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

Thursday March 23, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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

Thursday February 16, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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

Thursday January 19, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Crafts

Spring Bird Feeders

Wednesday April 5, 2017: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade K-Adult

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Public Event

Rain Gardens Nature Walk

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Miller Avenue Rain Gardens
All Ages

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Rain Gardens Nature Walk

Wednesday May 24, 2017: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Madison Street Rain Gardens
All Ages

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Blog Post

Reflections on Advent and Wild Creatures of the Woodlands

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 5:18pm by mansii

As the air is getting crisp and the branches falling bare, the season of Advent is close upon us; a time to cozy ourselves away and reflect in the quietness of hope and waiting. This year Advent begins on Nov 27th, a few short weeks away, and a beautiful new seasonal resource to AADL's collection is All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings by Michigan author Gayle Boss.

For each day of the month-long anticipation of Christmas, All Creation Waits offers a lovely account of the winter habits of wild creatures of the Northern Hemisphere. As we walk with these creatures through their months of dark and cold, we also catch glimpses of the new beginnings that their waiting usher in. The encouragement to our own lives is more felt than said, with a subtlety that matches the behind-the-scenes magic of winter itself.

Each short daily reflection is paired with a woodcut illustration by artist David Klein. The deep blacks and brilliant whites of the full-page illustrations tell stories in themselves.

Welcoming you into the spirit of the season, don't miss the author talk and book signing for this lovely volume THIS SATURDAY Nov. 12th. Click here for more information on this event.

For additional AADL resources for the Advent season, click here.

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Crafts

Plant It!

Tuesday April 4, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 1-5

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Grow Your Own

Thursday April 13, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Blog Post

An Encounter with the Elegant and Sensitive Verse of Misuzu Kaneko

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:22pm by mansii

Early 20th century Japanese poet Misuzu Kaneko inspires wonder and compassion in her writing. Her poems ask questions close to the heart of a child, and step into the slippers of things as plain as the snow under our shoes. The tale of her short life is clouded by hardship, but her poetry brims with a celebration of being alive.

"Snow on top
must feel chilly,
the cold moonlight piercing it.

Snow on the bottom
must feel burdened
by the hundred who tread on it.

Snow in the middle
must feel lonely
with neither earth nor sky to look at."

For the first time, Kaneko's poetry is being made available in North America by a team of translators and journalists passionate about sharing her legacy with the world. Kaneko's work is highly respected in Japan, being standard material in literature classes, and now English speakers have the opportunity to see what is so special about her in the book Are You An Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko.

Written at a child's level, this book narrates Kaneko's life story while presenting a whole collection of her poems in translation, with the original Japanese verse alongside. Besides providing an encounter with this lovely woman of words specifically, Are You An Echo? subtly teaches children how to understand and appreciate poetry in general. This is personally one of my favorite publications of the year.