Sensation Stations

Thursday September 10, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for babies 10 months–2 years old.

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Nature Walk @ Black Pond Woods

Thursday September 10, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Black Pond Woods Nature Area

This event is intended for adults, teens, and youth in kindergarten and up.

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 34-acre Black Pond Woods Nature Area.

Black Pond Woods is mostly woodland, and was named for a small vernal pond whose basin was created when the glaciers receded from this area. The dark brown water is caused by tannins and humic acids from leaf litter. We'll learn more about this lovely area and about native plants and animals on our trek.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. We'll meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, which can be accessed from Traver Road.

JUST BABIES! with Gari Stein

Saturday September 19, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for infants in their first year, who do not walk yet.

Gari Stein of Music For Little Folk, will lead this music, rhyme, and touch program for babies to pre-walkers.

No siblings, please

Culinary Wellness: A Recipe for Success With Chef Frank Turner

Sunday September 20, 2015: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Culinary wellness engages people to eat healthy, one meal at a time. In the history of eating, it was a short trip from a time when most people grew up on farms and every family had a garden to grow the produce they ate to the post-industrial, highly processed fast — and fat — food that now surrounds us. Along the way, cooking at home got lost unintentionally and our diet became less healthy. Instead of promoting wellness, our diet promotes illness.

How can we get back to cooking for wellness? Restaurant consultant Chef Frank Turner explains what happened to us, how to introduce foods that promote wellness into your diet, why “health food” is not always so healthy, and how changing your diet one meal at a time can change our community. He’ll even serve samples of healthy snacks that are easily prepared, with recipes to take home to try yourself.

Chef Frank Turner has served as a past Instructor for Share our Strength "Operation Front Line," and also a past Director for the Detroit chapter of Slow Foods USA. He is passionate about working with local farmers and Michigan food suppliers to provide ultra-fresh and, when possible, certified organic products for all his guests. He believes the fresher the food, the better the flavor and nutritional value, which in turn improves the health of the entire community. Chef Frank currently enjoys working as a consultant for fine dining restaurants, health care food service, retirement communities, and school systems.

This event is cosponsored by The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy

Prostate Cancer and Controversies in Screening: Learn About Research, Prevention, and Treatment

Tuesday September 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US count themselves as prostate cancer survivors.

Learn more at this informative evening as Dr. Ganesh S. Palapattu discusses prostate cancer with a focus on the risks and benefits of screening. He will also discuss current research involving the causes, prevention, and treatment.

Dr. Palapattu is Associate Professor and Chief of Urologic Oncology at the University of Michigan Health System. His work seeks to improve the outcomes of men with prostate cancer with special focus on the evaluation and management of men with high risk prostate cancer. He is an expert in robotic surgery for prostate cancer as well as nerve-sparing techniques to optimize functional recover after surgery.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

JUST BABIES! with Melissa Hudson

Saturday October 17, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for infants in their first year who do not walk yet.

Melissa Hudson of "Music Together" leads this music, rhyme, and touch program for babies to pre-walkers. No siblings, please!

JUST BABIES! with Gari Stein

Saturday November 14, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for infants in their first year who do not walk yet.

Gari Stein of Music for Little Folks, leads this music, rhyme, and touch program for babies to pre-walkers.

No siblings, please

JUST BABIES! with Denise Owens

Saturday December 5, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for infants in their first year who do not walk yet.

Denise Owens, teacher of Kindermusik, will lead this music, rhyme, and touch program for babies to pre-walkers.

No siblings, please