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Let Your Creativity Take Wing!

Don't miss the single biggest annual scrapbooking event in the state! The Rock Financial Center in Novi will once again be the place to let your creativity take wing. Registration is now open for this event which takes place May 5-7, 2011. This popular destination features shopping, cropping and great opportunities to learn from industry experts. For more information visit the MegaMeet website. Can't make it to the meet? Draw inspiration from one of the many great books on this craft in our CPL scrapbooking collection

130 Mini Quilt Block

130 mini quilt blocks : a collection of exquisite patchwork blocks using ready-made fabric bundles by Susan Briscoe — If you're looking to get started with quilting or looking to find a use for all the fabric packs in your stash, this book is a great resource. It not only has 130 quilt block patterns, but also includes ideas for projects to use those quilt blocks, including a mini tote bag, a pillow, a hot pad, and more. Learn more about the author at her website, and join us at our Quilt Group which meets once a month (check the Program Calendar for dates).

All Dolled Up

All dolled up : sewing clothes and accessories for girls and their 18-inch dolls by Joan Hinds — Do any of the little girls in your life have American Girl or other 18" dolls? This book includes instructions and patterns for over a dozen articles of clothing and accessories for both dolls and the little girls who love them. A few variations for 15" baby dolls are also included. You can see a video about the book and check out more about the author at her website, Fancywork and Fashion.

Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets

Built by Wendy coats & jackets: the Sew U guide to making outerwear easy by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman — Wendy Mullin has a system for sewing that involves clear instructions and patterns, plenty of diagrams, and a little contemporary flair on the classics. Here you can find how-tos for over twenty variations on three basic designs: fitted, basic, and straight coats and jackets.

Studio Secrets: Millinery

Millinery by Estelle Ramousse ; Fabienne Gambrelle ; photography, Florent de La Tullaye — This book starts with a brief history of hat-making and then takes you right into the workshop to see exactly how to make hats. A professional milliner shows step-by-step how to construct your own hats in several styles and using a variety of sewing and other techniques.

Hobbyists and Hackers Unite

On Saturday, June 25th from 1:00-5:00PM, CPL will host some of the most creative hobbyists and hackers in the Metro Detroit Area for our second CPL Hack Day. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to modded IKEA furniture to scrapbooking.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page. For any questions, please contact Brad Czerniak at czerniakb@cantonpl.org.

Tooth Fairies

Hey kids, have you lost a tooth recently? Ever wondered how the tooth fairy came to visit you? Now you can go on an adventure with April and Esme Tooth Fairies to find out. April and Esme get a special request from Daniel's Grandma to make their first ever "tooth visit" on the title page of this book. Discover what it takes to be a tooth fairy and what they do if the child begins to wake up. If you liked April and Esme, you may enjoy our other tooth fairy adventures.

International Children's Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:

Global babies

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

Rust Belt/Artist Belt III

On April 6 and 7, artists, creative business owners and practitioners, educators, and designers will explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals in the areas of economic and community development, entrepreneurship, and land use.

The event is hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in partnership with ArtServe Michigan at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at 406 W. Baltimore in Detroit. The theme is Cultivating Talent and Innovation to Transform Post-Industrial Cities. Learn more and register today.

Bags Pillows and Pincushions

Bags pillows & pincushions — Do you want to sew a bag, a pillow, or a pincushion? Look no further! This book has got you covered. The patterns contained here are designed to showcase beautiful fabrics as well as to be useful. As you can see on the cover, some patterns also provide an opportunity to embroider and use things like buttons to embellish your projects. These patterns range from beginning to more advanced skill levels.

Register March 30th for Going Batty!

Hi Kids! If you are between the ages of 3 years and 6 years old, grab your caregiver for this fun program! We will learn about bats, hear a bat story or two, make a fun craft and have a snack. The program date is Wednesday, April 13th from 7:00 to 7:45PM. Registration begins online Wednesday, March 30th! See you there!

Let's Go Fly a Kite

April is National Kite Month and we want to share this spring fun with you. At this program on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., you will be able to make a simple craft to take home and enjoy on those windy spring days. Families with children ages 4-9 can attend this program funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Program includes stories, games and snacks. Participants receive a free book. Register today for this fun, family program.

Hats!

Hats!: make classic hats and headpieces in fabric, felt, and straw by Sarah Cant — Hats were once a required part of a woman's wardrobe, but as they've fallen out of fashion, so has the art of millinery, or hat-making. This book brings it back with clear photographic illustrations of how to make your own hats from straw, felt, and fabric. From cloche to trilby to beret and beyond, this book has all the details on how to make your own fabulous headwear at home.

Make Your Own Memory In A Box

There's still plenty of space available in our Make Your Own Memory In a Box program for tweens. Fifth and sixth graders — do you like scrapbooking? Then come and decorate a box to hold a special memory, just like a scrapbook page. Bring a few photos to glue on; we will provide boxes and crafting supplies. Register online now!
Program Date: March 26, 2:00-2:45PM

[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]

CPL Quilt Group

Tonight at 7:00PM in the Purple Room

Join us for a Demonstration of Strip Quilting featuring Grace.

CPL Quilt Group

Meeting Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room.

We will be featuring Strip Quilting this month. Grace will demonstrate this quick and easy method of putting together quilt tops.

This is a good way for someone to start quilting. There are also more difficult patterns for the more accomplished quilters. Check out The Art of Classic Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig; Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam Lintott; and Strip Quilting by Diane Wold.

Luxe Knits

Luxe knits: the accessories: couture adornments to knit & crochet by Laura Zukaite; photography by Cathrine Westergaard — Accessories can be so satisfying to knit — they're usually pretty quick to make and they can refresh your wardrobe without buying a bunch of new clothes. This book features a streamlined style with a focus on lightweight yarns and tonal dyes. The patterns range in complexity from beginner to advanced.

Crafting a Meaningful Home

Crafting a meaningful home: 27 DIY projects to tell stories, hold memories, and celebrate family heritage by Meg Mateo Ilasco; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy — We all want our homes to be reflections of who we are, but sometimes it's hard to know what will make that happen. This book has a variety of projects that you can make personal by incorporating your own fond memories or keepsakes. For a quick peek, check out this book trailer.

Creating Glamorous Jewelry

Creating glamorous jewelry with Swarovski elements: classic Hollywood designs with crystal beads and stones by Jean Campbell — The idea of making jewelry seems easy enough, but so often the product is something that screams "I made it myself!" and for some events, you want jewelry that doesn't make such a loud statement. The projects in this book are all inspired by famous actresses' jewelry, including earrings worn by my personal fave, Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

CPL Quilt Group

Tonight at 7:00PM we will have our Quilt Group meeting, featuring Grace, a local quilter. She is going to demonstrate the Paper Piecing Technique for making quilt blocks. For those of you who are not familliar with this technique, it creates very intricate patterns. Grace has completed 50 pattern squares — one for each state — and assembled them into a quilt. She will have it to show from 7:00 to 8:00PM and will also explain the process. It should be a very interesting demonstration. We also will have patterns for you to take home and try.

Check out Rich Traditions: Scrap Quilts to Paper Piece and 40 Bright and Bold Paper Pieced Blocks for more infromation on this technique.