GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design with Unity

Sunday April 26, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-12.

Build your own custom items, levels, and characters using the same tools and content used to build thousands of independently and commercially developed video games! Explore the Unity game development engine.

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

Sunday May 3, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby and 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 its 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!

Nature Walk @ Barton Nature Area

Thursday May 7, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Barton Nature Area

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

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 102-acre Barton Nature Area.

Learn about native plants and animals, and about the diverse natural features of the area.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Meet in the parking lot off Huron Drive, just north of the Bird Road intersection.

Read Stories in the Garden to Kids!

Sunday May 10, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for Grades 7-12

Come volunteer to read garden-themed stories to kids! At the first part of this event, we'll go over some story-telling techniques, choose books to read, practice reading, and decide locations around the downtown library for the main event. Feel free to bring your own favorite garden or spring-related picture books, or choose some of ours to read. PLEASE NOTE: this event requires a two-part commitment, both the practice session on the 10th and the actual story-telling to the children on Saturday, May 16 from 1:30-3:30.

Felt Ball Fun!

Saturday May 16, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 17, 2015: 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. Please choose one workshop to attend.

Chesstastic

Sunday May 17, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities!

Challenge old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 17, 2015: 3:30 pm to 5:30 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.

Marvelous Monet

Tuesday May 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn about Impressionism, the style of Claude Monet’s art, and see prints of his famous work.

Then, create a painting in the style of Monet!

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday May 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Local authors Lara Zielin and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources.

These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations of fiction and non-fiction writing.