Educating Community Members About Health Insurance Options

Monday January 26, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

In partnership with the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and the U-M group, the Health Policy Student Association, this session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for.

Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year, and the speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Depression During Childbearing Years: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Raising Resilient Children

Tuesday February 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Research conducted by the University of Michigan Depression Center suggested that as many as one in five pregnant women may experience symptoms of depression during the childbearing years. Many are symptomatic during their pregnancies, and symptoms may continue during their children’s early years.

Kate Rosenblum, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Women & Infants Mental Health Program, and Co-Director of the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic, will give a brief overview of the latest research on perinatal depression, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and raising resilient children. Novel early interventions to improve maternal depression, parenting skills, foster healthy attachment, and maximize a healthy developmental path for children will be explored.

This will be followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with panelists from the U-M Depression Center, including Maria Muzik, M.D., MSc., Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Women and Infants Mental Health Clinic; Lisa Hammer, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, U-M Medical School; and Lulu Zhao, M.D., Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology, U-M Medical School.

For more information on the UM Depression Center, please visit the Depression Center website or contact Trish Meyer at 734-763-7495.

Nurturing Baby and You

Thursday February 5, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:45 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for babies (3 months through pre-walkers) - no older siblings please.

Gari Stein leads this unique program that focuses on play, movement, and touch, featuring rhymes, tunes for everyday routines, massage, and more.

This event promotes healthy development and strong bonds derived from the research on the body-brain connection. Turn cranky to calm in a gentle, nurturing environment.

No older siblings, please

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 adults and teens grade 6 and up.

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.

Play Connection with Therapy Dogs for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Sunday February 8, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5 with an adult.

If you are a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, here’s an opportunity to explore the possibilities.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Rick Solomon has been diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years. He founded the PLAY Project ( in response to the need for autism intervention options and from 2009-2012 was the principle investigator of one of the largest intervention research studies in the U.S. with young children with ASD, with the results now published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

He will be here to chat with parents and children, while kids have a chance to pet therapy dogs or play with a variety of fun toys.

You can learn more about Dr. Rick at

Sensation Stations

Tuesday February 10, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies (18 months - 3 years).

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, and sorting a variety of materials.

Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Tuesday February 10, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life. Books will be for sale and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services.

When the Going gets Tough: Gut Problems in Older Adults

Thursday February 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Karen Hall, MD, PhD., Professor in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan, presents a potpourri of useful and entertaining information about common GI problems that older adults may encounter.

Dr. Hall will also discuss how to maintain bowel health with diet, exercise, and whether dietary supplements are recommended.

Preschool Yoga

Saturday March 7, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5

Enjoy stories, puppets, and movements that promote coordination, flexibility, and storytime fun with Catalina Arango of Ananda Children.

First Six Months

Friday March 20, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies up to 6 months with their parents.

This new parent group offers an opportunity for new parents and pre-toddler infants to meet and play in an unstructured, comfortable setting at the Library.

No siblings, please