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!

Calligraphy Workshop

Tuesday August 19, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Join us for a calligraphy workshop with local artisan, Scott Wettlaufer.

Lucky Flying Fish!

Sunday June 8, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades K-5

Ornamental wind socks are very popular in countries such as China and Japan, where they are seen as a symbol of good luck. Come by the Traverwood branch of the library and make your very own lucky flying fish to fly in the summer breeze!

DIY: Travel Journals & Adventure Logs

Friday June 27, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Join us to make travel journals and adventure logs for your summer travels with a simple book binding technique. Add envelopes, tags, notes, and other interactive elements to your pages to keep your memories in place. If you already have an adventure you'd like to document, you can bring your own travel mementos with you to add. Otherwise, you can create the bones of a great travel journal that will be perfect to fill in with your summer adventures!

Make a Flowernote Bouquet!

Monday June 16, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades K - 5

Why buy flowers and a card when you can make flowers that are a card?! Younger children might need assistance.

Now Available Through AADL: 20 Knitting Patterns to Make Your Favorite Mochimochi Land pals!

Mochimochi Land was launched in 2007 as a place where knitted toys and people can live together in a spirit of tolerance. Now, thanks to a partnership between Mochimochi Land and AADL you can access a collection of delightful knitting patterns to create your own friends!

AADL is overjoyed to partner with Anna Hrachovec, to offer 20 DRM-free Downloads of Mochimochi Land Knitting Patterns to all AADL Cardholders. All you need is to have an AADL library card. Then, login with your linked AADL online account, and all of these patterns are yours for the knitting!

The characters that inhabit Mochimochi Land are original designs by Anna Hrachovec, a knitter who lives in Chicago. Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and illustrators like Dr. Seuss and Mary Blair. Anna’s knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, all around the web, and in print.

Make a Father's Day Card!

Saturday June 14, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades K - 5

Using various supplies: paper, glue, scissors, Sizzix Big Shot Machines and die cutters we will create customized cards for Father's Day cards.

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