Preschool ArtStart

Monday August 21, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab and Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Fiber Arts Lab: Knitting

Monday August 21, 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.

Superhero Stick Figures!

Wednesday August 23, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Make Superhero figures out of Popsicle sticks.

Make whomever you want! Batman? Wonder Woman? Iron Man? Or one you make up, such as… Super Salamander!

We’ll have all supplies on hand for you to make your own super squad.

Sweet Treat Clay Charms

Wednesday August 23, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Come make tiny desserts out of polymer clay.

Cardboard Monster Jaws

Thursday August 24, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Make a friendly or scary monster that can move its mouth.

Film & Discussion: Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Saturday August 26, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age.

From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, the 2017 documentary Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived? Producer Kevin Grazioli will be here for a Q & A after the film screening. Please also join us for a Letterpress Open House following the film and discussion and try your hand at some letterpress projects.

In this 99-minute film, captivating personalities blend with wood, metal, and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian, and collector in us all. Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives—joyful, mournful, reflective, and visionary—are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed.

The film is a joint collaboration between Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn, co-directors, Kevin Grazioli, producer, and Joe Vella, director of photography.

Beckloff, now a tenured track assistant professor of Graphic Design at Miami University, developed an interest in letterpress after receiving a historic printing press as a wedding gift. Curious and inspired, in 2010 Beckloff began to record interviews with printers in the letterpress community. Her focus then shifted to capturing their stories on film, and in late 2013, she partnered with Quinn, Grazioli, and Vella at Bayonet Media to create the “Pressing On” documentary.

Sewing Lab: Making Patch Pockets w/ Rae Hoekstra

Monday August 28, 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 teach a session on how to make a patch pocket that can be used in bags and on clothing!

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.

Cardboard Castles

Tuesday August 29, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Using simple supplies, build your very own castle!

Cubeecraft 3D Figures Papercraft

Tuesday August 29, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Cut out, fold, and shape paper into 3D characters!

X-acto knives will be used in this craft.

Each character takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour to complete.

Duct Tape Balls

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

This event is intended for grade K–5

Make a custom playground ball that can stand up to lots of kicking.