Preschool Storytimes

Friday March 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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.

Dancing Babies with Gari Stein

Saturday March 14, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Gari Stein, teacher of Music for Little Folks, leads a program of music and motion!

DIY Paper Circuits

Saturday March 14, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 4-8.

Make a safe and simple paper circuit to light up a greeting card of your creation!

Sock Dolls Workshop

Saturday March 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

Local crafter Beth Battey shows you how to make a 3-6 inch doll from a sock (or tube of knit fabric), a needle, and some thread.

Buddy Guy: A Man and the Blues

Saturday March 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Recipient of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, countless Grammy awards and induction into every relevant music and blues-related Hall of Fame, Buddy Guy has been called "the Greatest Living Electric Blues Guitarist." Using vintage photos, video clips, and recordings, Dr. Bruce Conforth, UM Professor of American Culture and founding curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, will trace the long and storied career of blues legend Buddy Guy.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the Michigan Theater and is held in conjunction with the upcoming March 18 Buddy Guy Concert at the Michigan Theater. Information and tickets for the Michigan Theater Concert may be found on the Theater’s website at michtheater.org.

Family Science Workshop: Inside the Mind

Saturday March 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5 with an adult.

Explore brain anatomy and the nervous system with the U-M Museum of Natural History!

Participants will learn about basic brain anatomy and function, and the weird way our brain “sees” us.

Chesstastic

Sunday March 15, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities!

Challenge old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.

Award-Winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi Of Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant

Sunday March 15, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Spend the afternoon with internationally-known Chef Takashi Yagihashi.
Over his twenty-five year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded by consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian and American cuisine.

A native of Mito, Japan, the self-taught Yagihashi was working in a local restaurant when the owner asked him to relocate to the States and work for him there; over the next several years, the young chef worked his way up the culinary ladder throughout Chicago.

In late 2011, Chicago’s Slurping Turtle opened to instantaneous success and received a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Slurping Turtle offers Japanese comfort food, where delicate balance and respect for natural flavors continues to be a hallmark of his cooking style. Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor in Spring 2014.

Takashi published his first cookbook, Takashi’s Noodles, in 2009. When asked what he loves most about cooking, “I love the whole process – from cutting fish to the final plating. The creativity of coming up with a dish combined with the execution of the final product, start to finish, that’s what I like the most.”

Learn more about Chef Takashi Yagihashi, his love for cooking and Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant. This event will include a tasting of some of Chef Yagihashi’s creations and a book signing with books for sale.