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…

Decoupage Boxes & Vases Workshop

Thursday November 2, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Using the classic decoupage process, crafter Dawn Henry will show you how to make a special box or vase using old maps, magazine pictures, or other items.

You can also bring any paper items (cards, pictures, newspaper, etc.) you would like to use to the workshop!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

Saturday November 11, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Not enough Pumpkin Spice in your life?

Come to the Library to make some Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub that is perfect for fall!

CANCELLED - ShopBot CNC Router Demonstration

Friday July 21, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event has been cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience and are working to reschedule some time in the near future.

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.

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.

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday October 19, 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.

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday September 21, 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.

Soda Tab Flower

Thursday November 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create a gorgeous little DIY Soda Tab Flower you can knock together in minutes!

It’s a pretty cool way of making good use of soda-can tabs that would otherwise just find their way into the trash – we just love a project that allows you to make something special out of nothing at all.

Screen Printing Lab

Saturday November 4, 2017: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 to adult

Learn the art of screen printing using materials you can find at most craft stores.

While screen printing can use specialized tools and processes, Modati Studios will show you that you don't need much more than a screen, paint, and glue. They will teach you how to transform your own design ideas into real world prints!

Materials are provided but you are welcome to bring in your own fabric or t-shirts to remake them with your custom designs.

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