Information about Library Events and Programs.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: March 27, presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday March 27, 2014: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults

For the last year, 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!

The next Nerd Nite will be Thursday, March 27 at LIVE (102 S 1st St.). Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

What topics are on tap?
Did you know about Michigan's own "Forgotten Woodstock," held less than an hour away back in 1970? Have you ever wished you could tell what the heck a tree was just by looking at it? Want to learn a little more about the most effective world revolutionary of all time? Nerd Nite Ann Arbor teams up with Ann Arbor District Library this month to bring curious folks all of this with absolutely NO COVER!

Mark Deming – The Goose Lake Rock Festival
Ben Connor Barrie – Barking Up the Wrong Tree: A Crash Course in Tree Identification
Michael Leonard – Thomas Paine: How the First World Revolutionary Fell from Fame and Became the Forgotten Founding Father (of both America and France!)

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

This month's event is NO COVER (usually $5), thanks to AADL's sponsorship!

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 for the AADL + NNA2 Mashup!

Film & Discussion: The Ghosts in Our Machine

Thursday April 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

It’s Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014 and, as part of the Veg Week events, AADL and VegMichigan will host a special screening and discussion of "The Ghosts In Our Machine," the 2013 multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

The film follows acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.

The film (which has a running time of 92 minutes and is not rated) charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

VegMichigan will lead a discussion following the screening.

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know

Monday March 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Want to know more about the Affordable Care Act?

Representatives trained by the Washtenaw Health Initiative discuss how the Affordable Care Act will change insurance coverage options at the local level. The presentation is meant to inform individuals about existing and new insurance coverage options through an educational and interactive session .

Specific topics include coverage and general eligibility requirements for the new Marketplace insurance exchanges as well as Medicaid expansion in the state of Michigan. Questions are highly encouraged and resources will be provided to those who may additional questions after the session ends.

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know

Tuesday March 11, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Want to know more about the Affordable Care Act?

Representatives trained by the Washtenaw Health Initiative discuss how the Affordable Care Act will change insurance coverage options at the local level. The presentation is meant to inform individuals about existing and new insurance coverage options through an educational and interactive session .

Specific topics include coverage and general eligibility requirements for the new Marketplace insurance exchanges as well as Medicaid expansion in the state of Michigan. Questions are highly encouraged and resources will be provided to those who may additional questions after the session ends.

This event will be repeated on Monday, March 17 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library.

Malletts Creek Branch 10th Anniversary: Happy Birthday Craft Celebration For Youth

Saturday March 22, 2014: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

This event is intended for ages 3 and up

Malletts Creek Branch is 10 years old!

Drop by and make a three tiered paper cake with gems, tissue paper, stickers and ten candles.

Have a little treat in honor of the 10th birthday of Mallett's Creek!

AADL @ FoolMoon 2014!

Friday April 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 11:55 pm -- Washington St.

This event is intended for all ages.

Parade through town with your luminary (or a streamer from the March 30 AADL workshop!), then visit the AADL tent at FoolMoon for Johann Sebastian Joust, glowing hula-hoops, AADL logo flashlights, and more!

Festive FoolMoon Illuminated Paper Poms!

Sunday March 30, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12 and Adults

Don’t have a luminary for FoolMoon, the greatest illuminated parade and party in town? FoolMoon is coming up on Friday, April 4, from dusk to midnight throughout the Downtown area!

If you don't have time to make one of the amazing lighted luminaries that people create for FoolMoon join us to make a large, colorful paper pompom with LED lights to have illuminated fun with @ FoolMoon!

AADL will have a tent at the April 4 FoolMoon with lots of illuminated and fun stuff to do, including a return of the game Johann Sebastian Joust! Join us at that event too!

Geometric Origami 101

Wednesday April 9, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room A

This event is intended for grade 4 to adult

Crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of Japanese paper folding, focusing on geometric shapes. There might be at least one spring animal to make, too!

Experienced paper folders are encouraged to come and share their skills.

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday April 5, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY?

Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner’s project. Get ready to sink your hooks into this fun form of stitching! All supplies provided.

Emerging Writers Workshops: Finding Your Literary Tribe

Thursday April 3, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

They say that writing is a solitary craft, but it never has to be lonely. Learn how writers can connect to one another and how writing can be inspired as a result.

Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will lead a workshop that will cover everything from social media to conferences to networking. This is the second Emerging Writers Workshop, a monthly series of writing and publishing events that feature both traditional and indie publishing perspectives. Considerations for fiction and non-fiction writing will be covered as well.

There will also be an opportunity for workshop attendees to meet-up at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, April 17 from 7 – 8:45 pm to discuss their works-in-progress. Both Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer advice, tips and review. These open houses will also be a wonderful time to meet your fellow writers and potentially create your own writing group.

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