English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday March 6, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Make Your Own Drop Spindle (and Learn To Spin Yarn!)

Saturday March 7, 2015: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Have you ever wondered how to make yarn? Have you seen someone spinning yarn and wanted to give it a whirl? Come learn with us!

Drop spinning is an ancient craft that uses simple materials to make a spindle that spins sheep's wool or other fibers into yarn. At this event, participants will make their own drop spindle using doweling and recycled CDs and learn the basics of how to spin using their new drop spindle.

Felt Flower Fun

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

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

Make a variety of flowers that don’t require water!

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday March 9, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

UMS Book Discussion For Teachers: ‘The Souls of Black Folk' by W.E.B. Du Bois

Tuesday March 10, 2015: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for educators

A book club for teachers by the University Musical Society, hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library.

This month's selection is The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. As one of the many inspirations for choreographer Kyle Abraham’s UMS performances, it reveals the “double-consciousness” of Black Americans in the 20th century that resulted from living behind the veil of race. Published in 1903, the book is a classic of American literature and a cornerstone of African-American literary history.

This discussion will be led by UMS Teaching Artist Emily Barkakati and UMMA Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning Pam Reister and will also explore the work of visual artist Lorna Simpson, another inspiration for Abraham.

UMS requests that teachers register for this workshop by calling the University Musical Society at 734-615-0122 or visiting their website at ums.org

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday March 10, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday March 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 6 to adult

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

How We Learn About How Kids Learn

Wednesday March 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Researchers from the University of Michigan's Living Lab program will discuss their studies on how children think about things like social power, race, resource scarcity, future selves, and money saving and spending. Researchers will demonstrate the tasks used with children, report on some interesting findings, and make connections to the real-world issues facing parents, teachers, and other adults who work with children. It will be a fun and interactive event with lots of room for questions and conversations!

The Living Lab program brings UM researchers into public spaces where interested families can participate in studies. Living Lab sites are located in the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and the UM Museum of Natural History.

What You and Your Teen Need to Know About the Law and Juvenile Justice

Wednesday March 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

For ADHD youth, impulsive behaviors can get them into trouble with the legal system. Michael Kelly, Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorney at Kelly and Kelly, PC, will discuss how to best avoid this trouble and what to do if we and our youth need help, especially highlighting issues pertaining to youth with ADHD.

Topics include:
• What if I give away or sell my ADD meds?
• Should I report my teen to the police to teach him a lesson?
• What does having a record mean?
• What about underage sex and the law in Michigan?
• What about Internet trouble--social media, porn, cyber bullying?
• Do scared straight programs work? Are there prevention programs that work?
• What should I do if I get into a car accident?
• What do I do and how should I act if I get stopped by the police?
• What are the stats regarding ADHD and incarceration, accidents, drug and alcohol abuse?

This event is cosponsored by AADL and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) of Washtenaw County.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday March 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.