Snowy Owl Friends

Saturday January 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5.

This craft is a hoot!

Learn how to turn a pinecone into an adorable snowy owl toy.

GameStart: Unity Racer

Saturday January 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world. This workshop will focus on best practices for creating a game in the “Racing” genre, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

Lurie Terrace 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit

January 17, 2015 through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Residents of Lurie Terrace Senior Center are exhibiting art works in a variety of media, including painting, drawings, ceramics, photographs and quilts, to honor the 50th Anniversary of Lurie Terrace. Included will be a painting by Shata Ling, whose inspiration resulted in the planning and building of Lurie Terrace.

The hexagonal design was featured in the New York Times and the buildings won a citation at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The original buildings featured a room for arts and crafts. Residents continue art activities on site and two residents, Margaret McCully and Dorothy Mitchell, are enrolled in a ceramics class at Washtenaw Community College. One resident, Joan Riemer, has a loom and weaves in her apartment. Painters’ talents and interests vary from abstract works, by Virginia Newell who is legally blind, to portraiture by Richard Marks whose career was making stained glass windows including all the windows in the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Large and small quilted items will be on display done by two residents who are quilters, Kate Baker and Mary Beth Troxell.

Story and Craft Time: 'Skippyjon Jones'

Sunday January 18, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 3.

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.

This event corresponds with the Michigan Theater’s “Not Just for Kids” January 25th performance of Skippyjon Jones.

Chesstastic

Sunday January 18, 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.

GameStart: Your Game from the Ground Up

Sunday January 18, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 9-12

This class is a follow-up to a Neutral Zone workshop, but everyone is welcome to join! We'll dig into Character Design, Computer Animation, or Video Game Development in Unity, depending on whatever you can imagine! Work on making your very own game a reality!

Friends in Song and Story

Sunday January 18, 2015: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3.

The father/daughter/uncle musical family of San & Emily & Laz Slomovits joins AADL’s Laura Pershin Raynor for a musical storytelling program for the whole family.

This concert includes lots of audience participation with Gemini’s songs for children and collaborative storytelling with their long-time friend Laura.

Circle K Homework Help

Sunday January 18, 2015: 3:00 pm to 5:00 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!

Baby Playgroups

Monday January 19, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

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 followed by open playtime. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group

Monday January 19, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

AADL presents a special concert event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, featuring the acclaimed percussion group Biakuye, featuring Mark Stone, Chinelo Amen-Ra, Lesley-Anne Stone, and Ambyr Amen-Ra.

.....wooden keys suspended over gourds and spider webs….
….seed pods spun like a yo-yo
… goat-skin drums, flattened tire spokes, and discarded oil barrels

These are the sources of Biakuye’s captivating sound—a sound that is both deeply grounded and cutting-edge. The resulting music reflects the unique journeys of its members, which have taken them from the U.S. to Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Trinidad, and Haiti. In Akan languages of West Africa, biakuye means unity. Biakuye’s energetic performances bring together a wide range of African and Caribbean music and dance.