Chesstastic

Sunday November 16, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult.

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided. Challenge old friends and meet new ones.

Drum Buddy Demo: Sounds & Science w/Quintron

Sunday November 16, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Musician Quintron is known as an organist and multi-instrumentalist, but those terms alone doesn't really get at the full scope of his music-making. He's also a tinkerer and inventor — coming up with DIY instruments to make the sounds he wants and needs for his performances and recordings.

From the Spit Machine (a drum machine powered by saliva) to the Weather Warlock (a synth that makes sounds based on weather) to the Drum Buddy (which creates drum sounds when exposed to light), Quintron has developed ingenious takes on how to make noise, sound, and music.

He'll be bringing his Drum Buddy to the AADL for a special demonstration of just how it uses oscillators, a coffee can and light to make sounds and, ultimately, music. This event will be a fun peek into the science of such instruments, how they work, and might offer inspiration for curious musicians and inventors of all ages.

You may already know that the library has synths you can check out, but this event just might inspire you to build your very own!

Grief Matters for the Holidays

Sunday November 16, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

The Holidays are an especially difficult time for someone who is grieving. This workshop, by Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, will give you helpful tips for coping with the upcoming holidays.

Find comfort in sharing with others during this time. For more information about Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, please call 734-794-5460 or contact mschultz@arborhospice.org

Tellebration: Story Fun For Families

Sunday November 16, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades K - 5

Join us for jazzy stories performed by the awesome Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild! -- many with audience participation!

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Sunday November 16, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

Working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month?

Come join other writers for the second NaNoWriMo write-in session! Choose to work solo or brainstorm ideas with others. Power strips and outlets are provided. All aspiring authors are welcome.

The AADL freespace is on the 3rd floor of the Downtown branch next to the computer training lab.

Circle K Homework Help

Sunday November 16, 2014: 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!

Annabelle Gurwitch Discusses Her New Book 'I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50'

Sunday November 16, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

Actress/Comedienne/Author Annabelle Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following during her years hosting Dinner & A Movie on TBS. She has been a regular commentator on NPR and contributor to The Nation, More, Glamour, Marie Claire and a number of other national publications. Gurwitch is also the author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up which is now a play receiving its third national tour, and Fired! which became an acclaimed documentary and Showtime Comedy Special.

Every seven and a half seconds, someone in America turns 50. While some people like to say that “50 is the new 40,” Annabelle Gurwitch believes “50 is still F-ing 50.” In her wickedly funny new collection of essays, I See You Made An Effort, Gurwitch explores the hazards of reaching the half century mark, aging out of your wardrobe, outsourcing your endocrine system, and falling in lust at the Genius bar. From the woman the Washington Post calls “hilarious,” this new book is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story.

This event is cosponsored by the AADL and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor a part of the 2014 Jewish Book Festival. The event includes a book signing and books for sale.

The event will be held at LIVE (102 S 1st Street in Ann Arbor). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Playgroups

Monday November 17, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday November 17, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Circle K Homework Help

Monday November 17, 2014: 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!