Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Craft Classes at the Central Library

New classes for 2013-2014 at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. See the listings below. All classes are on Saturdays at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604 585-428-8138. We try to keep all of our classes free but sometimes the supplies need an extra fee attached. So, all classes are free unless there is a fee noted with the class description.

September 2013: Tarot and Jewelry

On September 7, 2013, there will be a free Tarot Card Reading in the Arts Division. Kim Williams, owner of Manifest  Health and Spirit will read your future. Program runs from 1-2:30 pm.
These readings are 10 minute readings and are limited to 10 participants. Click on this link to register.

Jewelry Making With Glass Beads

Come to the Arts Division on September 28, 2013 where you can learn to make your own bracelet and earrings. Class will be taught by jewelry maker Melissa Manczuk. Supplies are included but if you require clasps or wires without nickel please bring your own. You are also welcome to bring your own beads if you have special ones you would like to use. Class is limited to 10 students so register soon by clicking here.

Class will be held in the Arts Division in the B&L Public Library Building from 1:00-2:30 pm.

October 2013: Belly Dancing and Woodcutting

Belly Dancing with Alananop
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Do you want to learn to Belly Dance? Come to the Central Library on October 12 when Saja from Dancer of the Alananop will teach you how. 
Belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance.  There are drawings on cave walls in the Middle East of women in a circular dance.  The dance started as  a birthing dance.  The women of the community would all come together to assist in the birthing process.  They would emulate the movements of birth through dance in order to relax the woman in labor. Since then, Belly dance has spread throughout the world and includes many forms, including Bedouin, Oriental, American Tribal and Cabaret.  Each style encourages the beautiful movements of the feminine form.
Belly dance is the most natural form of dance for women because it mainly uses hips, legs, and arms which are naturally strong in women. Women of any size, shape, or age are encouraged to dance because belly dance is more than a form of exercise.  It acknowledges that woman are all beautiful in their own way and should be proud and accepting of that.
Belly dance is a great form of low impact exercise and is great for toning the entire body.
Saja has been a student of belly dance for over 10 years.  She began performing with the Silent Rythem Dance Troupe out Canandaigua in 2004.  She has, also, performed with the Suhaila Gypsy Dancers.  In 2009, she started teaching classes at Open Arms Yoga in Naples, NY and has formed her own troupe, Dancers of the Alananop (grapes in Egyptian). 

Use this link to register for the Belly Dancing Program

Woodcutting Class with Heather Swenson
Saturday, October 26, 2013



Heather Swenson is an artist working and living in Rochester, NY. She currently works at Tiny Fish Printing during the day and her studio in the Hungerford Building at night making paintings, prints, and collages. She is a graduate of Purchase College with a BFA in painting, drawing and printmaking. She also teaches woodblock workshops at the Rochester Makerspace. Her work can be viewed at or in studio 214 in the Hungerford Building on First Fridays of every month from 6-9pm.
This class will be limited to 10 students and registration will be required. 
We try to keep all classes free but because this class does require many supplies there is an $8.00 charge. You can pay for the class when you arrive and the fee can be paid at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Register for the class by clicking here .

November 2013: Henna

Henna Rising
November 23, 2013 1-2:30 

Come to the Central Library and get a free Henna from Robin Jaeckel owner of Henna Rising. She will be doing Hennas on November 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Robin was here earlier this year and did a beautiful Hennas for those who registered. This class is limited to 15. Check back soon for the link to register.

January 2014: Fiber Art Program: Kumihimo Japanese Braid-making

Kumihimo Japanese Braid-making
Saturday, January 14, 2014 1-2:30

Kumihimo, or Japanese Braid-making will be taught by Melissa Manczuk. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads" and allows for the making of braids on a special Kumihimo disk with bobbins. The disks have 32 notches that create tension allowing the creation of beautiful braids for bracelets and necklaces. You will learn to make a simple keyring braid in the class. All materials will be supplied. Check back for registration as this class will be limited to 10 students.

March 2014: Papermaking

Papermaking with Colleen Crispino
Saturday, March 8, 2014
1-230 at the Central Library

Learn the art of making your own paper with Colleen Crispino. Colleen will teach this class here at the Central Library in the Art Division. Check back for registration as the class will be limited to 10 students.