Upcoming Events

Getting the "YES" with Body Language

Join Clinical Psychologist Janette Ghedotte as she discusses the power of body language and how to create strategies to help establish rapport, decode body language messages and gain greater confidence in business and personal relationships.

Hinamatsuri Paper Craft

Hinamatsuri – also known as Girl’s Day or Doll’s Day – is celebrated annually on March 3 in Japan. It’s a day to wish good health and happiness to young girls everywhere!

Learn about this special day, and make kokeshi-style and shiori ningyo-style dolls out of colorful paper and washi tape.

Kokeshi are wooden dolls of different shapes, and shiori ningyo are “bookmark dolls,”often made of washi.

The Dark Side II: Highway of Horror With Bestselling Horror Authors Andrew Pyper & Nick Cutter

Get ready for a spine-tingling evening when bestselling horror genre authors Andrew Pyper and Nick Cutter visit the Downtown Library for one night of chilling readings and conversation, as part of their Dark Side II: Highway of Horror author tour. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers — if you dare! A book signing will follow, and books will be for sale.

Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of six internationally bestselling novels, including The Killing Circle, a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist, are in active development for feature films. His new novel, The Damned, was released in February 2015 and has already been optioned as a feature film by Legendary Pictures.

Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for Scotiabank Giller prize-nominated author Craig Davidson. Davidson has published four books of literary fiction, including Rust and Bone (which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name), and Cataract City. Under the name Nick Cutter, he published The Troop in 2014 and his newest book, The Deep, in January 2015.

This event is cosponsored by Nicola's Books.

Tired of Counting Sheep? Practical Tips for Good Sleep in Older Adults

Can’t sleep?

Learn several tips for how older adults can obtain better sleep patterns when Dr. Theodore T. Suh, MD, PhD, MHS, AGSF visits AADL to share his knowledge and advice.

Dr. Suh will discuss the epidemiology of sleep disorders in older adults, changes that occur with sleep as people age, known associations between sleep disorders and common chronic illnesses in the elderly, and share practical tips for improving sleep in seniors.

Dr. Suh received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his Master of Health Science degree from Duke University. He is a faculty member at both the University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor GRECC. In addition, he serves as Medical Director of the Huron Valley PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), in Ypsilanti.

Ann Arbor Elections: What Works? What Doesn’t?

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) host this first in a series of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials. This session will explore both the strengths and weaknesses of our current system, discussing such issues as voter turn-out, student participation, and cost in terms of both dollars and effort of running for office, independent candidates, and other related topics.

Panelists include David Askins, former Editor of the Ann Arbor Chronicle; Lou Belcher, former Mayor of Ann Arbor; and Jean Carlberg, former City Council Member.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

Emerging Writers Poetry Writing Workshop: Whatever It Takes: Settling Down

Let's face it, life in the twenty-first century rarely lends itself to the kind of care and attention that leads to great poems. (Henry David Thoreau fretted about the pace of mainstream life before we’d even begun traveling in cars or talking on the telephone!) We'll explore the sorts of atmosphere and habits-of-mind that will lead to your best poems ever. We'll focus on identifying what’s already working and learn some brand new approaches to the blank page. You'll generate new material and leave with resources to keep you going. Finally get tips for organizing your drafts and final versions, and submitting your work for publication. Regular speaker, Lara Zielin, will be joined by Alison Swan for this poetry writing and publishing workshop.

Alison Swan's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, a new anthology from New Issues Press; North American Review; TriQuarterly; and her poetry chapbooks Before the Snow Moon and Dog Heart (both Alice Greene and Company). Her book, Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (Michigan State University Press), is a Library of Michigan Notable Book. Alison Swan earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and teaches in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at Western Michigan University. Her website and blog, Forage, can be found here: http://alisonswan.net .

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

1930s Depression era Detroit marked a dramatic turning point in Rivera's and Kahlo's careers, which resulted in Rivera's most visionary statement for the future and Frida's boldly personal expressive art. In anticipation of the exhibition opening at the DIA on Sunday, March 15, 2015, DIA docent Carol George will present a preview and talk about the tumultuous and highly productive year that the two artists spent in Detroit between April 1932 and March 1933.

Make Your Own Drop Spindle (and Learn To Spin Yarn!)

Have you ever wondered how to make yarn? Have you seen someone spinning yarn and wanted to give it a whirl? Come learn with us!

Drop spinning is an ancient craft that uses simple materials to make a spindle that spins sheep's wool or other fibers into yarn. At this event, participants will make their own drop spindle using doweling and recycled CDs and learn the basics of how to spin using their new drop spindle.

GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Blockly

Get your first taste of programming with a visual approach! The software developers at GameStart have created a programming environment for our youngest Minecrafters which leverages visual scripting technology developed at Google. Learn the fundamentals of programming with the game you love.