Information about Library Events and Programs.

Tiny Expo: Indie Arts & Craft Fair

Saturday December 13, 2014: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby

Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair is back! After a few years of hopping around to different locales, Tiny Expo will land at the Downtown Library.

Just what IS Tiny Expo? It's a fun local, and handmade shopping experience that began with a small group of artists in 2010. As the initial group of creative folks banded together to hold a fun, informal little fair, expo-goers responded, and the show grew just a teeny bit each year. Finding a location that could fit everyone was a perennial challenge, though, and so Tiny Expo jumped around town — from Kerrytown to Felch Street and back again.

Join us for Tiny Expo Saturday, December 13 from 11-5:30, and shop from 38 artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade! It's a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. Check out the vendor list!

Fresh brewed, local coffee will also be on sale by Roos Roast!

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

Thursday January 29, 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 “...like 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!

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!

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

Thursday December 11, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

Due to circumstances beyond our control - the December edition of Nerd Nite has been cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

GameStart: Board Game Maker Workshop

Saturday February 28, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

This event is intended for Grades 1 - 12

Design your own board game! From concept to creation, you'll have a chance to learn about various Maker techniques, including 3D printing and laser etching, and take home your very own board game.

GameStart: Art and 3D Animation

Saturday February 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

Bring your first Computer Animation to life! Learn classic techniques developed by the masters of animation. Explore the principles of animation using the game-focused challenges created by the instructors from GameStart. In this class we will be using 3D animation and lighting techniques.

GameStart: Video Game Design

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

This class will lay the foundation for your future game design endeavors. From timeless board games to the latest AAA video games, you will learn the hidden rules and mechanisms that game creators use for fair, balanced, and fun game-play. See like a designer. Think like a tactician. Play like a gamer.

GameStart: Minecraft Modding – Create Your Own Tool!

Sunday February 22, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5 - 8.

Discover the Java programming language as you learn how Minecraft Mods are created! In this class you will program and design your own tool type in Minecraft. From egg shooters to paint guns, anything is possible!

GameStart: Minecraft Programming

Saturday February 21, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

Explore the endless possibilities of Minecraft programming using the Python programming language! Begin with the basics of navigating 3D space via code. Then work your way up to our automated-city-building programming challenges! Along the way, learn Python concepts like loops, arguments and functions. No prior experience necessary. This hands-on session will be led by the staff from GameStart.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Studio

Sunday February 1, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

The staff of GameStart will show you how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as you learn to make your own video game! You will start by creating your own hero, villain, and in-game props, then you will craft the landscape of your game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

GameStart: Minecraft Blockly

Saturday January 24, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 2-5

Get your first taste of programming with a visual approach!

The software developers at GameStart have created a programming environment for our youngest Minecrafters which leverages visual scripting technology developed at Google. Learn the fundamentals of programming with the game you love.

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