Preschool Storytimes

Thursday August 14, 2014: 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.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday August 15, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Playgroups

Friday August 15, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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 August 15, 2014: 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.

Artificial Intelligence

Friday August 15, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8.

Use the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 4 to learn the basics of artificial intelligence for games. Learn about the different goals of game AIs and how they accomplish those goals, while getting familiar with Unreal's innovative visual scripting system.

The second half of the workshop will be student-directed work on enemy AI for their own game! No prior experience necessary.

This hands-on session will be led by the staff from GameStart.

Simple Circuits with Engineers!

Sunday August 17, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Learn about simple circuits from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Playgroups

Monday August 18, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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.

Redstone Engineering

Monday August 18, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 1 - 3.

Did you know that Redstone material in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates?

Learn how to create contraptions of increasing complexity, craft clever traps, and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

This hands-on session will be led by the staff from GameStart.

'Michigan's Drive-In Theaters' Discussed By Author Harry Skrdla With Ann Arbor's 107one host Martin Bandyke

Monday August 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event will be recorded

Here in Ann Arbor, watching outdoor movies at festivals is a way of life in the summertime. But how did we get here? What is the history of Michigan outdoor film venues? And why are drive-ins so scarce?

Revisit a part of Michigan History as Martin Bandyke, morning host on Ann Arbor's 107one, interviews Harry Skrdla about his new book "Michigan's Drive-In Theaters" and the history of these Michigan outdoor film venues. "Michigan's Drive-In Theaters" is a nostalgic depiction of the state's outdoor theaters from the pinnacle of their popularity to their downfall, and the subsequent resurgence of interest in the remaining theaters through more than 200 vintage images.

Harry Skrdla is an engineer and a historic-preservation consultant based in Ann Arbor who as contributed to the preservation and restoration of a number of noteworthy structures, including the ornate 1920s movie palace the Fox Theatre in Detroit, one of the last of its kind in America. The initial preservation of the Fox Theatre was overseen by Skrdla and fellow theatre historian, Greg Bellamy.

Books will be for sale at the event and the evening will include a book signing.

Playgroups

Tuesday August 19, 2014: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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.