National Library Week Event: Papermaking From Pulp To Sheet

Sunday April 15, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Celebrate National Library Week by learning how to make paper (and even put a few seeds in it)! If you want, you can bury the paper in the spring and grow some flowers!

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

Beaded Macrame Bracelets

Make a cool bracelet using simple knots and colorful beads. A couple books that may give you some ideas to try at home are New Macrame Contemporary Knotted Jewelry & Accessories or Hemp Jewelry Hope to see you on April 5, Thursday at the Downtown library from 2-3 pm. Grades 6-Adult are welcome.

Cork Trivet-Making Workshop

Thursday April 5, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Make your own heat-protecting trivet using wine corks. We'll provide all the supplies, but if you have some corks of your own that you would like to use, bring them along!

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

Duct Tape Doings

Wednesday April 4, 2012: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Join us for a fun craft session! We provide the tape in a wide variety of colors - including camo, clear and tie-dye - and you do the rest.

This event is for teens (grades 6 - 12).

Basic Bookmaking Workshop With Local Book Artist Jean Buescher Bartlett

Sunday March 25, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Learn basic bookmaking skills and how to construct and bind your own double signature sketchbook at this fascinating workshop designed for all skill levels!

Local book artist Jean Buescher Bartlett will present a drawing/collage exercise, appropriate for beginners or advanced participants. A small finished image will then be framed by an opening in the front covers of the sketchbooks we will construct. All supplies will be provided.

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

Mardi Gras!

Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. to
celebrate Mardi Gras by making brightly colored masks and stringing beads.
This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders. All supplies will be provided.

For materials about this holiday, click here.

Make a Valentine's Day Card for that Special Someone!

Pittsfield Branch: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Make some valentines for those special people in your life.
We'll also be making large tissue paper flowers. All supplies will be provided. This is for preschool - grade 5.

For books and movies about the holiday, click here.

For Valentine's Day coloring sheets or other projects to try at home, click here.

Fabric Printing Workshop

At this hands-on workshop you’ll get a chance to pull your own screen printed tea towel to take home. We’ll also get you caught up on all things related to printing up stylish towels. Hand printed tea towels are a great way to add a bit of whimsy to one’s kitchen, as they’re both colorful and creative!

We’ll also have linoleum blocks carved and ready for you to use to stamp a design onto a fat quarter of fabric. You can then do what you will with the fabric! You can use it in a plethora of handmade projects, including: A throw pillow, a bag, a placemat, for appliques, and more. It’s up to you. You’ll leave the workshop with a tea towel and a fat quarter, ready to add some sparkle to your abode.

To expand upon the joy of printing on fabric, here are some crafty books to get you going.

This DIY event is for grade 6 – Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Tuesday, February 7, from 7-8:30pm.

Make Valentine's Day Brighter!


This Valentine's Day, you can send a card to patients at the Veterans Hospital and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital! Make or buy a Valentine's Day card, fill it out, and drop it off at any AADL location from February 5 - 11. You can specify which hospital or let AADL staff decide. We will make sure it arrives safely!

Please avoid glitter and leave the envelope unsealed. Because many of the patients at these hospitals are long term, please do not include any messages about getting well or feeling better.

Thank you for making this Valentine's Day a little better for children and veterans!

Cereal Box Scrapbooks

Collect up your photos, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia to create a scrapbook from cereal boxes. We will provide cereal boxes for cool covers and other scrapbooking supplies. Click here for more books from the library to get some ideas. Hope to see you at the Pittsfield branch on Thursday, December 29 from 2 - 3:30 pm. Grades 4-8.

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