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

Star Wars Reads Day is Saturday October 6!

Mark your calendars and break out your Star Wars finest as we celebrate Star Wars Reads Day.

This is a national event being celebrated in over 1200 libraries and bookstores all over the country! From 1:00 - 5:00 PM at the Downtown Library we have a full slate of Star Wars awesome planned.

To set the scene members of the MI 501st and the Rebel Legion will be here in full costume! With a costume contest @ 4:00 be sure to dress in your Star Wars finest and compete for gift cards!

And whether you dress up or not we will have a Photo Booth on site with Star Wars props so you can take pics of you, your friends & your family celebrating Star Wars! The pics are free to all attendees and in addition to taking home a photo strip the images will be loaded online too!

All day we'll have simple Star Wars crafts and puzzles for younger children set-up in the Youth Story Corner. In the Multi-Purpose Room we'll have more difficult paper crafts for older kids, teens and adults. At 1:30 PM we'll start the Star Wars Trivia Contest on the 4th Floor with cool prizes for the winners! We'll finish the day at 4:00 PM with a Star Wars Costume Contest in the Multi-Purpose room. The judges will determine who did it best and winners will take home Target Gift Cards.

Whether you love Luke, Darth Vader, Jaba or Boba Fett come celebrate reading, get your picture taken & maybe win some prizes!

This event is for ALL AGES!

Hands-On Science Fun!

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Join us on Thursday, October 4th at 6:30 pm for this Hands On Science Workshop. Learn some science experiments and watch some cool demos based on traditional and new concepts in science and engineering. Explore the "fun" side of science and engineering. Presented by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association (PALMA) from the University of Michigan. Be sure to bring your curiosity and energy for a night guaranteed to make you interested in becoming a scientist or engineer!

This event is for Grades K - 8. Parents and caregivers are also welcome.

UMS Night School Returns For A Second Season

Join Professor Mark Clague on Mon., Oct. 1, 7-8:30 PM, at the Downtown AADL for UMS Night School, Session 1: Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg.

The second season of Night School focuces on 100 Years of UMS at Hill Auditorium. These 90-minute classes combine lectures by genre experts and conversation about upcoming UMS performances.

At this first session, local historian Grace Shackman will also give a brief presentation about Ann Arbor at the time of the construction of Hill Auditorium.

3D Printing with All Hands Active: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday September 22, 2012 -- Downtown Library

Our first 3D Printing Event in June was filled with eager printers of all ages, so we're giving people a chance to come that didn't get a chance the first time or want to learn more!

3D Printing has been featured on CNN, the Colbert Report, and in Time Magazine, and now this technology is coming to the AADL. Learn about how these machines turn computer sketches into objects, watch one work, and practice making and customizing designs.

Led by Ann Arbor's All Hands Active, this workshop will introduce participants to this quickly developing technology. We’ll see how a 3D Printer works to create objects before your eyes, and even experiment with designing some objects using the freely available Google Sketchup. Participants will be able to submit simple designs to be printed and picked up at a later date.

This event will be held in the Training Center on the third floor of the Downtown Library and is intended for all ages.

Film & Discussion: Urban Roots

The film Urban Roots is a 2011 documentary that tells the moving story of the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in Detroit. It shows dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably-farmed food in a city where people - as in much of the country - have found themselves cut off from real food. Their choices are limited to the offerings of fast food chains, mini-marts, and grocery stores stocked with processed food from thousands of miles away.

The discussion after the screening will be led by Malik Yakini (highlighted in the film), Chair of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and farmer with D-Town Farms, and Riet Schumack, a resident and community organizer involved with Neighbors Building Brightmoor and the Brightmoor Youth Gardens.

Cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Thursday, September 20 | 6 - 8:30 PM | Film & Discussion: Urban Roots | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 9 - Adult

Research Scientists From the United States Geological Survey: Wednesday, September 19th at 7pm

Join us at our downtown location on Wednesday, September 19th at 7pm when four members of the United States Geological Survey will talk about their latest research on the Great Lakes.

Dr. David Warner, a Research Fishery Biologist, will discuss the USGS Deepwater Science Program spanning Great Lakes ecology, ecology of invasive species and remote sensing in ecology.

Dr. Bruce Manny, a Research Fishery Biologist, will speak about his work designing, researching and monitoring activities to restore spawning and nursery habitat for valued native fish species in the Huron-Erie Corridor.

Joseph Baustian, a Research Analyst, will discuss his work in the GLSC Coastal Ecosystems Branch currently focused on restoring coastal marshes in the Great Lakes basin.

David Galbraith, a Geographic Information Systems Specialist, working in the GLSC Coastal Ecosystems Branch, will speak about his work investigating the landscape ecology of invasive wetland flora.

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