Cinema Night Special: Discover Something Different

Somers TownSomers TownLooking to discover something unusual in the world of film? Start your weekend off with something different!

From 7-9pm on Friday, January 18, at the Downtown Library, Cinema Night Special offers you a chance to catch a 70-minute feature, a shorter experimental film, and live music in between, along with free popcorn!

The evening will start with the area premiere of the suspense-filled 2012 German short film Pro Kopf (The Maid). Ann Arbor's No Excuses Band then take the stage to play a set of originals and covers ranging from classic rock to folk and pop.

2008's critically-acclaimed Somers Town, a Best Film nominee at the British Independent Film Awards, will round out the night. This warmhearted portrait of an unlikely friendship between two boys which Empire Magazine called "beautifully modulated" with an "improvised feel, sparky comedy and interest in the truth of youth (that) services a story that's both winning and winsome."

Don't miss this special evening of experimental film and live music!

What Do I Do? My Child is Two!

Wednesday January 16, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Raising a toddler is hard work! Learn how to build a positive relationship with your toddler through knowledge, preparation and participation.

In this session, Early Childhood Educator Shannon Coon will discuss how to create functional and manageable routines to make days go smoother. She will also address why problems behaviors sometimes come about, how to avoid them and how to work towards solutions. Area resources for toddler needs and play will also be mentioned.

Maker Music for Teens and Adults: Atari Punk Circuit

Friday January 4, 2013: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This Friday, January 4, we'll be making an electronic instrument out of commonly available pieces and parts.

For this Maker Music event, the Ann Arbor Hacker-Makers of All Hands Active will be teaching people how use basic circuitry to create their own musical instrument, the Atari Punk Circuit. What's that? An Atari Punk Circuit uses an assortment of basic electronics and two knobs to allow people to create basic two-tone electronic sounds, kind of like those that used to be the soundtrack to the first video games on the Atari video game console.

Do you need to know electronics to come to this event? No, that's why we're having it! Come learn a bit about electricity, circuits, and have some fun trying out making different sounds. After you're finished, take a look at our Music Tools collection, too!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Drop-In Homework Help will resume on January 13th

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Tutoring sessions will resume on Sunday afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evenings on January 13. Homework Help will continue throughout the spring. Please read on for more details about homework help at AADL.

Looking for help with your homework? Look no further than AADL’s Downtown Library. The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K is once again providing tutoring for students in grades K-12. Stop by the Youth Department Story Corner Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and Sundays between 3:00 and 5:00 pm to take advantage of this great service!

AADL also provides access to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2:00 -11:00 pm every day!

Science Fair Expo

Saturday, November 17 | 12 - 2 pm | Downtown | Grades 6 - 12

It's Science Fair season! Students and parents are invited to hear Clague Middle School science teacher, Soon Morningstar, discuss the basics on planning and assembling a successful science fair project. Ms. Morningstar has been helping students create science projects for the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair for eleven years, and she has many helpful resources on her website.

After the presentation, try several of our hands-on science experiments, and be the first to test some of our new Science Tools including two types of microscopes!

Ask questions, get answers about Science Fair projects this Saturday at the Downtown library.

Can't make the event? Check out this list of Science Fair resources available at the AADL. Also see the Science Fair Adventure website and the Science Buddies website for great project ideas.

Magic Carpet Theatre Returns to AADL

The Magic Carpet Theatre returns to AADL for another performance
highlighting classic children's stories.
See Dr. Seuss' popular Horton Hears a Who! and Verna Aardema's African tale Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
and others come to life as live performances.
They will be at the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The show will be in the multi-purpose room in the lower
level.
Bring the whole family to this special event.

Miyabi: Japanese Traditional Music

Everyone is welcome at the Downtown Library to hear traditional Japanese music played by Miyabi on Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-2 pm. Miyabi has been together since 1997 and is comprised of koto (instrument) players (Etsuko Aikawa, Yuko Asano, Harumi Omitsu), piano (Nobuko Kato) and flute (Satoko Fujiwara). The songs they will play are: Rokudan no Shirabe, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, Aki no Kotonoha, Hanaikada, Red Dragonfly, El Condor Pasa and Sarashi fu Tegoto.

Film & Discussion: Berkeley in the Sixties

The 1990 Oscar-nominated film, Berkeley in the Sixties (not rated) recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America.

The film interweaves the memories of fifteen former student leaders - who grapple with the meaning of their actions - with thousands of historical clips and hundreds of interviews. Ronald Reagan,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,Huey Newton, Allen Ginsberg, and the music of Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, and the Grateful Dead bring that tumultuous decade back to life.

This film directed by Mark Kitchell, received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Documentary in 1990.

A post-film discussion will include a panel of current student activists responding to the film. Cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Thursday, October 25, 6-8:30 PM @ the Downtown AADL. Grade 9 - Adult.

Motor City Ghost Hunters

Wednesday October 24 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 - Adult

It's the week before Halloween! Paranormal investigators Motor City Ghost Hunters (MCGH) give a special presentation about paranormal investigations, technological advances, research, and some history of local hauntings.

They will present some of their best visual and audio evidence and share information on proper investigative techniques and available paranormal investigative equipment.

Based out of the metro-Detroit area, Motor City Ghost Hunters investigate throughout Michigan, as well as the country. Using scientific methods (and no cost to their clients), the team proves or disproves hauntings and sightings in residential and commercial buildings, as well as historical sites.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Look here to learn more about ghosts and ghost hunters.

Street Dance Demo: Locking, Popping & Hip Hop with Jade Zuberi

Learn more about the street styles of Locking, Popping, House, Hip Hop, New Style, Robotics, Funk Skating,
Krump and B-boying!

Jade "Soul" Zuberi is here to present this demo and discussion! Jade, a 20-year-old all-stylist who specializes in these street dance styles, has won numerous street dance competitions in Ann Arbor, Detroit, New York and throughout the Midwest.

Jade seeks to raise a Street Dance Legacy through dedication, passion, determination and skill and by teaching others the elements and moves of Street Dance!

Happening at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, Friday, October 12 | 7-8:30 PM | Grade 9 - Adult

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