It's Easy Being Green: A Sustainable Living Expo / Sunday, September 27, 12:30-5:30 PM

It's Easy Being Green is a day-long learning, local buying, and eating celebration of living a life that’s better for the planet and not so hard on the wallet. From supporting efforts to reduce your carbon footprint to learning homesteading skills for living a more hands-on, DIY life, It's Easy Being Green has you covered!

Join us on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, from 12:30-5:30 PM. The library is open from 12:00-6:00PM. FREE Parking on Sundays too!

The Expo features:

A Keynote presentation, "Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter," plus 11 learning sessions on a variety of topics including bike commuting, rain & container gardening, permaculture, fermentation, and more.

Over 20 vendors selling upcycled, recycled, handmade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, wool and other fibers. Plus vendors selling mushroom growing kits, outdoor animal keeping supplies, fermented products, and shrubs (drinking vinegars). Vendors include The Brinery, McClary Brothers Drinking Vinegars, Ann Arbor Seed Company, Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Divine Iguana, Lead Head Glass, among others.

Opportunities to chat with representatives from area organizations such as Recycle Ann Arbor, Project Grow, Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers, Sic Transit, Natural Area Preservation, Slow Food Huron Valley, Agrarian Adventure, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ecology Center, and other green neighbors.

Outdoor food vendors including The Shimmy Shack (vegetarian/vegan), Mani Strada (the new venture from the Mani Osteria & Isalita purveyors) and Go! Ice Cream.

Learning Sessions Schedule:

12:30-1:15

Keynote: Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter with Joseph Tychonievich, Greensparrow Gardens

1:30-2:15

Family Bike Commuting with Michael Firn of Sic Transit Cycles
Container Gardening with Growing Hope

2:30-3:15

Rain Gardens with Jesse Tack of Abundant MI Permaculture and Whole Culture Repair
Mending Workshop with Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing
Bee Keeping with Jamie Berlin of Ypsi Melissa

3:30-4:15

Permaculture with the People’s Food Co-Op
Keeping Animals with Harnois Farms

4:30-5:15

Intro to Canning with Cynthia Hodges
Vermiculture with Starr Valley Farms
Fermentation 101 with The Brinery

Book Charms

Thursday September 17, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Make a miniature version of your favorite book to wear on a necklace or a bracelet!

Backyard Brains: DIY Neuroscience with Greg Gage

Tuesday September 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens in grades 6 and up.
This event will be recorded

Neuroscience PhD, and founder of Backyard Brains, Greg Gage joins us to discuss current topics in DIY Neuroscience. No previous knowledge or experience in neuroscience is needed, just a desire to learn more about how our bodies and brains work!

Clay Halloween Charms

Saturday October 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Create cute or scary polymer clay charms to celebrate Halloween.

Vampire's Kiss Necklace

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens in grades 6–12.

Join us in creating an illusionist piece of jewelry to add to your Halloween wardrobe or costume. Using red beads, clear wire and a few basic tools you'll make necklace that will show your artsy side!

Colorful Cake Pops

Sunday October 11, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Find your inner baking genius and have fun learning how to make and decorate your own cake pops!

Comic Book Coasters

Sunday October 4, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Use comic books to design and make your own set of cool, one-of-a-kind coasters!

Crafty Animal Bookmarks!

Sunday September 27, 2015: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for youth in grades K–8.

Create a medley of perfect animal-themed bookmarks to take back to school or to keep your favorite book company!

Silhouette Plates

Saturday September 5, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Come create decorative plates using silhouettes of characters and symbols from favorite books like Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland, and more.

No-Sew Fleece Pillows

Saturday December 5, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and youth grade 3 and up.

Make a cozy fleece pillow for yourself or as a gift without any sewing!

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