Family Game Night!

Friday August 18, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Join the Ann Arbor District Library and educational toy store Learning Express for an evening of games!

Introduction to Music Tools: Drum Machines

Saturday August 19, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Interested in having a better understanding of AADL's Music Tools collection? Then this program is for you! AADL Staff will give a demonstration of the different drum machines that populate our collection and help you to get the most out of each instrument.

Geared for beginners but open to all skill levels, we will have demonstration and instruction followed by open jamming with some of our Music Tools.

Music Tools you'll meet include the Pocket Operator set, Volca Beats,TR-8 , and OP-1.

GameStart Workshop: 3D Video Game Design

Sunday August 20, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 3–8

Get your feet wet with video game design using the Unity Development Kit.

In this class we will be getting used to 3D models and the physics, code, and mechanics that control them in video games. Once you learn how to use it, you can try it for free from home and make video games to your heart's content!

Returning students can continue from where they left off last time.

Drawing for Adults: Flowers and Leaves in Graphite

Sunday August 20, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 through adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. In this session you'll draw flowers and leaves using drawing pencils.

Every other week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different mediums like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday August 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint: Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

Fiber Arts Lab: Knitting

Monday August 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us every other Monday for an evening of knitting and crochet. We will provide everything you need to get started. Stop in and learn 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.

This week we will focus on knitting.

Owls and Owl Pellet Dissection with Leslie Science and Nature Center!

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 3 - adult

Come learn about owls and see real live birds with a representative from Leslie Science and Nature Center at this event! Then, we'll dissect owl pellets to see what bones we can find!

Sweet Treat Clay Charms

Wednesday August 23, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Come make tiny desserts out of polymer clay.

Coloring: Not Just for Little Kids!

Thursday August 24, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4 - 12

Come to the library to use cool markers, pens, colored pencils, crayons, and gel pens to color awesome artwork.

Coloring isn't just for little kids, it's for everyone!

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday August 24, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about 3D printing and get a chance to use a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer.

No prior experience is necessary.