Soda Tab Flower

Thursday November 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create a gorgeous little DIY Soda Tab Flower you can knock together in minutes!

It’s a pretty cool way of making good use of soda-can tabs that would otherwise just find their way into the trash – we just love a project that allows you to make something special out of nothing at all.

Film: Death is NOT the Answer

Friday December 1, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Keith Famie unearths the roots of depression and explores the reasons for suicidal tendencies in this documentary. The film features people from all over the country whose lives have been affected by suicide and depression, including suicide survivors, those who have lost friends and family to suicide, and medical professionals specializing in mental health. Death is NOT the Answer explores the causes of suicide while conveying the message that there are always alternatives to taking one’s own life. Keith Famie will moderate discussion after the film. This 2-hour, 2017 documentary is not rated.

Kickshaw Theatre Presents a Staged Reading of “Empathitrax” by Ana Nogueira

Friday December 1, 2017: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Kickshaw Theatre & AADL invite you to a staged reading of Empathitrax, a new drama by Ana Nogueira. How far are you willing to go to salvage your relationship? Once you know the true, inner feelings of another, can you still find love? Empathitrax is a searing, darkly funny and heart-filled story of a young couple who turns to a new breakthrough in pharmacology to save their fractured relationship. Like any new drug, there are unforeseen side effects that, in this instance, have poignant and shattering consequences.

Kickshaw is Ann Arbor’s new non-profit professional theatre and operates under an agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Kickshaw prides itself on exciting the curiosity of audiences and artists with plays that represent humanity in all its complexity and multitudes.

NaNoWriMo "I Wrote a Novel, Now What?" with Natalie Bakopoulos

Saturday December 2, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Calling all writers! Whether you participated in this year's National Novel Writing Month or you just love to write, join Natalie Bakopoulos for a presentation and discussion on revising your work.

Natalie Bakopoulos teaches creative writing at Wayne State University and is the author of The Green Shore.

This program is associated with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and all aspiring authors are welcome!

Pompom Bookmark

Saturday December 2, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Learn how to make a simple pompom and use it as a decorative bookmark!

We will have all the supplies and instructions to craft a fluffy tuft out of yarn. Scissors are required, and parents may need to help the younger crafters with trimming to shape the pompom ball.

Origami Meets Engineering with Evgueni Filipov

Saturday December 2, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 1 - Adult

Origami meets science and engineering. Evgueni Filipov, Assistant Professor in Engineering and Civil Sciences invites you to explore a new world of foldable structures that can withstand amazing weight. You'll learn how origami can be used to make stronger structures and you'll even get a chance to fold your own engineering inspired origami.

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Sunday December 3, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and, if you’d like, bring a treasured object to weave into it.

Local crafter Dawn Henry leads this workshop. The dreamcatcher project is intricate and will likely take the entire time to complete.

Drawing for Adults: Portraits in Color

Sunday December 3, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. In this session we'll be drawing portraits using soft pastels.

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 media like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Sewing Lab with Nettie Tiso: BYO Alterations + Tote Bag Demo

Monday December 4, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - Adult

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.

This week we'll be joined by guest instructor Nettie Tiso who will present a tote bag demo along with a short session on alterations. Please bring along a garment that you would like to alter. Nettie will be available to help determine how to take in a few inches, hem a pair of pants, or talk you through how to begin a more complex alteration.

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.

3D Paper Snowflake

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create 3D paper snowflakes to decorate your indoor space with winter charm.