Preschool Storytimes

Friday May 2, 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.


Friday May 2, 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 May 2, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Child In A Strange Country Exhibit Reception

Friday May 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library - 3rd Floor

Join us for the official opening of AADL’s special exhibit Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, a new traveling exhibit from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, which explores the human ingenuity expressed by generations of teachers and students. The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Downtown Library lobby and on the Third Floor from Friday, May 2 – Wednesday, June 25.

This exhibit opening reception will include:
• A welcome by AADL Library Director Josie Parker ( who will also note that the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled celebrates its 5th anniversary at AADL this year);
• Remarks by Micheal A. Hudson, Director of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind;
• Music by harpist Deborah Gabrion;
• Elegant refreshments.

The exhibit is designed to be fully accessible. Each section includes six panels mounted with tactile reproductions or touchable examples of real artifacts. Each concludes with a sit-down touch table with interactive games and activities which spur the sensory imagination. Labels are available in large-print, braille, and audio versions recorded in the APH studios on Frankfort Avenue.

Please join us for this opening celebration of this extraordinary exhibit and be sure to attend some of our many other related events.

Cute Clay Charms

Saturday May 3, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades K - 5

Make tiny clay charms to use for jewelry, decorating stuff, or just for collecting. They also make great Mother's Day gifts!

Fairy Tale Vacation Improvisation

Saturday May 3, 2014: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre is getting set for their delightfully comic upcoming show - Fairy Tale Family Vacation – and, in preparation, would like to invite area youth in grades K – 5 to an afternoon of Fairy Tale improvs with Director Katherine Altman and the Junior Theatre cast.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy theater games and improvs led by a children’s theater director accompanied by her young cast in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Be prepared to have a great time!

This event is in conjunction with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre’s original children’s comedy, Fairy Tale Family Vacation, by Emilio Rodriguez, which rill run at Washtenaw Community College May 15-18..

Creating Video Games: Art and Animation

Saturday May 3, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for teens (grades 5 and up) and adults

Join us for s fun workshop with the GameStart staff.

Design and animate your own video game character!  Use professional video  game development software to bring your character to life inside a video game world.   No prior experience necessary.

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2014 Kids' Art Fair

Sunday May 4, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd – 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2014 Kids’ Art Fair (to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 14.

Drop-In Jury Sessions will take place at the Pittsfield Branch - You need to attend only one of these three sessions. Interested young artists should arrive with 4 – 6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art work with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Sessions are:
• Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Kids’ Art Fair is a unique opportunity for young artists to interact with the community and sell their original artwork at the Townie Street Party. In addition, this is a great chance for young artists to see the jury process at work and to interact with arts educators on a one-on-one basis. The young artists receive individual attention by the Jurors and the positive feedback is often very empowering.

Young artists invited to exhibit at the Kids’ Art Fair will be notified by email in mid-May. The selected artists will be able to sell their work under tents at the July 14th Townie Street Party, which takes place on E. Washington between Thayer and Fletcher and on Ingalls. Additional information may be found at

Comic Artists Forum with Brandon Dayton

Sunday May 4, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Want to get better at drawing? Want to take your art to the next level? There is more to getting better than just “talent.” Hard work—combined with the right approach—can help an artist of any skill level advance to the next level.

Whether you are a seasoned artist or a beginner, Brandon will discuss practical strategies for assessing your current abilities and specific exercises and drills to help you make the most of your art study.

Brandon Dayton is a concept artist and comic book creator who has created concept for EA Games and Disney Interactive’s Disney Infinity. His 2009 comic book Green Monk won the 2011 YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens book award.

The Forum is for comics enthusiasts and cartoonists—beginning and professional. Bring your drawing tools and drop in for learning, drawing and sharing

#CheckMeOut: Women in Computer Science Workshop

Sunday May 4, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

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

Women in computer science @ EMU, will be guiding young women interested in computer science through the basics of html and web design as an introduction into the world of Computer Science.

This workshop will also be offered on Sunday, May 11 at the same time and location.