Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday January 29, 2018: 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 new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Fiber Arts Lab: Crochet

Monday January 29, 2018: 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.

Creative Break

Tuesday January 30, 2018: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Take a break from your workday with some creative thinking! Drop in for a prompt or challenge that will get you thinking out of the box. Try different art tools and push yourself to experience something new!

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Tuesday January 30, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Join AADL staff and other community members for a discussion of the 2018 Washtenaw Read, Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi.

Yaa Gyasi will speak on February 6 at 7:00pm at Rackham Auditorium. Another discussion of the book will take place at the Pittsfield Branch on February 11 at 2:00pm.

Origami with Beth Johnson

Tuesday January 30, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn to create origami with local designer Beth Johnson. Beth has exhibited her work and spoken about origami around the world.

To see more of Beth's designs, browse her website. bethjohnsonorigami.com.

French Macarons 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Tuesday January 30, 2018: 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 macarons!

The ingredients, instructions, and proper storage will all be covered in this class.

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

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday January 31, 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 1, 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!

Electronics Lab

Thursday February 1, 2018: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for a directed physical computing activity. Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects, and bring a flash drive if you want to save any code we create!

Today we will have a Microprocessor/Microcontroller Showdown! In this interactive demo, you can try out basic "Hello World" programs on several different boards (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Micro:bit, Flora, Espruino) and learn what projects each board is best suited for and how they differ.

Film and Discussion: Screenagers at Forsythe Middle School

Thursday February 1, 2018: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm -- Forsythe Middle School Auditorium

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In this acclaimed film, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction.

Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The Ann Arbor District Library, working in partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Forsythe Middle School PTSO, will host this screening of the Award-winning documentary Screenagers. The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by teachers, parents and school administration officials.

This 70-minute film is not rated.