Up Close: An Introduction to Korean Classical Music

Saturday February 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Professor Kyoung Sun Cho of the Seoul National University of Education and Professor Seungmi Suh of the Gyeongin National University of Education introduce traditional Korean musical instruments and music. This event will showcase two traditional Korean musical instruments, the Geomungo [guh-moon-go] and the Daegeum [deh-gum].

An instrument petting zoo featuring several instruments from the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments will be available for audience members to try.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies, the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and AADL.

Four Perfect Pebbles: A Talk with Holocaust Survivor and Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Thursday February 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade 4 and up)

Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan will share her message of understanding and tolerance through recounting her experience as a young girl interned by the Nazis during WWII. Born in Germany, Lazan and her family were attempting to escape through Holland when the country fell to the Nazis. Her family spent more than six years imprisoned in various refugee and labor camps, including Bergen-Belsen. Shortly after their release, her father died of typhus contracted while in the camp. Three years later, at age 13, Lazan emigrated to the United States with her mother and sister, ready to start a new life in Illinois.

Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a memoir for young people about her family's struggle to survive the horrors of the Nazis. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.

History of Bicycling in Michigan

Saturday February 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Local bike mechanic Kevin Sanchez discusses the history of bicycling in Michigan.

Learn about the history of the mode of transportation that made its mark in our state, before the arrival of the automobile.

8-bit Cross-Stitch

Monday February 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Your favorite classic video game character comes to life on cross-stitch! No experience necessary, all materials and instruction will be provided. A printer will be available to print out patterns chosen by participants.

Project M/Super Smash Brothers 'Not So' Regulation Throwdown

Saturday February 28, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

Head downtown for a twist on our Super Smash Brothers Brawl Throwdown.

All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament

Sunday March 1, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for all ages.

It's a Mario Kart 8 Tourney for kids, teens AND adults!

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun!

Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney for All Ages

Sunday April 12, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for all ages.

Take a family vacation to Wuhu Island and the Wii Sports Resort and play your way through some of the awesome games.

There will be prizes for the winning teams!

May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Fan Day Celebration

Sunday May 3, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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

May Fourth has become Star Wars Day – the unofficial Star Wars holiday – thanks to it’s usage in “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Wear your favorite Star Wars character’s finest look and join us for an afternoon of Star Wars crafts, snacks, a photo booth, and LEGO Star Wars animation!

All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament

Sunday May 31, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for all ages.

It's a Mario Kart 8 Tourney for kids, teens AND adults!

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun!