Art Through the Ages

Learn about art through the ages with hands-on projects at the Eastern Branch. All crafts will be beginner-friendly, and you do not need any prior art experience to participate.


  • August 23 – Paper Making & Paper Marbling (3100 B.C.)
  • September 20 – Watercolor (1300s)
  • October 18 – Pop Art (1950)

Intended for teens and adults. Call 517-788-4074 to register.

Watercolor Class

Join us for a beginner watercolor class at the Carnegie Library to learn how to create a stained-glass effect.

Intended for teens and adults. Call 517-905-1339 to register.


Mindfulness Mandalas

Join us at the Eastern Branch for a creative and fun way to practice mindfulness as we design our own beautiful mandala or mindfully color a pre-drawn mandala. You’ll also learn more about the benefits of practicing mindfulness in our day-to-day lives.

Intended for teens and adults 16+. Call 517-788-4074 to register.

DIY Beaded Suncatcher

Add a little sparkle to your window or backyard with a handmade beaded suncatcher.

Recommended for teens and adults. Register by calling the Summit Branch at 517-783-4030.

Cyanotype Printing

Learn how to create cyanotype prints on paper and a canvas tote bag at the Meijer Branch!

Cyanotype prints or “sun prints” use the sun to create stunning blue and white silhouette images. All supplies will be provided, though if you have a special object that you would like to make a print of, feel free to bring it with you!

Intended for adults. Call 517-788-4480 to register.

Advanced Care Planning

Martha York from WellWise Area Agency on Aging will give a presentation on topics including advance directives, patient advocates and how to engage family or close friends in a conversation around your end-of-life care.

Call the Brooklyn Branch at 517-905-1369 to register.

Magic: The Gathering

Join fellow enthusiasts for an afternoon of Magic: The Gathering at the Carnegie Library.

Participants will need to bring their own cards.

Sea Turtle Art

Enjoy making a canvas sea turtle art project! This simple project will delight beach and sea turtle lovers.

Intended for teens and adults. Please call the Summit Branch to register at 517-783-4030.

Cooking 101: The Mother Sauces

In the French culinary tradition, there are sauces known as “Mother Sauces” – Tomato Sauce, Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, and Hollandaise. Knowing these basic Mother Sauces provide a foundation to experiment and create new sauce and dishes.

In this class, you’ll learn about the Mother Sauces and how you can build on them to expand your culinary potential – perfect for anyone looking to learn some basic cooking skills.

This program is a demonstration only, attendees will not be cooking.

Presented by: Dania Lee Cleveland, JDL staff member and former cook and Sushi Chef with 16 years food service experience

Exploring Our National Parks

Join us for a presentation exploring some of America’s National Parks with Jackson photographer, author and historian, Douglas Leffler.

Douglas will cover a select number of National Parks that he and his wife Sandra visited over the years, followed by a discussion on visiting Michigan’s State parks and our local parks.

Dates and Locations:

  • Summit Branch: June 17, 6 PM
  • Spring Arbor Branch: June 20, 5:30 PM
  • Carnegie Library: June 29, 3 PM
  • Brooklyn Branch: July 22, 6 PM

Intended for adults. No registration required.

This event is part of Summer Discover programming.