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).

AADL's Summer Game Geocache for 2014!

Lets end the summer with a BANG! The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce that its Summer Game Geocache has returned for a second year! Use a GPS-enabled device to visit coordinates around town for FOUR virtual caches and ONE physical real-life cache! A game code (POINTS!) and a small treasure (COOL!) is all yours if you chose to find it. You can sign up for a free account at http://www.geocaching.com and learn more with their Geocaching 101 guide. You can also check out geocaching resources here in our own collection.

 

Lights, Camera, Action! Talk Up Your Favorite Library Item

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August 9, 2014

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Did you miss our event in June? No problem! Didn't know about it? No problem! The film will be rolling again this Saturday, August 9, Downtown from 11 am to 4 pm on the 4th floor so you can talk up your favorite library item on camera. Bring a friend, your mom, a little brother, or your pet hamster (Actually, lets just keep your pets at home for this one), and tell us about something you LOVE to check out from the library! You get to be in the spotlight, and your review will be posted to http://jump.aadl.org! For more information go here!

Until then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of our very own staff members tell you why he likes the Redwall series by Brian Jacques!

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LEGO Contest

Do you dream in LEGO? Are you always creating new masterpieces? Is the dreaded LEGO-meets-bare-foot a perfectly acceptable trade-off in your household because of all of the cool creations you can make? Then you must join us for the 9th Annual LEGO contest on Thursday, August 7. Start imagining and building now!

AADL's LEGO Contest is one of the most anxiously awaited programs of the summer, open to all ages. The contest is divided up into five categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult. All contestants must submit an original creation made of their own LEGO, Duplo, Mega Blocks, or other stacking bricks. Full contest rules can be found here.

Need some inspiration, or do you just want to see some of the awesome creations engineered in the past? Here are some photos from last year.

Because of the popularity of this contest, it will be held at Kensington Court, 610 Hilton Dr. in Ann Arbor. Below is the order of events:

9 AM–3 PM: Drop off projects at Kensington Court
3 PM–6 PM: Doors closed for judging
6 PM: Doors open for public display of all projects
8–8:30 PM: Awards Ceremony with prizes in six categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult

All projects must go home with their creators that night!

Author Reading: Photographing the Giant Squid

At Literati bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor, they're preparing to host a reading by author Matthew Gavin Frank on Aug. 4 at 7 pm. Frank will read from his book Preparing the Ghost: An essay concerning the giant squid and its first photographer. The author teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Pixie Parties!

The temperature might not be as warm as we'd like for this time of year, but magic is in the air! To get ready for AADL's Make-A-Wand Workshop at the Pittsfield branch, stop by the 4th Annual Fairy Festival at the Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown. If you need inspiration for your making, be sure to browse our collection featuring these sometimes mischievous, magical, winged creatures.

Join us for community vinyasa yoga tomorrow evening!

Certified yoga instructor Raina LaGrand will offer an introductory vinyasa yoga class tomorrow evening at the Mallets Creek branch of AADL from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Vinyasa yoga integrates breath with movement and helps the practitioner gain strength and flexibility while also decreasing stress and tension in the body.

Dress comfortably and for movement, and bring a yoga mat if you have one! All yoga skill levels are welcome.

Get Twiggy With It

Are you pumped for this weekend’s big program Wooly Woods Crafting With Anna Hrachovec (of Mochimochi Land)?! Teens & adults will wrap twigs with yarn to make beautiful sculptures, as well as knit tiny creatures to live on them. Yes, twigs! Let me tell you, I know from experience that wrapping sticks with yarn is addicting, and the talented Anna takes it up a notch.

If you’re inspired to find more twig action, I recommend the book Super Simple Twig Projects: Fun and Easy Crafts Inspired By Nature. It's just that. A small youth-oriented book with some easy projects made of collected sticks and twigs. It goes over what supplies you’ll need to make things like trivets, dream catchers, baskets, vases, tiny rafts, and more. The question is: What if you wrap the twigs with yarn before you craft with them?

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!

NaNoWriMo: "I Wrote a Novel... Now What?"

Sunday December 7, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

Author and Michigan native Donald Lystra will offer tips and tricks on revising your written work and how to get published. This program is associated with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and all aspiring authors are welcome!

Lystra’s work's Season of Water and Ice and Something that Feels Like Truth have received the Michigan Notable Book Award and the Midwest Book Award. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

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