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.

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!

Manufacturama

Sunday August 10, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and then manufacture multiple copies!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

*Please note: this workshop was originally slated to include activities with conductive paint, but will not in fact be using that particular material.

Manufacturama - NEW LOCATION

Sunday July 13, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to Pittsfield Branch..

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and then manufacture multiple copies!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section. This event will be repeated on Sunday, August 10 at 2 pm.

Map Madness with Decoupage

Wednesday August 20, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Use colorful old maps and decoupage techniques to create small, decorative keepsake boxes.

Fun With Die-Cuts: Using the Sizzix Big Shot

Wednesday, February 19 | 6:30-8pm | Downtown – MPR | For grades 6th through Adult

Join us for an evening of paper craft fun. We will be using Sizzix Big Shot die-cut machines to create an assortment of paper die-cuts that can be use in making cards. There will be instruction on how to use the machine, and we’ll have all the paper and cards on hand for you to get creative with.

Soon several Sizzix Big Shot Machines will be joining AADL’s new collection of Art Tools that will circulate! This is a chance for you to explore all that the Sizzix Big Shot can do for your paper craft projects before it goes into circulation.

This event is for teens and adults, grade 6th and up.

Make a Valentine's Day Card

Sunday February 9, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

Make Valentine's Day cards and flowers for someone you love or for patients at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital or Veterans Hospital.

Make a card here or at home (or buy a Valentine's Day card), then drop it off at any AADL location from February 3 - 11. You can choose the hospital or let AADL staff decide. We’ll deliver the cards.

Sign your card with your first name and leave it unsealed. Please do not use glitter or include messages about getting well or feeling better―many of the patients are in the hospital for a long time.

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday April 5, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 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. Get ready to sink your hooks into this fun form of stitching! All supplies provided.

Rubber Band Bracelets!

It seems like kids everywhere are making and wearing jewelry out of colorful rubber bands. Perhaps a Rainbow Loom made its way to your house in December? Rubber band bracelet fun is a book that offers more designs to create with the loom, including the triple rainbow bracelet, the beaded bonanza and the flower bracelet. There’s also Totally awesome rubber band jewelry, which offers tips, tricks and more designs to create. If you’ve got a stash of tiny rubber bands on hand and are waiting for the next project, give them a whirl!

No Sew Pillows

Saturday April 12, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Make your own throw pillow using just fleece and fiberfill stuffing!

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