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Sensational Cezanne

Tuesday June 20, 2017: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room
Grade 3-8

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FestiFools and AADL: Something New!

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 9:11am

[img_assist|nid=357643|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]Our fellow robots, the time has come to change things up and we at AADL are retiring our robot suits for something new. We want to help keep things fresh for [|FestiFools] fans! This year AADL is hosting [|multiple building workshops] for ALL AGES to help us make two community puppets, and for you to make your own costumes or instruments for the big [|FestiFools] event on Sunday, April 9.

This year we are bringing a big, bright, yellow sun puppet to join in whatever fun the official [|FestiFools] organizers have planned for Ann Arbor! We’ll accompany our GIANT sun on Main Street with all of us decked out in our brightest sunniest YELLOW costumes as we march to fantastic beats. Onlookers will see so much YELLOW parading down Main Street! (Robots are always welcome at [|FestiFools], AADL just isn't hosting workshops to make them.)

We will have opportunities to papier–mâché, paint fabric, make a sunshiney costume with capes and masks, make a drum, and more. We are SO excited to have you join us in helping make [|FestiFools] even more foolish and bright this year!

[|Festifools Workshop: Community Puppet Building] Sunday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00
All ages will work together to help make a GIANT sun puppet that we’ll all march down Main St. at the BIG FestiFools event on Sunday, April 9! It will march alongside a mysterious surprise creature that you will help create in bits and pieces. While you won’t be making your own puppet at this workshop, you’ll have a chance to work together to be a part of something BIGGER that all will see.

[|FestiFools Workshop: Costume Making] Sunday, March 26 from 1:00-3:00
Create your own costume to be worn while marching down Main St. at the BIG FestiFools event on Sunday, April 9! We are bringing a GIANT sun puppet to FestiFools and we need you to be the yellow rays to go with it. We’ll have supplies for capes, wings, hats, masks, and more – many golden yellow supplies to help make us into bright glowing orbs.

[|FestiFools Workshop: Make Instruments with Drummunity] Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1:00-2:00
Lori Fithian of Drummunity will help us make simple percussive instruments.
Meet back up with us on April 9 at the BIG FestiFools event ready to march along playing your instrument while wearing the most yellow sunshiny costume you can come up with. Picture a GIANT yellow sun with many marching alongside beaming with gold and playing music.

[|FestiFools Workshop: March with Drummunity] Sunday, April 2 from 2:15-3:00
Lori Fithian of Drummunity will lead us in making the most of our unique musical instruments, getting us in the FestiFools spirit with a mini march.
Bring your own instrument or come to the instrument-making workshop right before this. Then meet back up with us on April 9 ready to march along in the BIG FestiFools event, playing your instrument while wearing the most foolish yellow costume you can come up with.

[|Meet Up and March Over to FestiFools!] Sunday, April 9 at 3:30pm
Calling all fools! Meet us in the lobby in your most foolish costumes ready to march over to Main Street and join in the FestiFools fun from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. We library fools are all wearing yellow to surround the sun! So dress in yellow, dress in costume, be silly, and bring your instruments! Get ready to make some noise and spread some cheer in downtown Ann Arbor!

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Funky Monster Art

Saturday June 10, 2017: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room
Grade K - 5

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Lanyard Earbuds

Wednesday July 12, 2017: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Storytimes: F is for Food!

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:18am


Last week at storytimes, Elizabeth told stories all about food! Yum!

We heard about Gregory, the goat who is a picky eater in [:|Gregory, the Terrible Eater] and counted 15 different flavors of ice cream from Rob Reid’s 15 Scoop Ice Cream Cone. We read the classic [:|The Wolf’s Chicken Stew] and clapped along to the rhymes of Linda-Sue Park’s [:|Bee-bim Bop!] And of course, a food-themed storytime wouldn’t be complete without a “5 cupcakes” rhyme.

Visit our special [:|Jump page] for parents and teachers to see a list of storytimes at all locations.

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Only a Few Days Left to Enter the "It's All Write!" Contest!

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 12:45pm


If you're a writer in grades 6-12, you still have time to send your work to the "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest! Just copy and paste your [|short story] or work of [|flash fiction] in the [|submission form] by midnight on Friday, February 24. Please send any questions to Kayla at

Happy writing!

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Blind Date with a Book and Surprise Books for Kids!!

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:00am


Stop by any of the AADL locations for a sweet February surprise!

Adults and teens will find Blind Date with a Book displays, where one can hopefully find the mysterious item of their dreams! Books (and movies!) are wrapped in butcher paper and decorated with hearts in red, pink and purple. They have a short description of what the material inside contains… but you’ll have to check out the item and take it home to unwrap to find out if it’s really meant for you!

Kids aren’t left out either! There are Surprise displays at every location too, where kids will find mystery items decorated with stars and question marks in bright rainbow colors, and wrapped up with only hints written on them to imply what’s inside.

These displays will be up for the entire month of February, so don’t miss your chance to find your match!

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Educating Community Members About Health Insurance Options-2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:47pm


Join us for this session on Wednesday, January 18th from 7:00-8:30 PM. Our presenters will provide information about health insurance options and refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for.

Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year, and the speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment.

This event is cosponsored by the [|Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI)] and the [|U-M Health Policy Student Association].

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Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday April 8, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 2 - 6

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Participate in this year's Washtenaw Reads!

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:47am


[:|$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America] is this year’s [:|Washtenaw Reads] book selection. Researched and written by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the book details the lives of six different families who barely survive on less than $2.00 a day in various parts of the country. Eye-opening and alarming, the book also explains the laws behind the reasons that some people are forced to live on so little. The [| authors will speak at Rackham Auditorium] on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00p.m. The event includes time for questions and book signing.

The AADL is also hosting several more intimate discussions of the book. The first of these takes place on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Library multipurpose room. The second will occur on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Westgate Branch in the Westside Room. All are welcome to attend these guided discussions, with no registration required. Participants may want to bring a copy of the book—available at all AADL locations—to reference during the discussion.

For more events surrounding this year’s Washtenaw Reads selection, follow the link [:|here].

Looking for resources about $2.00 a Day, including interviews with the authors and related reading? Visit the link [:|here].