Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday December 21, 2014: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will be repeated at 3:30 pm.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday December 21, 2014: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will also be offered at 12:30 pm.

String Word Art

Sunday December 28, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Make wall art that really speaks to you

10th Anniversary Mario Kart Grand Championships Weekend: Double Dash Cup

Saturday January 3, 2015: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Grade 6 - Adult

It's time to celebrate 10 years of Mario Kart @ AADL. This event features Singles,Doubles and Battle Mode. Bring your game face!

10th Anniversary Mario Kart Grand Championships Weekend: Melee Cup

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

This event is intended for Grade 6 - Adult

It's time to celebrate 10 years of gaming at your library! Super Smash Melee! Singles and Team Prizes!

Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed, with Dave Wilson of the Huron River Watershed Council

Tuesday January 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Come have a look at our beautiful Huron River, its delights and its problems. Despite urbanization and development, Ann Arbor and the other towns in the Huron River watershed have done an amazingly good job of maintaining the quality of this precious resource. Join Dave Wilson on a pictorial tour of some of the stream monitoring and educational activities of the Huron River Watershed Council. Learn about the exacting subtleties of lake stratification, algae blooms, dissolved oxygen, sediment, and phosphate. Get acquainted with the fascinating little critters that live in our streams and that can tell us so much about the health of our creeks and river.

Cubeecraft - 3D Character Papercraft

Monday January 12, 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

Choose a favorite character from movies, television, comics or games, and make them in this 3D papercraft workshop! No experience necessary, but it will take some careful cutting with scissors and folding of cardstock paper. All materials provided, and a printer will be available to print out designs.

Winter Biking

Wednesday January 21, 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

Learn about strategies to ride your bicycle safely and enjoyably during the winter months. Local bike mechanic Kevin Sanchez will present on what you need to keep on biking throughout the cold months of the year.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: A Tale For The Time Being

Thursday January 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up.

AADL staff will lead a discussion of "A Tale For The Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki, the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015.

A brilliant, unforgettable novel, "A Tale For the Time Being" is an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Published in 2014, the novel won the Medici Book Club Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Author Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS.

"A Tale For the Time Being" begins with Nao, a sixteen-year-old in Tokyo who has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century.

A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet another character, Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
Copies of the book are available at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library and area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, visit the Reads website at aaypsireads.org.

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.