Air Plants!

Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias is all about the ever so popular air plants! Are you super into them and want to learn more? Are you baffled at why your friend has these on her coffee table and hanging from art on the wall? Wondering how these unplanted plants survive? If so, then this book might suit your fancy.

It talks all about designing and living with these odd and beautiful plants. The book discusses different types of air plants, how to care for them, and how to arrange and display them in magical ways throughout your house. These plants are so versatile, and pretty easy to care for. If you don't know what they are and are curious, here's a peek at the book's beautiful contents, or just check out the lush book preview in the AADL catalog. Happy "planting"!

Boredom Busters to the Rescue!

Need something fun to do on spring break? Never fear, AADL has it covered with brand new youth nonfiction books!

Monstergami by David Mitchell gives even the most experienced origami artists a new challenge! Make the Fangster, a fierce dragon with pointy teeth; a Sky Sprite with feathered wings; or even a monster Totem with multiple stacked heads! Other new origami books include Folding Origami and Origami X: Paper Folding for Secret Agents.

Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning by Sam Carbaugh is perfect for fans of graphic novels and aspiring artists! Travel through the history of how comics started with ancient civilizations, design your own unique characters, and investigate various comic styles like manga and webcomics.

Totally Washi: More than 45 Super Cute Washi Tape Crafts for Kids by Ashley Ann Laz will inspire you to get decorating right away! Washi tape is patterned tape that is actually made of paper. Maybe you already knew that you could make beautiful cards and bracelets, but did you know that you can also make cool "feather" earrings, a color-coded keyboard, or temporary wallpaper? For more washi tape fun, check out the free Crafting with Washi Tape book from Cherry Lake Publishing!

Magic Mike's Miraculous Magic Tricks by Mike Lane will keep the boredom away this spring! Astound your friends and baffle your parents with these amazing illusions, including the Coin Flip, Floating on Air, The Chosen One, and Money Morph!

For even more spring break fun, check out all of the upcoming events for kids at AADL!

Beginning Crochet Class

Wednesday July 22, 2015: 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grades 6 and up

Want to start making your own handmade items for yourself or for gifts? Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies are provided.

Fly Tying Workshop and Demonstration

Thursday May 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

The staff from Bailiwicks Outdoors in Dexter will be on hand to demonstrate beginning fly-tying techniques. Participants will be able to tie their own fly fishing lure just in time for the Spring fishing season - no experience necessary!

Stamp-Making with Emily Jenkins Bastian

Saturday July 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grade 6 to Adult

Design and carve your very own stamp for printing fabric or paper with expert haberdasher Emily Jenkins Bastian!

Twine Bracelets

Monday June 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Use twine, beads and buttons to make bracelets and anklets.

Arm Knitting

Monday August 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Join us for an evening of arm knitting! What's arm knitting? Using your arms as knitting needles! With local craft instructor Beth Battey, along with chunky yarn and a bit of patience, you can whip up something stylish to get your fall fashion started. We're making cowls/scarves and have all the supplies on hand!

Puffy Paint Rainbow Cards

Tuesday August 18, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and children grade 5 and up.

Decorate and personalize simple cards with brightly colored puff paints, and then send your cool creations on to friends and family!

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday April 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “ the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

This month, we'll be learning about "The Science of Consciousness" with philosophy scholar-turned scientist Brian H. Silverstein, and Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris will convince us "Why you should fall in love with your own voice."

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Screen Printing Workshop

Saturday May 2, 2015: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Learn about and explore various low-fi screen printing methods. Ypsilanti based printer and designer Marcy Davy of All Things Grow will lead the workshop and you'll go home with three unique paper prints that you pulled yourself!

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