Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday January 28, 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.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday January 28, 2015: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K-12

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!

The Author's Forum presents 'Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts,' A Conversation with Leslie Stainton, Jim Leija, Martin Walsh and Leigh Woods.

Wednesday January 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Interweaving past and present, private anecdote and public record, Ann Arbor author Leslie Stainton's new book Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts captures the history of one of America’s oldest and most ghosted theaters—the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and recounts the story of a nation’s tumultuous struggle to invent itself.

This event features a short reading from the book by Stainton followed by a conversation with Jim Leija (UMS), Martin Walsh (actor and U-M instructor) and Leigh Woods (actor and U-M theater professor). The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Built in 1852 and in use ever since, the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is uniquely ghosted. Its foundations were once the walls of a colonial jail that in 1763 witnessed the massacre of the last surviving Conestoga Indians. Those same walls later served to incarcerate fugitive slaves.

"Staging Ground" explores these tragic events and their enduring resonance in a building that later became a town hall, theater, and movie house--the site of minstrel shows, productions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," oratory by the likes of Thaddeus Stevens and Mark Twain, performances by Buffalo Bill and his troupe of "Wild Indians," Hollywood Westerns, and twenty-first-century musicals. Interweaving past and present, private anecdote and public record, Stainton unfolds the story of this emblematic space, where for more than 250 years Americans scripted and re-scripted their history.

This event is co-sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival, and the U-M Library in collaboration with UMS and AADL

UMS Book Club: 'Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better'

Thursday January 29, 2015: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for educators

On the road to finding the most effective teacher practices in America, the authors of this new book discovered something about most people’s jobs: Practice, especially the right type of practice, can vastly improve performance. Yet, most of us hardly ever do it.

In Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better, authors Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi take the mantra “practice makes perfect” and apply a mixture of behavioral science, neuroscience, and lessons learned from experience to distill down the tenets of effective practice.

This book discussion session will explore some of the authors’ 42 rules for practice and their application to everyone.

UMS "Reading Culture" Book Clubs for educators expand and build upon ideas within the UMS season of events using relevant works of literature. In these facilitated sessions, participants explore and express opinions about stimulating books and learn strategies for leading classroom book discussions. The first 30 registrants receive a free copy of the book. Registration is required, but there is no charge for this workshop.

Local Music: Timothy Monger

Friday January 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL highlights a local performing artist with this evening concert by Timothy Monger, best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society, which he co-founded with his brother James.

For this performance, Monger will be joined by Patrick Herek on piano. He'll also use guitar pedals and a few other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection!

In 2004, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year.

The success of Great Lakes Myth Society’s literate, folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. This was followed with several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, Monger recorded his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward, moving away from the orchestral leanings in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.

Concert: An Afternoon with Bill Bynum and Co.

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

With songs both traditional and original, and a sound that's at once as comfortable as old jeans and as fresh as a new blade of grass, Bill Bynum & Co. is a band that's easy to love and hard to quit.

The band's core instrumentation of acoustic guitar, fiddle, bass, pedal steel guitar and harmony vocals can lean into country, veer toward bluegrass, or take listeners on a unique journey through Bill's original songs.

Although a Detroit native, Bill Bynum’s musical roots are in the South. His parents migrated from Black Oak, Arkansas, to work in Detroit’s steel industry in the 1940s, bringing—like many others—their love for bluegrass and country music. Bill grew up listening to artists like Johnny Cash and Buck Owens on Detroit’s country radio station, “The Big D.”

Detroit rock drove Bill’s early musical career. But in 1999, Bill turned on the radio and heard “Yours Forever Blue” by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band. From that moment on he found himself with a “nonstop desire to hear and play those songs.” Soon he was writing them too. Bill is a first-prize winner in the Metro Detroit Songwriting Showcase with his song “Lovin’ You.” He has collaborated with bluegrass legend Pete Goble, an International Bluegrass Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Bill lives for the joy of entertaining his audience. He is a true showman!

GameStart: Video Game Design

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

This class will lay the foundation for your future game design endeavors. From timeless board games to the latest AAA video games, you will learn the hidden rules and mechanisms that game creators use for fair, balanced, and fun game-play. See like a designer. Think like a tactician. Play like a gamer.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Studio

Sunday February 1, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

The staff of GameStart will show you how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as you learn to make your own video game! You will start by creating your own hero, villain, and in-game props, then you will craft the landscape of your game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

Neutral Zone Poetry Workshop

Sunday February 1, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Fiona and Alex of The Neutral Zone will present a workshop on writing free verse poetry!

Circle K Homework Help

Sunday February 1, 2015: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K-12

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!