Shadow Puppet Show With Patrick Elkins

Sunday, April 21 | 2-2:45pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | K-5th Grades with an adult

It's National Library Week! Let's celebrate with a live performance!

Join us for a shadow puppet show with master puppeteer Patrick Elkins. Perhaps you saw him wandering and performing downtown a few weeks ago during FoolMoon?! The Ypsilanti-based Elkins will be performing a wonderful shadow puppet show geared towards kids in grades K-5. Adults welcome! See you there!

Totally Cool Totes!

Wednesday, April 17 | 7:00-8:00pm | Pittsfield Branch | 6th - Adult

It's National Library Week! Let's celebrate the DIY way.

Stencil up a plain canvas tote bag any way you’d like! We'll have the totes, the paint, and stencil supplies, you bring the design ideas. We'll be exploring freezer paper and contact paper methods. It’ll be totes fun. (Feel free to bring a drawing or a print of a design you think would work as a stencil to put on a tote.)

Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk Rock

National Library Week Event: Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk RockNational Library Week Event: Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk Rock

In honor of Iggy and The Stooges' April 19th appearance at the Michigan Theater - the first-ever "official" performance by the "Raw Power" version of the group in their adopted hometown. AADL presents a discussion of the band's history and evolution from one of the most "hated" and misunderstood musical units of their time to one of the most influential and beloved musical units in rock 'n' roll history.

Bill Holdship is an award-winning journalist, editor, critic and music historian. A former editor of the legendary CREEM magazine, he has also been an editor and staff writer at numerous trade and consumer magazines, including California's BAM, New Times Los Angeles, Daily Variety, Radio & Records, and HITS, among others. He was a contributing editor at SPIN for many years, and his freelance work has appeared in a ton of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, US Weekly, Rolling Stone, Britain's NME, MOJO, LA Weekly and numerous alternative weeklies throughout the country.

Holdship has been featured as a music expert on various TV and radio programs, ranging from the CBS Evening News to Entertainment Tonight, various MTV specials, and National Public Radio. Most recently, he was the Music Editor of Detroit's Metro Times, where he was responsible for the Ron Asheton memorial tribute issue, as well as an exclusive cover story interview with Iggy Pop and James Williamson announcing their current reunion tour.

Monday April 11, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

What is The Future of Journalism?

At this National Library Week Director's Program on Mon., April 12 at 7 PM at the Downtown Library, three nationally-known journalists will discuss the future of their field in this era of rapid change. This panel discussion features Franklyn Cater, senior producer at NPR's All Things Considered; Wayne Drehs, three-time Emmy Award-winning sportswriter for and Kyle Poplin, who helped launch Bluffton Today, an interactive, hyper-local newspaper. Cosponsored by Michigan Radio.

The Ann Arbor Brewers Guild Discusses Better Beer through Homebrewing


Ever wondered what the difference is between an ale and a lager? Or a Pilsner and an India Pale Ale? At the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, April 18, 2pm to 3:30pm, local homebrewer Jeff Renner will describe the many different kinds of beer and how you can make them yourself at home. He will also demonstrate basic and advanced brewing techniques.

Pamper Yourself!


Do you want to show off your hands? Getting ready for sandal season? Pamper yourself with a fingernail soak, then use decals, stencils, polishes, and rhinestones provided for you to create your own nail look. Polish colors such as "Rave" and "So Disco" may inspire you!

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2-3pm at the Pittsfield Branch for a little Nail Fun. Bring a friend or two so you can chat and giggle while you work.

National Library Week Event: Bats of the World


Step into the world of bats on Thursday April 16, 2 to 3pm at the Downtown Library. We'll learn about sound waves, ecosystems, food webs, and conservation and see a variety of live bats!

National Library Week Concert: Candy Band


They're back! Candy Band - the famous Detroit rock group comprised of four stay-at-home moms who were sick to death of “whiny music” for kids - will return to the Downtown Library on Tuesday April 14, 1 to 2pm to perform a live concert. You have never heard ‘The Alphabet Song’ or ‘It’s Your Birthday’ played like this! They were a smash when they appeared at AADL in September – do not miss them this time around!

Calling All Cup Stackers

Cup Stacking

Maybe you’ve been practicing at school or you are a cup stacking fanatic at home. Either way, come to the library to practice your cup stacking skills and work on besting your greatest time at the 3-6-3 stack.

Meet at the Traverwood Branch on November 28 at 2 PM. We will start with some drills and move on to the tournament, ending by 3 PM. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fastest stackers in the light and heavy brackets. This tournament is for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.

National Library Week

National Library week logo

Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19, with a variety of events at the Ann Arbor District Library that promote this year's theme, "Join the Circle of Knowledge @ Your Library". National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the American Library Association and libraries across the country to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and promote library use and support. This year Julie Andrews is Honorary Chair of National Library Week. Her recent autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, is now available.

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