Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday December 21, 2014: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will be repeated at 3:30 pm.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday December 21, 2014: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will also be offered at 12:30 pm.

Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed, with Dave Wilson of the Huron River Watershed Council

Tuesday January 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Come have a look at our beautiful Huron River, its delights and its problems. Despite urbanization and development, Ann Arbor and the other towns in the Huron River watershed have done an amazingly good job of maintaining the quality of this precious resource. Join Dave Wilson on a pictorial tour of some of the stream monitoring and educational activities of the Huron River Watershed Council. Learn about the exacting subtleties of lake stratification, algae blooms, dissolved oxygen, sediment, and phosphate. Get acquainted with the fascinating little critters that live in our streams and that can tell us so much about the health of our creeks and river.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Cure for the Common Cliche: Overcoming the Most Frequent Writerly Pitfalls to Take Your Prose off the Shelf and Into Readers’ Hands

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

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult.

It was a dark and stormy night...which might be okay for Snoopy, but you can do better! In this workshop, you’ll vanquish the enemies of a good story including slow pacing, information dumps, bad dialogue, and more. Join authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang as they explain how to polish your prose and avoid the traps of tired text. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing.

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday January 10, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY? Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies provided.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday January 22, 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 Yang 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 January 29, 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!

Local Music: Timothy Monger

Friday January 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL highlights a local performing artist with this evening concert by Timothy Monger, best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society, which he co-founded with his brother James.

For this performance, Monger will use guitar pedals and other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection!

In 2004, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light
Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year.

The success of Great Lakes Myth Society’s literate, folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. This was followed with several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, Monger recorded his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward, moving away from the orchestral leanings in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Where in the World is Your Hero? Create page-turning novels by perfecting your characters, setting, and dialogue.

Thursday February 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult.

Take your readers into your fictional world by giving them a character to care about, a world to live in, and interesting conversations to listen to. This workshop will cover these three important elements that pull readers into your stories and keep them there. Join authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang as they discuss how to write larger-than-life heroes, dynamic settings, and dialog that pops off the page. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing.

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 (playproject.org) 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 playproject.org.