Preschool Storytimes

Friday February 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 February 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 February 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.

Using Yoga to Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep

Saturday February 7, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

In this Kundalini yoga class, instructor Victoria Duranona will teach us how to become aware of stressors and how they influence our communication, our relationships, and our performance. She will then lead us through yoga and meditation to release our stress so we can flow with the right voltage and be able to put up with life's challenges without losing ourselves.

It is advised to bring a bottle of water, not eat for two hours before you come, and dress comfortably. Also, please bring your own mat.

GameStart: Your Game From the Ground Up

Saturday February 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 9-12

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.

Up Close: An Introduction to Korean Classical Music

Saturday February 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Professor Kyoung Sun Cho of the Seoul National University of Education and Professor Seungmi Suh of the Gyeongin National University of Education introduce traditional Korean musical instruments and music. This event will showcase two traditional Korean musical instruments, the Geomungo [guh-moon-go] and the Daegeum [deh-gum].

An instrument petting zoo featuring several instruments from the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments will be available for audience members to try.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies, the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and AADL.

Yarn-Wrapped Wire Words

Saturday February 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Brighten up your home or give a gift (just in time for Valentine's Day!) with these funky yarn-wrapped words.

Make a Valentine Card and Decoration!

Sunday February 8, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Get ready for Valentine’s Day by making heart-themed ornaments using scrapbook paper and old books and cards.

You can also make a card here or at home (or buy a Valentine’s Day card) for patients in the hospital.

Just sign your first name only, leave your card unsealed, and drop it off at any AADL location from February 2–11. You can choose the hospital or let AADL staff decide. We’ll deliver the cards!

Please do not use glitter or include messages about getting well or feeling better – many of the patients are in the hospital for a long time.

Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley

Sunday February 8, 2015: 1:00 pm to 1:40 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Dianne, a teacher with Ann Arbor Public Schools, leads a program of music and motion!

Play Connection with Therapy Dogs for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Sunday February 8, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5 with an adult.

If you are a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, here’s an opportunity to explore the possibilities.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Rick Solomon has been diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years. He founded the PLAY Project (playproject.org) in response to the need for autism intervention options and from 2009-2012 was the principle investigator of one of the largest intervention research studies in the U.S. with young children with ASD, with the results now published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

He will be here to chat with parents and children, while kids have a chance to pet therapy dogs or play with a variety of fun toys.

You can learn more about Dr. Rick at playproject.org.