Information about Library Events and Programs.

The Dark Side II: Highway of Horror With Bestselling Horror Authors Andrew Pyper & Nick Cutter

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Get ready for a spine-tingling evening when bestselling horror genre authors Andrew Pyper and Nick Cutter visit the Downtown Library for one night of chilling readings and conversation, as part of their Dark Side II: Highway of Horror author tour. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers — if you dare! A book signing will follow, and books will be for sale.

Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of six internationally bestselling novels, including The Killing Circle, a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist, are in active development for feature films. His new novel, The Damned, was released in February 2015 and has already been optioned as a feature film by Legendary Pictures.

Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for Scotiabank Giller prize-nominated author Craig Davidson. Davidson has published four books of literary fiction, including Rust and Bone (which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name), and Cataract City. Under the name Nick Cutter, he published The Troop in 2014 and his newest book, The Deep, in January 2015.

This event is cosponsored by Nicola's Books.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Modding - Mob Behaviors

Saturday March 28, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-8.

How to train your creeper. Adjust values and behaviors for “mobs” in the game of Minecraft to your liking. You will learn to make the entities of Minecraft act the way you want!

GameStart Workshop: Digital Art and Animation

Sunday March 29, 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.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Development

Sunday March 15, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 9-12

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.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design with Source Engine

Sunday April 26, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 5-12.

Build your own custom items using the same tools and content used to build Half-Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2! Explore the Source game development engine from Valve, the creator of Steam, a popular game distribution platform.

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Racer

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

Learn to design and program your own video games! This workshop will take beginners through the basics of Roblox. This workshop will focus on designing terrain and importing vehicles for a racing game, like Mario Kart or Need for Speed.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Programming

Sunday April 19, 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 and work your way up to our advanced challenges. If you've taken this with us before, you'll have a chance to explore deeper concepts and new features!

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Obbys

Saturday April 18, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn to build your own Obby (obstacle course) in Roblox. Place obstacles and traps for players to try and navigate. At the end of this course students will have their own level that they can share with their friends!

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Blockly

Saturday March 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 1-3

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.

UMjobs.org

Wednesday April 1, 2015: 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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