Beaded Macrame Bracelets

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Make a cool bracelet using simple knots and colorful beads. All supplies will be provided, just stop by the Traverwood branch on Wednesday, July 6, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Grade 6 - Adult
Web sites can give you ideas for crafting the perfect bracelet, or necklace, or really anything with beads.

Celebrate the Fourth of July Craft Program

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As America gets ready to celebrate its birthday with a long holiday weekend, come and make some party decorations suitable for the occasion. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Friday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m. for a craft program. We'll be making lots of red, white and blue things. This is for preschoolers through fifth graders. All supplies will be provided.

For some materials on this holiday, click here.

Summer Screen Printing Workshop

During this hands-on workshop you'll view a presentation on how screen printing works, and will then get a chance to screen print onto paper or cloth. You’ll have a choice between printing an original Summer Game design onto a tote we supply (or a cloth item that you bring in), OR you can print a different Summer Game design onto paper to create a print. That’s right, we’ll have two of Jannie Ho’s AADL Summer Game designs and two screen printing stations set up, ready for you to DIY.

To keep up with screen printing, check out these books as a resource.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Wednesday, June 29, 7-8:30pm. See you there!


Etsy Class!

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Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For a complete class schedule, click here.

Make a Father's Day Card!

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In May we made cards for moms, grandmas, and aunts. Let's give equal time to dads, grandpas and uncles. Come to the Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday, June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to noon to make a card for Dad and the other special guys in your life.

This is for preschoolers through Grade 5. All supplies will be provided.

For materials about the holiday, click here.

Spy School: Invisible Ink

Grab your quill pen and parchment, and get ready to enroll in the Ann Arbor District Library Spy School! Learn how to craft a pot of invisible ink from household ingredients and use invisible ink antidotes to reveal secret messages as we travel back into the exciting world of spies from the American Revolution. Track down a spy gang, draw a hidden treasure map, and write mysterious letters using simple ingredients and kid-friendly recipes. It's science, it's history, and it's a lot of imagination! This program is geared toward children grades K-5. No registration required; all supplies provided.

When: Monday June 20th, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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George Washington's Beer Recipe

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The New York Public Library recently published George Washington's recipe for a "small beer" that he wrote in a notebook while serving in the Virginia Militia. The recipe lists the ingredients as bran hops, yeast and molasses--could this have something to do with his becoming a dental victim?

In any event, the Ann Arbor District Library has many books devoted to home brewing:

Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide : Everything you Need to Know to Make Great-tasting Beer is written by a powerhouse in the small brewing industry and covers beginning and advanced techniques.

Homebrew Favorites : a Coast-to-Coast Collection of over 240 Beer and Ale Recipes has chapters according to types: pale ales, brown ales, porters, stouts, European lagers from serious home brewers.

Better Beer and How to Brew It is a great place for a beginner to start.

And don't forget the upcoming 14th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival in Depot Town - Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, July 22-23

Make a Card for Mother's Day!


Show Mom how much you care by making a card for her. Add to that a large beautiful tissue paper flower and make her day a very special one. All this can be done at the Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. We'll be making cards and flowers that will put the store-bought versions to shame. And don't forget all those special grandmas and aunts out there as well.

This is for preschool through 5th graders and their grownups. All supplies will be provided. For some books and movies about the holiday, look here.

Magazine Update -- Beauty, Money, Drama ...and Recycling

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As some gear up for the chocolate bunny and jellybean eating of Easter weekend, others are excited about our new teen and youth magazines!

Teen magazines have a bumper crop this month:
Celebrity Hairstyles -- Learn how to choose the right makeup for your hair and steal the hairstyle secrets of the cast of Modern Family, plus "350 Summer Hair Secrets."
ESPN Magazine -- This issue is "All About the Money." Find out how athletes splurge, and what they do when the money runs out.
Teen Voices -- Learn about henna, as well as serious issues like child marriage and teen runaways. Includes an interview with Liz Murray, who wrote Breaking Night as a memoir of her own experience as a homeless teen in New York.
Us Weekly -- The drama behind the scenes on "Dancing With the Stars," and the Style Stars of 2011!

For the kids and parents we have:
Family Fun -- With crafts for Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day, as well as recycle crafts for turning trash into treasures.
New Moon Girls -- The issue shares girls' true travel stories, and asks the question "What's your definition of beauty?"

AADL youth and teen magazines -- as colorful as a spring treat, but 100% sugar free.

Enviro-Friendly Crafts

Celebrate Earth Day this month of April with some earth-friendly upcycled crafts. Keywords: Upcycle, repurpose, reclaim, remake.

For some inspiration try Recyclo-Gami: 40Crafts To Make Your Friends Green With Envy! The book is full of ideas for reusing common materials to make accessories, jewelry, household decorations, games, and gifts.

Green Crafts For Children: 35 Step-By-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, And Found Materials is another fun book, with kid-friendly projects reusing materials and found items you might normally discard.

For more sophisticated making, try Eco-Craft: Recycle-Recraft-Restyle, which focuses on repurposing materials into lovely designs for the home.

Check out more recycled craft projects in these books as well!

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