Secret Agent Training Center

Monday April 6, 2015: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K - 8

Find out what it takes to be a spy at Super Secret Spy School!

Learn techniques and strategies employed by the sneakiest of spies for carrying secrets, mastering disguises, and writing in code.

The May 5 State Ballot Proposal: What Is It? What Would It Do?

Tuesday April 7, 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) hosts this discussion of the May 5 Ballot Proposal, “A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.”

Susan Smith, President, League of Women Voters of Michigan, will lead the discussion, which will provide information on the proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution and on new laws that will be triggered if the amendment is approved by the voters. The presentation includes information on how state revenue would be increased and how it would be spent. Pros and cons of passing the legislation will also be discussed.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and this event's cosponsor, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Pencil Crossbow

Thursday April 9, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

Use household materials to learn a little about how crossbows work.

City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Responsible Resource Use

Thursday April 9, 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 final event in the series centers on Responsible Resource Use, including an overview of waste, compost, and recycling across the community. The series includes four events (ending with this session in April), each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

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. The program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. Speakers for the Responsible Resource Use discussion include:

• Aaron Burman, Senior Engineer, Resource Recycling Systems
• Robert Kellar, Communications Specialist, City of Ann Arbor
• Keith Soster, Director of Student Engagement, University of Michigan Dining
• Bryan Weinert, Policy Advisor & Zero Waste Advocate, Recycle Ann Arbor

National Library Week Event! Get Ready Robots!

Saturday April 11, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Create today and return tomorrow!

Make a super robot costume for the April 12th FestiFools Parade on Main Street!

Take your creation home and return in costume to the Downtown Library Youth Area by 3:40 PM on Sunday, April 12, to march in the Robot Invasion on Main Street.

Everyone (parents, too!) is highly encouraged to be in costume!

Polio: A Look Back At America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Sunday April 12, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The U-M Center for the History of Medicine presents the 14th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities featuring David Oshinsky, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, New York University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story.

After a brief introduction by University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Dr. Oshinsky will reflect on the 60th anniversary of the polio vaccine, approved for widespread public use in April 1955.

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other works include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Worse Than Slavery, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for distinguished contribution to human rights.

Professor Oshinsky’s reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international publications.

National Library Week Event: Let's Put On A Play! Celebrating 85 Years of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

Monday April 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Did you know that Gilda Radner got her start on the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre stage? Or that Brynn O’Malley, the star of Broadway’s new musical Honeymoon In Vegas, won local awards for her Ann Arbor Civic Theatre performances as Maria in The Sound Of Music and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music?

Take a musical step back in local theater history as AADL unveils its digital archive of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre with an evening of music, memories and performances by the beloved local theater company.

The evening includes reminisces from local Ann Arbor Civic Theatre celebrities: musical performances from Follies, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls; previews from upcoming productions of Rent and 101 Dalmatians; a digital look at past productions, and the official announcement of A2CT’s 2015-2016 season. Refreshments will be served.

Musical performers include Anne Bauman, Glenn Bugala, Amanda Burch, Jennifer Goltz, Caitlin Rowe, Kathy Waugh, the cast of Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of Rent and the young actors from the A2CT’s Junior Theater production of 101 Dalmatians. Laurie Atwood, Nancy Heusel and Chris Tabaczka-Hover will also offer poignant and amusing memories of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s past.

AADL will unveil their new website detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company, including over 1,000 reviews and photographs from the Ann Arbor News, a chronology of past programs, and hundreds of photos and posters from the Civic Theatre's archive.

Ann Arbor Elections: Exploring Options

Tuesday April 14, 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) hosts the last of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials, with a look at how municipalities around the country elect their public officials.

Panelists include Professor John Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk; and Professor Joseph Ohren, Eastern Michigan University, Political Science Department.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and the cosponsor of this event, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

National Library Week Event: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Laz Slomovits!

Wednesday April 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Laz Slomovits (of the folk duo Gemini) presents an evening of poetry he has set to music. Accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth and Emmy award-winning keyboard player Brian Brill, Laz joins a very ancient tradition found in cultures all over the world — for musicians to take beloved poems and turn them into songs. From the mystical lyrics of the 13th & 14th Century Persian poets, Rumi and Hafiz, to the classic poems of the American greats, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, to those of the much loved contemporary poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, Laz’s gorgeous melodies make these poems leap off the page. A special feature of this program will be Laz’s settings of the poems of Michigan poets Linda Nemec Foster, Nancy Baker, Faith Heers, Jennifer Burd and others.

National Library Week Event: Plastic Soul, Man! Jim Leonard Discusses "Rubber Soul" The First Adult Beatles Album

Thursday April 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Rubber Soul was the first adult Beatles album, a record full of adultery, ambiguity, and ambivalence – plus, of course, sex and drugs and rock and roll – in the best batch of songs they’d yet written.

Find out what it all means when local freelance musicologist Jim Leonard explicates the melancholy mysteries of the minor subdominant.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the Michigan Theater and is held in conjunction with the Theater’s April 18 concert Rubber Soul & Magical Mystery Tour Performed By the Fab Faux.