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!

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.

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.

Baby Playgroups

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- 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.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 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.

Local Historian Dale Leslie Discusses Where Notables Lived in A2

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Where Notables Lived in A2 is a fascinating photo-lecture where Dale Leslie shares the residences and backgrounds of several well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor.

Dale R. Leslie is a life-long Ann Arbor resident, former local businessman and U-M alumnus who recalls his mother telling him, "Famous people like visiting Ann Arbor because they can blend with the town's citizens without being noticed."

And Dale adds, "Yes, and some chose to reside here for an extended period."

Included in his talk are:
Harriet Arnow, author of The Dollmaker (lived on a farm on Nixon Road);
W.H. Auden, one of the great poets of the 20th Century (lived at 504 Brooklyn);
Joseph Brodsky, Nobel prize-winning Russian poet and essayist (lived on 308 Wesley);
Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (lived on 1223 Pontiac Trail);
Robert Hayden, the first U.S. Congress African American Poet Laureate (lived at 1201 Gardner);
Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (lived at 411 N. State);
Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (lived on 1314 Broadway).

Dale will also share interesting facts about each of their careers and lives.