Take a Hike @ Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

Thursday September 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages.

Celebrate National Wilderness Month with a hike along Malletts Creek, through the woods and wetlands of this 81.4-acre park. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will lead the hike.

Meet at the park entrance parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street and just southeast of Cobblestone Farm, or park at the Malletts Creek Branch (3090 E. Eisenhower) and walk a half mile east along Eisenhower and Packard to the park entrance.

Tom Hayden: A Call to Battle Against the Climate Crisis

Monday September 15, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Join us for a presentation given by Tom Hayden on the eve of the opening of the United Nations treaty talks. Hayden, a U-M graduate and California environmental leader will discuss how Michigan and the Great Lakes region can move the US towards the protections of a clean energy economy. He believes the problems of economic recession and climate crisis must be addressed in a Global Green New Deal.

This event will include a book signing and copies of several of Tom Hayden’s books will be for sale.

After over 50 years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, for erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He was a leader of the student, civil rights, peace and environmental movements of the 1960s, and went on to serve 18 years in the California legislature, where he chaired labor, higher education and natural resources committees.

Just BABIES! with Denise Owens

Tuesday September 23, 2014: 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for 3 months - pre-walkers, no older siblings, please.

Join Denise Owens, KinderMusik Leader, in a program of songs, touch and motion for the youngest Library patrons. This program is for babies who are not walking yet, accompanied by their Caregiver.

No older siblings please.

Baby Massage

Wednesday September 24, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:45 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for infants 6 weeks - 7 months old with parents and caregivers

Registered nurse and certified childbirth educator Melissa Neill demonstrates baby massage and sing-song exercises for the pre-crawling babe.

Bright Nights Community Forum:The Impact of Academic Stress on Student Mental Health

Tuesday September 30, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Some level of stress is a part of everyone’s life, but almost 40 percent of parents say their high-school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school, according to an NPR poll conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. In most cases, that stress is from academics, not social issues or bullying, the poll found. Teenagers say they're suffering, too. A study by the American Psychological Association found that nearly half of all teens — 45 percent — said they were stressed by school pressures.

“Everyday stress” is a normal reaction to a variety of situations that we encounter in the real world, and can even be beneficial, motivating us to accomplish a task, or to avoid a situation that might be harmful. However chronic stress can lead to long-term health issues, affecting both physical and mental health – and can also negatively impact school performance, extracurricular activities, and relationships with family and friends. While it’s not possible to completely remove all of the stress from our lives, the good news is that there are strategies that students (and their parents!) can use to help manage their stress and improve academic performance.

To learn more about the impact of academic stress on student mental health, including strategies to prevent and manage stress, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “The Impact of Academic Stress on Student Mental Health” on Tuesday, September 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD, Research Investigator in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will give a brief overview presentation outlining the connections between stress, anxiety and depression, and providing useful strategies to help relieve stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Kate Fitzgerald, MD, Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Amy McLoughlin, EdM, Counselor at Skyline High School; and Tom Atkins, MD, a private practice clinician in Ann Arbor.

Bright Nights is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website at www.depressioncenter.org, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or meyerpa@umich.edu

Yoga for Kids!

Saturday October 4, 2014: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Local teacher Natalie Berry will lead a fun, story-yoga program for kids.

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.