Mini Succulent Pumpkins!

Thursday October 27, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for adults

Just in time for the Fall holidays! Come join us in the Secret Lab, where we will be making beautiful, teeny-tiny decorations out of pumpkins and live succulents.

A fun and easy craft project, these pumpkins will bring holiday flair to your home for weeks on end.

This event is intended for adults of all skill levels.

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday July 23, 2016: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 2 - 6

The University of Michigan student group FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging activities for young students interested in learning more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics.

During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments in ways such as making licorice DNA, sorting rocks, and playing hospital simulation games to learn about biology, geology, industrial engineering, and much more.

FEMMES is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who are studying various areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and who want to encourage younger girls who might be interested in one day doing the same.

Nature Walk at Black Pond Woods

Thursday June 2, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Black Pond Woods Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

Black Pond Woods Nature Area is a 34-acre woodland located north of Leslie Science and Nature Center. It was named for a small, vernal pond that was carved by receding glaciers and was named for the dark color of the water caused by tannins and acids from leaf litter. The nature area features several distinctive habitats, including a wet meadow. The raptor cages at LSNC make visiting this park a special treat!

The nature walks are a partnership between AADL and Natural Area Preservation and take place each month throughout the summer. For this one, we'll meet in the LSNC parking lot. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and bug spray if desired. AADL will have some of our science tools available to use on the walk, too!

Nature and Nurture: Art Teachers as Artists

Now through March 9, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools art teachers, current and retired, present their annual Group Show. These drawings, paintings, photographs, fiber and mixed media works reflect the current passions and interests of this unique group of artists.

The variety of works should engage most viewers: from large, dreamlike luminous photographs to intimate oil paintings to watercolor portraiture you will find something to enjoy.

Tiny Expo: Indie Art & Craft Fair

Saturday December 12, 2015: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby

Join us for Tiny Expo Saturday, December 12 from 11-5:30, and shop local artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade! It's a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. This year features over 40 artists - check out the vendor list!

Just what IS Tiny Expo? It's a fun, local and handmade shopping experience that began with a small group of artists in 2010. As the initial group of creative folks banded together to hold a fun, informal little fair, expo-goers responded, and the show grew just a teeny bit each year. Finding a location that could fit everyone was a perennial challenge, though, and so Tiny Expo jumped around town — from Kerrytown to Felch Street and back again, and it lands at AADL again this year.

Gardening and Landscaping with Native Plants

Thursday February 25, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Drew Lathin, of Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC, specializes in landscaping with native plants. He has designed, built, and planted sustainable landscapes throughout southeast Michigan and also does consulting work.

Drew will discuss types of native plants, what they are useful for, where they grow best, and advice for those interested in creating their own sustainable garden or landscape.

DIY Glitter Globes

Saturday January 2, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come make your own snow globe!

Bring a favorite figurine or toy to use, or decorate it with our supplies!

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo!

Wednesday July 27, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo will provide hands-on fun with musical instruments!

Kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with real orchestral instruments they might see onstage!

Halloween Costume Swap

Sunday October 23, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages.

Starting on October 1st, drop off your gently used, clean Halloween costumes to any Library branch. Then, on October 22nd, come pick out a new costume for this year!

This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for this year. Costumes for all ages and sizes are appreciated. We'll also be doing a kids' craft!

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 23, 2016: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 2 - 6

The University of Michigan student group FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging activities for young students interested in learning more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics.

During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments in ways such as making licorice DNA, sorting rocks, and playing hospital simulation games to learn about biology, geology, industrial engineering, and much more.

FEMMES is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who are studying various areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and who want to encourage younger girls who might be interested in one day doing the same.

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