Sizzlin' Craftin' With Sizzix

Maybe you’ve checked out the Sizzix Big Shot machines from the circulating tools collection at the library, and are looking to explore more. These books have some great ideas!

Upcycle With Sizzix offers techniques and ideas for using the die-cutting and embossing machines to repurpose and reuse just about anything, and offers oodles inspiration. Cards That Wow With Sizzix shares creative ways to cut, fold, and embellish your handmade greeting cards. Time to get making! And be sure to look into the Sizzix machines that you can check out with your library card!

Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine!

Friday August 26, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade K-8

Watch an example of a Rube Goldberg machine, then design and build one of your very own! Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite building materials as well.

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 4, 2016: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages.

Now in its 8th year, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Come learn how to solder; see mechanical, electrical and micro-controlled devices; and participate in technology new and old. The Faire features Washtenaw County's high school FIRST Robotics teams, the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Maker Works and many more fantastic exhibitors.

Beginning Crochet Class

Thursday June 30, 2016: 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Want to start making your own handmade items for yourself or as gifts?

Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies are provided.

Make a Father's Day Card!

Saturday June 11, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like a homemade gift from the heart!

Join us as we create one of a kind Father's Day cards to celebrate dad, grandpa, or your favorite uncle!

Paper Mache Bowls

Wednesday June 29, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Using hand-crafted paper, glue and balloons we'll be creating one of a kind bowls to fill with your favorite items.

Build Your Own Fairy House and Fairy Door!

Friday July 15, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for Grades K-5

Build and decorate your own fairy house and create a fairy door like the ones you can see around Ann Arbor!

Bejeweled DIY Hair Comb

Wednesday June 22, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us as we let our minds do the planning and our hands do the crafting to create one of a kind hair accessories!

Origami Corrugations

Tuesday May 3, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to fold paper origami corrugations with instructor Beth Johnson. No experience is necessary.

A brief talk on the theory of the art will precede the workshop.

National Library Week Event: Origami Tessellations

Tuesday April 12, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to fold paper origami tessellations with instructor Beth Johnson in our new Secret Lab.

A brief talk on the theory of the art will precede the workshop. No experience is necessary.

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