Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday August 2, 2014: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grades 6 and up

Yoga is a fun way to gain strength, flexibility and balance, while decreasing stress and tension. Come learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Certified yoga instructor, Raina LaGrand of A2 Yoga, will be teaching. Participants should dress ready to work out and bring a mat if they have one! All levels welcome, but participants should be able to move comfortably from the floor to standing.

Sensation Stations

Monday August 4, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for 18 month to 2 years

Drop in for sensory fun with your little ones. Young children will engage their senses by scooping, pouring, sorting, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.

Playgroups

Monday August 4, 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.

Redstone Engineering

Monday August 4, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 1 - 3.

Are you a kid who thinks they know everything about Minecraft? Did you know that Redstone material in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates?

Learn how to create contraptions of increasing complexity, craft clever traps, and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

This hands-on session will be led by the staff from GameStart.

Women Traveling Solo: Travel Tips With Margaret Flannery Of Hostelling International USA

Monday August 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Are you a woman who has always wanted to travel solo, but have never actually done it? Maybe you are concerned with safety, or have other reasons which have held you back. Well, this talk is for you! Margaret Flannery of Hostelling International USA will provide tips on traveling safely and enjoyably.

Traveling alone as a woman can be an empowering experience. Safety is, of course, always a consideration, especially in a place where you are unfamiliar with the culture and customs. However, doing a little prep work beforehand will help you make the most out of your journey. Margaret will address budgeting, accommodations, safety, language and cultural customs and other useful topics.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Monday August 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Are you a Shakespeare buff? Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth – do you feel akin to these characters and plays? Shakespearian plays and characters drew capacity crowds centuries ago at London’s Globe Theatre, yet these classic plays still draw tremendous audiences at theaters throughout the world today. What is it that still makes these plays resonate with audiences in today’s complex society?

Join Janice L. Blixt, award-winning Artistic Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, as she discusses why we still produce and attend classical theatre, why Shakespeare is still the draw he is, and why it is important to have Shakespeare in our schools.

Blixt will also discuss the 20th Anniversary Michigan Shakespeare Festival Season, featuring productions of Hamlet, Cymbeline, and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Janice Blixt has been a professional director and classical actor for nearly 20 years, having played most of the great female roles from Lady Macbeth to Twelfth Night’s Olivia. Entering her fifth year as the MSF's Artistic Director, Blixt will direct Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays.

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

August 5, 2014 through September 11, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The circulating art print collection at the Ann Arbor District Library makes available original works of art and fine reproductions of paintings, photography, prints and drawings. Artists represented in the collection are global and multicultural in scope. Works selected ranges from the iconic to the eclectic but are always, good examples of the artists’ works.

All art prints in the collection are professionally framed by Format Framing of Ann Arbor. Images of the collection are available in the online catalog. Each library card holder may borrow up to 3 prints, circulating for 8 weeks. Sturdy nylon carrying bags are available for safe and easy transport from our staff at the Circulation Department.

Playgroups

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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