Fabric Coil Coasters!

Join us at our Pittsfield location on Tuesday, August 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm to make fabric coil coasters! We'll be making them out of rope and colorful scraps of fabric. Feel free to bring your own fabric from home if you wish! You'll want to be able to cut really long strips from it.

We will be using hot glue guns, so this is a craft for teens and adults, grades 9 and up.

Yardscaping

Have a corner in your backyard that needs some sprucing up? Have some unused objects hanging around that you just don't want to get rid of like an old, unused metal toolbox or some scraps of copper or aluminum tubing? Well, there are several books recently published that will give the outdoor artist in you some ideas for repurposing them. The Revolutionary Yardscape is every dumpster diver, scrap hound, or flea market enthusiast's dream, providing plenty of ideas for found items like plastic pallet strapping, wine bottle corks, reclaimed lumber, pipes, empty window frames, broken concrete slabs, and scrap stone, just for starters. It includes where to find specific items like at scrapyards or surplus sales. I love the reuse of an old oxygen tank from a hospital surplus sale as a planter! I also learned about items I never knew the name of like the reuse of a bollard as a garden hose guide. Projects range from very intensive to easy and he provides the info to get you through: like how to cut difficult materials including stone, steel, or acrylic sheets, or what to use to bend metal pipes. Another great book on this same subject is Handmade Garden Projects. I found the projects easier to accomplish in this book but just as creative. The easiest project was for garden lighting called: 'Canning Jar Lanterns', a great day project to do with kids. So whether you want an outdoor project to do in a day or over the course of many, these two books should give you plenty of ideas! For even more ideas click here.

Literary Knits

Author Nikol Lohr presents this cool little knitting book! Literary Knits features 30 patterns inspired by favorite books. The book contains patterns and instructions to make sweaters, hoods, socks and more, all based on some of your favorite novels. There are projects based on: On the Road, The Metamorphosis, The Golden Compass, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and more. Haven’t you always wanted a Gregor Sweater, a Galadriel Hooded Dress or a pair of Dorian Gray Fingerless Gloves? It’s quite fun for fans of knitting and books. Even those of us who don’t knit will enjoy the photos of completed projects.

Map Madness With Decoupage

Wednesday, August 7 | 7:00-8:30pm | Malletts Creek | For grades 6th - Adults

Using colorful old maps along with torn paper collage and decoupage techniques you'll create small, decorative keepsake boxes. We’ll have all the supplies on hand, you bring the creativity! This is a great was to recycle cool paper and turn it into something new.

For more fun, check out these books featuring other projects using paper.

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

Block Printing Workshop

Wednesday, July 10 | Pittsfield Branch | 6:30-8:30pm | Grade 6 - Adult

At this block printing 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 and/or note cards. This is your chance to create wall art, or perhaps design a card.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have a design you want to carve please bring a sketch along, or if you have your own tools, feel free to bring those as well. If not, no worries, we’ve got you covered. No younger siblings please, we're using sharp tools.

Don't forget to check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

Make an iPod Cozy!

Thursday, July 11 | 6:30-8:30pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6th-Adult

Come take a stab at hand sewing and jazz up your ipod, MP3 player or phone. Using colorful felt, buttons and embroidery thread, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind cozy to keep your ipod or phone protected with a handmade case for it. All supplies are provided, and we’ll have ideas and samples to get you going. Feel free to bring your device if you want to test out your design and make sure it fits.

To keep the craft going, check out some books on hand sewing or felt fun. See you there!

Make Your Own JunkBot Buggies

Sunday July 7 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 – Adult

Drop in and build an LED JunkBot out of scrap electronic parts and learn about electrical circuits in this SciTech workshop.

The activity will take about 30 minutes, and you can take your project home!

Recycled Paper Flowers

Tuesday, July 2 | 3-4pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room

Ever wondered what happens to old books that the library can't use anymore? Come join us at the Downtown library on July 2nd from 3-4pm and find out! We'll be crafting paper flowers out of discarded books and embellishing them with brads, beads, and buttons. Supplies will be provided.

This event is for teens (grades 6-12) and adults.

Maker Music For Teens And Adults: Atari Punk Circuit

Saturday June 15, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Ann Arbor Hacker-Makers of All Hands Active will show us how to use basic circuitry to create a musical instrument, the Atari Punk Circuit. The Circuit uses basic electronics and two knobs to allow people to create basic two-tone electronic sounds.

Learn a bit about electricity, circuits, and have some fun trying out making different sounds. While you're at the Library, take a look at the Music Tools collection, too!

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

From Animal House to Our House with Writer and Preservationist Ron Tanner

Monday June 10, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Twelve years ago, Ron Tanner and his then-girlfriend, Jill, did the impossible. They bought condemned property -- a big Baltimore Victorian brownstone - and vowed to bring it back to its original glory. The house had been home to Baltimore's most notorious fraternity for a decade.

Ron wrote a book about their experience - "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story".

Join us for a delightful evening as Ron provides some hilarious tales and sound advice about fixing old houses -- including an awesome slide show! The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

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