Concert: An Afternoon with Bill Bynum and Co.

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

With songs both traditional and original, and a sound that's at once as comfortable as old jeans and as fresh as a new blade of grass, Bill Bynum & Co. is a band that's easy to love and hard to quit.

The band's core instrumentation of acoustic guitar, fiddle, bass, pedal steel guitar and harmony vocals can lean into country, veer toward bluegrass, or take listeners on a unique journey through Bill's original songs.

Although a Detroit native, Bill Bynum’s musical roots are in the South. His parents migrated from Black Oak, Arkansas, to work in Detroit’s steel industry in the 1940s, bringing—like many others—their love for bluegrass and country music. Bill grew up listening to artists like Johnny Cash and Buck Owens on Detroit’s country radio station, “The Big D.”

Detroit rock drove Bill’s early musical career. But in 1999, Bill turned on the radio and heard “Yours Forever Blue” by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band. From that moment on he found himself with a “nonstop desire to hear and play those songs.” Soon he was writing them too. Bill is a first-prize winner in the Metro Detroit Songwriting Showcase with his song “Lovin’ You.” He has collaborated with bluegrass legend Pete Goble, an International Bluegrass Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Bill lives for the joy of entertaining his audience. He is a true showman!

GameStart: Video Game Design

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

This class will lay the foundation for your future game design endeavors. From timeless board games to the latest AAA video games, you will learn the hidden rules and mechanisms that game creators use for fair, balanced, and fun game-play. See like a designer. Think like a tactician. Play like a gamer.

Make a Stained "Glass" Window!

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Create beautiful stained “glass” with black construction paper and colorful tissue paper.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Studio

Sunday February 1, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

The staff of GameStart will show you how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as you learn to make your own video game! You will start by creating your own hero, villain, and in-game props, then you will craft the landscape of your game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

Neutral Zone Poetry Workshop

Sunday February 1, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Fiona and Alex of The Neutral Zone will present a workshop on writing free verse poetry!

Circle K Homework Help

Sunday February 1, 2015: 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!

DIY Wrapped Yarn Vases

Sunday February 1, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grades 3 and up).

It’s easy to make beautiful, wrapped yarn vases.

They’re great for display or to give as gifts.

This project will require patience and will take the entire hour.

Baby Playgroups

Monday February 2, 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 February 2, 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.

Circle K Homework Help

Monday February 2, 2015: 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!