English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday July 29, 2016: 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.

Cubeecraft 3D Figures Papercraft

Friday July 29, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Cut out, fold, and shape paper into 3D characters.

Drawing Comics with Ted Woods

Saturday July 30, 2016: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 6 - 12

Want to learn all about what goes into making comics? Whether you've got a big idea for an epic space odyssey or if you are an artist looking to up your skills, we've got you covered.

Sessions will also be held on several afternoons in August.

Each session will focus on a different topic: visual storytelling, page layouts, and character design – and will include an exercise specially designed to focus on the topic of the day and stretch your drawing muscles. We'll provide the supplies - you bring along your great ideas.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft in Java

Sunday July 31, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Follow in the footsteps of Notch and explore the flow of the Java programming language with GameStart software developers!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Tuesday August 2, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day by making cute, polymer clay charm earrings and necklaces!

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday August 3, 2016: 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can volunteer at the library this summer! To learn about volunteer opportunities, hear the requirements for volunteering, and to sign up for volunteer shifts, attend one of six orientations over the course of the summer. This is the fifth orientation.

Please fill out the application form at aadl.org/teenvolunteer and bring a signed permission slip to the orientation.

Block Printing Workshop

Wednesday August 3, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Using soft linoleum blocks, you will design, carve, and print your own design onto blank note cards or paper. It's great way to add a personal touch to cards and more.

We'll provide the supplies and tools, you bring the creative ideas. No experience necessary.

11th Annual LEGO Contest @ Kensington Court Hotel

Thursday August 4, 2016: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm -- Kensington Court Hotel

This event is intended for all ages

Enter your best LEGO project in AADL’s 11th Annual LEGO Contest, held at Kensington Court near Briarwood Mall. Get complete rules and guidelines for the 2016 Contest online or at any AADL location beginning June 22.

9 AM–3 PM: Drop off projects at Kensington Court

3 PM–6 PM: Doors closed for judging

6 PM: Doors open for public display of all projects

8–8:30 PM: Awards Ceremony with prizes in six categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult

All projects must go home with their creators that night!

Emerging Writer's Workshop: Writing Your Novel One Scene at a Time

Thursday August 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Novels are made up of scenes, but how many should there be, and what should each one include? In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will show you why some scenes work and some don’t, which scenes your story must have, and how to write scenes that grip the reader while furthering the story.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writer’s Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to one of the Meet-Ups to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press.

Nature Walk at Kuebler Langford Nature Area

Thursday August 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Kuebler Langford Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

Kuebler Langford Nature Area is a 31-acre park tucked into a sharp curve of Huron River Drive. Part of the park is old field, and contains native dry prairie species. A deep ravine bisects the park, and moist woods cover its slopes. The park connects to Bird Hills Nature Area.

This nature walk is a collaboration between the AADL and Natural Area Preservation and is one of a series that take place each month throughout the summer and fall. For this one, we will meet in the parking lot on the western shoulder of Huron River Drive. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water and bug spray if desired. Some of the AADL science tools will be available for use during the walk, too!