Darwin: Books, Beetles, and Blasphemy

Wednesday February 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Join Washtenaw Community College biology professor David A. Wooten for an insightful and unique seminar on the life and legacy of Charles Darwin. This talk with include the display and discussion of Wooten's private collection of antique books published by Darwin, as well as other historical publications that influenced Darwin in the formation of his theory of evolution. This is a rare opportunity to see the original works and hear the story of an English naturalist that sailed around the world and forever changed our understanding of the natural world. Participants will have an opportunity to view the antique collection up close, along with other historical antiques related to Darwin. See www.darwinlecture.com for more information on the antiquarian collection.

DIY Bath Bombs

Wednesday February 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Come and learn to make your own spectacular bath bombs! Use colors and confetti to add a little fizz-boom to your baths!

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday February 12, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 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.

Baby Playgroups

Thursday February 12, 2015: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- 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.

Four Perfect Pebbles: A Talk with Holocaust Survivor and Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Thursday February 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade 4 and up)

Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan will share her message of understanding and tolerance through recounting her experience as a young girl interned by the Nazis during WWII. Born in Germany, Lazan and her family were attempting to escape through Holland when the country fell to the Nazis. Her family spent more than six years imprisoned in various refugee and labor camps, including Bergen-Belsen. Shortly after their release, her father died of typhus contracted while in the camp. Three years later, at age 13, Lazan emigrated to the United States with her mother and sister, ready to start a new life in Illinois.

Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a memoir for young people about her family's struggle to survive the horrors of the Nazis. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday February 12, 2015: 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.

City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Economic Vitality

Thursday February 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series.The series includes four events, each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

The second event in the series centers on Economic Vitality, including current economic development projects, community investment, and business development. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Economic Vitality discussion include:
• Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
• Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, City of Ann Arbor
• Amber Miller, Planning & Research Specialist, Downtown Development Authority
• Connie Pulcipher, Systems Planner, City of Ann Arbor
• Rena Basch, Founder, Locavorious, and Board Member, Food System Economic Partnership
• Neel Hajra, President and CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Preschool Storytimes

Friday February 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 February 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 February 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.