Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

April 17, 2014 through May 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit and Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Each year the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Ann Arbor District Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students from across the city will be shown throughout the Library.

Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in many mediums will fill the display cases and cover the walls of our art display areas. Enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday April 17, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 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.

Playgroups

Thursday April 17, 2014: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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

Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

This monthly meeting welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources.

These open houses complement the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops which feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing.

Poetry Night with Jeff Kass, Volume and Wordworks poets

Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up

Nationally-renowned poet Angel Nafis is joined by poets from the Neutral Zone’s VOLUME Youth Poetry Project and local poet Jeff Kass for a special evening of powerful poetry readings to celebrate National Poetry Month!

Angel Nafis lives in Brooklyn but is an Ann Arbor native. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, an organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. She is the author of BlackGirl Mansion and her work has appeared in FOUND Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, The Bear River Review, MUZZLE Magazine, and Mosaic Magazine.

In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series.

Ann Arbor’s own Jeff Kass, author of Knuckleheads, is a teacher at both Pioneer High School and Eastern Michigan University. A nationally-known poet, he is also the creative arts director at the Neutral Zone.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday April 18, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Playgroups

Friday April 18, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood 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.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday April 18, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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

Earth Day Recycled Glossy Paper Flowers

Saturday April 19, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for K-5

In honor of Earth Day we'll use recycled materials to create a colorful garden. Far from the garden variety, these blossoms stem from magazine pages. They're easy to make and leave lots of room for inspired creativity.