Felt Ball Fun!

Tuesday June 24, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball!

Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Monday June 30, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and, if you’d like, bring a treasured object to weave into it. Local crafter Dawn Henry leads this workshop.

The dreamcatcher project is intricate and will likely take the entire time to complete.

Hot Glue Jewelry

Tuesday July 15, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

Jewelry from hot glue? Is that even possible? You’ll find out when we make earrings and necklace pendants using hot glue!

Shrinky Dink Sun Catchers

Monday July 14, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

Use Shrinky Dink paper and markers to create a Shrinky Dink suncatcher to brighten your room!

Invented in 1973, Shrinky Dinks are a retro craft that's made a huge comeback in recent years –– and they're not just for kids anymore!

Welcome to 'Night Vale' Listening Party

Monday June 16, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 7 and up.

Night Vale is a podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring mysterious lights in the night sky, figures with unknowable powers, the “weather report,” and announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police. Hear three podcast episodes back-to-back and—while you enjoy Cecil’s dulcet descriptions of the town’s five-headed dragons and portals to other worlds—make an Eternal Scout badge or Night Vale eye.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 18, 2014: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will also be offered at 12:30 pm.

UMSI MakerFest

Are you interested in finding out more about the University of Michigan’s new Bachelor of Science in Information degree? Would you like to watch a demo of Google Glass, see a 3-D printer in action, learn how to crochet, or play with some of AADL’s music tools? If so, then you should definitely check out the UMSI MakerFest on Wednesday, March 26th from 12-2 PM at the Michigan Union.

So what is a MakerFest? UMSI's MakerFest grew out of the Maker Movement, which encourages people to combine their love of crafts and DIY projects with innovative technologies. MakerFest is an opportunity for "makers" of all types to get together, try out new tools, and most importantly, make new things.

This event is cosponsored by the School of Information, the Center for Campus Involvement, Ann Arbor District Library, All Hands Active, MakerWorks, U-M Computer and Video Game Archives, and Michigan Makers.

You can find out more at the UMSI MakerFest Facebook page.

March is National Craft Month!

There is no better time to celebrate your inner crafter than National Craft Month. The snow is staring to melt (and will be back again soon) but the knitting needles are still on your coffee table next to a stack of movies to watch. It’s time to grab your knitting needles, jewelry pliers, embroidery floss, and scissor and get making.

Whatever your craft, AADL has you covered for books to get you started. The 700s contain many books on a variety of topics, including: jewelry making, sewing, crocheting, origami, felting, scrapbooking, quilting, and more.

If you're looking to get crafting but don't know where to start, join us at AADL for one of the many craft programs we regularly host! We host SO MANY great craft programs that are always free of charge for anyone to attend. There are folks to guide you and supplies to work with. Keep an eye on the schedule for upcoming hands-on events for all ages.

Pinwheel Flower Pots

Thursday July 24, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Want some flowers that won't wilt in the summer heat? Make colorful pinwheel flowers using a few simple supplies. Decorate a flower pot, plant your pinwheels, and let them spin. Or just store them in the pot when you're not playing with them!

Magnet Crafts

Saturday August 9, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for youth and pre-teen, grades K-8

Create and decorate your very own bottle cap and clothespin magnets. Use a variety of craft supplies to transform them into critters, monsters, people, or anything else that strikes your fancy!

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