Read Across America Day! Seuss Crafts!

Sunday March 1, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

This “craftastical” adventure includes Seuss-y projects based on some of Dr. Seuss’ beloved books, including The Lorax.

Getting the "YES" with Body Language

Monday March 2, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Clinical Psychologist Janette Ghedotte as she discusses the power of body language and how to create strategies to help establish rapport, decode body language messages and gain greater confidence in business and personal relationships.

Ann Arbor Elections: What Works? What Doesn’t?

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) host this first in a series of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials. This session will explore both the strengths and weaknesses of our current system, discussing such issues as voter turn-out, student participation, and cost in terms of both dollars and effort of running for office, independent candidates, and other related topics.

Panelists include David Askins, former Editor of the Ann Arbor Chronicle; Lou Belcher, former Mayor of Ann Arbor; and Jean Carlberg, former City Council Member.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

Thursday March 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

1930s Depression era Detroit marked a dramatic turning point in Rivera's and Kahlo's careers, which resulted in Rivera's most visionary statement for the future and Frida's boldly personal expressive art. In anticipation of the exhibition opening at the DIA on Sunday, March 15, 2015, DIA docent Carol George will present a preview and talk about the tumultuous and highly productive year that the two artists spent in Detroit between April 1932 and March 1933.

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

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.

City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Sustainable Systems

Thursday March 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series.The series includes four events, each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

The second event in the series centers on Sustainable Systems, including an overview of city wet weather projects and community-led solutions to increased precipitation.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

• Nathan Ayers, Director, Chiwara Permaculture and Partner, UM Permaculture Initiative
• Susan Bryan, Rain Garden Coordinator, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
• Shannan Gibb-Randall, Principal, In-Site Design Studio
• Jen Lawson, Water Quality Manager, City of Ann Arbor
• Laura Rubin, Executive Director, Huron River Watershed Council

DIY Paper Circuits

Saturday March 14, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 4-8.

Make a safe and simple paper circuit to light up a greeting card of your creation!

Award-Winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi Of Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant

Sunday March 15, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Spend the afternoon with internationally-known Chef Takashi Yagihashi.

Over his twenty-five year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded from consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian and American cuisine.

A native of Mito, Japan, the self-taught Yagihashi was working in a local restaurant when the owner asked him to relocate to the States and work for him there; over the next several years, the young chef worked his way up the culinary ladder throughout Chicago.

In 1993, he was named chef de cuisine and eventually partner at the four-star Ambria. In 1996, he was presented with an Executive Chef opportunity, and left Chicago to open Tribute in suburban Detroit. An instant classic, Tribute was on every "best of" list, including Gourmet's list of America's Top 50 Restaurants.

Yagihashi was named one of America's ten "Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine (2000), and the esteemed James Beard Foundation selected him as "Best Chef: Midwest.” In 2003 Yagihashi relocated to Las Vegas to become Executive Chef at Okada at the Wynn hotel in 2005 and under his lead, Bon Appetit named Okada "Best New Japanese Restaurant."

In late 2007, Yagihashi opened Takashi in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Takashi was named "Best New Restaurant" by Chicago Magazine and one of ten "Best New Restaurants of the Year" by Esquire. He then opened Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi, which was named one of the "Five Best Noodle Shops in America" by Bon Appetit; in 2009, he published his first cookbook, Takashi's Noodles. Most recently, Takashi received its third consecutive Michelin star in 2013.

In late 2011, Slurping Turtle opened to instantaneous success and received a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Slurping Turtle offers Japanese comfort food, where delicate balance and respect for natural flavors continues to be a hallmark of his cooking style. Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor, Michigan in Spring, 2014.

In 2012, Yagihashi competed in the fourth season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, participating in seven rounds of competition and ultimately winning the coveted "Fan Favorite" award. In Spring 2013, Yagihashi opened "Tabo Sushi by Takashi" in Chicago's Plum Market, a neighborhood store offering natural, organic, local, and specialty items. "Tabo Sushi by Takashi" features made-to-order restaurant-caliber cuisine and a variety of sushi rolls and maki, which are perfect for health-­conscious foodies on the go.

When asked what he loves most about cooking, “I love the whole process – from cutting fish to the final plating. The creativity of coming up with a dish combined with the execution of the final product, start to finish, that’s what I like the most.”

Learn more about Chef Takashi Yagihashi, his love for cooking and Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant.

The Prison Creative Arts Project: Art by Michigan Prisoners

Tuesday March 17, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) was founded in 1990 with the mission to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression. This nationally recognized show has grown to be one of the largest exhibitions of prisoner art in the country and features more than 500 works of art by over 250 artists.

Martin Bandyke, morning drive host at Ann Arbor's 107one, discusses the upcoming Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners with William (Buzz) Alexander, Janie Paul and Sari Adelson, the exhibit founders and curators.

20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners will run from March 25 through April 8 at the Duderstadt Gallery on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. For more information about the exhibit, visit The Prison Creative Arts Project's website.