One of the best ways to conquer the winter blues is to get out and try new things, while learning and exploring your talents. Check out the wide variety of workshops and experiences we're offering over the next two months, including Creativity Camp for aspiring designers and makers, and the return of Creator Fair. You're sure to find something to spark your creativity!

French Polynesia: Un Bon Voyage
Wednesday, Jan 17, 7 PM

Explore the turquoise waters, volcanic peaks, and peaceful lagoons of the South Pacific with seasoned travelers Barbara Sugden and Ron Vargason. Travel by combined working cargo/ passenger ship, with stops at Tahiti, Bora Bora, and others—the islands of Gauguin and Captain Bligh, black pearl farmers and ancient tiki sculptors. Register. Meeting Room.

Night School: Your Home, Reimagined
Thursday, Jan 18, 7 PM

Meet us at Pink Geranium and Artifactural Furniture & Design (829 W Northwest Hwy.) and see how antiques and reclaimed items add character and charm to home décor. Register.

Selling on Etsy
Thursday, Jan 25, 7 PM or
Thursday, Feb 8, 1 PM

Etsy is an online marketplace where you can have fun, make money, and indulge your passion for arts, crafts, vintage finds, fashion, and more. Librarian Liz Kirchhoff demonstrates how to set up an Etsy business, showcase products, and grow business with sites like Pinterest. Register (click through to next month to register for February. Zimmerman Room.

Genealogy 101
Thursday, Feb 1, 7 PM OR
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2 PM

Find your family using online databases such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, Fold3, and more! Register. Meeting Room.

Second Fridays Presents: Dixieland Jazz Cats
Friday, Feb 9, 8 PM

We may not be in New Orleans, but the Dixieland Jazz Cats’ hot Mardi Gras rhythms will get the good times rollin’! Register. Meeting Room.

Creator Fair
Saturday, Feb 10, 10 AM – 4 PM
All ages

Explore hands-on art, engineering, and craft activities, including projects made in our MakerLab and Studio. Check out a real printing press, play with Sphero, draw, color, try the ukulele, and much more. Drop in. First floor.

Valentines for Veterans
Saturday, Feb 10, 10 AM – 4 PM

Stop by during the Creator Fair to make cards and practical items for retired and active service members at Great Lakes Naval Base. Drop in. Atrium.

Creativity Camp

A series of programs designed to illuminate the creative process, introduce you to new techniques, and give you hands-on practice exercising your creativity - something we don’t always get to do in our adult lives. Sign up for as many as you’d like.

Flash Photography
Tuesday, Jan 23, 6:30 PM

Cell phone or DSLR, a picture is only as good as its lighting. Let’s talk about the exposure triangle, light diffusers, and how on- and off-camera flash can take your photos to the next level. Cameras and flashes welcome. Register. Conference Room.

Projection Mapping
Thursday, Jan 25, 5 PM

If one projection screen is good, two screens are better, right? Drop in and see how to create 3-dimensional art using simple software, a projector, and your own creativity. Drop in. Atrium.

Drawing for People Who Can’t (Or Can) Draw
Tuesday, Jan 30, 6:30 PM

Practice the art of visual communication, discuss how simple stick figures can help get your point across, and tackle the fundamentals of drawing in this casual crash course. Register. Conference Room.

Maker Meetup
Wednesday, Feb 7, 6:30 PM

Share the projects you’re working on and see what you can do in our MakerLab. Register.

Kerf Projects
Thursday, Feb 22, 6:30 PM

Explore this technique that allows you to bend and fold typically rigid materials like chipboard and wood. Each customer will design a custom wood notebook. BAL Cardholders. Register. MakerLab.