Upcoming Events

The AADL Staff Awesome LEGO Exhibit

Summer 2015 is all about LEGO at AADL!

Thursday, August 6 is our 10th Annual LEGO Contest, hosted at Kensington Court in Ann Arbor for kids, teens and adults! Every year a few children of Library Staff enter the LEGO contest and sadly, no matter how awesome their project is, they can't WIN. To rectify this and to show off the awesome creativity and LEGO enthusiasm of AADL staff, we're filling the Downtown Library display cases with lots of LEGO awesome projects!

AADL staff, family, and friends of staff worked hard to show off their work with unique LEGO structures, built with pieces from favorite sets and everything in between!

This special LEGO display is also part of AADL’s Summer Game 2015! Game codes and other clues will be hidden in the display and LOTS of points will be earned! Go to play.aadl.org for more information about the Summer Game and to learn about earning LEGO badges!

Harry Potter Party!

Calling witches and wizards of all ages! Come celebrate the popular Harry Potter books and movies by joining us for a night of Harry Potter-themed activities and crafts. Costumes are encouraged!

DIY Photo Book

Your photos don't have to just live on your phone. Come make a mini book where you can display some of your favorite printed photos.

GameStart Workshop: Video Game Design: Five Nights at Freddy's

What makes Five Nights so scary? In this course we will delve into the concepts and atmosphere of the horror game genre to better understand why we find it so intriguing. You will imagine, create and dissect a horror game of your own with a theme of your choosing.

AADL Circus Camp: Costume Design

Local artist and designer Lizzie Lottman will teach you how costumes are made, from start to finish. Look at examples, learn the process, and design your own costume!

Preschool ArtStart

Preschoolers can make art too! Join us for fun crafts for children ages 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Totems, Trees, and Birds

This dual painting exhibit by Joyce Tinkham and Betsy Beckerman features thirty-five works in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic on canvas, mixed media on wood, and collage.

Joyce Tinkham is an award-winning artist, and a graduate of the University of of Michigan School of Art & Design. Her work features pieces in acrylic paint on canvas and watercolors. Joyce Tinkham's heritage is Nisga'a Native American, a factor that, as she puts it, "creeps into my work. "My paintings sometimes have Native American themes, and sometimes American native designs."

Betsy Beckerman is a musician and an artist. She features watercolors, mixed media on wood and collage in this show. Most pieces have nature themes or depictions of birds.

Betsy and Joyce are friends and are in two art groups together: AAWA and SaturdayforArt. Both have previously had solo shows at the AADL and with similar tastes and themes decided to mount this collaborative show.

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 will also learn the basics of how to spin using their new drop spindle.