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Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginners by edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Read a Picture Book

I read a book to earn this badge: 
Different Like Coco by Elizabeth Matthews

This book read more like a fun story than a biography, and made me want to learn more about Coco Chanel. It also reminded me a little of the TV Series House of Eliott, also about fashion in the early twentieth century.

Different like Coco by Elizabeth Matthews


The House of Eliott. Series 1, Disc 1 [videodisc]

Quilt Show

As part of our summer program we are having a quilt show from Tuesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 11. If you would like to display your quilt in the show, please bring your quilt to the Reception Desk anytime July 30-August 1.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

"My Mitten" Drawing Contest

Starting July 1st, enter our "My Mitten" Drawing Contest and show us what you love about Michigan. It could be your favorite place, your favorite people who live in Michigan, or even your favorite Michigan "thing" (cherries, automobiles, whatever you love!). Last day to enter is July 26th, with artwork being displayed in the library July 30th - August 11th for voting (one vote per person per day).

Contest Entry Form

Contest Rules

  1. Last day to enter: July 26th.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be submitted on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but please do not copy someone else's art.
  5. Artwork will be displayed in the library from July 30th - August 11th, and voting will be done by you (one vote per person per day)!
  6. Prizes will be awarded in 5 different age categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th, and 11th-12th grades.
  7. Winners will be announced August 17th at the End of CYS Party.
  8. All winners' entries, with consent, will be displayed on the CPL website.
  9. Last day to retrieve your submitted artwork will be August 31st.

Family History Charm Bracelets

Parents, grandparents, and kids, 7-10, join us Saturday, July 20, 1:00-2:00 PM to make a beautiful family history charm bracelet. Design and decorate a unique charm for each member of your family out of Shrinky Dinks. Registration required.

Make an iPod Cozy

Felt iPod CozyMake a one-of-a-kind, designer case for your iPod or mp3 player using colorful felt, embroidery thread, and your choice of embellishments. It's super easy, and we'll supply everything you need! Friday July 26, 2:00-3:00 PM. Feel free to bring your mp3 player with you if you want to make sure it fits. Ages 9-17.

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Young Rembrandts

We all have a unique and creative ability. Especially children! On August 10 from 2:00-3:00 PM, Kathy Baker, fine artist, graphic designer, and CCS instructor, will present her Young Rembrandts art program to children kindergarten through 5th grade. By introducing her cog-art philosophy, children will learn to express themselves in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment - an environment that tunes in to the unique individual needs and talents of each participant.

Kids Art Favorites Mosaic by Patrick Q is licensed under CC BY - SA 3.0

National Book Lovers Day Program

Did you know August 9th is National Book Lovers Day? Join us Friday, August 9 from 2:00-2:45 PM for our Family Book Lovers Day Program. We'll have a great time hearing a story, eating a snack, talking about books, and working on a craft.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, June 20 from 1 to 2:30 PM.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:

  • Saturday, June 8
  • Saturday, June 22

July Creatapillars

Are you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 7 to 10 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our project for July will be filled with paint and fun. We will meet on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 7:00-7:45 PM. Registration will begin Monday, June 24, 2013.

[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Summer Tie Dye Fun!

Do you love swirling pops of color? Have you always wanted to make your own t-shirt? Well, come to our all ages Summer Tie Dye Event on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and have a blast tie dying your own clothes! You must bring your own shirts, socks, canvas bags, pillow cases, etc. that you want to dye. See you there!

Movie Mondays: Be Creative

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, August 5, we will celebrate our final Movie Monday by with films about BEing CREATIVE. We will begin our day exploring the 2nd Dimension and end it with a look at London's most elusive and intriguing street artist. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:
  • Saturday, July 13-CANCELED
  • Saturday, July 27-CANCELED

Sorry for any inconvenience. Join us in August when the group meets again!

Young Rembrandts

We all have a unique and creative ability. Especially children! On June 22 from 2:00-3:00 PM, Kathy Baker, fine artist, graphic designer, and CCS instructor, will present her Young Rembrandts art program to children kindergarten through 5th grade. By introducing her cog-art philosophy, children will learn to express themselves in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment - an environment that tunes in to the unique individual needs and talents of each participant.

Kids Art Favorites Mosaic by Patrick Q is licensed under CC BY - SA 3.0

'My Mitten' Kids Craft Day

K-5th Graders: Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room for a special Michigan-themed craft day! There will be a variety of Michigan crafts to choose from that celebrate many of the great things, from birds to lighthouses, that our state has to offer.