What's Happening This Week!

FILM & DISCUSSION: It is Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014, and AADL and VegMichigan will host a discussion of the award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine on Thursday, April 24 at 6 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Enjoy the West African sounds of Sunkwa (pictured above) on Friday April 25 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library.

THIS WEEKEND:

CRAFTS: Adults and teens can create steampunk-style earrings on Saturday, April 26 at 2 pm at Malletts Creek Branch. On Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, kids can enjoy a story and craft related to the Henry and Mudge book series.

HANDS-ON COMPUTER EVENTS: Adults and teens can learn more about computer programming for video games at the Downtown Library on Saturday, April 26 at 3 pm. On Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can also learn more about programming - with Kodu, a visual programming language designed specifically for creating games

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: Gari Stein leads the Saturday, April 26 session of Dancing Babies at 10 am at the Malletts Creek Branch.

KIDS ART FAIR JUDGING: The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original will hold a drop-in jury session for consideration for the 2014 Kids Art Fair. Young artists should bring samples of their work to the Pittsfield Branch on Sunday, April 27 between 1 - 3 pm.

EL DIA CELEBRATION: Music, dance, crafts, face painting, stories and activities for all ages are featured at the annual El Dia celebration of children and books at the Downtown Library on Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 pm

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday April 24, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Film & Discussion: The Ghosts in Our Machine

Thursday April 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

It’s Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014 and, as part of the Veg Week events, AADL and VegMichigan will host a special screening and discussion of "The Ghosts In Our Machine," the 2013 multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

The film follows acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.

The film (which has a running time of 92 minutes and is not rated) charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

VegMichigan will lead a discussion following the screening.

Playgroups

Thursday April 24, 2014: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday April 24, 2014: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

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

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Playgroups

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

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

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

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Concert: The West African Sounds Of Sunkwa

Friday April 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Enjoy the sounds of music from Africa!

Sunkwa was established in 1999 and is comprised of six musicians to explore jazz, pop and world music. The group combines traditional instruments of West Africa, like the gyil (ancient xylophone from Ghana) along with percussion, brass and guitar. The music has its roots in Ghana, but is infused with an exciting variety of world beat rhythms.

Sunkwa's sounds fuse world xylophone music traditions from various parts of Africa, a unique combination of ancient mallet keyboard and a modern team of dynamo performers.

Dancing Babies with Gari Stein

Saturday April 26, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room A

This event is intended for 0-5 years.

Gari Stein, leader of Music for Little Folks events, presents a program of music and motion.

Steampunk Gearrings

Saturday April 26, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Use mechanical parts to make a pair of completely unique, steampunk-style earrings.