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.

MLK Day Concert: I, Too, Sing America: Arts Songs and Spiritual Arrangements by African-American Composers

Monday January 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Baritone Emery Stephens and accompanist Alvin Waddles explore African-American history from 1898 – 1976 through this interactive lecture/concert honoring the legacy and musical achievements of African-American classical composers and arrangers such as Harry T. Burleigh, John Work, Margaret Bonds and Moses Hogan. Musical highlights include: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “It’s Me, O Lord”, “Didn’t It Rain?”, “This Little Light Of Mine” and more.

Baritone Emery Stephens has sung with Arbor Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Main Street Opera, Orchestra Canton, Carolina Ballet, Cape Fear Chorale, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Boston University Opera Institute, University of Michigan Opera Theater, Prism Opera, Cambridge Lieder and Opera Society, Opera-at-Longy, and Operafest.

In addition to his solo engagements with the Wilmington Symphony in Handel's Messiah, Copland's Old American Songs, and Orff's Carmina Burana, he was a professional chorister with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston for ten years with Christopher Hogwood, artistic director. He premiered the role of the Male Speaker in performances of Dan Welcher's oratorio, JFK: Voice of Peace with conductor Daniel Beckwith at Boston's Symphony Hall.

Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wayne State University in Detroit, and music director at the Unity of Farmington Hills. He has presented his survey research at conference sessions for the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music, College Music Society (Great Plains Region), International Congress of Voice Teachers, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the African-American Art Song Alliance. Stephens is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Opera Association, African-American Art Song Alliance, College Music Society, and Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music.

A native of Detroit, Alvin Waddles studied at Interlochen Arts Academy and the University Of Michigan School Of Music. He has worked in the Fine Arts Departments of the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public School systems. Since 1994, he has served as Director of Music for Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, MI. In addition to regular appearances at local venues and events such as the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, the Detroit Festival of the Arts, the Michigan Jazz Festival and the Detroit International Jazz Festival, he has traveled across the country and abroad both as a solo artist and as musical director for Cook, Dixon and Young, formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 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

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- 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.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 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.

Just BABIES! with Denise Owens

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies (3 months to pre-walkers) -no older siblings, please.

Join Kindermusik leader Denise Owens in a program of songs, touch, and motion for the youngest Library patrons.

This program is for babies who are not walking yet, accompanied by their caregiver. No older siblings, please.

Duct Tape Bracelets and Rings

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens and youth (grade 1 and up).

Cold weather and gray skies getting you down?

Make a bunch of crazy-pattern, colorful duct tape jewelry! It’s quick and easy!