Paracord Survival Bracelets for Our Troops

Tuesday November 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Not only are these bracelets really cool-looking, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation.

The bracelet gives the person wearing it 7.5 feet to use in an emergency. The cord from these bracelets can be used to create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location or make a sling or splint, and the inner nylon cord can be used as thread to repair gear or as emergency sutures to close a wound.

Make a bracelet for yourself or to be sent to Operation Gratitude where they will be included in care packages sent to our soldiers overseas and new recruits graduating from boot camp. Instruction and supplies will be provided.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday November 22, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset type!

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS:

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

Fiber Arts Lab: Crochet

Monday November 27, 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.

Kids Robotics Lab: Robot Rescue Challenge with Brain Monkeys

Tuesday November 28, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 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. This month's is the Robot Rescue Challenge. Instruction is provided by the creative folks at Brain Monkeys.

Origami Meets Engineering with Evgueni Filipov

Saturday December 2, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for Grade 1 - Adult

Origami meets science and engineering. Evgueni Filipov, Assistant Professor in Engineering and Civil Sciences invites you to explore a new world of foldable structures that can withstand amazing weight. You'll learn how origami can be used to make stronger structures and you'll even get a chance to fold your own engineering inspired origami.

Ornament Party!

Sunday December 3, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Join us to make an assortment of ornaments, perfect for decking the halls, trimming a tree, or giving as gifts.

Sewing Lab with Nettie Tiso: BYO Alterations + Tote Bag Demo

Monday December 4, 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.

This week we'll be joined by guest instructor Nettie Tiso who will present a tote bag demo along with a short session on alterations. Please bring along a garment that you would like to alter. Nettie will be available to help determine how to take in a few inches, hem a pair of pants, or talk you through how to begin a more complex alteration.

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.

Letterpress Lab

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

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset type!

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS:

Letterpress labs begin promptly at 6pm with a safety and equipment orientation. Doors open 10 minutes early to give everyone time to find a seat and get settled. If you can’t make the start time we regret that our staff cannot repeat the orientation, but we will happily see you at the next scheduled session. Successful completion of the scheduled activity will require the full 2 1/2 hours.

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children. Participants should be comfortable with sitting patiently for several hours, and have full use of the fine motor skills in their hands and arms.

Candy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Friday December 8, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

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

In this class, students will learn how to make chocolate truffles and bark, plus how to work with sugar to make rock candies or brittle! The ingredients, the steps involved with each candy, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. You get to try some of Keegan's tasty treats too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Fiber Arts Lab: Knitting

Monday December 11, 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 knitting.