Information about Library Events and Programs.

Buzzed Bee: A Grown-Up Spelling Bee at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday May 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults

Are you a spelling geek who likes the taste of victory? Did losing your middle school spelling bee on the word "broccoli" leave you demanding a do-over? Buzzed Bee is your chance to conquer some words, prove your 5th grade teacher wrong, and do it like an adult--in a bar! Buzzed Bee will combine some of that nostalgic middle-school spelling bee vibe with a super-fun, laid-back atmosphere, the option of beer, and the guarantee that each round will get more and more ridiculous. And, of course, we'll offer way better prizes than the "Super Speller!" sticker you'd have gotten in the 5th grade.

Doors open and sign-up starts at 6:30 and the spelling starts at 7:00! Space for participation is limited, so if you want a spot in the bee, come early!

National Library Week Event: Let's Put On A Play! Celebrating 85 Years of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

Monday April 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Did you know that Gilda Radner got her start on the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre stage? Or that Brynn O’Malley, the star of Broadway’s new musical Honeymoon In Vegas, won local awards for her Ann Arbor Civic Theatre performances as Maria in The Sound Of Music and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music?

Take a musical step back in local theater history as AADL unveils its digital archive of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre with an evening of music, memories and performances by the beloved local theater company.

The evening includes reminisces from local Ann Arbor Civic Theatre celebrities: musical performances from Follies, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls; previews from upcoming productions of Rent and 101 Dalmatians; a digital look at past productions, and the official announcement of A2CT’s 2015-2016 season. Refreshments will be served.

Musical performers include Anne Bauman, Glenn Bugala, Amanda Burch, Jennifer Goltz, Caitlin Rowe, Kathy Waugh, the cast of Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of Rent and the young actors from the A2CT’s Junior Theater production of 101 Dalmatians. Laurie Atwood, Nancy Heusel and Chris Tabaczka-Hover will also offer poignant and amusing memories of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s past.

AADL will unveil their new website detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company, including over 1,000 reviews and photographs from the Ann Arbor News, a chronology of past programs, and hundreds of photos and posters from the Civic Theatre's archive.

Polio: A Look Back At America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Sunday April 12, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The U-M Center for the History of Medicine presents the 14th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities featuring David Oshinsky, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, New York University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story.

After a brief introduction by University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Dr. Oshinsky will reflect on the 60th anniversary of the polio vaccine, approved for widespread public use in April 1955.

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other works include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Worse Than Slavery, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for distinguished contribution to human rights.

Professor Oshinsky’s reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international publications.

Music Expert Linda Baker Discusses Los Lobos

Sunday May 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Grammy Award winners Los Lobos are known for the Mexican-influenced rock that burst them to stardom in 1987, when their covers of “Come On Let’s Go” and the titular track for the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba took over the airwaves.

The band is far more musically versatile than that, however, with a sound that reflects their East L.A. roots and is grounded in rock & roll, R&B and Tejano.

Music executive Linda Baker, Partner/Owner of Mishara Music and former Marketing Manager at Warner Bros. Records will examine at the life, career and music of this legendry band.

This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Theater and held in conjunction with their May 22 Los Lobos concert, which is part of their Legends of Rock & Roll series.

Labor Market Information: Gateway to Employment

Monday May 11, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Colleen Mallory, Business Services Coordinator at Washtenaw County Michigan Works! discusses how using Labor Market Information can guide you on your career path.

Learn more about:
-Current local job openings and trends
-Regional in-demand occupations and industries
-Education and wage information

Michigan Works! Association was established in 1987 to provide services and support to Michigan’s Workforce Development System. Through the Association, individuals can access timely, relevant professional development opportunities to ensure high-quality programs for all customers.

Award-Winning Mystery Author Allison Leotta Discusses Her Detroit-Based New Novel "A Good Killing"

Friday May 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor who creates compelling and thrilling fiction based on her real-life experience. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington DC, where she handled sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children.

In her latest novel, A Good Killing, Leotta turns her eye toward small-town secrets hidden in a big football program. Drawing inspiration from the Steubenville rape case and the Jerry Sandusky trial, this novel features a strong female protagonist, a gripping premise, and heart-wrenching suspense that will keep you hooked until the last page.

A graduate of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School Allison Leotta has provided legal commentary for outlets such as CNN, PBS, Reuters TV, and MSNBC. Other novels include Law of Attraction, Discretion, and Speak of the Devil. Allison also runs an award-winning blog called The Prime-Time Crime Review, where she reality-checks TV crime dramas.

This event is cosponsored by Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore.

AADL @ FoolMoon 2015!

Friday April 10, 2015: 7:00 pm to 11:55 pm -- Washington St.

This event is intended for all ages.

Join the AADL in their annual lighted, silly-satellite, tent! The ever popular Johann Sebastian Joust returns for illuminated, street-tag style, glow competition, plus demonstrate your hula-hooping skills with our lighted Mood Hoops!

New this year - play lighted disc-golf, with our portable baskets/targets (which can be checked out for FREE with an AADL library card!) and see if you can go the distance. Check out our most light-spectacular Music Tools and get some library swag!

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 17, 2015: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

Mosaic Jewelry Workshop

Sunday May 17, 2015: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Learn the craft of making mosaic jewelry at this unique workshop.

Shannon Kuchera of Mosaic Geek teaches participants how to create a glass mosaic pendant necklace. All supplies are provided.

This is a detailed class that will take the entire time to complete. Each participant will get to make one item.

This workshop will be repeated at 3:30 pm. Please choose one workshop to attend.

Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier'

Wednesday May 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The intriguing documentary "http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1458262|Finding Vivian Maier] shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a mysterious career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, the award-winning film focuses on Maier’s strange and riveting life and her art revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

The 83-minute film is not rated.

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