Electronics Lab

Thursday January 4, 2018: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for a directed physical computing activity. Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects, and bring a flash drive if you want to save any code we create!

Today's topic will focus on Basic Security with the Raspberry Pi: Learn how to detect an open door to trigger an alarm and send a message to your smart phone. Necessary circuitry and coding will be taught but some basic coding experience will be helpful. Attendees are welcome to bring their own Pi.

Pilates with MOVE

Thursday January 4, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9-adult

Come and MOVE!

In this class, you will learn the basic exercises upon which the entire Pilates method is built. Challenge your core and build balance, function, and the strength to tackle life with a fit body! MOVE Wellness is Ann Arbor's award-winning mind-body fitness and wellness studio. Offering a well-rounded array of fitness and wellness services, MOVE helps clients reach their goals and live a joyful life in a fit and healthy body.

Please wear clothing you can exercise in and bring a yoga mat.

Galaxy Watercolor Painting

Saturday January 6, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

We'll walk you through making your own one-of-a-kind night sky painting.

Herringbone Wall Art

Sunday January 7, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

We will use decorative paper to create cheerful, colorful, customized works of art.

Minecraft Workshop

Sunday January 7, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 3–8

Explore the endless possibilities of Minecraft programming!

Begin with the basics and work your way up to advanced challenges.

This is a deep curriculum, so repeat students are encouraged!

Circle K Homework Help

Monday January 8, 2018: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K-12

Need help with homework? Students in grades K–12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary — just drop by!

Sewing Lab

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for an evening of sewing.

We will have our lab's machines set up and staff will be on hand to show you the basics. You can bring a project you've been working on, or just stop by to practice your stitches.

We welcome all skill levels. No prior knowledge is necessary. You are free to bring your own sewing machine and join our growing sewing community.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Understanding Story Arc

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

When talking about fiction, we often separate plot from character, discussing each separately. But when writing, the two go hand in hand and must be considered together. Does plot come from character growth? Or does the character serve the plot? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will show you how to integrate plot and character into one seamless novel that works on multiple levels. ​

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Zine Workshop

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about zines and how to make them!

Zines are small booklets made of simple materials and contain text, art, or anything you can put in a book.

Supplies are provided - bring photos, magazine clippings, or other materials if you want to personalize your project!

Little-Known Stories in American History, Part 2: 1830-1900

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9-adult

Speaker and storyteller Jim Glenn returns to the library! Join Jim as he presents exciting stories about state boundaries, military leaders, music, heroic teenagers, a “miraculous” staircase and the mother of all gunfights. Listen to U.S. history come to life at this educational and entertaining event!