Sewing Lab

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for an evening of sewing.

We will have our lab's machines set up and staff will be on hand to show you the basics. You can bring a project you've been working on, or just stop by to practice your stitches.

We welcome all skill levels. No prior knowledge is necessary. You are free to bring your own sewing machine and join our growing sewing community.

Kids Robotics Lab: Musical Robots with Brain Monkeys

Tuesday September 26, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade K - 8

Kids Robotics Lab is a great introduction to robotics through LEGO Mindstorms and other robotics kits. Each session will be comprised of a different challenge.

Today's challenge is Musical Robots. Instruction is provided by the creative folks at Brain Monkeys.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday September 27, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset lead type!

Workshop participants will learn how to compose, lock-up, and print a small project on AADL’s vintage Kelsey letterpresses. Letterpress Labs are lead by library staff and guest instructors from U-M's Wolverine Press. Follow along with our scheduled activity or plan your own project—you’re the designer!

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children.

Unicorn Cross-Stitch

Thursday September 28, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Love unicorns? And crafting?

Join us in making an adorable little unicorn cross-stitch project!

All skills levels are welcome.

Data Visualization with Processing

Friday September 29, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about the Processing programming language and how it can be used to visualize data.

No previous experience is necessary.

Crazy Craft Craze

Sunday October 1, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

With yarn, felt, ribbon, and paper scraps, as well as pipe cleaners, feathers, and much more, let your imagination go wild! The possibilities are endless!

Fiber Arts Lab: Crochet

Monday October 2, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us every other Monday for an evening of knitting and crochet. We will provide everything you need to get started. Stop in and learn the basics.

You can bring a project you've been working on, or just stop by to practice your stitches. We welcome all skill levels. No prior knowledge is necessary.

This week we will focus on crochet.

Delicious Caramel 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Wednesday October 4, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this lively workshop on how to make perfect caramel.

In this class, students will learn how to make various types of caramel, how to safely cook with hot sugar, and how to make brittles. This is a demo workshop and attendees won't be making their own caramel, but will learn what they need to know to do it at home. You will get to taste the caramel sauce and take some home!

This event is a partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and part of an ongoing baking series.

Dia de la Familia

Thursday October 5, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages

Join us for this annual family and Latino/a focused event!

This year’s Día de la Familia (Family Day) event features entertainment, games, crafts, food, and face painting. Health information addressing mental, physical, and social issues in the Latino/a community will also be addressed.

This event takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month and is a partnership with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach Program.

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Friday October 6, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about 3D printing and get a chance to use a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer.

No prior experience is necessary.