Popsicle Stick Flashlight

Saturday November 25, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Make your own flashlight! This hands-on project uses a battery, an LED light, and simple circuits.

Minecraft Workshop - CANCELLED

Sunday November 26, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 3–8

There will be no Minecraft workshop this Holiday Weekend.

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.

Minecraft Workshop

Sunday December 3, 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!

Minecraft Workshop

Sunday December 10, 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!

Minecraft Workshop

Sunday December 17, 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!

Smell and Tell: The Plague Doctor’s Cabinet of Olfactory Curiosities

Wednesday December 20, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

During the Black Plague many believed that smelling sweet substances prevented disease caused by miasma, a form of “bad” air (Italian mal aria) given off by decomposing organic matter. This shaped the work of plague doctors, who donned protective masks inspired by the shape of a bird’s beak to accommodate aromatic materials like rose, carnation, mint, spices, and camphor.

We continue to conquer bad smells with good ones even though germ science has replaced the miasma theory of disease that was prevalent in 14th century Europe. The west has entered a period of obsessive aromatization in the culture that has less to do with disease and more to do with masking odors created by everyday living in the age of science.

Have we been taught to fear our human essence? What is it about natural organic and human odors that generate anxiety? How does this feed into smells as indicators of “otherness” in the culture? Modern perfumery touches on scent memories that are familiar, forgotten, othered and repressed. We’ll examine aromatic substances used by plague doctors to understand the multiple forms, functions and facets of smells, and how this shapes how we evaluate people and our surroundings.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

Erupting Sensory Snow

Thursday January 4, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade K-5

Create fun sensory snow and then add a special ingredient to make it erupt!

Minecraft Workshop

Sunday January 7, 2018: 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!

Kids Coding Hour!

Saturday January 13, 2018: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 3-8

Come hang with other kids while playing around with code. We will provide basic instruction and support to build apps using BitsBox, or you can come work on your own project in your preferred language. Absolutely no coding experience required. Computers will be provided.