The AADL Staff Awesome LEGO Exhibit

July 31, 2015 through August 30, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Summer 2015 is all about LEGO at AADL!

Thursday, August 6 is our 10th Annual LEGO Contest, hosted at Kensington Court in Ann Arbor for kids, teens and adults! Every year a few children of Library Staff enter the LEGO contest and sadly, no matter how awesome their project is, they can't WIN. To rectify this and to show off the awesome creativity and LEGO enthusiasm of AADL staff, we're filling the Downtown Library display cases with lots of LEGO awesome projects!

AADL staff, family, and friends of staff worked hard to show off their work with unique LEGO structures, built with pieces from favorite sets and everything in between!

This special LEGO display is also part of AADL’s Summer Game 2015! Game codes and other clues will be hidden in the display and LOTS of points will be earned! Go to for more information about the Summer Game and to learn about earning LEGO badges!

Harry Potter Party!

Friday July 31, 2015: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for All Ages

Calling witches and wizards of all ages! Come celebrate the popular Harry Potter books and movies by joining us for a night of Harry Potter-themed activities and crafts. Costumes are encouraged!

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Five Nights at Freddy's

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

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

What makes Five Nights so scary? In this course we will delve into the concepts and atmosphere of the horror game genre to better understand why we find it so intriguing. You will imagine, create and dissect a horror game of your own with a theme of your choosing.

Baby Playgroups

Monday August 3, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs followed by open playtime. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Monday August 3, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday August 4, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday August 5, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Minecraft: Hunger Games

Saturday August 8, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace and Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 6 - 12

Whether or not you had a chance to join us for the International Hunger Games Tournament on International Games Day, you can present yourself as a tribute in this local area tournament hosted on AADL's Minecraft Server, Home of "Minecraft:Ann Arbor" Check us out online or in real life.

History Mysteries with Mystery Authors Carrie Bebris, Susanna Calkins, Anna Lee Hube, and Sam Thomas

Saturday August 8, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Mystery buffs! Do not miss this event featuring a panel of award-winning historical mystery authors, each with a brand new mystery book that has just been released!

Robin Agnew of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop moderates this afternoon event, which will include book signings. Books will be for sale courtesy of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop. There will also be ample opportunity for audience questions.

Panelists include:
• Award-winning author Carrie Bebris, author of the critically acclaimed Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series (the further adventures of Jane Austin’s most beloved characters) is also a life member and regional coordinator of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her seventh book in the Jane Austin-based series, The Suspicion At Sanditon, finds Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy have moved to Sanditon, the setting of Jane Austen’s final work. They have barely settled into their lodgings when they receive an unexpected dinner invitation from Lady Denham, one of the town’s most prominent residents. Thirteen guests assemble at Sanditon House—but their hostess never appears. The Darcys, like most of their fellow attendees, speculate that one of her ladyship’s would-be heirs has grown impatient … but then the guests start to vanish one by one.

• Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion novels, which are set in 17th century London, a time period that gives Calkins the ability to write about both the plague and the Great Fire. Her main character, Lucy, began the series as a chambermaid, but in this third novel The Masque of a Murderer, Lucy is working as a bookseller's apprentice, selling broadsides with her fellow apprentice on the streets of London. On a freezing winter afternoon in 1667, she accompanies the magistrate's daughter, Sarah, to the home of a severely injured Quaker man to record his dying words, a common practice of the time. The Quaker, having been trampled by a horse and cart the night before, has only a few hours to live and Lucy is unprepared for what he reveals to her — that someone deliberately pushed him into the path of the horse, because of a mysterious secret he had uncovered.

• Anna Lee Huber is the award-winning and national bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mystery series, set in Scotland in the 1830’s. In A Study In Death, the fourth riveting mystery in the series, Lady Kiera Darby is commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, but is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness’s eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband. When she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, the physician is called and Lord Drummond appears satisfied to rule her death natural. However, Kiera is convinced that poison is the culprit and intends to discover the truth behind the baroness’s death, no matter who stands in her way.

• Historian and teacher Sam Thomas is the author of the Bridget Hodgson series, set in 17th century York. All of the mysteries in the series focus on Bridget's work as a midwife. His latest novel, The Witch Hunter’s Tale, finds the Puritans scouring the British countryside for witches with often heartbreaking consequences. As women and children sicken and die, midwife Bridget Hodgson is pulled against her will into a full-scale witch-hunt that threatens to devour all in its path, guilty and innocent alike. As the trials begin, and the noose begins to tighten around her neck, Bridget must answer the question: How far will she go to protect the people she loves?

Do not miss this opportunity to meet these acclaimed authors and discover their passion for history and for mysteries!

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Minecraft Programming

Sunday August 9, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10.

What took hours now takes nanoseconds as students direct their passion for playing Minecraft towards developing real-world programming skills in Python. Nothing in Minecraft is more powerful than a bit of critical thinking and some computer code.