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Alison Gowans
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Unleash your crafty side at the library this winter. From Crafternoons to card making to a Tiny Art Show, we have plenty of opportunities for all ages to get creative. 

Maker Space Craft Night for Teens and Adults

Learn the basics of using technology in our Maker Room and complete a craft along the way. 

Dec. 8: Learn how to use the Glowforge software and see it in action as we cut out a pre-designed layered wall hanging. 

CANCELED: Dec. 15: Learn how to prepare a file to use on the 3D printer and see it in action. Then decorate your own 3D printed ornament. 

Thursday, Dec. 8 & 15, 6-7:30 pm, Downtown Library, Children’s Program Room 

Card Making For Adults

We've got the supplies. You bring the talent! Let's make holiday cards together. Registration required. 

Friday, Dec. 16, 10-11 am, Ladd Library, Community Room 

Crafts & Cocoa

Make a gift for yourself or someone special while you sip a warm beverage and chat with fellow crafters. Each project is simple enough for all ages, but still will turn into a lovely handmade present. Try finger-weaving a scarf, learn how to make a snowy wax resist painting, and cut out fragrant cinnamon ornaments. Make one or all three! 

Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-2:30 pm, Ladd Library, Community Room 

Squiggly Bowl Craft

Learn to make a squiggly bowl with air dry clay! This program is intended for families and all ages. 

Saturday, Jan. 14, 10-11 am, Ladd Library, Community Room 

Community Art: MLK Mosaic

Join others in the community to create a Martin Luther King, Jr. mosaic at the library. Meet in the Commons for the project, and then make a social justice button to commemorate the day.  

Saturday, Jan. 21, 1-3 pm, Downtown Library, Commons 

Craft and Chat

Bring a craft project you are working on or grab a project from our craft kit grab bag. Treats will be provided. 

Wednesday, Jan. 25 & Feb. 22, 6:30-7:15 pm, Ladd Library, Community Room 

Crafternoon for Teens: Winter Wonderland Painted Woodcuts

Channel your inner Bob Ross and paint some happy trees. Make a beautiful winter wonderland scene on a woodcut piece. 

Friday, Jan. 27, 2-3:30 pm, Community Room, Ladd Library 

Valentines for Adults

Personalized Valentine's Day cards are a wonderful way to show appreciation and love. We've pre-cut some cards, and will provide embellishments for customization. Registration required.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10-11 am, Ladd Library, Community Room 

Crafternoon for Teens: Clay Creations

Get your hands dirty and make a creation out of clay. Your own kit of clay crafting tools will be provided. 

Friday, Feb. 24, 2-3:30 pm, Community Room, Ladd Library 


Tiny Art Show 

Be a part of the Tiny Art Show at the library! Original art by members of the community will be on display in the Skywalk Gallery at the Downtown Library from Jan. 28-Feb 27.  

To participate, register at or download the Beanstack App and register for the Tiny Art Show. Then pick up a Tiny Art Show Kit starting Saturday, Jan. 7 and get creative! Use the supplies we provide or your own - just keep it family friendly. Registration and kits will be available while supplies last or until Jan. 26.  

Bring your completed masterpiece to the library with your name on the back by Thursday, Jan. 26. After the exhibit is over, you may pick up your art until March 31. A craft supply swap will officially open the exhibit on Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-3 pm. 

The library will host two workshops at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art to help get your creative juices flowing! Registration is required, and Tiny Art Show Kits will be provided at the workshops, so you do not need to register for one separately. 

Tiny Art Workshop for Kids & Tweens 

Saturday, Jan. 7, 1-2 pm, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 

Tiny Art Workshop for Teens and Adults

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 

Tiny Art Gallery Opening & Craft Supply Swap

View the creativity of your community by visiting the Tiny Art Show exhibit while picking up supplies for your next creative endeavor. Bring your extra fabric, yarn, paint, beads, etc. to exchange for new-to-you items.  

Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-3 pm, Downtown Library, Beems & Whipple auditoriums