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Public Event

Sustainable Housing DIY with the University of Michigan LBC

Tuesday February 6, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab

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Crafts

Tropical Earring Organizer

Saturday February 3, 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Crafts

Introduction to Weaving

Wednesday January 24, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Zine Workshop

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Blog Post

It's almost Halloween!

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:27pm

It’s that most wonderful time of the year: Halloween! As an avid lover of all things fall and Halloween, this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love costumes and being able to dress up as some of my favorite characters. This year I’m planning to cosplay as Roadhog, from Overwatch. If you’re as into costumes as me, come check out some of our books to help you take your costume to the next level!

New this year, The hero's closet : sewing for cosplay and costuming, is a great intro book to cosplay and costume making. It has a lot of helpful beginner steps if you’ve never tried to make your costume before.

Epic cosplay costumes is another great reference for all of the parts of costume making. With cute advice notes from the author, this book is a great start to becoming your favorite character.

For a more basic guide that you can use with items around your house, check out: Halloween. This book centers more on simple designs and standard Halloween costumes. It also includes some tips for spooky home décor!

Here's a cute costuming book for the younger costumers among us: Creating Halloween crafts. It has fun craft ideas for decoration and costumes that might be fun for the whole family!

These next two books are probably the best for my costume. If you’re into characters with fancy and elaborate weapons, these two will help you learn how to design your own, much lighter, versions.

Make : props and costume armor is written by a master prop maker, and goes into details for both armor and weaponry. It is a very in-depth collection of ideas using everything from simple foam to 3D printing.

In another recent release, The costume making guide : creating armor & props for cosplay, you’ll find all of the steps to take your idea and turn it into a full costume. The author guides you through each part of costume making whether you need armor, weaponry, or other outfit parts.

Looking forward to seeing all of the ideas everyone reading this comes up with! Hopefully I’ve given you a bit of inspiration. Now to get back to making my hook…

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Crafts

Decoupage Boxes & Vases Workshop

Thursday November 2, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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Crafts

DIY Bath Bombs

Saturday December 16, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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Public Event

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

Saturday November 11, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Blog Post

Organizing Your Stuff!

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:44pm

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Do you look around your home, and wonder where all of the clutter comes from? There have been books about whether or not your belongings bring you joy, and this is an important concept; many believe that streamlining your surroundings can also help bring order to other places in life. Let’s take a moment to look at organization in a more basic way, a way to be able to get through daily life, without being overwhelmed by the clutter.

AADL offers some alternatives to scouring the internet for popular organizational hacks. [b:1487933|The complete book of home organization], gives you tips and tricks for organizing your home inside and out. In, [b:1497413|Cut the clutter : a simple organization plan for a clean and tidy home], the author shares how to clean and de-clutter your home, and how to keep it that way. Here’s one for caregivers that need to de-clutter both adult and kid spaces, [b:1422052|Secrets of an organized mom: from overflowing closets to the chaotic play areas : a room-by-room guide to decluttering and streamlining your home for a happier family].

Whichever method you choose, happy organizing!

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Crafts

No-Sew Fleece Pillows

Sunday December 17, 2017: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grades 3 - Adult