Puffy Paint Rainbow Cards

Tuesday August 18, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and children grade 5 and up.

Decorate and personalize simple cards with brightly colored puff paints, and then send your cool creations on to friends and family!

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday April 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

This month, we'll be learning about "The Science of Consciousness" with philosophy scholar-turned scientist Brian H. Silverstein, and Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris will convince us "Why you should fall in love with your own voice."

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Screen Printing Workshop

Saturday May 2, 2015: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Learn about and explore various low-fi screen printing methods. Ypsilanti based printer and designer Marcy Davy of All Things Grow will lead the workshop and you'll go home with three unique paper prints that you pulled yourself!

AADL Circus Camp: Costume Design

Sunday August 2, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 6-12 and adults

Local artist and designer Lizzie Lottman will teach you how costumes are made, from start to finish. Look at examples, learn the process, and design your own costume! This program will take the entire hour and will require patience and focus.

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday April 4, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY?

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

Wear Something That Rocks!

Wednesday April 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Use rocks, wire and a few simple tools to create a nature-inspired piece of jewelry! Art meets nature to create a piece of jewelry for yourself or your best friend!

A Beautiful Mess

Those of you familiar with the popular style and craft blog A Beautiful Mess will be delighted with this new book, A beautiful mess happy handmade home: Painting, crafting, and decorating a cheerful, more inspiring space. And for those of you not familiar with such messes… Welcome to a beautiful mess!

The book features home décor inspiration and has 90 DIY projects. If you’re looking for home and decorating ideas, look here.

AADL also has many other new craft and design books in the catalog if you’re interested!

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday January 10, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY?

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

Handmade Marketplace

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online is an amazing resource for anyone embarking on a new craft business or wanting to beef up their current one. The book discusses everything you want to know and learn about running your own crafty business in this day and age.

Handmade Marketplace talks about branding and logos, how to pick the right name, how/when/where to market via blogs, websites, social media, etc., how to set up a blog or website, taxes, the deal with wholesale and brick & mortar stores, how to get into craft fairs, how to set up a successful online shop, and more. It also features Q&A with several notable crafters offering tips. I really like that the book isn't all about "make stuff and create an Etsy shop."

The book is insightful, laid out beautifully, written in a wonderfully easy-to-follow format, and is chock full of useful information. Even if you think your bizz is well put together, it's nice to get some feedback to make sure you're on point and doing what you can to craft a great business!

From the same author is Grow your handmade business: How to envision, develop, and sustain a successful creative business, and here’s a list of many more books with great info!

Keyboard Rings!

Tuesday February 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Join us in turning old unused keyboard buttons into quirky rings! This quick and easy project is perfect for showing off your geeky side!

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