supplies and bandanas to dye, otherwise please bring your own t-shirt or piece of clothing to dye. Weather permitting, we'll work outside!

This event is for Grades 6 - 12.

Duct Tape Fun for Families

Wednesday July 25, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Help your child create colorful and sturdy bookmarks, flip-flops, hats or whatever you can imagine!

This event is for Grades K - 5 with an adult.

Block Printing Workshop

Tuesday, July 24 | Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:30pm |Grades 6-Adult

In this workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block, and then print the image onto paper or note cards. This is your chance to create something to hang on your wall, or perhaps design a card to send out.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, July 24, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

Maker Works Craftshop: LED Lit, Laser-Engraved Plaques

Tuesday July 24, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

What could be cooler than playing with lasers and LEDs? The staff of Maker Works will lead this geeky craft workshop and discuss the basics of laser engraving and LEDs. Maybe some of the bravest will even get to do some soldering! This project will take the entire time to complete, so please arrive early.

This event is for grades 6 - adult.

Felt Ball Fun!

Monday July 23, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Make a felt ball using wool, patience, your hands, and warm, soapy water! It can be a gift, a decoration, or a fun baby ball!

This event is for Grade K - Adult.

Paper Clip Earings

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If you like to make your own jewelry, but don't like it to always scream out, "I made this myself!" Paper Clip Earrings might be the program for you. While it sounds like we'll be linking paperclips together and hanging them from our ears, the finished earrings look more like what you see to your left. If you like what you see, join us Tuesday, August 17 at the Traverwood Branch 6:00-7:30.

If you're looking for more jewelry, you might check out these books:

Fabric Jewelry: 25 Designs to Make Using Silk, Ribbon, Buttons, and Beads
Junk Jewelry: 25 Extraordinary Designs to Create From Ordinary Objects
Make Bracelets: 16 Projects for Creating Beautiful Bracelets
Make Your Own Great Earrings: Beads, Wire, Polymer Clay, Fabric, Found Objects

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