Sensation Stations

Thursday October 8, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Film & Discussion: "Finding the Gold Within"

Thursday October 8, 2015: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens in grades 9 and up.

"Finding the Gold Within" follows six Black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident, a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, racial jokes, and provocations never seem to end. “Finding the Gold Within" probes what it means to be young, Black, male and ‘other.’ The project comes with a rare kind of intimate access — an unusual opportunity. It initiated in the filmmaker a clear, strong vision: young black men who have been prepared and are ready to navigate the world in self-affirming and stereotype-defying ways. It seems the right time to look deeper, to give voice to those marginalized; we all know the abysmal statistics. So let’s start listening to their stories.

A screening of the 93-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by the U-M Community Scholars Program, cosponsors of this event. "Finding the Gold Within" is Unrated.

Cosponsored by the U-M Community Scholars Program.

Baby Playgroups

Thursday October 8, 2015: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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. Parents and guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday October 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5 years.

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

Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday October 9, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5 years.

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

Siblings are welcome.

Baby Playgroups

Friday October 9, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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. Parents and guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Dancing Babies with Denise Owens

Saturday October 10, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies and preschoolers, up to 5 years.

Denise Owens, teacher of Kindermusik, leads a program of music and motion!

Star Wars Reads Day Crafts

Saturday October 10, 2015: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for youth in grades K-5.

May the arts be with you! Celebrate the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day with us by making some out-of-this-galaxy Star Wars crafts. Costumes encouraged!

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing

Saturday October 10, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

True creativity comes from the mastery of core skills combined with original thought! Join Young Rembrandts teachers for directed drawing that gives young students instruction on how to break down complex images into simple ones. Students will explore many different techniques and art tools (colored pencil, pastel, and marker) while learning the drawing skills that lay the foundation for all visual arts. Illustration, design, fine art composition, and cartooning will be covered. We will experiment with pastels as we learn about Paul Cezanne and his profound mastery of light and color and then go on to explore the various ways to illustrate shadow and light using techniques that contemporary artist Roy Lichtenstein used in his work. Plus, a visit from a professional Comic Book Artist adds some cartoon creating excitement!

Colorful Cake Pops

Sunday October 11, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade 6 and up.

Find your inner baking genius and have fun learning how to make and decorate your own cake pops!