Straw Bridge Engineering

Saturday August 1, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

What kind of bridge can you build with straws and other household materials? Can you build the strongest one?

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Five Nights at Freddy's

Sunday August 2, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

What makes Five Nights so scary? In this course we will delve into the concepts and atmosphere of the horror game genre to better understand why we find it so intriguing. You will imagine, create and dissect a horror game of your own with a theme of your choosing.

Silly Sock Monsters

Tuesday August 4, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and children grade 2 and up.

Make a goofy monster friend, as featured in "Never Been Stitched" by Amanda Carestio!

AADL 10th Annual LEGO Contest!

Thursday August 6, 2015: 9:00 am to 8:30 pm -- Kensington Court, 610 Hilton Dr.

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

Enter your best LEGO project in AADL’s 10th Annual LEGO Contest, held at Kensington Court near Briarwood Mall. Get complete rules and guidelines for the 2015 Contest here or at any AADL location beginning June 12. This year we encourage creative usage of "10' in your project.

9 AM–3 PM: Drop off projects at Kensington Court
3 PM–6 PM: Doors closed for judging
6 PM: Doors open for public display of all projects
8–8:30 PM: Awards Ceremony with prizes in six categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult

All projects must go home with their creators that night!

Nature Walk @ Furstenburg Nature Area

Thursday August 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Furstenburg Nature Area

This event is intended for adults, teens, and children grades K and up.

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 38-acre Furstenburg Nature Area.

Furstenburg Nature Area encompasses a wide variety of natural landscapes, including wetlands, woodlands, prairie, and oak savannah, and is connected to Gallup Park on the east side.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Meet in the parking lot off of Fuller Road across from Huron High School.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Minecraft Programming

Sunday August 9, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

What took hours now takes nanoseconds as students direct their passion for playing Minecraft towards developing real-world programming skills in Python. Nothing in Minecraft is more powerful than a bit of critical thinking and some computer code.

Dinosaur Fun with PaleoJoe!

Tuesday August 11, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grades K-5

Learn all about dinosaurs and fossils in this exciting and entertaining program with real-life dinosaur digger, PaleoJoe!

Venerable Van Gogh

Wednesday August 12, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn about the late 19th century Post-Impressionist work of the amazing Vincent Van Gogh and about the fantastic brush strokes he used to create his famous pieces.

Then, create a self-portrait of your own in the style of Van Gogh!

Drummunity

Thursday August 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and children in Kindergarten and up.

Join us for Drummunity, a unique, hands-on drumming experience! With her multicultural collection of drums and percussion, Lori Fithian can always get a group of strangers drumming, singing, and dancing - creating their own "Drummunity" orchestra!

"A 'Drummunity' circle is a high energy, fun and empowering activity. Lori Fithian, drum circle facilitator and workshop leader, will bring her collection of hand drums and percussion toys to the library to transform our community into a “Drummunity” – a word she invented for the community-building that happens when people come together around a circle of drums."

Pajama Jam

Friday August 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool through 2nd Grade

Join us for a family pajama jam featuring sleepy and silly stories and songs with an AADL storyteller and musician. Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blanket and be ready for fun during this special storytime.