Sewing Lab: Pattern Reading with Rae Hoekstra

Monday February 5, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Sewing instructor Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae will do a quick demo on how to read a pattern and will offer pointers on how to do this successfully in your own projects. If you have a pattern you need help reading, bring it with you!

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: High-Concept Ideas

Monday February 5, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Getting an idea for a book is only the start. How do you develop that idea into something compelling enough to carry an entire novel, memoir, or nonfiction book? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will discuss growing an idea, understanding genre, and the best way to make your book stand out from the others on the shelf.

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.

Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi | Washtenaw Reads 2018 Author Event

Tuesday February 6, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

2018 Institute for the Humanities Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture

The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan will host a conversation with Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing (2016), the 2018 selection for Washtenaw Reads.

Homegoing tells the stories of two West African half-sisters and their descendants. One sister, Esi, is captured and brought to the Americas as a slave; the other sister, Effia, stays in Africa and marries a British slaver. Over the course of seven generations, Gyasi illuminates the legacies of slavery and the wide spectrum of colonial African and African-American experiences.

Each of the novel's fourteen chapters centers on the life of a person descended from Effia or Esi. Through these stories, Gyasi narrates their every day lives, as well as their roles in major historical events. The novel begins in the late eighteenth century and ends in the present day, so that by the end we feel the full weight of history behind her characters.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and came to the United States as a child. She is a graduate of Stanford and received her Masters of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers Workshop. In 2016, she was chosen for the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" award. Homegoing, her debut novel, has been nominated for the several awards and won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 2017.

About Jill S. Harris: The Jill S. Harris Memorial Endowment was established in 1985 in memory of Jill Harris, a resident of Chicago and undergraduate student at U-M who passed away due to injuries from an auto accident. Established by Roger and Meredith Harris, Jill’s parents, her grandparents Allan and Norma Harris, and friends, the fund brings a distinguished visitor to campus each year who will appeal to undergraduate students interested in the humanities and the arts.

This event is part of the 2018 Washtenaw Read. The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti. For more information about Washtenaw Reads and previous years' reads, go to wread.org.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday February 7, 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!

Circle K Homework Help

Thursday February 8, 2018: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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!

3D Printing Demo

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

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for a 3D Printing Demo with a local expert who will explain the theory behind and some of the uses for 3D Printing. Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.

Stamped Leather Bracelets

Friday February 9, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come make a stamped leather bracelet at the Library! All supplies provided, no prior crafting experience necessary.

Spinning Lab with Jillian Moreno

Saturday February 10, 2018: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Spend time with our Spin Doctor, local expert Jillian Moreno! She'll answer your spinning questions, solve your spinning problems, help you plan yarn and projects, or show you how to get started!

Jillian will demonstrate two different ways to handle your painted fiber. You’ll learn how to combine them with naturals, solid colors and other painted braids.

If you don't have a burning question, you're more than welcome to come and hang out as we spin away the day.

Kids Coding Hour!

Saturday February 10, 2018: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 3-8

Come hang with other kids while playing around with code. We will provide basic instruction and support to build apps using BitsBox, or you can come work on your own project in your preferred language. Absolutely no coding experience required. Computers will be provided.

Make a Valentine Card!

Saturday February 10, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for all ages

Get ready for Valentine’s Day by making heart-themed cards using scrapbook paper and old books.