Fifth Avenue Fun!

We’ll be honkin’ and hootin’ at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week, with funny feathered friends like Owl and Suzy Goose, who sets off to find peace and quiet but is totally unaware of the trouble that lurks behind.

Wild Swan Theater Presents - Drum Me a Story

Celebrate Black History Month with the Wild Swan Theater’s performance of Drum Me a Story. A delightful, humorous collection of well-known African tales including, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and How the Turtle Got Its Shell. The stories are performed through storytelling, acting, and drumming on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room. The performance will be simulcast in the fourth floor meeting room.Wild Swan TheaterWild Swan Theater

Learn to Speak Arabic

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Interested in learning Arabic ? The Arab American Cultural Center in Ypsilanti will be holding beginner level classes in Arabic on Thursdays from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM beginning January 21st. Classes are for ages 6 and up. Call 734-434-8114 to register! AADL also has an extensive array of Arabic learning materials and books in Arabic for teens and children too!

KinderConcert : Music and Motion

We always have happy crowds of tots for our KinderConcert events, when we partner with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to teach the very young about classical music. We’ll sway to the piano music of Kathryn Goodson, we’ll dance with Gari Stein and we’ll learn about the trumpet with Jason Bergman on February 5th at 9:30 and 10:30 am at the Downtown Library.

The AADL Kid-i-cotts

Join us this Friday in the Downtown Multipurpose Room from 6-8:30 pm to celebrate the Caldecott medal winner. The Caldecott Medal has been awarded since 1938 to recognize excellence in illustration. This year the award has gone to Jerry Pinkney's excellent rendition of The Lion and the Mouse, which tells Aesop's classic fable entirely in pictures.

This Friday, after a brief presentation of the Caldecott winner and other historical Caldecotts, you will have the chance to tell stories in pictures yourself. Your imagination is the only limit, so bring all your creativity, enthusiasm and love of art!

Madcat Mania!

What a fun-filled, Madcat fiesta we have planned for you at the Downtown Library on Saturday, January 30th! Ann Arbor's own Peter Madcat Ruth, the well-loved and award-winning harmonica player will perform American folk music on many instruments for kids ages five and up. Of course all Madcat maniacs and kids at heart are invited too!

Saturday, January 30 | 10:00 - 10:45 am | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Both Mouse and Gecko learn how to get along and share in this small world, at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

Senegal Family Cultural Celebration

Note: Due to planned power outage at the Downtown Library, this event has been moved to Traverwood Branch.

We can’t wait for you to hear the drumming and see the joyful dancing of the Akanni Omowale African Drummers and Dancers at our Senegal Family Cultural Celebration on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 pm at the Traverwood Branch library. Akanni Omowale recently performed at the Museum of African American History in Detroit. After the music and dance we will enjoy a traditional treat and then make colorful giraffe collages. All ages are invited!

Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Local youth are invited to join AADL in remembering civil rights leader, human rights advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students in grades k-8 are invited to come to the Downtown Library anytime between 10am and 8pm on Monday, January 18th for our Unity Collage Event. Participants will make collages to celebrate diversity, unity, and the civil rights movement. The collages will be displayed on the Youth Department Bulletin Board.

At 4pm on the 18th, The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a performance featuring songs of peace. The musical event will take place Downtown in the Multi-Purpose Room for students grades k-5.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

We’ll give a nod to our tiny but clever furry friends with some mousey stories at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

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