Optical Illusions

Tuesday January 13, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

How do optical illusions work? Can you trust your eyes to tell you the truth?

Explore optical illusions and make one of your own!

Fierce Beasts and Gentle Creatures Who Play the Organ in Medieval Manuscripts from 1350-1500

Tuesday January 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Medieval Breviaries, Psalters and Books of Hours featuring images of animals playing the organ and pumping bellows ushered medieval readers into a world of sound, fantasy, and play. Why do these curious animals make music in sacred text margins?

Join organist and medievalist Marijim Thoene for a musical and visually stimulating evening of medieval music. Marijim will play organ music from the Robertsbridge Codex, (c. 1360), the Faenza Codex (c. 1425) and the Buxheimer Orgelbuch, (1460s) illustrating late Medieval and early Renaissance music, and will also display images from medieval manuscripts (dated c. 1250-1500). of cats, donkeys, monkeys, rabbits and even a double-headed dragon.

Marijim Thoene is an organist and medievalist. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Church Music and Organ Performance and has been on the faculty at the University of New Orleans and Our Lady of the Holy Cross College in New Orleans.

Currently Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City, she has played at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NY, and internationally in England, Germany, France, Poland and Venezuela. Her two CDs, “Mystics and Spirits” and “Wind Song” have met with critical acclaim and are available through Raven Recordings.

As a medievalist she has presented papers on the iconography of the organ in medieval manuscripts at the International Medieval Congresses in Leeds, England and Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; Medieval Association of the Midwest; and the Medieval Forum at Plymouth State College, Plymouth, New Hampshire.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the American Guild of Organists, Ann Arbor Chapter.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday January 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood 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.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Malletts Creek 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.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield 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.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K-12

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm -- 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.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood 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.

Get creative with Bobby Pins!

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Join us in creating custom designed bobby pins using nail polish, glue and beads! You'll never have to leave the house wearing a boring brown bobby pin! Polka dots, squiggly line, cute little heart-the possibilities are endless!