Nurturing Baby & You: For Babies to Pre-Walkers

Thursday November 6, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:45 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for children age 3 months to pre-walkers with their adult (no older siblings, please)

Gari Stein leads this unique program that focuses on play, movement and touch, featuring rhymes, tunes for everyday routines, massage, waltzing, folk dance, instruments, lullabies, and more. This event promotes healthy development and strong bonds derived from research on the body-brain connection. It’s a time to share resources and support and turn cranky to calm in a warm, gentle, and nurturing environment. No older siblings, please.

Keep Calm and Kegel On: What’s New in Pelvic Floor Health

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

Many women suffer in silence as they get older with problems that are labeled “normal.” Prolapse of the pelvic organs and incontinence are common problems women experience that may cause withdrawal from exercise, social activities and family interactions out of fear of embarrassment.

During this session, cosponsored by the U-M Health System, Women’s Health Program and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, experts will discuss new research and the most up-to-date treatments for this disturbing disorder. There will also be a segment on the patient experience “Life In The Real World of Pelvic Floor Disorder,” as well as a presentation by U-M physical therapists.

Grief Matters for the Holidays

Sunday November 16, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

The Holidays are an especially difficult time for someone who is grieving. This workshop, by Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, will give you helpful tips for coping with the upcoming holidays.

Find comfort in sharing with others during this time. For more information about Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, please call 734-794-5460 or contact mschultz@arborhospice.org

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Returning Veterans

Tuesday November 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have greatly increased the number of veterans returning home with combat exposure, reintegration issues, and psychiatric symptoms. National Guard and Reserve service members and their families face additional challenges, as they prepare for deployment on a part-time basis while still meeting their obligations in their home communities. Unlike active duty service members and families, they do not return to military installations with access to military health services or peers. And in many cases, their home communities may lack the services and resources to address the reintegration issues that might arise.

To address these issues, The Military Support Programs And Networks (M-SPAN) Program Team from the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry has drawn on their experience and expertise in the areas of outreach and access; peer-to-peer programs; family, marital and parenting interventions; and support group facilitation, to develop and tailor programs designed to meet the unique mental health needs of returning veterans and their families, including National Guard and Reserve service members.

Marcia Valenstein, MD, MS, a professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and member of the U-M Depression Center, will give a brief overview presentation outlining the unique mental health needs of veterans, as well as successful intervention programs designed specifically for veterans and their families. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts.

This event is cosponsored by the AADL and the U-M Depression Center.

Using Yoga to Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep

Saturday February 7, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grades 6-Adult

In this Kundalini Yoga class, instructor Victoria Duranona will teach us how to become aware of stressors and how they influence our communication, our relationships, and our performance. She will then lead us through yoga and meditation to release our stress so we can flow with the right voltage and be able to put up with life's challenges without losing ourselves.

It is advised to bring a bottle of water, not eat for two hours before you come, and dress comfortably. Also, please bring your own mat.