Upcoming Events

Film & Discussion: The Ghosts in Our Machine

It’s Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014 and, as part of the Veg Week events, AADL and VegMichigan will host a special screening and discussion of "The Ghosts In Our Machine," the 2013 multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

The film follows acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.

The film (which has a running time of 92 minutes and is not rated) charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

VegMichigan will lead a discussion following the screening.

Concert: The West African Sounds Of Sunkwa

Enjoy the sounds of music from Africa!

Sunkwa was established in 1999 and is comprised of six musicians to explore jazz, pop and world music. The group combines traditional instruments of West Africa, like the gyil (ancient xylophone from Ghana) along with percussion, brass and guitar. The music has its roots in Ghana, but is infused with an exciting variety of world beat rhythms.

Sunkwa's sounds fuse world xylophone music traditions from various parts of Africa, a unique combination of ancient mallet keyboard and a modern team of dynamo performers.

Steampunk Gearrings

Use mechanical parts to make a pair of completely unique, steampunk-style earrings.

Creating Video Games: Programming

Dig into the world of computer programming for video games! Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff! Program and play your own game using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2014 Kids' Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd – 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2014 Kids’ Art Fair (to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 14.

Drop-In Jury Sessions will take place at the Pittsfield Branch - You need to attend only one of these three sessions. Interested young artists should arrive with 4 – 6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art work with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Sessions are:
• Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
• Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Kids’ Art Fair is a unique opportunity for young artists to interact with the community and sell their original artwork at the Townie Street Party. In addition, this is a great chance for young artists to see the jury process at work and to interact with arts educators on a one-on-one basis. The young artists receive individual attention by the Jurors and the positive feedback is often very empowering.

Young artists invited to exhibit at the Kids’ Art Fair will be notified by email in mid-May. The selected artists will be able to sell their work under tents at the July 14th Townie Street Party, which takes place on E. Washington between Thayer and Fletcher and on Ingalls. Additional information may be found at attfair.org.

El Dia de los Niños y Libros

Each year, AADL partners with the awesome Ypsilanti District Library for this national celebration of children and books, connecting kids to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.

Enjoy colorful stories and crafts, face painting, and experience the colors and rhythms of Spain with the fabulous flamenco of El Alma Española!

Stories and Crafts: "Henry and Mudge"

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Henry and Mudge! This program corresponds with the Michigan Theater's "Not Just for Kids" performance of Henry & Mudge on Sunday, May 4.

Kodu with Kito

Local educator and AAPS substitute teacher Kito introduces students to the world of computer programming with Kodu.

Kodu is a visual programming language designed specifically for creating games. It’s a perfect start for young people who are interested in both programming and game design.

Circle K Homework Help

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!

Circle K Homework Help

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!