Heirloom Apple Tasting

Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for all ages

Farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples. In modern times, most of these old heirloom varieties are extremely rare, and are now grown by only a small handful of farms.

We're taste-testing some fantastic heirloom apples—all grown right here in Michigan! Join us to discover a diverse array of sweet, sour, crisp, soft, gnarly, delicious, and straight-up weird apple varieties!

AADL staff will be on hand to explain a bit of the history of each selection. Here are some of the heirloom apples that we expect to sample:

[note: varieties sampled may be subject to change]

Cox’s Orange Pippin:
Origin: 1830, in England. A highly regarded dessert apple, the Cox is best eaten or used for cider. Generally on the small side, it is complex in flavor and sweet. It is not well suited for cooking or baking.

Esopus Spitzenburg:
Origin: before 1790, in New York. Like many russetted apples, the Spitzenburg is crisp and sweet, with a vaguely pear-like flavor. It is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple.

Northern Spy:
Origin: 1800’s, in New York. Probably the best pie apple ever. A great combination of sweet and acidic, the Northern Spy is highly sought-after by bakers in-the-know

Calville Blanc d’hiver:
Origin: 1700’s, in France. An excellent baking apple, the Calville holds up well in the oven, and is a satisfying mix of crisp and tart. The Calville Blanc is unusually high in vitamin C.

Mini Succulent Pumpkins!

Friday October 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Just in time for the Fall holidays! Join us to make beautiful, teeny-tiny decorations out of pumpkins and live succulents.

A fun and easy craft project, these pumpkins will bring holiday flair to your home for weeks on end.

This event is intended for adults and teens of all skill levels.

Halloween Costume Swap

Sunday October 22, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages.

Come pick out a new-to-you costume for this year! We'll also be doing a kids' craft!

This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for this year from the gently used and clean costumes dropped off at any Library Branch during the month of October.

Punched Tissue Paper Fans

Sunday October 15, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Make beautiful paper fans to be used as party decorations or just to make your home look festive.

We will use fall colors to create these fun fans.

Felt Fortune Cookie Garland

Wednesday September 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Did you know that September 13th is Fortune Cookie Day?

Come make an adorable, re-usable felt fortune cookie garland.

Magazine Strip Art

Wednesday July 26, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create a colorful silhouette image with old magazines and book pages.

It's a fun way to make a decorative piece of paper art to hang on your wall.

Sign Language Storytelling Craft

Thursday July 27, 2017: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Sign language is a beautiful and dynamic way to tell a story that can often bypass language barriers and convey emotion where words seem bare.

Join us as we learn the signs to tell Erik Carle's classic tale The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make an accompanying caterpillar storybook.

Marvelous Monet

Tuesday August 15, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 3-8

French artist Claude Monet was one of the forefathers of Impressionism. Come learn about Monet and his life, and then paint an impressionist-style painting of your own!

This event is part of a four-part fine arts series of events taking place over the summer at different AADL locations.

Venerable Van Gogh

Wednesday August 2, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 3 - 8

Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous impressionist painters. Come learn about Van Gogh and his life, and then paint a self-portrait of your own in his style!

This event is part of a four-part fine arts series of events taking place over the summer at different AADL locations.

Magnificent Matisse

Wednesday July 12, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 3-8

French artist Henri Matisse is famous for his art filled with bright colors and unique shapes.

Come learn about Matisse and his life, and then create cut-paper art of your own in the style of Matisse!

This event is part of a four-part fine arts series of events taking place over the summer at different AADL locations.

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