Fabric Coil Coasters!

Join us at our Pittsfield location on Tuesday, August 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm to make fabric coil coasters! We'll be making them out of rope and colorful scraps of fabric. Feel free to bring your own fabric from home if you wish! You'll want to be able to cut really long strips from it.

We will be using hot glue guns, so this is a craft for teens and adults, grades 9 and up.

Suncatchers!

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:00 and make a suncatcher to hang in your window. We will have three basic supplies: paper plates,
tissue paper and clear Contact Paper. How simple or complex you make your
design will be up to you. This is for kids preschool through fifth grade. All supplies will be provided.

Directions for this project and other fun ideas can be found in this book.

Yardscaping

Have a corner in your backyard that needs some sprucing up? Have some unused objects hanging around that you just don't want to get rid of like an old, unused metal toolbox or some scraps of copper or aluminum tubing? Well, there are several books recently published that will give the outdoor artist in you some ideas for repurposing them. The Revolutionary Yardscape is every dumpster diver, scrap hound, or flea market enthusiast's dream, providing plenty of ideas for found items like plastic pallet strapping, wine bottle corks, reclaimed lumber, pipes, empty window frames, broken concrete slabs, and scrap stone, just for starters. It includes where to find specific items like at scrapyards or surplus sales. I love the reuse of an old oxygen tank from a hospital surplus sale as a planter! I also learned about items I never knew the name of like the reuse of a bollard as a garden hose guide. Projects range from very intensive to easy and he provides the info to get you through: like how to cut difficult materials including stone, steel, or acrylic sheets, or what to use to bend metal pipes. Another great book on this same subject is Handmade Garden Projects. I found the projects easier to accomplish in this book but just as creative. The easiest project was for garden lighting called: 'Canning Jar Lanterns', a great day project to do with kids. So whether you want an outdoor project to do in a day or over the course of many, these two books should give you plenty of ideas! For even more ideas click here.

Yoda Dolls

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to make Yoda, that lovable green creature from Star Wars. We will be constructing him out of felt. This is an actual sewing project so real needles will be used.

This is for kids in grades 2 - 5 with their adults. Adults will have to stay and help their children.

All supplies will be provided.

The idea and pattern for Yoda came from this book. Many of Yoda's friends are
in this book as well.

Literary Knits

Author Nikol Lohr presents this cool little knitting book! Literary Knits features 30 patterns inspired by favorite books. The book contains patterns and instructions to make sweaters, hoods, socks and more, all based on some of your favorite novels. There are projects based on: On the Road, The Metamorphosis, The Golden Compass, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and more. Haven’t you always wanted a Gregor Sweater, a Galadriel Hooded Dress or a pair of Dorian Gray Fingerless Gloves? It’s quite fun for fans of knitting and books. Even those of us who don’t knit will enjoy the photos of completed projects.

Map Madness With Decoupage

Wednesday, August 7 | 7:00-8:30pm | Malletts Creek | For grades 6th - Adults

Using colorful old maps along with torn paper collage and decoupage techniques you'll create small, decorative keepsake boxes. We’ll have all the supplies on hand, you bring the creativity! This is a great was to recycle cool paper and turn it into something new.

For more fun, check out these books featuring other projects using paper.

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

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Thursday August 1 | 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm | Traverwood Branch | Grade 6 – Adult

Amigurumi: they're cute, they're colorful, they're tiny - the perfect challenge for the experienced crocheter! Local crafter Beth Battey will show us just how to crochet these small Japanese toys. You'll need the whole time to finish this project, so don't be late! You won't want to miss a minute of this fun workshop.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday July 30 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Malletts Creek Branch | Grade 4 to Adult

The ancient art of Japanese paper folding lets you turn simple squares in beautifully complex creations. Local crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of creating animals and geometric shapes for those new to origami - but if you're an experienced paper folder yourself, we'd love for you to come and share your skills, too!

This event is for adults, teens and pre-teens (grade 4 and up).

Make a Cast Fossil

Monday, July 8 | 2-3pm | Downtown MPR | Grades K-5

'Rock' out with us and make your own cast fossil out of clay and plaster of paris while exploring a process that has created fossils in sedimentary rock for billions of years.

Fossils in the earth can be formed out of plants, or invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or vertebrates like dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Fossils are found in different forms too. Sometimes they are turned to stone or preserved in amber, and other times they leave an imprint in the earth that is filled in by different minerals, forming a cast. We will replicate the process of creating cast fossils.

You're welcome to bring a small, hard item that can fit in the palm of your hand -- for example, a dinosaur toy or a sea shell -- or you can use the objects the library provides. Looking for more information on fossils? Check out these great books and videos from the AADL collection.

Rubber Band Cars

Friday July 26 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Malletts Creek Branch | K - 5

Use rubber bands, cardboard, CDs and more to create your own rubber-band-powered car. You can also check out these books about recycling everyday objects into cool new projects.

This event is for grades K - 5.

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