Chanel No. 5: The Art and Science Behind a Timeless Perfume - NEW LOCATION

Wednesday August 27, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

What makes a perfume created in 1921 a timeless classic? Flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd explores the art and science behind the creation of Chanel No. 5 through a past, present and future lens. Singular elements that comprise the perfume’s formula will be smelled; including Aldehyde molecules that contribute to the perfume’s distinctive character. You can explore Ms. Kydd’s flavor and fragrance blog, Glass Petal Smoke.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library and has been relocated to Pittsfield Branch.

New York Times Bestselling Author Louise Penny, Discusses Her New Mystery 'The Long Way Home'

Thursday August 28, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

This event will be recorded

AADL will be hosting New York Times Bestselling author, Louise Penny. Louise will be at Washtenaw Community College discussing the tenth book in her Chief Inspector Gamache series, The Long Way Home, which will be released only two days before her lecture!

Louise Penny is renowned for fiction that combines heartbreak and hope, and offers a window into the human soul. "How Light Gets In", the last of her Chief Inspector Gamache series hit #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List. Louise continues to up the ante with her vibrant series – each one more unique and memorable than the last.

Penny's nine previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels reached #1 on the The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling list . She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger, the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Books will be on sale, and the evening will include a book signing.

Photo Credit: Sigrid Estrada

Summer Game Wrap-Up Party

Sunday August 31, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for All game players

It’s the end of the summer game! How far did you get on the leaderboard? Join us for this first annual Summer Game Wrap-Up event and meet other players!

Come for refreshments, fun and several surprises. There will also be a special code and badge. You can even make suggestions for next year’s game!

Pick up your last game points for the season by attending! Don’t miss it.

Kerrytown BookFest Reception and Exhibit Opening 2014

Friday September 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library - 3rd Floor

AADL will be hosting a pre-Bookfest reception for the 12th annual Kerrytown Bookfest. The event will include elegant refreshments, music by harpist Deborah Gabrion and the grand opening of The Art Of The Book, Kerrytown BookFest’s Exhibit at AADL which showcases entries from the BookFest’s 7th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students. The exhibit and will be on display on the 3rd Floor of the Downtown Library, through October 12.

The contest, which was open to all Michigan High School students and was sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation of the written word. This year’s book was Paddle-to-the-Sea, a Caldecott medal winning book by Holling C. Holling.

John Hilton, editor of the Ann Arbor Observer will make remarks about the 12th annual Kerrytown BookFest, and Robin Agnew, Kerrytown BookFest President and owner of Aunt Agatha’s bookstore will give an overview of the exhibit and the book design contest.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Saturday September 6, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:45 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for hearing infants and toddlers, 6 months - 2 years, with an adult.

Learn to sprinkle family-friendly American Sign Language (ASL) into songs and play, making signing easy, fun, and successful!

Kathy Brady, Certified Instructor of Signing Smart, will be presenting. No older siblings, please.

LEGO Connection

Sunday September 7, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield 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.

Tom Hayden: A Call to Battle Against the Climate Crisis

Monday September 15, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Join us for a presentation given by Tom Hayden on the eve of the opening of the United Nations treaty talks. Hayden, a U-M graduate and California environmental leader will discuss how Michigan and the Great Lakes region can move the US towards the protections of a clean energy economy. He believes the problems of economic recession and climate crisis must be addressed in a Global Green New Deal.

This event will include a book signing and copies of several of Tom Hayden’s books will be for sale.

After over 50 years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, for erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He was a leader of the student, civil rights, peace and environmental movements of the 1960s, and went on to serve 18 years in the California legislature, where he chaired labor, higher education and natural resources committees.

African Culture: A Royal Perspective

Wednesday September 24, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

AADL is proud to welcome two members of African Royalty who will offer their perspectives on the culture of their country in this special lecture, cosponsored by AADL, the UM Center for World Performance Studies and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene or Chief of the Treasury in the Asante Kingdom) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen of Antoa-Krobo in the Asante Kingdom) will discuss African Akan and Asante culture.

This lecture is part of a month-long artist residency sponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies. A related lecture on Royal Instruments and Music of West Africa will also be held at the Downtown Library on Wednesday, October 8.

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III -Having served three kings in Ghana, Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh II, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, and currently Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III has accumulated and extraordinary wealth of knowledge of Akan and Asante culture and will provide fascinating insights.

Nana Afia Adoma II - As a matrilineal society, Akan Queens are entrusted with lineage history, values, the complex political hierarchy, and succession procedures.

Film & Discussion: 'Valentine Road'

Thursday September 25, 2014: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm -- Michigan Theater

2013 Sundance film, "Valentine Road" will be screened at the Michigan Theater followed by a Q&A with its director, Marta Cunningham.

In 2008, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry’s and Brandon’s troubled lives—both bullied and both searching for a sense of belonging.

This event is sponsored by U-M Library in conjunction with Film Forward and AADL. For more information and for a list of sponsors please see There will be no charge for admission to this event and the film is not rated.


Dia de la Familia Latina

Sunday October 5, 2014: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for all ages.

This Latino-focused family event takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month and features entertainment, games, crafts, food, and face painting! Health information addressing mental, physical, and social issues in the Latino community will be available.