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Crafting with felt

Do you like the fuzzy look felt gives to purses, hats and scarves? Why not make your own fuzzy creation? Here are some books to help you get started. Remember, when you're knitting, crocheting or sewing your wool into a masterpiece, make it larger than you want the finished product to be. Wool shrinks when its wet!

Ann Arbor Art Fair

The world's largest street fair for art is going on right now. And it's right here in the metro Detroit area. Crowds of more than half a million flock to Ann Arbor's fair each year to see all types of unique creations. The 50th annual fair is in progress now from July 15th-18th, 2009.

Stitched Toys

Stitched ToysStitched Toys: 20 Stunning But Simple Designs by Kate Haxell includes instructions for making and embellishing twenty unique and appealing toys. The entire collection has a vintage aesthetic that will make these treasures seem like they've been in your family for years. The dog beanbag is my favorite.

Get Creative!

Are you "being creative" at CPL for the Summer Reading Program?  Check out our new display filled with books to bring out your artistic side!  There is something displayed for every taste - from drawing mangascrapbooking,  origami, and collage.  Prefer to write?  There are also some books to help the creative-writer inside come out!  Check out Writing Magic and Book Factory  for helpful tips on how to make your writing jump off of the page!  Then read In Print: 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids for tips on how to get your awesome stories published!  Come in all through July to check out our "creative" display!

One Ball Knits: Purses

One Ball KnitsOne ball knits: Purses: 20 stylish handbags made with a single ball, skein, hank, or spool by Khadija Fatema and Hajera Habibur-Rahman
The title says it all - this book includes knitting instructions for 20 purses, each requiring just one skein of yarn. There are five patterns for each season, and styles including totes, satchels, coin purses, duffels, clutches, and more.

Gross me out!

What tastes like pudding and looks like kitty litter? A cake you can bake! Flex your culinary muscles with recipes from these wacky books. You could make a mashed potato mountain or a really weird veggie wrap with help from 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter. Don't have a babysitter? Never fear. You can gross out your neighbors with baked treats from Gross-Out Cakes: the Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics. Yum yum.

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

We're looking for some special people to become part of the library catalog. Are you a religious leader in the Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jewish faiths? Are you a vegetarian, a policeman, an atheist, a gay/lesbian person, a U.S. military veteran, a rock recording artist, a published author or any other interesting or unusual person? If so, we want you.

The Canton Public Library is starting a Living Books program where patrons can check out "living books" (that would be YOU) for 30 minutes of face-to-face, one-on-one conversation. These interviews are intended to answer questions for the curious, satisfy special interests and beliefs and learn from others' experiences. With dialogue comes understanding - with understanding comes tolerance.

Ribbon Embroidery

Ribbon EmbroideryRibbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments by Natalie Bellanger-Clement is a guide to small repeating stitches, line stitches, and filled stitches created with ribbon. The directions are clearly illustrated with photos, and templates are provided for each stitch. In all, there are over 30 stitches featured.

Home Brewing Basics

Join us Tuesday June 23rd at 7:00 pm and learn about the basics of home brewing, its methods and processes. This introductory presentation is designed for folks new to home brewing or those interested in learning about what it involves. Program will take place outside. Register by calling 734-397-0999!

Eco Craft

Eco Craft Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle by Susan Wasinger is a collection of thirty eco-friendly projects for your home. The projects run the gamut, from recycling sweaters into a knitted rug to re-purposing plastic six-pack holders into a modern screen/divider to altering old books into holiday decorations.

You could WIN staff art!

Your library would like to give back to you this summer! In honor of the Summer Reading theme, Be Creative @ Your Library, the Canton Public Library staff decided to make works of art for you to win. We've got quilters, knitters, woodworkers, photographers and many other creative people here. For a view of our craftsy items, check out our Flickr page.

Happy Nature Photography Day

rainbowToday is so beautiful out, friends! Take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather and make a trek outside. Celebrate Nature Photography Day and create some art by capturing the world around you.  Michigan is full of parks, lakes, and gardens. Check out an old favorite or discover a new one. Good luck and happy snapping!

Amigurumi!

Whether you already know how to crochet or are looking for a new hobby, I definitely suggest checking out Amigurumi World : Seriously Cute Crochet. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and it doesn't get much cuter than this!

Summer Fun!

School's almost out!  Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer?  Why not try some activity books to help keep their summer exciting?  Here are some suggestions: Summer fun!:  60 activities for a kid-perfect summer, Summer activities, Summer smarts for cool kids: over 150 fantastic and fun learning activities to help kids beat the summer blahs, The vacation activity book

Local artisans and crafters on Etsy

etsyHave you checked out Etsy? It's a shopping site where you can purchase items created by artisans and crafters from all over the world. It's also a great place to find special items made by those right here in our community! Right now in Canton, the following shops have items for sale:

New Quilting Book

Looking for new ideas for your next quilt project? Check out our latest book Kaffe Fassett’s country garden quilts. The book has some nice patchwork ideas and tips.

An introduction to art for kids

Katie loves art and adventure. One day, on a visit to a museum, she finds herself stepping into a painting by Paul Cezanne. On another day, she hangs out with Mona Lisa. Check out these books by James Mayhew and explore the world of art through Katie's eyes. There is something for all ages in these books. Young children will enjoy the shapes, the colors and the movement of turning pages. Older kids will appreciate the story, Katie's curiosity and the beautiful paintings. It may even inspire them to learn how to paint!

ArtFest

Looking for something to do this week-end? Visit the ArtFest in downtown Plymouth or check out craft books at the library.  Street performers will entertain with music, chalk art, juggling, balloon twisting, and face painting. The fest is free for everyone to enjoy!
Friday, May 15th and Saturday May 16th, 2009 from 10am - 6 pm

Writing is a craft

You can be a writer and compose amazing stories, too. Check out Gail Carson Levine's helpful book, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Stories by Celia Warren to find help with grammar, developing a plot, character development and much more. Happy writing!

Fun Crafts For The Kids!

Looking for something fun to keep the kids occupied? Or maybe something nice that they can make for a gift? Pack-o-fun magazine is the perfect craft magazine for parents and kids. It has craft projects that range from very simple to more complicated, from things that you can make with your kids, to projects that they can do on their own. Each issue is packed with so many crafts that there is seriously something for everyone. Check it out today and start crafting!