Preschool Storytimes

Thursday March 5, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

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

Siblings are welcome.

Baby Playgroups

Thursday March 5, 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/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Emerging Writers Poetry Writing Workshop: Whatever It Takes: Settling Down

Thursday March 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Let's face it, life in the twenty-first century rarely lends itself to the kind of care and attention that leads to great poems. (Henry David Thoreau fretted about the pace of mainstream life before we’d even begun traveling in cars or talking on the telephone!) We'll explore the sorts of atmosphere and habits-of-mind that will lead to your best poems ever. We'll focus on identifying what’s already working and learn some brand new approaches to the blank page. You'll generate new material and leave with resources to keep you going. Finally get tips for organizing your drafts and final versions, and submitting your work for publication. Regular speaker, Lara Zielin, will be joined by Alison Swan for this poetry writing and publishing workshop.

Alison Swan's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, a new anthology from New Issues Press; North American Review; TriQuarterly; and her poetry chapbooks Before the Snow Moon and Dog Heart (both Alice Greene and Company). Her book, Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (Michigan State University Press), is a Library of Michigan Notable Book. Alison Swan earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and teaches in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at Western Michigan University. Her website and blog, Forage, can be found here

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday March 5, 2015: 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.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

Thursday March 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

1930s Depression era Detroit marked a dramatic turning point in Rivera's and Kahlo's careers, which resulted in Rivera's most visionary statement for the future and Frida's boldly personal expressive art. In anticipation of the exhibition Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit opening at the DIA on Sunday, March 15, 2015, DIA docent Carol George will present a preview and talk about the tumultuous and highly productive year that the two artists spent in Detroit between April 1932 and March 1933.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday March 6, 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 age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Baby Playgroups

Friday March 6, 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/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday March 6, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek 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.

Preschool Yoga

Saturday March 7, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5

Enjoy stories, puppets, and movements that promote coordination, flexibility, and storytime fun with Catalina Arango of Ananda Children.

Make Your Own Drop Spindle (and Learn To Spin Yarn!)

Saturday March 7, 2015: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Have you ever wondered how to make yarn? Have you seen someone spinning yarn and wanted to give it a whirl? Come learn with us!

Drop spinning is an ancient craft that uses simple materials to make a spindle that spins sheep's wool or other fibers into yarn. At this event, participants will make their own drop spindle using doweling and recycled CDs and learn the basics of how to spin using their new drop spindle.