Cinetopia with Russ Collins & Martin Bandyke

Wednesday June 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Martin Bandyke, movie fanatic and morning drive music D.J. on Ann Arbor's 107one, hosts a look at the Cinetopia International Film Festival with Russ Collins, Cinetopia founder and Executive Director/CEO of the Michigan Theater

The discussion will touch on such topics as: how the Festival began; why it has grown enormously in just four years; and future plans for this Ann Arbor Film Fest.

This year’s festival will screen over 100 films in 10 area venues from June 5 to June 14. Russ will also discuss this year's line-up, with lots of movie previews included to whet your cinematic appetite.

Find out about the history of Cinetopia, learn 'how to festival,' and get ready for the fourth Cinetopia, which will feature the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world's best film festivals.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Memoir Workshop with Phoebe Gloeckner

Thursday June 4, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Phoebe Gloeckner is an Associate Professor, School of Art & Design at U of M and is a graphic novelist. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America." Phoebe will speak about the unique challenge and experience of writing, and publishing, memoir. The Diary of a Teenage Girl was also adapted as a film which debuted to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, in early 2015. It will be released in theaters later this year.

Researching Your Home's History

Saturday June 13, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Wonder what secrets your house may hold? Who lived there 25, 50, or even 100 years ago?

Join Patrick McCauley, co-author of Historic Ann Arbor: an Architectural Guide as he walks you though his own experience as a researcher. Along with the considerable research required for his book, McCauley spent years doggedly uncovering his own home's history, and has plenty of guidance, tips and advice.

Whether you're just starting to dig into your work, or already an bit of researcher, McCauley will relate a few of his own research scenarios and share resources, extract lessons and highlight useful tips that you can use in your own historical hunt. Copies of Historic Ann Arbor will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday June 18, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Alex Kourvo will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources.

These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations of fiction and non-fiction writing.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday June 18, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Comic Convention: Kids Read Comics 2015

Saturday June 20, 2015: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

AADL hosts the 7th Annual Kids Read Comics Convention, featuring over 40 of your favorite authors, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), Ruth McNally Barshaw (Ellie McDoodle), and more!

Kids, teens, and adults can participate in over 25 awesome cartooning workshops and creative games. Kids can also vote in the third annual Kids’ Comics Awards, the only comics awards chosen by kids. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at AADL featuring puppets, super villains, and more!

Comic Convention: Kids Read Comics 2015

Sunday June 21, 2015: 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

AADL hosts the 7th Annual Kids Read Comics Convention, featuring over 40 of your favorite authors, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), Ruth McNally Barshaw (Ellie McDoodle), and more!

Kids, teens, and adults can participate in over 25 awesome cartooning workshops and creative games. Kids can also vote in the third annual Kids’ Comics Awards, the only comics awards chosen by kids. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at AADL featuring puppets, super villains, and more!

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday June 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth grade 4 and up

Local crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of Japanese paper folding, focusing on geometric shapes and boxes. Experienced paper folders are encouraged to come and share their skills.

Tie-Dye Workshop

Monday June 29, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens in grades 6-12

Local crafter Dawn Henry returns to teach this always fun and brightly colorful tie-dye workshop. We'll provide a bandana to dye or bring your own T-shirt, shorts, pillowcase or other 100 % cotton item! We'll be working outside weather permitting.

Tie-Dye Workshop

Monday June 29, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens in grades 6-12

Local crafter Dawn Henry returns to teach this always fun and brightly colorful tie-dye workshop. We'll provide a bandana to dye or bring your own T-shirt, shorts, pillowcase or other 100 % cotton item! We'll be working outside weather permitting.