AADL Webcomics Lab

Tuesday October 21, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 to adult.

Got an idea for a webcomic but don't know where to start? Having trouble finding the time to put into that comics project? Or maybe you just want a break from creating alone in your studio (or the coffee shop) and wish you could work along side of your fellow comics creators.

Come to the monthly Webcomics Lab at AADL, where you can make make your comics in the company of professional and hobbyist cartoonists alike. Get a chance to share your work in progress with fellow creators, put in some essential drawing time on your project, and hang out with the people who are all struggling with the same thing you are--expressing character, drama, and humor through the comics page.

Lab host Jerzy Drozd will be on hand to help you with your work, and you'll be able to try out new tools and techniques using the new AADL Comics Tools collection. Best of all, you can get your work published. Each strip you finish during the Lab can be submitted for inclusion on the new AADL Webcomics Page!"

Gary Shteyngart Discusses His Bestselling Memoir, 'Little Failure'

Tuesday October 21, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Gary Shteyngart has won over readers with his blistering humor and satirical takedowns of contemporary society. His NYT bestselling memoir, Little Failure, is his candid, witty, and poignant account of his life so far and a resonant story of family and belonging. Born in Leningrad, Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor and moving insights.

The event includes a book signing with books for sale.

If you are on Twitter, you can tweet to @aadl your #LittleFailure for a chance to win a Failure Is An Option t-shirt from Random House. Click here for details.

Photo: © Brigitte Lacombe

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday October 21, 2014: 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.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday October 22, 2014: 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.

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

Thursday October 23, 2014: 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!

This month's speakers:

James Mann: Coroner's Court
Susan Starr: What is in your Brains: Why Zombies are Malnourished
Katherine Prater: Fear + Brains ≠ Zombies

Join us as we venture into dark and shadowy territory with mysterious deaths, talk of zombie and their favorite food — brains!

We’re lucky to have two NNA2 alumni back with us this month:

Historian James Mann walks us through the “Coroner’s Court,” a practice used long ago to investigating deaths which occurred under murky circumstances.

Anatomist Susan Starr fills us in on just what’s in your head — and why brain-eating zombies would probably be malnourished!

Adding to the Halloween-y set, RELATE-r and researcher Katherine Prater will take us through the tingling, sweating, and heart-racing topic of fear and the brain — even toughing on just how scientists examine it in the lab.

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!

Storytelling and Music for Adults

Thursday October 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Storytellers Josie Barnes Parker and Laura Pershin Raynor will join musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller for an evening of funny and touching tales and tunes.

By sharing stories of personal experiences, Josie and Laura explore universal themes, while Sara and Betsy mix it up with hammer dulcimer, guitar and banjo tunes.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday October 24, 2014: 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.

Spooky Monster Banners

Saturday October 25, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 1 to adult

Make a scary or cute monster banner to hang up at home! Hot glue will be available but not necessary for this craft.

Mini-Monster Stuffies

Saturday October 25, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 to adult.

Local crafter, Beth Battey, returns to teach this fun, monstrously creative, sewing workshop. Make your own unique stuffed monster! All supplies provided. This is an intricate project that will require the entire time and patience to complete.

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party

Sunday October 26, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 - Adult

If you've ever thought about writing a novel, here's your inspiration: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

National Novel Writing Month is a non-profit event that encourages teens and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel during the month of November. Participants begin writing on November 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000 word (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Hosted by the local NaNo liaison Eric Foldenauer, this event includes light refreshments - so come and enjoy and get your creative juices flowing. Meet other local writers who will inspire you to face the challenge!

Official NaNoWriMo writing sessions will be held at the Downtown Library during November, but get a head start and celebrate with this great kick off party!