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Aging Creatively with Art for a Lifetime

The New York Public Library is offering a unique opportunity for those 50 and older. Several neighborhood branches will be offering classes in a variety of art forms.Read More ›

Get a Hobby! 5 Suggestions from Grand Central Library

Just because you vowed never to write another term paper again does not mean you are done learning. This back-to-school season, try picking up a new hobby rather than a new textbook. Some of our well-rounded librarians are here to give you ideas!Read More ›

1,000 Paper Cranes for 53rd Street Library

The staff and patrons at the 53rd Street Library have embarked on an ambitious project to fold 1,000 paper cranes by International Day of Peace, which is September 21. Read More ›

Make DIY Gift Tags with NYPL Digital Collections

Looking to add a colorful, personalized touch to your gifts this year? Look no further than our Digital Collections! Read More ›

DIY: How to Make a Papier Mâché Elephant

A step-by-step guide for creating your own elephant, courtesy of the staff at the Throg's Neck Library!Read More ›

Preservation Week Lecture: Be An Informed Consumer of Custom Picture Framing

For Preservation Week 2015, the Preservation Division will be giving lectures on caring for your personal collections. I am composing a talk entitled Be An Informed Consumer of Custom Picture Framing. Read More ›

A Crocheter's Delight

Frigid temperatures are upon us, and that means one thing: keeping warm. How about foregoing the costly department store prices and creating your own awesome scarves, fuzzy socks and warm mittens. All you need are two hands, a couple balls of yarn, needle(s), a comfortable chair and a bit of free time.Read More ›

What's Your Costume? Halloween How-To

There are a few weeks left before Halloween festivities... maybe you'll find a costume idea at the library.Read More ›

Origami for All Ages!

When all age groups come together to fold paper into works of art, it creates an atmosphere unlike any other program. Origami is an interactive program, not just because they create something, but because they interact with other people—even outside of their age group.Read More ›

July is International Zine Month

It's International Zine Month (July 21 is Zine Library Day!) and they are everywhere... Read More ›

Celebrate Poetry All Year: Poetry Collage and Blackout Poetry

Though National Poetry Month is coming to an end, you can continue to celebrate all year long! You don't have to read poetry to celebrate; you can create it instead.Read More ›

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Art Class at the Library

Whether you are the parent of a budding Picasso or a child who imbues the term "abstract art" with new meaning, the library is sure to have resources to support his or her creative pursuits.Read More ›

Handmade Crafternoon this Spring at the Library!

Special Weeks - Tulip Week - Girl in costume with tulips Image ID: 1682599Spring has almost sprung, and with it arrives the latest series of Handmade Crafternoons, co-hosted by crafty librarian Jessica Pigza and Crafternoon author Maura Madden! Meet fellow crafters, look at books and magazines from the Library's collections, and participate in DIY projects. This season we'll cross stitch on cards, create a watermark-inspired embroidery, and learn how easy English paper piecing can be. And, because our community of shared 

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Rubber Band Bracelets From Your Favorite Book

They are all the craze this holiday season, with kids immersing themselves in hours upon hours of crafty creation.  They have even been banned from some area schools for causing fights on playgrounds.  What has caused such a frenzy of creativity and violence? Rubber band bracelet looms.

Gwendolyn Accoo, Office Associate III at the Mid-Manhattan Library, recently poked her head in my office and said “Look what ... Read More ›

Silly Sushi Makes a Big Splash

Caryn's Candy Sushi by reynolds.james.e, on FlickrThis summer the staff of the Children's Center at 42nd Street planned an array of food-related craft activities to help highlight the ongoing Lunch Hour NYC exhibition. We started with bean/lentil picture frames and moved on to food label collage. On August 3rd, we decided to try an edible activity involving sushi made 

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A Sis Boom Handmade Crafternoon: May 12, 2012

Join us this Saturday, May 12, 2012, when Sis Boom creator Jennifer Paganelli comes to NYPL for the latest Handmade Crafternoon.

My co-host, Maura Madden, and I love how vibrant and sunshine-y Jennifer Paganelli's designs and patterns are, so it's perfect that Paganelli will help us to make summer party garlands and banners. And I'll have summer issues of home magazines from years past to browse and inspire you in other summer project ideas!

The event will take place in 

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Celebrate Library Love & Make a Zine! Handmade Crafternoon: May 7, 2011

This Saturday's Handmade Crafternoon is going to be a celebration of Library love!  On Saturday, May 7th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm, we'll welcome Ayun Halliday, author of the Zinester’s Guide to New York City; and Karen Gisonny, a fabulous librarian who wrangles the Library's amazing zine collection.

And with their help (along with some 

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April 2, 2011's Handmade Crafternoon: Paper Dolls & Fashion with Liesl Gibson.

Designer Liesl Gibson has earned a devoted following among sewists who eagerly await each season's line of her Oliver + S sewing patterns for children's clothes. And Liesl's new book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, offers a broad range of projects that combine expertly written instructions with smart design elements we've come to expect and appreciate from Liesl. 

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Vintage-Inspired Valentines with Martha Stewart Living: Feb. 5, 2011's Handmade Crafternoon!

Maura and I are both flabbergasted and honored that our Library event series, Handmade Crafternoons, has been featured in Martha Stewart Living's February issue. If you've been to any events in the series in the past you'll hopefully agree with this article, which is a love letter to libraries, creativity, and community (even though Maura and I don't actually serve pizza sandwiches at our events; sorry!)

We're simply thrilled to 

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Emerging Designers' Knitting Circle: Handmade Crafternoon, Dec 18

Want to meet some of today's emerging knitwear designers and learn about what they do?  Or, would you rather look back in time and browse old knit and crochet magazines and books from the Library's Collections to find vintage patterns?  Either way, you'll be in luck on December 18th, as  Maura Madden (author of Crafternoon) and I host a free day of both old and 

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