NaNoWriMo: "I Wrote a Novel... Now What?"

Sunday December 7, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

Author and Michigan native Donald Lystra will offer tips and tricks on revising your written work and how to get published. This program is associated with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and all aspiring authors are welcome!

Lystra’s work's Season of Water and Ice and Something that Feels Like Truth have received the Michigan Notable Book Award and the Midwest Book Award. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

All Things Dad With Nationally-Known “Dad Blogger” Doug French

Wednesday December 10, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Doug French, co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit, will discuss the evolution of the modern dad, as well as the myriad issues – such as work/life balance, paid parental leave, and outdated media stereotypes that confront us as engaged parents.

As we navigate these challenges, and male childcare becomes more commonplace, dad networks are popping up all over the country to help us raise our kids the best we can, and to help ensure that they inherit a more enlightened perception of masculinity.

Doug has been a dad blogger since 2003. He's been profiled in or written for several magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington Post, Babble, and Parents. He is a contributor to Michigan Public Radio and frequently speaks at conferences such as BlogHer, Mom 2.0, and BlissDom about fatherhood, parenting, and content marketing. You can find out more about him at mrdougfrench.com.

Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor

Wednesday December 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Author Patti Smith will share stories and a slideshow of images from her new book, Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor, which was released in early November. The book looks at the remarkable people and businesses who have helped build our town. Its images show a town with mud streets, wooden sidewalks, liveries, tanneries and telegraph offices. It also features businesspeople, merchants, and citizens who lived and worked in our downtown. Described as a "love letter to a beloved city", Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor provides a look at the past and the people who helped to make Ann Arbor what it is today.

Author Patti Smith wanted to move to Ann Arbor since she was five years old, and is very grateful to live near downtown. She teaches special education and has recently finished writing a YA book. In addition to local history, Patti enjoys storytelling, social media, boxing, writing, and brewing beer. She lives in the Kerrytown area with her fiance, Ken, and their two cats.

Books will be available for sale and signing.