Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2014 is Here!

January and February are Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads months. AA/Ypsi Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book.

This year's theme is A Very Good Read and the chosen book is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, the story of a Lithuanian teen during WWII whose life is torn apart when the Soviets invade her home.

Check out the AA/Ypsi Reads webpage featuring resources, upcoming events and upcoming discussions.

Read Current Magazine's interview with Ruta Sepetys.

And don't miss this month's events:
Thursday, January 9, 7-8:30 pm at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
U-M History Professor Brian Porter-Szucs provides rich background and broader context for the book's milieu as he discusses WWII In Eastern Europe.

Tuesday, January 21, 7-9 pm at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building
Author Ruta Sepetys discusses her book as well as signs copies. The doors open at 6 pm.

Bring in the New Year!

Get ready to bring in the new year! Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to make hats and noisemakers for your
celebration. This is for kids pre-school through 5th grade but everyone is welcome.
All supplies will be provided.

For other ideas for keeping kids busy, click here.

Winter Solstice Crafts

December 21st is the shortest day of the year. The days will start lengthening after that.
How will you celebrate?
Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
and make some decorations that will brighten up that gloomy day.
We'll be using paper to make snow covered evergreen trees, gingerbread people, and bright
red poinsettias.
This program is for preschool through fifth graders, but everyone is welcome.
All supplies will be provided.

For our materials on this first day of winter, click here.

Steampunk Gearrings

Saturday April 26, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Use mechanical parts to make a pair of completely unique, steampunk-style earrings.

Comic Book Creations

Tuesday July 8, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 3 - adult.

Use recycled comic books to make a comics pendant necklace and magnet! Bring your comic books, if you’d like to use them.

New Year Nonsense

The holidays will be past us, but the laughter, stories and songs continue on Friday, January 3 at the Downtown Library at 2 pm. Join my musical buddy, Rosalie Koenig, and I for some really fun and silly story/song combos for your listening pleasure!Rosalie KoenigRosalie Koenig

Save the Date: Smart & Thrifty Energy Expo

Mark Thursday, January 30th on your calendar for the Washtenaw County Smart & Thrifty Energy Expo. The expo will be from 4 to 7 pm at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center. Topics and presentations will include methods for conserving energy, home weatherization, new energy saving products, and alternative energy options. If you want to monitor the energy efficiency in your home, take a look at our home tools. These uncommon tools to check out from the library include three different kinds of energy meters!

Use Yoga to Detoxify the Body, Mind and Emotions

Monday March 31, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Bring a mat or towel and dress comfortably for a workout with yoga instructor Victoria Duranona.

This session will help detoxify the body, mind and emotions, cleansing the blood through breathing and movement. Get some yogic tips!

Take a Hike@ Furstenberg Nature Area

Thursday August 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Furstenberg Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

Furstenberg Nature Area is a 38-acre park on Fuller Road, west of Gallup Park. Enjoy wetlands, woodlands, prairie, and oak savanna on this nature walk with a staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor). Learn about native plants and trees, invasive plants, ecological restoration, and lots more.

Meet near the restrooms near the parking lot off Fuller Road (across from Huron High School).

Take a Hike @ Argo Nature Area

Thursday June 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Argo Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

On World Environment Day, take a hike in this 22-acre linear park on the east side of the Huron River. An unpaved trail runs the length of the park along the river. The trail travels through two types of woods: basswood and willow in the southern half and black oak and shagbark hickory (and spring wildflowers!) in the northern half. The entire trail offers beautiful views of the river. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will discuss native plants and trees, ecological restoration, and more.

Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive.

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