Avengers Superhero Crime-Fighting Crafts!

Saturday May 2, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Make superhero masks and crime-fighting crafts just in time for the new movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Paper Pinwheel Bouquets

Saturday May 9, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Celebrate Mother’s Day by making a beautiful bouquet that will never lose its flair!

Mix and match fun paper patterns and pinwheel designs, then take your bouquet home to give to someone special!

Fairies in the Library!

Wow! Have you seen the new display in the downtown youth department? It was created by FAIRIES! As many of you know, the fairies have a special house here at the downtown library. Lots of fairy-lovers come and leave little notes and gifts at this house for the fairies—which they love! To say thank you for all these beautiful presents, the fairies have displayed some of them next to the youth desk along with a special thank-you note!

Of course, fairies don’t just live at the library: there are fairies all over Ann Arbor! There is even an urban fairy village near the library and another fairy village in Nichols Arboretum. It’s clear that we in Ann Arbor love fairies… and that fairies love us! Are you interested in creating your own fairies? The library has lots of resources that might be of help to you. Try Drawing Faeries: A Believer’s Guide, How to Draw and Paint Fairies, or Forest Fairy Crafts: enchanting fairies and felt friends from simple supplies.

If you’d rather just read and learn more about fairies, of course there are tons of great fairy stories at the library too. We have The complete book of the flower fairies: poems and pictures, which has beautiful illustrations accompanied by memorable and detailed poems about fairy life. There’s also My Treasury of Fairies and Elves: a collection of 20 magical stories, the beautiful The Little People: stories of fairies, pixies and other small folk and The Hidden Folk: stories of fairies, gnomes, selkies and other hidden folk.

Are fairy movies your thing? There’s the classic Ferngully, in which fairies help to save a rainforest from being cut down, and the enchanting Fairy Tale: a True Story, which tells of how two little girls discover real fairies and get swept up in the ensuing controversy in post-World War I England.

Happy fairy-seeking!

DIY Snow Globes

Sunday December 7, 2014: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Come make your own snow globe! Bring a favorite figurine or toy to use, or decorate it with our supplies!

DIY Wrapped Yarn Vases

Sunday February 1, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grades 3 and up).

It’s easy to make beautiful, wrapped yarn vases.

They’re great for display or to give as gifts.

This project will require patience and will take the entire hour.

It's National Poetry Month!

Sunday April 12, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Celebrate poetry by making your own magnetic poetry set!

Use it on a refrigerator, locker, or even a cookie sheet. You’ll get a little container for storing it, too!

Celebrate National Polar Bear Day!

Wednesday February 25, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5.

Celebrate one of nature’s most impressive hunters.

Using cardboard tubes, string, and glue, we’ll make miniature polar bear friends!

'Frozen' Crafts!

Monday January 26, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Do you want to build a snowman?

“Let it go” at the Library with fun crafts from the movie 'Frozen!'

Snowman Jewelry

Monday December 15, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Celebrate winter and create snowman earrings and necklaces using beads, wire and basic jewelry making techniques.

Make Your Own Bubble Magnets

Monday February 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Cut out pictures from magazines and comic books, then glue flat glass marbles on them to magnify the image. Attach a magnet to the back and you have cool, useful decorations for metal surfaces in households, dorm rooms, and offices! You can even make a series of magnets based on your favorite book or movie.

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