English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday April 21, 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.

Webcomics Lab: From Print To Web - Chris Giarrusso

Tuesday April 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up.

Got an idea for a webcomic but don't know where to start? Having trouble finding the time to put into that comics project? Or maybe you just want a break from creating alone in your studio (or the coffee shop) and wish you could work along side of your fellow comics creators? Come to the monthly Webcomics Lab at AADL, where you can make your comics in the company of other cartoonists. Work you finish during the Lab can be submitted for inclusion on the new AADL Webcomics Page!

This month Chris Giarrusso will be our special guest via Skype. Chris is the Harvey award-nominated artist and writer best known for creating, writing, and drawing G-MAN, a series of graphic novels loved by all ages. G-MAN features a young superhero who gains fantastic powers when he wears a magic cape. Giarrusso's latest book, The G-Man Super Journal, is a slight departure from the graphic novel format, featuring prose narrative with supplemental cartoons "written and drawn" by G-Man himself.

National Poetry Month: Poetry Night with Jeff Kass, Angel Nafis, Shira Erlichman & Volume Youth Poets

Wednesday April 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Ann Arbor's own Jeff Kass, poets from Neutral Zone's VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, and the spoken word artists Angel Nafis and Shira Erlichman present an evening of powerful poetry readings.

Jeff is an author, nationally-known poet, and teacher. He is also the Neutral Zone's creative arts director. Angel is an author and a nationally recognized dynamic youth voice. Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller Shira Erlichman has opened for Ani DiFranco and toured her work nationally.

Wear Something That Rocks!

Wednesday April 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Use rocks, wire and a few simple tools to create a nature-inspired piece of jewelry! Art meets nature to create a piece of jewelry for yourself or your best friend!

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday April 22, 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.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday April 24, 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.

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 4:00 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 2015 Kids’ Art Fair to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 13.

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:
• Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 3 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 13th Townie Street Party, which takes place on N. University between Thayer and Fletcher. (One year relocation due to construction) Additional information may be found at artfair.org.

Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Drums of North Indian Classical Music

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Learn the rhythms in North Indian (or Hindustani) classical music through interactive exercises and visual media with drummer, percussionist and composer Dan Piccolo.

Demonstrations on the tabla drums will accompany group participation using hand gestures and idiomatic syllables in simple rhythmic compositions. The focus will be on the 16-beat cycle known as tintaal, the most common beat cycle in Hindustani music.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Racer

Saturday April 25, 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 Roblox. This workshop will focus on designing terrain and importing vehicles for a racing game, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design with Source Engine

Sunday April 26, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-12.

Build your own custom items using the same tools and content used to build Half-Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2! Explore the Source game development engine from Valve, the creator of Steam, a popular game distribution platform.