DIY Bath Bombs

Saturday December 16, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come make some relaxing bath bombs as a gift for others or a gift to yourself!

Intermediate Origami with Beth Johnson

Saturday December 16, 2017: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn to create origami with local designer Beth Johnson. In this two hour session, Beth will walk you through one of her more complex designs. No prior origami experience is required, but this design will take the full two hours to fold.

Beth has exhibited her work and spoken about origami around the world. To see more of Beth's designs, browse her website, bethjohnsonorigami.com.

No-Sew Fleece Pillows

Sunday December 17, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 3 - adult

Make a cozy fleece pillow, for yourself or as a gift, without any sewing!

Sewing Lab: Learn to Gather

Monday December 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Sewing instructor Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae will do a demo on how to gather, and will offer pointers on how to use gathering successfully in your own projects.

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.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday December 20, 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.

Erupting Sensory Snow

Thursday January 4, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade K-5

Create fun sensory snow and then add a special ingredient to make it erupt!

Sensation Stations

Friday January 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Dinosaur Camp!

Friday February 16, 2018: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab and Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grade K-5

Join us in learning more about dinosaurs and complete cool prehistoric activities at Dinosaur Camp!

Bunraku Puppet Making for Kids

Saturday February 17, 2018: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 3-8

Make a giant paper puppet in the Japanese tradition of Bunraku! We'll learn about this art form and then make our own puppets that can be controlled by three people at once. This workshop will take the entire time.

Make Finger Puppets!

Monday February 19, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Make fun finger puppets that you can use to put on your own puppet shows!