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Featured Michigan Destination: Ann Arbor

Selecting the perfect destination for a quick getaway or even a long weekend has never been easier. Find a unique blend of hotels, restaurants, attractions and events all concentrated within one area of many flavors — the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Experience the allure and inspiration of a town that will remind you of life’s potential. Relax, re-energize and unwind. Indulge your palette with world cuisines, and engage your senses with a broad array of arts, culture and world-class entertainment.

One Yard Wonders

One-yard wonders : look how much you can make with just one yard of fabric! by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins ; photography by John Gruen ; photo styling by Raina Kattelson

Ever find yourself with just a yard of a truly excellent fabric but no idea how to use such a small amount of material? Wonder no more - this book is filled with over one hundred projects that use no more than a yard of fabric. There are things to wear and use around the house, and lots of clothing and items for children. Don't miss the very first project in the book, written by metro Detroit local Bethany Nixon of Reware Vintage and Handmade Detroit.

Girls Only Campout

No boys will be allowed at this campout held at Preservation Park on Friday, August 13 at 5:30PM. Ladies can start tent setup at 3:00PM and activities including a scavenger hunt, games, stories, campfire meals, and a gourmet S’mores station start at 5:30PM. All activities are weather permitting.

Novi Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival

Visit the Rubber Stamp Show this weekend — Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 7th at the Rock Financial Center in Novi. Exhibitors will be displaying and selling supplies for art rubber stamping, scrap/memory books, card-making, paper crafting, book arts and calligraphy.

Kimono

University of Michigan Museum of Art has some beautiful Kimonos on display as part of their special exhibits. The exhibition runs through July 25th, 2010. Head out and enjoy the display.

Duct Tape Mania

Teens in grades 7-12 and Tweens in grades 5-6 can create awesome creations out of duct tape July 15th from 2:00-2:45PM. All materials will be supplied.

Birdfeeder Program

Hey friends! If you are in Kindergarten to 2nd grade, register on or after Thursday, July 8th for our Birdfeeder program being held on Thursday, July 22nd from 11:00 to 11:45AM. We will have a great time learning about birds and you'll get the chance to make a birdfeeder to take home and enjoy. See you there!

Summer Ready Manis & Pedis

June 30th from 2:00-3:00PM Teens in grades 7-12 and Tweens in grades 5-6 can get your hands and feet ready for your summer sandals with manis and pedis. For more information, or to register, click here.

Built by Wendy: Dresses

Built by Wendy dresses : the Sew U guide to making a girl's best frock by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman

Like Wendy Mullin's previous books, this one offers easy-to-follow instructions and patterns for a few basic designs which can be played with and expanded on in a myriad of ways. She includes three essential dress styles here, the sheath dress, the shift dress, and the Dirndl dress. From these, you can make as many unique dresses as you can imagine. The instructions are simple to understand and clearly illustrated, making this a great book for a beginning sewer, and a delight for those more experienced.

Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter

Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon

Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.

A Rainbow of Stitches

A rainbow of stitches : embroidery and cross-stitch basics plus more than 1,000 motifs and 80 project ideas by Agnès Delage-Calvet ... [et al.] ; photography by Frédéric Lucano

Organized by color, this book offers a tremendous number of ideas for embroidery and cross-stitch projects and motifs. The designs range from cute to elegant, craftsy to modern, satisfying a wide range of tastes. I have been wanting to learn more about embroidery for awhile and I think this book will be a great place to start.

Applique Your Way

Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey

This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.

Make A Mother's Day Gift At The Library!

Need a gift for mom but don't have any cash? Teens in grades 7 through 12 can come decorate a vase and fill it with a bouquet for Mother’s Day on Saturday May 8th at 1:00PM. Registration is required!

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18 - 23) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including: Also, be sure to share your green tips and tricks with the community by posting on the Electronic Green Board.

Swedish Knits

Swedish knits : classic and modern designs in the Scandinavian tradition by Paula Hammerskog and Eva Wincent; photos by Rikard Westman
This book has the usual introduction to the basics of knitting, but also includes more detailed information on garment construction and a number of advanced techniques. It also has a great section on what to do when something goes wrong - your cable twists the wrong way, something turns out too large or too small, and other common problems. There is also quite a bit of info on interpreting patterns and on making your own. Finally, the sweater patterns are beautiful. This book is a treasure trove of information for knitters.

Hack Your Living Space

Image courtesy of Flickr user CosmoComet
With a little ingenuity, some quality tools, and the right raw materials, you can create a noteworthy living/work space from scratch. Yes, you!

It seems like every blog out there has featured posts lately about making and/or hacking furniture and decorations. Here are some of the best:

Re-bound

Re-boundRe-bound : creating handmade books from recycled and repurposed materials by Jeannine Stein
Ever needed a notebook or journal for a specific purpose but couldn't find one the right size? Or one that looked cool? This book shows how to bind your own from a variety of everyday materials, like a hot water bottle, bathroom rug, or potato chip bag. You could also use a record album cover, an old sweater, or even a couple of used-up gift cards.

Photojojo!

Photojojo! : insanely great photo projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta with Kelly Jensen ; photography by Kelly Jensen

Besides featuring the cutest dog ever on the cover, this book is packed with ways to improve your photography skills, projects to make the most of your photos, and techniques for making the most of your camera. The projects and ideas range from beginner to more experienced photographer/crafter, so everyone should find something that appeals.

Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps

Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps

Vogue Knitting can always be counted on for stylish patterns. The shawls and wraps contained here run the gamut from those appropriate for a casual day at the beach to cuddling up with a book by the fireplace to a snazzy dress-up night out. The patterns are clear and concise and the fibers recommended range from those available at a local big box craft store to fancier yarns sold only at local shops or online.

Crazy Lace

Crazy Lace: An Artistic Approach to Creative Lace Knitting by Myra Wood

Ever get the urge to pick up some needles and yarn and just go wild? This book encourages just that and offers some helpful hints for ending up with a product you enjoy as much as the process. From totally random to knitted objects with a little more structure and/or design, this is a great guide to free-form lace knitting. If you're looking for folks to knit with, drop in to the next Knit Night on April 12.