Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Owning My Story & Taking Control

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will explore mindfulness of our words and actions, and trying them on in a group setting. We will also practice letting go of old stories and beliefs to allow for growth.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Sunday August 27, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services. Books will be for sale at this event and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

Quick Breads with Keegan Rodgers

Tuesday August 29, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make quick breads.

Quick breads are a great way to take advantage of summer's fruit and vegetable bounty. Banana and zucchini are the most well-known but peaches, pears, blueberries, and pumpkin all make great quick breads. Learn some new techniques and recipes.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Introduction to Disc Golf

Wednesday August 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

In 2030, when you hear the word "golf" in casual conversation chances are it will be "disc golf" that is being spoken of. It's an all-weather, all day and night, all ages, walk in the park with a Frisbee - but at the same time it is a multi-million dollar sport and the pros are now making six figures. And we live within 50 miles of more than 100 disc golf courses!

Come and learn the basics from former world champions Sheila and Terry Calhoun, principals of The Throw Shop, the Great Lakes' largest disc golf pro shop, located at The Ponds of Lake Shore Apartments in Ypsilanti.

Makeup Party with Imagine Three

Tuesday September 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Enjoy an evening of beauty knowledge and everyday/expert tips with Hannah Butler Makeup Artist of Imagine Three Beauty Studio.

You can bring your own makeup bag to follow along. Examples will be shown and questions will be answered. Feel confident trying new things and discover easy ways to step up your makeup skills in the often intimidating world of beauty.

Hannah attributes her knowledge and expertise to the many years, thousands of faces and countless hours spent training with a vast array of makeup, skincare, fragrance and haircare brands in the giant world of beauty. She will help you find what you want or need, even if you have no idea where to start.

Beauty is personal, there are no rules.

Barbara Cohn Discusses Her Book "The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic"

Thursday September 7, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

For the last century, the Detroit Public Library has ranked as one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit—an important landmark as well as a significant monument serving generations of Detroiters. The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic was born out of "Discover the Wonders," an art and architectural tour of the main library that began in December 2013. Since the tour’s inception, around seven thousand people have visited this structural gem.

As the photographs in this book reveal, the Detroit Public Library stands as an enduring symbol of the public library, one of the most democratic institutions in America.

Join us as author Barbara Cohn takes us on a fascinating tour of the building and its history through discussion of this brand new book.
The design of the Detroit Public Library was Cass Gilbert’s vision for Detroit’s Early Italian Renaissance-style library. This book honors his work with a chronological and photographic timeline of the conception and building of the 1921 Woodward Avenue Library, the 1963 Cass Avenue addition, and the library as it is today. The authors had two fundamental desires: to celebrate the main library’s design using both historic and contemporary images and to share with the world the beauty and elegance of a grand building in a great city that, even through the most difficult times, has sustained one of the most magnificent neo-classical buildings in the country.

As a native of Detroit, Barbara Madgy Cohn has a passion for art, Detroit, and libraries. She has worked as a registered nurse, has a B.A. in art history, and has been a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts since 2008. She created the "Discover the Wonders of the Detroit Public Library: An Art and Architectural Tour" and continues to serve as the director of the tour program.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.

Preserving the Harvest

Sunday September 10, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to can and preserve your garden's bounty with local food blogger Cynthia Hodges. She will offer tips and tricks on how to do this successfully through a live demo.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Living a Writer’s Life

Monday September 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

In our fast-paced world, finding time and space to write isn’t easy. Nor is it easy to conquer writer’s block, self-doubt, and distractions. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will show you how to set up a realistic writing schedule, smash through blocks, and kick self-defeating behaviors to the curb. No matter your obstacles, it is possible to have a balanced, fulfilling writer’s life!

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:

Raw Vegan Harvest

Tuesday September 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Find out how to get the most health benefit from this harvest season.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

The Belle of Two Arbors: Researching the Historical Novel in Three Ann Arbor Libraries

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

A sweeping saga told in the voice of an unforgettable heroine,“The Belle of Two Arbors” brings two places vividly to life: a growing “downstate” town driven by a public university striving for greatness, and a small “up north” community seeking prosperity while preserving its natural heritage. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Belle’s remarkable story is interweaved with accounts of historical events as well as memorable appearances by some of our favorite poets, including Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, and Robert Frost.

Paul Dimond will talk about his experience conducting research for his first novel at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Bentley Historical Library, and the Special Collections Library in the University of Michigan’s University Library. He will be accompanied by Martha (Marty) Buhr Grimes, who wrote the poems that are Belle’s in the novel.

Paul and Marty are lifelong Ann Arbor residents who share a passion for poetry, their hometown, and Lake Michigan.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.