Introduction to Insight Meditation with Still Mountain Meditation

Saturday October 21, 2017: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This half-day workshop will offer a brief, step-by-step introduction to beginning insight meditation.

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment investigation of mind/body processes through calm, focused attention. In meditation and mindfulness practices we cultivate our ability to be present in each moment and to be aware of and more comfortable with our thoughts, emotions, and physical being.

Although historically the techniques come from Buddhist traditions, this workshop has no religious content and will approach the practices from a down-to-earth, secular perspective. This introduction is intended mainly for persons with no previous meditation experience, but all are welcome.

Author M. Joanne Nesbit Discusses Her Book "Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Sunday October 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan.

Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrates its citizens. Many are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States.

Join co-author Joanne Nesbit as she discusses some of the great stories they discovered while putting together the book and how local legends were selected. With a career spanning journalism and as a public information officer at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, Nesbit has always been fascinated by local history, stories, and people. She is the author of three other books, and is the founder of Knitwits at the University of Michigan.

The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Play & Create the World of Your Dreams

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Explore the design game Adapt! This new and exciting tool encourages, supports, and guides us through applying a holistic design process to create the world of our dreams.

Through play we ask productive and practical questions that will lead us towards increased care awareness and implementable solutions.

Explorer, designer, and educator Bridget O’Brien will guide you through this journey. She specializes in Permaculture-based regenerative land use, social structure, and self-care design workshops and coaching, and is the creative developer of the design game called Adapt.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

This class will offer an invitation to go deeper into yourself, maybe deeper than you’ve ever been. It will invite you to explore love and seasons, learning to practice pulling back to see yourself from the outside, while looking inward.

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.

A Look Inside the Yellow Room Gang

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Yellow Room Gang is a collective of eight area singer-songwriters who meet monthly in the yellow-painted living room of David Tamulevich’s Ann Arbor home to work out new songs.

Enjoy this chance to be a part of one of those meetings, look into the songwriting process of these local favorites and be among the first to hear their songs in the making.

DIY Natural Beauty

Monday October 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

In this hands-on session, learn to create your own beauty and skincare products using clean, natural ingredients that you can feel good about using on your body and in your home!

Lizzy House is a well-known artist, author, maker, and teacher. She has taught workshops worldwide, and is happy and eager to share her love of creating and wellness in Southeast Michigan.

Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception: AADL's NEW imprint

Sunday November 5, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Open Area

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the release of nine literary works under our new Fifth Avenue Press imprint. Join us to hear readings and meet our debut group of authors, buy their books, get them signed, and enjoy light refreshments!

Our local authors have something to offer for just about every reader. For younger children, we're releasing two picture books and an Ann Arbor-based comic for all ages; for adults, we're publishing a book of poetry, two memoirs, a murder mystery, and a collection of humorous and historical Ann Arbor stories!

Technical Solace a book of poetry by Rebecca G. Biber
Ginger Stands Her Ground a memoir by Virginia Ford
Tales From the Dork Side a memoir by R.J. Fox
Michigan Moon a picture book by Meg Gower
Takedown a murder mystery by Jeff Kass
Chad Agamemnon a comic book set in Ann Arbor by Carolyn Nowak
The Book of Ann Arbor: An Extremely Serious History Book by Rich Retyi
A Monster on Main Street a picture book set in Ann Arbor by Emily Siwek
Light From the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom by Judy P. Wenzel

PLUS author Debbie Taylor will offer a sneak peek into her forthcoming 2018 Fifth Avenue Press picture book: Over in Motown!

For more information about Fifth Avenue Press or to submit your work visit fifthavenue.press.