Freestyle Painting!

Wednesday November 15, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for adults

Wondering how well you can paint with watercolors? Pondering pastels?

AADL will provide the materials for you to try these various art medium in this relaxed setting for adults with guidance from a professional.

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 27, 2018: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 2 - 6

The University of Michigan student group FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging activities for young students interested in learning more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics.

Common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments such as making licorice DNA, sorting rocks, and playing hospital simulation games to learn about biology, geology, industrial engineering, and much more.

This event is cosponsored by FEMMES, a group of undergraduate and graduate students who are studying various areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and who want to encourage younger girls who might be interested in one day doing the same.

Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls

Saturday January 27, 2018: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Use washi tape, buttons and trims and popsicle sticks to make some adorable "paper dolls." Make a whole group, make a family!

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 the heirloom apples that we will sample:

Pink Pearl

Karmijn de Sonnaville

Grimes Golden

Fearn’s Pippin

Maiden Blush

Roxbury Russet

Hudsons Golden Gem

Sweet Alford

Snow/Fameuse

Calville Blanc

Spitzenberg

Thome Empire

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.

Sharpie Dyed Coasters

Saturday November 18, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

These one-of-kind sharpie-dyed coasters would make a great gift or addition to your coffee table.

Create a colorful set to use however you'd like!

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.

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