What's Happening This Week!

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Teens can try their rock-climbing skills at Planet Rock - 82 Aprill Drive (off Jackson Road) (pre-registration required) on Friday July 25 at 1:15 pm..

CRAFT: Kids can make superhero capes on Friday July 25 at 2 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

THIS WEEKEND:

CRAFT: There will be two opportunities for adults and teens to make fantastic twig terrariums on Sunday, July 27 at the Downtown Library - one at 12:30 pm and one at 3:30 pm.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Preschoolers can enjoy a fun yoga session on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 am at Pittsfield Branch-THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SCI-TECH EVENTS: Adults and teens can use conductive paint to paint robots and other items on Saturday July 26 at 1 pm at Pittsfield Branch. Kids can learn about simple circuits on Sunday July 27 at 2 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

INFANT MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: Aron Kaufman leads the 1 pm Dancing Babies session on Sunday July 27 at Pittsfield Branch.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:

ANGRY BIRDS: Kids! Don't miss our second annual Life-Sized Angry Birds event (pictured above) at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor at 1 pm on Monday July 28. Launch birds at piggies and do other Angry Birds activities!

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Twig Terrariums Presents: a Terrarium Building Workshop for Teens & Adults

We're all excited about the hotly anticipated Twig Terrariums workshops this Sunday!

Please note that due to limited space and supplies as well as the detailed nature of the project we will be limiting the attendance to Teens in grades 6-12 and Adults. We rarely enforce our age limits for events, but this is a very special circumstance. However, this is just the beginning of the TWIG fun! Starting Tuesday next week all summer game players will be able to check out the Twig Terrarium's display in the Downtown Library's Youth Department case, the window at 826MI and terrariums will be at three other shops in downtown - with lots of codes and points! Keep your eyes peeled for the Twig Terrarium badges to be released next week and get ready to start your search! Literati Bookstore will be selling their book which anyone can buy and of course you can also check out a library copy.

There will be two workshops on Sunday: From 12:30-2:30 PM and from 3:30-5:30PM. If the first workshop fills up we will be handing out tickets for the second workshop.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Head Downtown to Check Out Lawn Games For The Weekend

Today is a great day to visit the Downtown Library and check our recently expanded Games collection. We've got giant garden checkers and dominoes, disc golf kits and colorful scoop ball sets, giant tumble towers, metal detectors & more. Also, we highly recommend that you get your Scandinavian lawn games fix with a set of Kubb (pronounced coob) the ancient viking lawn game of chance and skill. Most games circulate for one week and some can be requested, but most are offered on a first-available basis.

Permaculture: Practical solutions for self-reliance

One of our newer magazine subscriptions at the library is to Permaculture: Practical solutions for self-reliance. This magazine is a "bestselling international green-environmental magazine (with) inspiring articles written by leading experts alongside the readers' own tips and solutions," their website states. More from the website: "Published quarterly, this pioneering magazine is full of money-saving ideas for your home, garden and community. It features thought provoking articles on organic gardening; food and drink; renewable technology and green building; education, health and economics; transition towns and ecovillages; personal and community development; and sustainable agriculture and agro-forestry." Permaculture magazine also runs reviews of new books, DVDs, tools, courses, and access to contacts. Sounds like a good one!

Easy English News For You

Are you an adult who is learning to read or is becoming an English Language Learner? AADL has a couple periodicals that should capture your attention. The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at our downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites. Spread the word! There's also a 500 point code in the byline of this blog.

Public Elevator at Downtown Library Out of Service

The public elevator in the Downtown Library failed a routine safety inspection earlier this month, and is out of service. The repairs needed will require that the elevator remain out of service for most of this summer. We are not planning on having the elevator back in operation before Labor Day weekend. If you are visiting the Downtown Library and are unable to use the stairway, please ask any AADL staff person for assistance. We will escort you through staff areas to the freight elevator in order to get you to your desired location in the Library.

The lower level of the Downtown Library will be closed to the public when the repairs are being made. We know that there will be noise and unpleasant fumes from the work. We expect work to begin soon after July 1. If at all possible the noisiest and most unpleasant work will be done mornings before the Library opens. The noise, vibration, and fumes may require that the Library be closed during regular hours and on short notice. We will do our best to make these decisions in a manner that is respectful of your time and your need for the services available in the Downtown location of the AADL.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience, and hopefully, it will remain merely an inconvenience. Please let me know if we need to do more for you while the public elevator is being repaired.

Josie

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library

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Preschool Storytimes

Friday July 25, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Playgroups

Friday July 25, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday July 25, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Planet Rock Climbing 101 for Teens

Friday July 25, 2014: 1:15 pm to 4:00 pm -- Planet Rock at 82 Aprill Drive

Caped Crusaders

Friday July 25, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Super Snazz: Multi-Media Collage and Assemblage By Dan Mulholland

Now through August 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

August 5, 2014 through September 11, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Historic Ann Arbor Architecture

Monday August 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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