Take a Hike @ Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

Thursday September 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages.

Celebrate National Wilderness Month with a hike along Malletts Creek, through the woods and wetlands of this 81.4-acre park. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will lead the hike.

Meet at the park entrance parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street and just southeast of Cobblestone Farm, or park at the Malletts Creek Branch (3090 E. Eisenhower) and walk a half mile east along Eisenhower and Packard to the park entrance.

Chesstastic this Sunday, December 15

Sunday, December 15 | 1-4 PM | Traverwood Branch | Gr. K-Adult

What could be better on a cold winter afternoon than sitting down and playing a game or two of chess?! It’s as easy as dropping by Traverwood this Sunday December 15 between 1 and 4 p.m. We’ll help match you up with an opponent and then let the battle begin!

To hone your skills try these new titles Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player and Power Chess For Kids: More Ways to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players in Your School: Volume 2.

NaNoWriMo: You Wrote a Novel, Now What?

Saturday December 7, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

D.E. Johnson, a Michigan published author, will offer tips and tricks on revision and how to get published. This program is associated with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), but all aspiring authors are welcome!

You have now officially written a novel- congratulations! Now, explore options of what to do next with your work.

D.E. Johnson recently published Detroit Shuffle, the fourth book in his popular Detroit mystery series. All four books feature Will Anderson, the privileged son of a prominent automobile businessman, whose life is turned around when he finds something sinister in the factory one night. D.E. Johnson has won the Michigan Notable Book Award twice for the series.

Block Printing Workshop

Wednesday, December 4 | Malletts Creek | Grades 6-Adult

In this workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block with the proper tools, and then print the image onto paper or note cards. This is your chance to create something to hang on your wall, or perhaps design a holiday card.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have a design in mind, or something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them.

Check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, December 4, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

Do you need some last minute decorations for your holiday meal?
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, November 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
to make some decorations for your table. We'll be making our versions of
place mats, candles, turkeys and wreaths.

This is for kids Preschool - 5. All supplies will be provided.

Holiday decorations made by children's loving hands are the best!

For other ideas of Thanksgiving activities, look here.

What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these AADL events!

LOCAL HISTORY: Did you know that the Michigan Theater (pictured above) was slated to be demolished in the late 1970s? Discover the history of Ann Arbor's beloved landmark on Monday, November 25 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library when Henry Aldridge discusses his book The Michigan Theater: Ann Arbor’s Home For Fine Film And The Performing Arts Since 1928.

CRAFTS: Kids can create Thanksgiving decorations on Wednesday November 27 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

AADL SERVICES: Discover how to enjoy eMedia at aadl.org at a special hand-on session on Monday, November 25 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library. You can download music, access ebooks, event videos and much more through aadl.org.

COMPUTER CLASSES: Learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation on Tuesday, November 26 at 3:30 pm at Malletts Creek Branch and attend an intermediate session on word on Wednesday, November 27 at 3:30 pm at Traverwood Branch.

Comic Artists Forum with Ted Woods

Sunday December 1, 2013 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Downtown Library-4th Floor Meeting Room

We all have our favorite artists and try to emulate them. But how do you develop your own style? Artist Ted Woods, creator of The Book of Love, will focus on the long development of his own artistic style. He'll discuss the various artists that have influenced him over the years, and the different ways he has melded their styles into one of his own.

Get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation at the Forum. Drawing supplies are provided, so drop in to draw, learn, and network with other cartoonists.

The Fundamentals of Plot

Saturday January 18, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Many beginning writers are confused about plot and how to put all of their thoughts into a coherent novel. Many writing classes ignore plot altogether. But it is actually the plot—what happens next?—that keeps the pages turning.

Local science fiction writer Margaret Yang discusses how to structure a novel or shorter work; how to see the “big picture” story arc; how to start and end a story in the right place; and how to avoid common writing traps like infodumps and other dull spots.

Participants will make a five-sentence outline that will provide a blueprint for a story. Once writers understand the fundamentals of story structure, they will never again be stuck or wonder “what happens next?”

Ignite Ann Arbor 8: This Sunday!

If you had just five minutes to spread the word about something that you loved, what would you say? What's the one thing you'd talk about?

This Sunday at 7pm, the eighth edition of Ignite Ann Arbor gathers together sixteen dynamic people eager to share the things that get them fired up.

From learning the ins and outs of the flying trapeze to concocting home-distilled spirits; from pop-up community bike repair to kids generating clean power - the topics Ignite 8 speakers have in store will to intrigue and inspire!

Read up on the lineup, and come out to Blau Auditorium Sunday evening to enjoy a fast-moving trip through sixteen different passions. Attendance to Ignite is free, though registering beforehand is a smart idea to be sure you have a seat.

If you see a topic that catches your eye, let us know in the comment section -- we often bring Ignite speakers to AADL for extended versions of their talks!

Science Fair Tips and Tricks!

Monday, November 18 | 7 - 8 pm | Traverwood | Grades 6 - 12

It's Science Fair season! Students and parents are invited to hear Clague Middle School science teacher, Soon Morningstar, discuss the basics on planning and assembling a successful science fair project. Ms. Morningstar has been helping students create science projects for the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair for eleven years, and she has many helpful resources on her website.

Ask questions, get answers about Science Fair projects on Monday at the Traverwood branch.

Can't make the event? Check out this list of Science Fair resources available at the AADL. Also see the Science Fair Adventure website and the Science Buddies website for great project ideas.

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