Minecraft Workshop

Sunday October 8, 2017: 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

Sunday October 8, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 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!

Drawing for Adults

Sunday October 8, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills.

Every 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.

Sewing Lab: Hemming with Rae Hoekstra

Tuesday October 10, 2017: 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 hemming demo and will offer pointers on how to do this successfully in your own projects. If you have something that needs hemming, feel free to bring it along.

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.

Finding Funding For College

Tuesday October 10, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

U-M Foundations and Grants Librarian Paul Barrow presents a workshop for high schoolers, their parents, and anyone seeking funding for college.

Learn about a variety of specialized web resources, how to articulate a plan of study, identify potential funders, apply for relevant educational grants, and compare free Web resources and subscription-based services.

This program will be repeated on Tuesday, November 14.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday October 11, 2017: 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 October 12, 2017: 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!

Stepping Beyond: Childhood Stories of Memorable Characters Who Stretched Our Understanding of the World

Thursday October 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Storytellers Josie Barnes Parker, Kayla Coughlin, and Laura Pershin Raynor join musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller for an evening of funny and touching tales and tunes for adults and teens.

By sharing stories of the fascinating people we meet on our journey, the storytellers explore universal themes, while Sara and Betsy mix it up with hammered dulcimer, guitar, and banjo tunes.

Invite your favorite friends for a night out and enjoy!

Heirloom Apple Tasting

Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for all ages

Farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples. In modern times, most of these old heirloom varieties are extremely rare, and are now grown by only a small handful of farms.

We're taste-testing some fantastic heirloom apples—all grown right here in Michigan! Join us to discover a diverse array of sweet, sour, crisp, soft, gnarly, delicious, and straight-up weird apple varieties!

AADL staff will be on hand to explain a bit of the history of each selection. Here are some of the heirloom apples that we expect to sample:

[note: varieties sampled may be subject to change]

Cox’s Orange Pippin:
Origin: 1830, in England. A highly regarded dessert apple, the Cox is best eaten or used for cider. Generally on the small side, it is complex in flavor and sweet. It is not well suited for cooking or baking.

Esopus Spitzenburg:
Origin: before 1790, in New York. Like many russetted apples, the Spitzenburg is crisp and sweet, with a vaguely pear-like flavor. It is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple.

Northern Spy:
Origin: 1800’s, in New York. Probably the best pie apple ever. A great combination of sweet and acidic, the Northern Spy is highly sought-after by bakers in-the-know

Calville Blanc d’hiver:
Origin: 1700’s, in France. An excellent baking apple, the Calville holds up well in the oven, and is a satisfying mix of crisp and tart. The Calville Blanc is unusually high in vitamin C.

Frankentoys

Saturday October 14, 2017: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 3 - adult

Channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein and create your own monster companion in time for Halloween!

We'll be taking apart old stuffed animals and putting them back together using some simple hand stitching and gluing techniques. Bring your old toys and see what you can create.