Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 24, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 4 - 8

The University of Michigan student group F.E.M.M.E.S (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging events for young students interested in learning more about S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments. One or more of the following hands-on activities will be available:

• Squishy Circuits (using Play-Doh and LED lights to demonstrate electrical circuits)
• States of Matter demo (make Oobleck out of corn starch and water and make Silly Putty out of borax and glue)
• DNA (made of marshmallows and toothpicks) as well as a ribosome-RNA-protein relay
• Magnetism demonstration
• Acid/Base demonstration

The U-M F.E.M.M.E.S. group is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence in women of all ages.

Construct a Catapult

Saturday March 28, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Explore different ways of building catapults and see how far you can launch mini pom-poms!

DIY Paper Circuits

Saturday March 14, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 4-8.

Make a safe and simple paper circuit to light up a greeting card of your creation!

Mardi Gras Masks

Tuesday February 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Decorate masks with sequins, feathers,and other fun stuff and celebrate Mardi Gras!

Nature Walk @ Barton Nature Area

Thursday May 7, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Barton Nature Area

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 102-acre Barton Nature Area.

Learn about native plants and animals, and about the diverse natural features of the area.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Meet in the parking lot off Huron Drive, just north of the Bird Road intersection.

Marvelous Monet

Tuesday May 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn about Impressionism, the style of Claude Monet’s art, and see prints of his famous work.

Then, create a painting in the style of Monet!

Film Screening: The Michigan Beer Film

Sunday October 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- Bill's Beer Garden - 218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join us at Bill's Beer Garden in downtown Ann Arbor for an evening screening of The Michigan Beer Film. The film explores Michigan's thriving craft beer industry through entertaining interviews and visits to breweries and venues.

The Michigan Beer Film visits brewers like Scott Sullivan, Ryan Sylvester, Eric Kuhnhenn, Joe Short; Hop growers like Brian Tennis, Joel Mulder, Jeff and Bonnie Steinman; Entrepreneurs like Ben Fleckenstein, Michael Kiser and Stephen Roginson. The Dark Horse Brewery stars of The History Channel’s new reality series Dark Horse Nation are also featured.

Bill's Beer Garden is an open-air venue, so grab a sweater if it's chilly, then come on down, watch the movie, and enjoy a good beer! This event is free to the public.

Read Stories in the Garden to Kids!

Sunday May 10, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for Grades 7-12

Come volunteer to read garden-themed stories to kids! At the first part of this event, we'll go over some story-telling techniques, choose books to read, practice reading, and decide locations around the downtown library for the main event. Feel free to bring your own favorite garden or spring-related picture books, or choose some of ours to read. PLEASE NOTE: this event requires a two-part commitment, both the practice session on the 10th and the actual story-telling to the children on Saturday, May 16 from 1:30-3:30.

National Library Week: 'Fancy Nancy' Party!

Saturday April 18, 2015: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3.

Dress up in your finery and come to a Fancy Nancy party!

We’ll make and decorate a Fancy Nancy-esque crown and color scenes from favorite Fancy Nancy books.

Chesstastic

Sunday May 17, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities!

Challenge old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.

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