Story & Craft Time: 'Fly Guy' and Other Stories

Saturday April 25, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 3

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold!

This event corresponds with the Michigan Theater’s “Not Just for Kids” May 9th performance of 'Fly Guy and Other Stories.'

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd – 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2015 Kids’ Art Fair to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 13.

Drop-In Jury Sessions will take place at the Pittsfield Branch - You need to attend only one of these three sessions. Interested young artists should arrive with 4 – 6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art work with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Sessions are:
• Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Kids’ Art Fair is a unique opportunity for young artists to interact with the community and sell their original artwork at the Townie Street Party. In addition, this is a great chance for young artists to see the jury process at work and to interact with arts educators on a one-on-one basis. The young artists receive individual attention by the Jurors and the positive feedback is often very empowering.

Young artists invited to exhibit at the Kids’ Art Fair will be notified by email in mid-May. The selected artists will be able to sell their work under tents at the July 13th Townie Street Party, which takes place on N. University between Thayer and Fletcher. (One year relocation due to construction) Additional information may be found at artfair.org.

Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Drums of North Indian Classical Music

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Learn the rhythms in North Indian (or Hindustani) classical music through interactive exercises and visual media with drummer, percussionist, and composer Dan Piccolo.

Demonstrations on the tabla drums will accompany group participation using hand gestures and idiomatic syllables in simple rhythmic compositions. The focus will be on the 16-beat cycle known as tintaal, the most common beat cycle in Hindustani music.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Racer

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Roblox. This workshop will focus on designing terrain and importing vehicles for a racing game, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

Ngoma with Haruna Walusimbi and Mark Stone

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for All Ages

World-renowned, Grammy Award winning artist Haruna Walusimbi is one of Uganda’s most celebrated artists. In his work as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer, actor, and educator, he embodies the holistic nature of Uganda’s Ngoma repertoire.

As in other African countries, the music, dance, and theatre of Uganda are not viewed separately, but rather as a single art form. This holistic approach to the performing arts is embodied in Bantu languages by the term Ngoma.

For this musical performance, Haruna will share his deep knowledge of East African culture, leaving the audience with a heightened understanding and appreciation of the art form known as Ngoma.

Joining him will be his close friend and former classmate at Makerere University, Mark Stone, Associate Professor of World Music, Percussion, and International Studies at Oakland University.

Dancing Babies with Aron Kaufman

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:00 pm to 1:40 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Aron, a teacher with Hebrew Day School, leads a program of percussion, music and motion!

El Dia de Los Ninos y Libros Cultural Celebration

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm -- Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd.

This event is intended for all ages.

The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti District Libraries join together to celebrate children and books with music, dancing, and traditional treats and crafts at the Ypsilanti District Library!

For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design with Unity

Sunday April 26, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-12.

Build your own custom items, levels, and characters using the same tools and content used to build thousands of independently and commercially developed video games! Explore the Unity game development engine.

Baby Playgroups

Monday April 27, 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.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday April 27, 2015: 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.