Make a T-Shirt Backpack

Thursday, January 3 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Downtown | Grades 6 - 12

Do you have an old t-shirt hiding in the back of your closet that just doesn't work for you anymore? Maybe it's too small, or it has a little stain on the sleeve, or it has faded after a hundred washes.

Give your old t-shirt a second life and turn it into a drawstring backpack! You bring the t-shirt, and we'll provide the rest. There is a small amount of sewing involved, but don't worry, we'll show you how to sew a simple stitch.

For more crafty ideas, check out these books from the AADL.

Your Guide to Buying Local This Holiday Season

Where will you shop for holiday gifts this year? It’s buy local week! In the recent years, local businesses in Michigan cities including Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have been participating in several “buy local” themed holiday sales in order to take some of the spotlight off of the big box stores. This growing trend to “buy local Michigan” is a great way to support our state’s economy. If you’re looking for gift ideas that will support southeast Michigan, or just the state in general, here are some ideas:

-Farmer’s Markets are on the rise! According to a study done by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Michigan has been leading the country in the percentage growth of farmers markets over the last two years and also “ranks fourth among the states in the number of farmers markets.” There are several local farmer’s markets that are open year-round, such as The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and The Detroit Eastern Market. Pick up a locally made loaf of banana bread for a stocking stuffer. Or, for the more adventurous, cook your own gifts to give from the fresh foods found at the markets. The AADL’s catalog has several local-themed cookbooks for you to draw ideas from.

-Michigan is famous for its vineyards and wineries. Take a friend or loved one who enjoys wine on a tour of Michigan wineries by following this guide. Or pick up a bottle from a local winery.

-Speaking of local drinks, Michigan is also well-known for its local breweries. Ann Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s, and Arcadia are among some of the most popular Michigan breweries holding holiday sales this year.

-Within the last few years, there have been several “Michigan” themed retail stores popping up that stock Michigan-made products. Among these include The Michigan General Store in Ypsilanti, The Dixboro General Store, The Produce Station in Ann Arbor, and the website “The Mitten State” which sells vintage-inspired Michigan themed t-shirts and other Michigan-themed gifts. Buying gifts from Michigan retail stores is a great way to support your local and state economy.

-Over the next few weeks, Friday, December 7th, Friday December 14th, and Friday December 21st, Main Street in Downtown Ann Arbor will be hosting “Festive Fridays” which include live street entertainment and extended hours for Main Street retailers! This is a great opportunity to enjoy and support your local economy.

-Connect with local crafters and support them at DIYpsi, coming up December 8th & 9th in Ypsilanti. Other local DIY craft events and holiday bazaars coming up include Tiny Expo in Ann Arbor on December 8th, the 7th Annual Holiday Baar Bazaar in Detroit on the 14th, The Detroit Mercantile Merry Market on the 15th & 16th, and The Detroit Annual Food Bazaar on December 10th.

-If you’re into crafting yourself, check out some of the craft programs coming up at the AADL to make your very own gifts to give!

-Do you have an avid reader to please this holiday season? Check out the AADL’s Friend’s of the Library Book Shop, located on the basement level of the Downtown branch. The shop’s holiday hours this season are: Saturdays, 10-4 and Sundays, 1-4 through December 16th, 2012. Then closed until January 5th and 6th, 2013. The shop includes a wide variety of gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, and jigsaw puzzels.

Happy local holiday shopping!

Block Printing Workshop

Tuesday, December 4 | 6:30-8:30pm | Pittsfield | Grades 6-Adult

In this 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 or note cards. This is your chance to create something to hang on your wall, or perhaps design a holiday card to send out.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, December 4, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

Magazines A-Z: Make:

MAKE is a quarterly magazine which focuses on the do-it-yourself ethic. Projects may involve computers, electronics,
robotics, metal and woodworking, among others. Considered a small part of the larger maker movement
Make magazine is for folks who like being resourceful. Makers: the New Industrial Revolution is book explaining this new industrial revolution
movement by author Chris Anderson, who is also editor of Wired magazine.
Interested? Check out issues from your library.
You can also get an overview of what's in the current issue by taking a look here.

Knit Your Bit: Winter Scarf

Knitters of all levels are welcome to this event as we share patterns and knit a scarf for the winter.
Yarn will be supplied--bring needles if you have them. These scarves will make
perfect holiday gifts!

Speaking of knitted gifts, these titles are loaded with a variety of easy, clever, and one-of-a-kind
gifts, :Just Gifts, Knits From the Heart, Knitter's Year 52 Make-In-A-Week Projects -- Quick Gifts and
Seasonal Knits, or Gift Knits-More Than 70 Wearable & Decorative Projects.

Sunday, November 18 | 2 - 3:30 PM | Traverwood | Grade 4 - Adult

TinkerHub Webcast - All Hands Active

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TinkerHub Webcast 1: All Hands Active
Tinkerhub is a webcast collaboration between Ann Arbor District Library and All Hands Active, Ann Arbor’s Makerspace. Recorded in Downtown Ann Arbor, TinkerHub webcasts connect learning, technology, and the Ann Arbor community. In this episode of the TinkerHub, Terence O’Neill of the AADL talks to Josh Williams, the shop manager at All Hands Active. They talk about what all happens in the technology club-house that is AHA and all about the crazy array of tech-progressive insitutions that exist in Ann Arbor. Tune in to learn about what a 3D Printer is, why Hacking isn’t a dirty word, and all about the world of Making-Hacking.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Make a Mini-Book at Traverwood on November 6

Tuesday, November 6 | 4 - 5pm | Traverwood | Grades K - 5

Create your very own mini-book(s) and illustrate with markers, stickers, stamps, and more! Learn some helpful tips for writing fiction and non-fiction mini-books and share story ideas with others.

Can't make the event? Want to brush up your writing skills before the event? Check out these books from the AADL with tips for writers!

Hoopla : The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

What’s all the hoopla about?! Hoopla: The Unexpected Art of Embroidery is a new favorite craft book. Leanne Prain, one of the authors of Yarn Bombing, has a new book filled more with more subversive stitchery to suit your fancy. We’re talking about modern embroidery designs that are quirky and delightfully over the top. The book features wonderful project ideas and illustrations with so much inspiration! It also talks about the evolution of embroidery and interviews some top stitchers. Really interesting crafty reading.

See here for more books on modern embroidery.

Make an iPod Cozy!

Tuesday, October 23 | 6:30-8:30pm | Malletts Creek | Grade 6th-Adult

Come take a stab at hand sewing and jazz up your ipod, MP3 player or phone. Using colorful felt, embellishment items, and embroidery thread, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind cozy to keep your ipod or MP3 player protected with a handmade case for it. All supplies are provided, and we’ll have patterns 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 Cast Fossil

Wednesday, October 17 | 7-8pm | Pittsfield | Grades K-5

National Fossil Day is October 17! 'Rock' out with us and make your own cast fossil out of clay and plaster of paris while exploring a process that has created fossils in sedimentary rock for billions of years. We will also have fossils found in Michigan on display.

Fossils in the earth can be formed out of plants, or invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or vertebrates like dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Fossils are found in different forms too. Sometimes they are turned to stone or preserved in amber, and other times they leave an imprint in the earth that is filled in by different minerals, forming a cast. We will replicate the process of creating cast fossils.

You're welcome to bring a small, hard item that can fit in the palm of your hand -- for example, a dinosaur toy or a sea shell -- or you can use the objects the library provides. Looking for more information on fossils? Check out these great books and videos from the AADL collection.

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