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Glitterville's Stephen Brown Knows How To Sparkle

As a boy, crafts and decorating guru Stephen Brown found himself in post-holiday doldrums after every big celebration, but he learned that through crafting for the next upcoming occasion he could turn those feelings around and literally "Make every day a holiday!"

After working as a costume designer for television and film in New York City, Stephen launched Glitterville, his successful line of giftware and holiday decor. He is the author of Glitterville's new holiday how-to book series and can be seen in Hollywood as a judge on TLC's Craft Wars hosted by Tori Spelling.

Get Crafty with Engage!

Are you feeling crafty?  Engage Programming has some creative and fun crafts coming up in June for you to indulge your artistic side.

Make Your Own Plant Marker and Learn About Our Seed Exchange

cork fork garden markers

Make your own plant marker at Ross-Broadway Branch Library, on Saturday, March 21, from 10am-11am.

Add some whimsy to your garden with a plant marker you can call your own. Turn everyday items like a fork and a tin lid or wine cork into a marker that will inspire your green thumb and remind you where your seeds are planted. Materials for your first marker are included.

Crafting with Engage!

Come see us this Saturday for loads of crafting fun. We have three different branches that are hosting easy, creative craft programs.

Monster Bomb at Family Lab

Our first Family Lab at ideaLAB was a smash hit!

In case you haven't heard, the second Saturday of every month is now Family Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And we are very excited to follow up the first one with a monster bomb workshop with our pals from A Monster To Love.

Check it out.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Love Star Wars? Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at your local branch library!

The Library, Arts & Crafts, and a Fair You Won't Want to Miss!


Years ago I was working at a job I didn't like, and spending my time away from the job thinking about how much I didn't like it. Maybe you can relate. Then one Saturday morning I was browsing through my neighborhood library, when I saw a book about whirligigs. My grandfather was a master carpenter and when I was little he made a whirligig for the roof of his garage. It was a boy on a bike being chased by a dog, and when the wind blew, the boy's feet moved the pedals, which moved the wheels on the bike!

Mad Scientists in the Kitchen

Fizz, Boom, Read! Since our Summer of Reading program this year is all about science, we decided to turn the library into a laboratory today! We became mad scientists here at Montbello, and cooked up some super-easy, super-fun creations that you can make in your own kitchen. We made glitter playdough and slimy gak to play with, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The best part? Making these recipes with your children gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce basic science concepts in a fun, engaging way. Ready? Here we go:

To make your own playdough:

Getting Crafty at Storytime!

Here at the Children's Library, storytime isn't just about books. We follow each of our Tales for Twos and Preschool Storytimes with a craft in our craft room. Crafting not only encourages creativity, but it also develops early literacy skills that will help children learn to read when they get older.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fresh City Life My Branch

Bridges to Heaven

Everyone at Fresh City Life My Branch hopes you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Once your big meal is done, please consider one of these great programs.

On Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m., join us at Ross-University Hills for a fascinating author event. Sue Frederick, author of Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side, believes that death is not the end and that our deceased loved ones are watching us and helping us.

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