Smell and Tell: The Aromatic Allure of Patchouli

Wednesday December 3, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult.

No ingredient used in perfumery is as equally loved and despised as patchouli.

Though science can provide answers as to why this polarity in perception exists, history yields intriguing details that go beyond patchouli's association as the defining aroma of 1960s counterculture.

Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained "nose" in fragrance and flavors and editor of the blog Glass Petal Smoke, invites you to bring your nose and an open mind to smell some patchouli varietals and vintages, as well as a curated selection of patchouli-inspired perfumes.

All Things Dad With Nationally-Known “Dad Blogger” Doug French

Wednesday December 10, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Doug French, co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit, will discuss the evolution of the modern dad, as well as the myriad issues – such as work/life balance, paid parental leave, and outdated media stereotypes that confront us as engaged parents.

As we navigate these challenges, and male childcare becomes more commonplace, dad networks are popping up all over the country to help us raise our kids the best we can, and to help ensure that they inherit a more enlightened perception of masculinity.

Doug has been a dad blogger since 2003. He's been profiled in or written for several magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington Post, Babble, and Parents. He is a contributor to Michigan Public Radio and frequently speaks at conferences such as BlogHer, Mom 2.0, and BlissDom about fatherhood, parenting, and content marketing. You can find out more about him at mrdougfrench.com.

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

Thursday December 11, 2014: 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!

Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

Saturday December 13, 2014: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby

Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair is back! After a few years of hopping around to different locales, Tiny Expo will land at the Downtown Library.

Just what IS Tiny Expo? It's a fun local, and handmade shopping experience that began with a small group of artists in 2010. As the initial group of creative folks banded together to hold a fun, informal little fair, expo-goers responded, and the show grew just a teeny bit each year. Finding a location that could fit everyone was a perennial challenge, though, and so Tiny Expo jumped around town — from Kerrytown to Felch Street and back again.

Join us for Tiny Expo Saturday, December 13 from 11-5:30, and see local artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade!

German Paper Star Workshop

Saturday December 13, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Local crafter Beth Battey teaches how to make a 3D 16 point star using paper strips and a little bit of knowhow. String them to hang, decorate a package, make a garland, stack them or scatter them for a unique decoration.

Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor

Wednesday December 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Author Patti Smith will share stories and a slideshow of images from her new book, Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor, which was released in early November. The book looks at the remarkable people and businesses who have helped build our town. Its images show a town with mud streets, wooden sidewalks, liveries, tanneries and telegraph offices. It also features businesspeople, merchants, and citizens who lived and worked in our downtown. Described as a "love letter to a beloved city", Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor provides a look at the past and the people who helped to make Ann Arbor what it is today.

Author Patti Smith wanted to move to Ann Arbor since she was five years old, and is very grateful to live near downtown. She teaches special education and has recently finished writing a YA book. In addition to local history, Patti enjoys storytelling, social media, boxing, writing, and brewing beer. She lives in the Kerrytown area with her fiance, Ken, and their two cats.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

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.