It's almost Halloween!

It’s that most wonderful time of the year: Halloween! As an avid lover of all things fall and Halloween, this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love costumes and being able to dress up as some of my favorite characters. This year I’m planning to cosplay as Roadhog, from Overwatch. If you’re as into costumes as me, come check out some of our books to help you take your costume to the next level!

New this year, The hero's closet : sewing for cosplay and costuming, is a great intro book to cosplay and costume making. It has a lot of helpful beginner steps if you’ve never tried to make your costume before.

Epic cosplay costumes : a step-by-step guide to making and sewing your own costume designs is another great reference for all of the parts of costume making. With cute advice notes from the author, this book is a great start to becoming your favorite character.

For a more basic guide that you can use with items around your house, check out: Halloween : a grown-up's guide to creative costumes, devilish decor & fabulous festivities. This book centers more on simple designs and standard Halloween costumes. It also includes some tips for spooky home décor!

Here's a cute costuming book for the younger costumers among us: Creating Halloween crafts. It has fun craft ideas for decoration and costumes that might be fun for the whole family!

These next two books are probably the best for my costume. If you’re into characters with fancy and elaborate weapons, these two will help you learn how to design your own, much lighter, versions.

Make : props and costume armor : create realistic science fiction and fantasy weapons, armor, and accessories is written by a master prop maker, and goes into details for both armor and weaponry. It is a very in-depth collection of ideas using everything from simple foam to 3D printing.

In another recent release, The costume making guide : creating armor & props for cosplay, you’ll find all of the steps to take your idea and turn it into a full costume. The author guides you through each part of costume making whether you need armor, weaponry, or other outfit parts.

Looking forward to seeing all of the ideas everyone reading this comes up with! Hopefully I’ve given you a bit of inspiration. Now to get back to making my hook…

Make a Father's Day Card!

Saturday June 17, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like a homemade gift from the heart!

Join us as we create one-of-a-kind Father's Day cards to celebrate dad, grandpa, or your favorite uncle!

Make A Mother's Day Card

Saturday May 13, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

Make a beautiful Mother's Day card!

Make a Mask

Sunday October 22, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Have you suddenly realized you might need a costume...ASAP?

Decorate a mask that you can wear with pride!


Sunday October 29, 2017: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages

Come in your best, craziest, or most outrageous costume to AADL’s annual costume contest!

To enter, you must be seen by the judges between 12:30–2:00 pm. The award ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm. We will have a FREE photo booth in the Lobby (from 12:00-3:00 pm) for all to enter and commemorate the day as well as snacks and crafts.

Target gift cards for $30 will be awarded in these categories:

Best Overall Kids Costume
Best Overall Teen Costume
Best Overall Adult Costume
Best Overall Family Costume

Halloween medals will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Simple, Yet Sophisticated
Best Book Character
Most Creative Family Costumes
Most Creative Group Costumes
Best Character Costume based on a Popular Character
Best Parent & Baby (as Accessory)
Most Esoteric
Most 'Of the Moment'
Best Use of Special Effects
Most Hilarious
Most Complex
Best & Brightest Colored
Most Disgusting/Gross
Best Robot
Best Flying Object

Advent Reflections from Michigan's Northern Woods with Author Gayle Boss

Saturday November 12, 2016: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Inspired by the landscape and animals of the north woods, Michigan author Gayle Boss writes with the heart of a poet in her new collection of Advent reflections All Creation Waits.

Twenty-five portraits meditate on how wild animals adapt to winter's darkness and cold, inspiring us with the ancient wisdom that darkness is not the end, but the way to a new beginning. Each reflection is accompanied by a striking and sensitive woodcut in deep blacks and brilliant whites by artist David G. Klein.

Be inspired with the beauty of winter and the natural world as Gayle Boss discusses how this unique volume came to be. She will also take a closer look at the gorgeous woodcut illustrations in large-scale.

This event will be held at AADL's Pittsfield location, overlooking the wetlands where many of the animals that inspired this volume find a home. This event will also include a book signing, and books will be for sale.

Erupting Sensory Snow

Saturday January 7, 2017: 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!

Bubbling Boo Bombs!

Saturday October 21, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Make bubbling, exploding boo bombs to celebrate Halloween!

Wrap It Up! DIY Gift-Giving

Friday December 2, 2016: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Got gifts to wrap?

Give them a personal touch by learning how to make your own paper gift bows and decorate wrapping paper with your own unique patterns!

Mardi Gras Masks!

Saturday February 25, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 5

Mardi Gras is February 28!

Decorate your very own mask with sequins, feathers, and more to celebrate the occasion! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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