Information about Library Events and Programs.

Web Design

Monday December 1, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

The staff of GameStart will show you how to build your own web page! This class will introduce design fundamentals as we explore a number of modern multimedia technologies. Learn to consider the user experience for navigation, readability, and more.

Video Game Development: Unity Racer

Monday November 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3 - 10.

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world. This workshop will focus on best practices for creating a game in the “Racing” genre, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

Minecraft Blockly

Friday November 21, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 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.

Minecraft Redstone

Monday November 17, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 2 - 5

The Redstone material found in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates. The staff from GameStart will teach you how to create contraptions of increasing complexity and craft clever traps and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

Roblox

Friday November 14, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 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 their game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

Video Game Development: Unity First Person 3D

Friday November 7, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world.

Video Game Development: Unity Horror

Monday November 3, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-10

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Unity 3D, a free game development platform used by professional developers all around the world. This workshop will focus on best practices for creating a frightening game in the “Horror” genre, like Resident Evil or Luigi’s Mansion.

Felt Ball Fun!

Sunday November 9, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

Film Screening: The Michigan Beer Film

Sunday October 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- Bill's Beer Garden - 218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join us at Bill's Beer Garden in downtown Ann Arbor for an evening screening of The Michigan Beer Film. The film explores Michigan's thriving craft beer industry through entertaining interviews and visits to breweries and venues.

The Michigan Beer Film visits brewers like Scott Sullivan, Ryan Sylvester, Eric Kuhnhenn, Joe Short; Hop growers like Brian Tennis, Joel Mulder, Jeff and Bonnie Steinman; Entrepreneurs like Ben Fleckenstein, Michael Kiser and Stephen Roginson. The Dark Horse Brewery stars of The History Channel’s new reality series Dark Horse Nation are also featured.

Bill's Beer Garden is an open-air venue, so grab a sweater if it's chilly, then come on down, watch the movie, and enjoy a good beer! This event is free to the public.

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

Thursday October 23, 2014: 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!

This month's speakers:

James Mann: Coroner's Court
Susan Starr: What is in your Brains: Why Zombies are Malnourished
Katherine Prater: Fear + Brains ≠ Zombies

Join us as we venture into dark and shadowy territory with mysterious deaths, talk of zombie and their favorite food — brains!

We’re lucky to have two NNA2 alumni back with us this month:

Historian James Mann walks us through the “Coroner’s Court,” a practice used long ago to investigating deaths which occurred under murky circumstances.

Anatomist Susan Starr fills us in on just what’s in your head — and why brain-eating zombies would probably be malnourished!

Adding to the Halloween-y set, RELATE-r and researcher Katherine Prater will take us through the tingling, sweating, and heart-racing topic of fear and the brain — even toughing on just how scientists examine it in the lab.

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!

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