Make a T-Shirt Backpack

Thursday, January 3 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Downtown | Grades 6 - 12

Do you have an old t-shirt hiding in the back of your closet that just doesn't work for you anymore? Maybe it's too small, or it has a little stain on the sleeve, or it has faded after a hundred washes.

Give your old t-shirt a second life and turn it into a drawstring backpack! You bring the t-shirt, and we'll provide the rest. There is a small amount of sewing involved, but don't worry, we'll show you how to sew a simple stitch.

For more crafty ideas, check out these books from the AADL.

Bring in the New Year!

Silly hats and loud noisemakers are part of the ritual of bringing in the new year.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
to make your own party supplies. This is for preschoolers through 5th graders
and their grownups. All supplies will be provided.

For more ideas, go to this website
that has many good ideas for kids' crafts.

Rain Cloud Mobile Workshop

Thursday December 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Make your own special stormy rain cloud mobile for a special spot near a window, or for a sad corner of your house that just needs a lift! We'll provide the supplies.

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

Where My Peeps At?

Wednesday, March 20 | 6:00-8:00pm | Pittsfield Branch | 6th grade- Adult

Make a mini stuffed marshmallow Peeps bunny using felt and hand-sewing techniques! We’ll have all the Peeps-colored felt necessary to make the cutest little Peeps bunnies. Guaranteed to be a fun evening of sewing and chatting. Join us!

For more projects with felt, check out these books.

Decoupage Craft Boxes

Friday December 28, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

If you have some favorite images from magazines, greeting cards or other scrap paper, bring them with you to this fun workshop!

We'll provide craft boxes and supplies to decoupage (gluing paper to an object) your own special little box for your favorite treasured stuff.

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

DIY Decor!

Saturday December 15, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Create surprisingly sophisticated looking mod forms with paper and buttons to create hanging miniatures. Decorate your house for the holidays or anytime with your very own homemade touches!

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

Crafting With Copper Leaf

Sunday December 9, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Add a little sparkle to your winter!

Using simple materials, we'll walk you through creating a decorative vase or candle holder with shimmery geometric copper designs. Great for gifts!

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

Playing With Polymers

Saturday December 8, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Polymers are long chains of molecules. We'll play with polymers and make slimy, bouncy balls and mock snow!

This event is for Grades K-5.

Your Guide to Buying Local This Holiday Season

Where will you shop for holiday gifts this year? It’s buy local week! In the recent years, local businesses in Michigan cities including Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have been participating in several “buy local” themed holiday sales in order to take some of the spotlight off of the big box stores. This growing trend to “buy local Michigan” is a great way to support our state’s economy. If you’re looking for gift ideas that will support southeast Michigan, or just the state in general, here are some ideas:

-Farmer’s Markets are on the rise! According to a study done by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Michigan has been leading the country in the percentage growth of farmers markets over the last two years and also “ranks fourth among the states in the number of farmers markets.” There are several local farmer’s markets that are open year-round, such as The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and The Detroit Eastern Market. Pick up a locally made loaf of banana bread for a stocking stuffer. Or, for the more adventurous, cook your own gifts to give from the fresh foods found at the markets. The AADL’s catalog has several local-themed cookbooks for you to draw ideas from.

-Michigan is famous for its vineyards and wineries. Take a friend or loved one who enjoys wine on a tour of Michigan wineries by following this guide. Or pick up a bottle from a local winery.

-Speaking of local drinks, Michigan is also well-known for its local breweries. Ann Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s, and Arcadia are among some of the most popular Michigan breweries holding holiday sales this year.

-Within the last few years, there have been several “Michigan” themed retail stores popping up that stock Michigan-made products. Among these include The Michigan General Store in Ypsilanti, The Dixboro General Store, The Produce Station in Ann Arbor, and the website “The Mitten State” which sells vintage-inspired Michigan themed t-shirts and other Michigan-themed gifts. Buying gifts from Michigan retail stores is a great way to support your local and state economy.

-Over the next few weeks, Friday, December 7th, Friday December 14th, and Friday December 21st, Main Street in Downtown Ann Arbor will be hosting “Festive Fridays” which include live street entertainment and extended hours for Main Street retailers! This is a great opportunity to enjoy and support your local economy.

-Connect with local crafters and support them at DIYpsi, coming up December 8th & 9th in Ypsilanti. Other local DIY craft events and holiday bazaars coming up include Tiny Expo in Ann Arbor on December 8th, the 7th Annual Holiday Baar Bazaar in Detroit on the 14th, The Detroit Mercantile Merry Market on the 15th & 16th, and The Detroit Annual Food Bazaar on December 10th.

-If you’re into crafting yourself, check out some of the craft programs coming up at the AADL to make your very own gifts to give!

-Do you have an avid reader to please this holiday season? Check out the AADL’s Friend’s of the Library Book Shop, located on the basement level of the Downtown branch. The shop’s holiday hours this season are: Saturdays, 10-4 and Sundays, 1-4 through December 16th, 2012. Then closed until January 5th and 6th, 2013. The shop includes a wide variety of gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, and jigsaw puzzels.

Happy local holiday shopping!

Block Printing Workshop

Tuesday, December 4 | 6:30-8:30pm | Pittsfield | Grades 6-Adult

In this workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block with the proper tools, and then print the image onto paper or note cards. This is your chance to create something to hang on your wall, or perhaps design a holiday card to send out.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, December 4, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

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