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? Interested in acrylics?

AADL will provide the materials for you to try these various art medium in this relaxed setting for adults.

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.

What's On MyPlate?

One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity to eat so many healthy fruits and vegetables! Do you feel the same? Not so much? Or yes, a whole bunch? Well, join us Thursday June 22, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Downtown Library: Secret Lab to learn more about having a healthy lifestyle beginning when you're young like you are right now!

PE-Nut (Physical Education and Nutrition) is a program that uses a holistic approach to motivate kids, parents, and families to be physically active and eat healthier.

Join us for this fun session involving games, crafts, and activities to learn about nutrition and healthy eating choices. This program is facilitated by and in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation and is intended for grades K-5.

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.

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