Make Holiday Gifts: DIY Washer Necklaces

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Assemble one-of-a-kind, creative necklaces using painted washers, beads, and various types of string. Perfect for giving as gifts or wearing yourself!

Intro to Craft Cocktails

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Get ready for holidays as you learn the secrets to stirring, shaking and mixing delicious cocktails for your guests. Along the way you'll learn about the history of cocktails and the modern craft cocktail renaissance, and discover the fascinating stories behind the spirits and liqueurs that go into them. This is a demonstration-style event, but you'll leave with recipes and know-how to make them yourself!

Your guide is Tammy Coxen, who has been sharing her enthusiasm for food and drink with the Ann Arbor community for over 10 years, mostly recently through her popular Tammy's Tastings website and cocktail classes. She is a regular commentator on Michigan Radio's Stateside program, discussing drinks with a Michigan twist.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday December 6, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset type!

Workshop participants will learn how to compose, lock-up and print a small project on AADL’s historic Kelsey letterpresses. Library staff and guest instructors from U-M's Wolverine Press will lead these workshops. Follow along with our scheduled activity or plan your own project—you’re the designer!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS:

Letterpress labs begin promptly at 6pm with a safety and equipment orientation. Doors open 10 minutes early to give everyone time to find a seat and get settled. If you can’t make the start time we regret that our staff cannot repeat the orientation, but we will happily see you at the next scheduled session. Successful completion of the scheduled activity will require the full 2 1/2 hours.

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children. Participants should be comfortable with sitting patiently for several hours, and have full use of the fine motor skills in their hands and arms.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Thursday December 7, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Chain Mail Bracelets

Thursday December 7, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make a cool chain mail twist bracelet, using links, pliers and patience!

It will take the entire time to complete the project.

Songs for Optimists with Ray Hough

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

Enjoy an evening of funny and cheerful songs, plus a few thought-provokers, and some simple but lovely pieces of music. Some songs will be familiar, while others will be new to you. Singing along is encouraged! Ray Hough, brother of Mustard Retreat's Michael Hough, plays guitar, ukulele, and a few percussion devices, and his music includes American folk and folk-flavored vocals, blues, country, Scottish/Irish, Hawaiian, and calypso. Ray voluntarily plays music at local hospitals several hours a week and looks forward to treating the library to a concert that is sure to be enjoyed by all!

Candy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers

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

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 candy!

In this class, students will learn how to make chocolate truffles and bark, plus how to work with sugar to make rock candies or brittle! The ingredients, the steps involved with each candy, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. You get to try some of Keegan's tasty treats too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

STEM for Adults

Saturday December 9, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

University of Michigan technical writing students will lead a hands-on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) event for teens and adults.

Board Game Afternoon

Saturday December 9, 2017: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Enjoy an afternoon of board games at Westgate! Games will include: Ticket to Ride, Yeti in my Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, and more. You are also welcome to bring your own games!

STEM for Adults

Saturday December 9, 2017: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

University of Michigan technical writing students will lead a hands-on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) event for teens and adults.