Library Camp: An Unconference

Friday May 8, 2015: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room and Downtown Library: aadlfreespace and Downtown Library: Conference Room A and Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for information professionals and graduate students with an interest in libraries

Library Camp doesn't mean burned marshmallows, mosquito bites, or popsicle stick-based art projects. Library Camp is an informal unconference gathering to share ideas, technologies, and discussions. This event is free to attend and will be held at the Downtown Library. Click here to register.

The goal is to get a bunch of people together, and let them talk about whatever they'd like to talk about, within the rough purview of libraries and library technology. We'll start with a blank schedule and get together to talk about what we'd like to talk about and fill in a few slots on the agenda. We've got time for four sessions and room for at least 4 concurrent sessions, so there could easily be 10-12 different things to talk about during the day.

To help focus the conversation, we're proposing 4 tracks: Nontraditional Collections, Ebooks & Licensing, Special Events, Summer & Gaming. AADL staff will be on hand to talk a bit about these things at AADL, but like any unconference, the event is led by whoever shows up! Here's a rough schedule:

Doors open and Bagel Breakfast: 9:30-10:00am

Welcome: 10:00-11:00am

Session 1: 10:30-11:30am
Session 2: 11:30-12:30am

Lunch on your own: 12:30-2:00pm

Session 3: 2:00-3:00pm
Session 4: 3:00-4:00pm

Wrap up and Farewell: 4:00-4:30pm

Read Stories in the Garden to Kids!

Sunday May 10, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for Grades 7-12

Come volunteer to read garden-themed stories to kids! At the first part of this event, we'll go over some story-telling techniques, choose books to read, practice reading, and decide locations around the downtown library for the main event. Feel free to bring your own favorite garden or spring-related picture books, or choose some of ours to read. PLEASE NOTE: this event requires a two-part commitment, both the practice session on the 10th and the actual story-telling to the children on Saturday, May 16 from 1:30-3:30.

Fly Tying Workshop and Demonstration

Thursday May 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

The staff from Bailiwicks Outdoors in Dexter will be on hand to demonstrate beginning fly-tying techniques. Participants will be able to tie their own fly fishing lure just in time for the Spring fishing season - no experience necessary!

Stories in the Garden

Saturday May 16, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library Garden

This event is intended for preschool - grades 3.

Enjoy garden-themed stories read by teen volunteers and AADL staff.

We’ll have story stations in the Garden, the Youth Area, and other surprise locations.

Visit every station to hear a story and get stamps and stickers!

Buzzed Bee: A Grown-Up Spelling Bee at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday May 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults

Are you a spelling geek who likes the taste of victory? Did losing your middle school spelling bee on the word "broccoli" leave you demanding a do-over? Buzzed Bee is your chance to conquer some words, prove your 5th grade teacher wrong, and do it like an adult--in a bar! Buzzed Bee will combine some of that nostalgic middle-school spelling bee vibe with a super-fun, laid-back atmosphere, the option of beer, and the guarantee that each round will get more and more ridiculous. And, of course, we'll offer way better prizes than the "Super Speller!" sticker you'd have gotten in the 5th grade.

Doors open and sign-up starts at 6:30 and the spelling starts at 7:00! Space for participation is limited, so if you want a spot in the bee, come early!

Summer Game Preview @ Taste of Ann Arbor

Sunday May 31, 2015: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm -- Liberty Street

Visit the AADL booth on Liberty Street at Taste of Ann Arbor for hula-hooping, sidewalk art and other fun stuff for kids!

Hear more about the AADL Summer Game, too!

LEGO Connection

Sunday May 31, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5 with an adult.

Get connected with other LEGO-minded people and build cool things during this open LEGO play. AADL will supply the LEGOs, so leave your supply at home!

Although your LEGO creation must be left here, it may be photographed for our LEGO Look Book.