Film Screening: The Michigan Beer Film

Sunday October 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- Bill's Beer Garden - 218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join us at Bill's Beer Garden in downtown Ann Arbor for an evening screening of The Michigan Beer Film. The film explores Michigan's thriving craft beer industry through entertaining interviews and visits to breweries and venues.

The Michigan Beer Film visits brewers like Scott Sullivan, Ryan Sylvester, Eric Kuhnhenn, Joe Short; Hop growers like Brian Tennis, Joel Mulder, Jeff and Bonnie Steinman; Entrepreneurs like Ben Fleckenstein, Michael Kiser and Stephen Roginson. The Dark Horse Brewery stars of The History Channel’s new reality series Dark Horse Nation are also featured.

Bill's Beer Garden is an open-air venue, so grab a sweater if it's chilly, then come on down, watch the movie, and enjoy a good beer! This event is free to the public.

How To Advocate For Your Child With ADHD And Other Special Needs At School

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

This event will be recorded

Debora Blake, J.D. and Director of ACCESS Education, Advocacy and Consultation will instruct parents of children with ADHD how best to advocate for their children at school. She will give the audience a basic overview with plenty of time for questions and answers.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Washtenaw County.

A Glimpse into the Royal Instruments and Music of West Africa

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

AADL is proud to welcome two members of African Royalty who will offer their perspectives on the music and culture of their country in this special lecture, cosponsored by AADL, the U-M Center for World Performance Studies and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.
Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene or Chief of the Treasury in the Asante Kingdom) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen of Antoa-Krobo in the Asante Kingdom) will discuss African Akan and Asante music and culture.

This lecture is part of a month-long artist residency sponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies. Part of their residency is to assist U-M faculty on a weekly basis with the "Music of Africa" and "Visual Cultures of Africa" classes. This lecture will open these classroom discussions to the public.

Learn, Build and Play with LEGO

Sunday October 12, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grades K-5 with an adult

Join us for an afternoon of LEGO building and learning with trained Bricks 4 Kidz teachers leading the way. Using LEGO Technic sets children will learn, build and play while experiencing a variety of activities designed to foster teamwork, build self confidence and problem solving skills. Bricks 4 Kidz programs aim to explore math and science concepts while having fun in a non-competitive setting.

The Coldest Case in Battle Creek History: Authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria R. Hester Discusses Their New True Crime Book 'The Murder Of Maggie Hume'

Tuesday October 14, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event will be recorded

Author Blaine Pardoe will discuss his new book, "The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek," about brutal murder of the daughter of a beloved Battle Creek football coach in 1983. Compiled from documents, videos and interviews the facts and clues of the mysterious, the facts will be presented to the public for the first time. Blaine and his daughter, Victoria Hester, have cracked open three decades of material on this mysterious tragedy, exposing dark secrets and political in-fighting that tore at the Battle Creek legal system for years.

Books will be for sale.

Artist Margaret Carney Discusses 'Demystifying Women and Dinnerware'

Friday October 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In conjunction with their Annual exhibition, Ann Arbor Women Artists join the Library to present this lecture by Margaret Carney, the juror for the Fall 2014 exhibit at the Library. Winners of the Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition will also be announced. The evening will begin with a 6:00 pm reception, where the public is invited to view the exhibition before the lecture and awards presentation.

In Carnery’s lecture, Demystifying Women and Dinnerware, the creations of woman artists and designers represented in the permanent collection of the Dinnerware Museum in Ann Arbor will be explored, as well as examples from the Museum’s “wish list.” There will also be some surprises. Don’t expect to see grandma’s dishes during this presentation unless your grandma’s cups, saucers, and spoons were fur-lined.

Bee Awareness: Protecting our Pollinators With Dr. Meghan Milbrath Of Sand Hill Apiaries

Monday October 20, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

What is going on with bees? Honey bees have been all over the media lately with talks of colony collapse and the doom of our food system.

Join us as we discuss a brief history of bees and beekeeping in the United States, and their current role in Agriculture. We will untangle what we know are the root causes for their decline, and will discuss ways that you can become involved to help their plight.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath owns and manages Sand Hill Apiaries, a small beekeeping and queen rearing operation in Munith, MI. She began working with bees with her father over 20 years ago, and has been hooked on bees since. She most recently worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University, studying honey bee disease with renowned bee researcher, Zachary Huang.

This event is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA).

A Visit From Chillers Author Jonathan Rand

Sunday October 26, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grades 2 - 5

Jonathan Rand, local author of the popular youth series Michigan Chillers and American Chillers, discusses how he became a writer and how reading and writing are necessary in life. While his books can be spooky, this talk will not be!

There will be books for sale and an author signing after the presentation. This event is geared towards children age 7 and up.

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!

Chesstastic

Sunday December 14, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult.

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided. Challenge old friends and meet new ones.