Pokemon Showdown!

Wednesday April 8, 2015: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 6 - 12

Are you walking around with a head full of Pokemon knowledge? Pokemon Showdown is the ultimate Pokemon battle simulator - and there's no need to catch 'em all!

AADL @ FoolMoon 2015!

Friday April 10, 2015: 7:00 pm to 11:55 pm -- Washington St.

This event is intended for all ages.

Join the AADL in their annual lighted, silly-satellite, tent! The ever popular Johann Sebastian Joust returns for illuminated, street-tag style, glow competition, plus demonstrate your hula-hooping skills with our lighted Mood Hoops!

New this year - play lighted disc-golf, with our portable baskets/targets (which can be checked out for FREE with an AADL library card!) and see if you can go the distance. Check out our most light-spectacular Music Tools and get some library swag!

National Library Week Event! Get Ready Robots!

Saturday April 11, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Create today and return tomorrow!

Make a super robot costume for the April 12th FestiFools Parade on Main Street!

Take your creation home and return in costume to the Downtown Library Youth Area by 3:40 PM on Sunday, April 12, to march in the Robot Invasion on Main Street.

Everyone (parents, too!) is highly encouraged to be in costume!

Polio: A Look Back At America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Sunday April 12, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The U-M Center for the History of Medicine presents the 14th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities featuring David Oshinsky, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, New York University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story.

After a brief introduction by University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Dr. Oshinsky will reflect on the 60th anniversary of the polio vaccine, approved for widespread public use in April 1955.

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other works include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Worse Than Slavery, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for distinguished contribution to human rights.

Professor Oshinsky’s reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international publications.

National Library Week Event: Meet Up For the Robot Invasion on Main Street!

Sunday April 12, 2015: 3:30 pm to 3:40 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for all ages,

Bring your robot costume from yesterday’s event or dress in your zaniest costume and join in the Parade of Festive Foolishness!

Arrive by 3:40 PM and we’ll march together to Main Street to join in the FestiFools fun.

Parents are highly encouraged to don whatever ridiculous garb they can find

National Library Week Event: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Laz Slomovits!

Wednesday April 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Laz Slomovits (of the folk duo Gemini) presents an evening of poetry he has set to music. Accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth and Emmy award-winning keyboard player Brian Brill, Laz joins a very ancient tradition found in cultures all over the world — for musicians to take beloved poems and turn them into songs. From the mystical lyrics of the 13th & 14th Century Persian poets, Rumi and Hafiz, to the classic poems of the American greats, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, to those of the much loved contemporary poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, Laz’s gorgeous melodies make these poems leap off the page. A special feature of this program will be Laz’s settings of the poems of Michigan poets Linda Nemec Foster, Nancy Baker, Faith Heers, Jennifer Burd and others.

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 19, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for youth (grade 3 and up) teens and adults.

If you participated in the 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest this year, or want to support those who did, join us for the final awards celebration!

Author Bryan Chick of the Secret Zoo series will share his thoughts on writing and we'll have light refreshments!

Entries will be accepted from February 9 - 27. For more information about the contest and for the complete guidelines please visit the contest webpage!

National Poetry Month: Poetry Night with Jeff Kass, Angel Nafis, Shira Erlichman & Volume Youth Poets

Wednesday April 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Ann Arbor's own Jeff Kass, poets from Neutral Zone's VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, and the spoken word artists Angel Nafis and Shira Erlichman present an evening of powerful poetry readings.

Jeff is an author, nationally-known poet, and teacher. He is also the Neutral Zone's creative arts director. Angel is an author and a nationally recognized dynamic youth voice. Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller Shira Erlichman has opened for Ani DiFranco and toured her work nationally.

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

Thursday April 23, 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!

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd – 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2015 Kids’ Art Fair to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 13.

Drop-In Jury Sessions will take place at the Pittsfield Branch - You need to attend only one of these three sessions. Interested young artists should arrive with 4 – 6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art work with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Sessions are:
• Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Kids’ Art Fair is a unique opportunity for young artists to interact with the community and sell their original artwork at the Townie Street Party. In addition, this is a great chance for young artists to see the jury process at work and to interact with arts educators on a one-on-one basis. The young artists receive individual attention by the Jurors and the positive feedback is often very empowering.

Young artists invited to exhibit at the Kids’ Art Fair will be notified by email in mid-May. The selected artists will be able to sell their work under tents at the July 13th Townie Street Party, which takes place on N. University between Thayer and Fletcher. (One year relocation due to construction) Additional information may be found at artfair.org.