Information about Library Events and Programs.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday February 17, 2015: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4 to adult

Local crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of Japanese paper folding, focusing on geometric shapes and boxes. Experienced paper folders are encouraged to come and share their skills.

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Sunday February 22, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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

Looking for a seriously fun and unique craft obsession?

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed toys. Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make your own cute amigurumi octopus. Beginners with lots of patience are welcome to give it a try, but previous crochet experience is recommended. Beth will be teaching a Beginning Crochet class on Saturday, January 10, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Pittsfield Branch. A “crochet cam” will be set up for projection of instructions on the big wall! All supplies will be provided.

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday January 10, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield 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. Supplies provided.

Local Music: Timothy Monger

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

AADL highlights a local performing artist with this evening concert by Timothy Monger, best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society, which he co-founded with his brother James.

For this performance, Monger will use guitar pedals and other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection!

In 2004, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light
Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year.

The success of Great Lakes Myth Society’s literate, folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. This was followed with several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, Monger recorded his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward, moving away from the orchestral leanings in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday January 24, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grades 6 and up

Yoga is a fun way to gain strength, flexibility and balance, while decreasing stress and tension. Come learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Certified yoga instructor Raina LaGrand of A2 Yoga and Amandla Energy Works, will be teaching. Participants should dress ready to work out and bring a mat if they have one! All levels welcome, but participants should be able to move comfortably from the floor to standing.

Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor

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

Author Patti Smith will share stories and a slideshow of images from her new book, Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor, which was released in early November. The book looks at the remarkable people and businesses who have helped build our town. Its images show a town with mud streets, wooden sidewalks, liveries, tanneries and telegraph offices. It also features businesspeople, merchants, and citizens who lived and worked in our downtown. Described as a "love letter to a beloved city", Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor provides a look at the past and the people who helped to make Ann Arbor what it is today.

Author Patti Smith wanted to move to Ann Arbor since she was five years old, and is very grateful to live near downtown. She teaches special education and has recently finished writing a YA book. In addition to local history, Patti enjoys storytelling, social media, boxing, writing, and brewing beer. She lives in the Kerrytown area with her fiance, Ken, and their two cats.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 24, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 4 - 8

The University of Michigan student group F.E.M.M.E.S (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging events for young students interested in learning more about S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments. One or more of the following hands-on activities will be available:

• Squishy Circuits (using Play-Doh and LED lights to demonstrate electrical circuits)
• States of Matter demo (make Oobleck out of corn starch and water and make Silly Putty out of borax and glue)
• DNA (made of marshmallows and toothpicks) as well as a ribosome-RNA-protein relay
• Magnetism demonstration
• Acid/Base demonstration

The U-M F.E.M.M.E.S. group is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence in women of all ages.

Using Yoga to Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep

Saturday February 7, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grades 6-Adult

In this Kundalini yoga class, instructor Victoria Duranona will teach us how to become aware of stressors and how they influence our communication, our relationships, and our performance. She will then lead us through yoga and meditation to release our stress so we can flow with the right voltage and be able to put up with life's challenges without losing ourselves.

It is advised to bring a bottle of water, not eat for two hours before you come, and dress comfortably. Also, please bring your own mat.

New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Kathy Reichs Discusses Her New Mystery 'Bones Never Lie'

Sunday October 19, 2014: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

30 million copies of Dr. Kathy Reich’s mysteries are in print in 30 languages around the world. One of the longest TV series in the history of the FOX network - Bones – is based on her popular mystery books and returns on September 25. Her newest sure-to-be-bestseller Bones Never Lie is released in late September and promises to be another critical smash hit!.

Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, as is her heroine, Temperance Brennan. Dr. Reichs’ signature trademark is her ability to weave unrelenting suspense, fascinating science and provocative human drama into unforgettable stories. In "Bones Never Lie", Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction.

The event includes a book signing with books for sale, courtesy of Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookshop

Photo Credit: Marie Reine Mattera

UMjobs.org

Wednesday December 3, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Training Center

Join a specialist from the University of Michigan Human Resources office, to learn how to search and apply for jobs at U-M.

For more information and resources on applying for jobs, check out AADL's Job Search Toolkit!

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