Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 4, 2016: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages.

Now in its 8th year, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Come learn how to solder; see mechanical, electrical and micro-controlled devices; and participate in technology new and old. The Faire features Washtenaw County's high school FIRST Robotics teams, the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Maker Works and many more fantastic exhibitors.

AADL 20th Anniversary Exhibit

June 2, 2016 through July 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Local voters approved a millage to establish a new District Library for Ann Arbor in 1996.

Take a journey back through twenty years of the Ann Arbor District Library with this exhibit of text, panels and object highlighting the past two decades.

A lot has occurred in twenty years! State, local and national awards, new services, new technologies, new branches, author, celebrity and event highlights and more will be featured in this look at the past twenty years.

Anything Goes in A2

June 18, 2016 through July 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This fourth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features thirty-five square paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.

The group started in 1929. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, libraries, and more.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of and encouraging active participation in the visual arts.

Building Matters: Rainwater "Borrowing"

Wednesday May 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Water is our most natural resource, yet harvesting and using it in buildings is one of our most complicated ordinances.

Learn how rainwater has historically been used in buildings, how other areas of the country are slowly starting to make net-zero-water buildings a reality, and what opportunities Ann Arbor has to be a water leader.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

Ann Arbor Women Artists' 2016 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330 women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artists.

AIA 2016 Honor Awards

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2016 Honor Awards Program at its awards ceremony at the Bentley Historical Library on October 23, 2015.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

The 2016 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-eight projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted for consideration by an independent jury. Ten of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional and technical requirements and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

A Walk In The World: Pathways of Artistic Exploration in the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood to Grade 12

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit provides a glimpse of the rich and varied artwork created at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

In Waldorf Education the arts are an essential part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students work with a wide range of media and are given ample time to bring character to their art.

This year the artwork featured in the lower level showcases includes a display of puppetry arts. The puppet shows performed in the vibrant Early Childhood program at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor are a magical and soothing way to bring stories to life for young children. Puppets are all hand-crafted by the Early Childhood teachers, who also carefully select stories that are developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse.

Building Matters: Net Metering

Wednesday April 6, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Michigan is one of several states currently discussing net metering and 11 other states are also debating this issue. How much do you know? In some ways, this amounts to a coal v. solar smack down.

Let’s discuss the technology, science, and political implications of this model of energy generation and distribution.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

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Health Insurance Options for Michiganders: Why You Should Get it and How!

Wednesday December 2, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Do you have health insurance? Did you know that 70% of people can get health insurance for less than $50 a month? Come learn more about your health insurance options at this event, led by representatives of the Washtenaw Health Initiative.

This session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for.

The Washtenaw Health Initiative is a voluntary, county-wide collaboration focused on how to improve access to coordinated care for the uninsured and low-income and Medicaid populations. The effort includes representatives from the University of Michigan Health System, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, health plans, county government, community services, physicians, and safety net providers. More than 80 organizations and 180 individuals participate.

City Of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Looking to the Future: Ann Arbor in 2025

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

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The last event in this series centers on Ann Arbor in 2025, including conversations about local challenges and solutions on Ann Arbor’s path to a more sustainable future.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers include:
- Moderator, Josie Parker, Director of the Ann Arbor Library;
- Teresa Gillotti, Communication and Policy Specialist, Washtenaw County Department of Community and Economic Development;
- Xuan Liu, Manager of Research, SEMCOG;
- Susan Pollay, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority;
- Sue Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART at the U-M Transport Research Institute.

Details of this series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

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