Morris Dancing

Tuesday January 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Morris is a type of traditional dance coming from the Cotswold region of England. It is very energetic, with the participants frequently leaping into the air. Dancers wear bells on their shins and hold either handkerchiefs or sticks to enliven their performances. During this workshop, we will teach the basic steps of Morris dancing as well as an easy dance or two. It is probably most suitable for people 12 years and older. The teachers will be Corey O'Sullivan and Sam Nolan.

LEGO Connection

Sunday January 11, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose 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.

MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group

Monday January 19, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

AADL presents a special concert event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, featuring the acclaimed percussion group Biakuye, featuring Mark Stone, Chinelo Amen-Ra, Lesley-Anne Stone, and Ambyr Amen-Ra.

.....wooden keys suspended over gourds and spider webs….
….seed pods spun like a yo-yo
… goat-skin drums, flattened tire spokes, and discarded oil barrels

These are the sources of Biakuye’s captivating sound—a sound that is both deeply grounded and cutting-edge. The resulting music reflects the unique journeys of its members, which have taken them from the U.S. to Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Trinidad, and Haiti. In Akan languages of West Africa, biakuye means unity. Biakuye’s energetic performances bring together a wide range of African and Caribbean music and dance.

Preschool Expo at Palmer Commons

Sunday January 25, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Palmer Commons

This event is intended for parents and caregivers

Looking for a preschool?

The annual Preschool Expo brings representatives from area preschools to one location, on one date. Explore your options and find the best preschool for your child.

Free parking is available across the street from Palmer Commons, located on the U-M Campus at 100 Washtenaw Ave.

This event is sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative, Child Care Network and the U-M Work/Life Resource Center.

Wild Swan's 'Coming to America'

Tuesday January 27, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8

Wild Swan Theater presents a stirring musical play about immigration, following the journeys of four children from different parts of the world who make their way to a new life in America.

'Coming to America' is an original production based on the lives of children who came to the U.S. from around the world. This multicultural production interweaves the adventures, songs, humor, hardships, and triumphs of the people who built our country.

With music by Laz Slomovits of Gemini, the play follows the adventures of children from four countries: Russia, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Lebanon as they leave their homelands and journey to America. Their stories are filled with the courage, hope, dreams and laughter of our collective immigrant histories as they overcome huge obstacles in their quest for a better life.

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!

Pan African Youth Orchestra

Saturday February 21, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This African youth orchestra, led by Kweku Kwakye, traveled from Ghana to Michigan to perform at AADL and in schools in Washtenaw County.

Enjoy an afternoon of lively music from Africa!

Read Across America Day! Seuss Crafts!

Sunday March 1, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

This “craftastical” adventure includes Seuss-y projects based on some of Dr. Seuss’ beloved books.

Night Creatures!

Sunday March 8, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3.

Uncover the secrets to life after dark at this interactive program, presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation.

Encounter an owl, bats, and other nocturnal animals, as you learn about the fascinating adaptations and survival tools of nighttime creatures.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Saturday March 28, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:45 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies (6 months - 2 years), with an adult.

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

Kathy Brady, Certified Instructor of Signing Smart, presents this program for hearing infants and toddlers. No older siblings, please.