Each year the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Ann Arbor District Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students from across the city will be shown throughout the Library.
Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in many mediums will fill the display cases and cover the walls of our art display areas. Enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.
Nationally-renowned poet Angel Nafis is joined by poets from the Neutral Zone’s VOLUME Youth Poetry Project and local poet Jeff Kass for a special evening of powerful poetry readings to celebrate National Poetry Month!
Angel Nafis lives in Brooklyn but is an Ann Arbor native. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, an organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. She is the author of BlackGirl Mansion and her work has appeared in FOUND Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, The Bear River Review, MUZZLE Magazine, and Mosaic Magazine.
In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series.
Ann Arbor’s own Jeff Kass, author of Knuckleheads, is a teacher at both Pioneer High School and Eastern Michigan University. A nationally-known poet, he is also the creative arts director at the Neutral Zone.
In honor of Earth Day we'll use recycled materials to create a colorful garden. Far from the garden variety, these blossoms stem from magazine pages. They're easy to make and leave lots of room for inspired creativity.
National Library Week concludes with a special performance for elementary-age youth through adults featuring nationally-known Storyteller La'Ron Williams.
La'Ron is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning storyteller, earning a reputation as one of the finest storytellers in the state of Michigan. His salient gift is his remarkable rapport with audiences of all kinds, as he uses dialect, facial expressions and movement to breathe life into tales which transcend the boundaries of class and age.
La'Ron also believes that multiculturalism is an important part of life and that the power and beauty of African culture should be shared.
Bring your dream game levels to life by learning the tools used in real video game development studios. The GameStart staff will lead a workshop on how to create and play your own levels using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!
Tom Clynes returns to the AADL on Earth Day with stunning photos and stories from Canada’s Yukon Territory, the subject of his 22-page feature story in February’s National Geographic magazine. Tom will bring us along on assignment to one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich territories on Earth, an Arctic Serengeti whose extreme seasonal shifts beckon vast herds of caribou and other animals into motion. He’ll share rags-to-riches stories of modern-day prospectors, and spotlight the growing tension between indigenous peoples who would keep the Yukon’s wilderness unbroken, and miners whose success depends on digging it up.
Tom Clynes is an author and photographer who covers the adventurous side of science and environmental issues. He contributes regularly to National Geographic and Popular Science, where he is a contributing editor. He’s also the author of the upcoming book “The Boy Who Played With Fusion.” After his presentation, Tom will host a Q & A session.
Lisa Anderson grew up in New York City and graduated from U-M with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Public Health. Professionally she develops research training programs for early career researchers in the health sciences. "The Lost Chapters," is her first book and invites others seeking the truth about a loss to go the distance.
"Healing comes in getting the story right," the author says. "The Lost Chapters explores class, love, and the legacy of addiction, and delivers a hopeful rendering of a difficult journey."
For many years, Dawn Farm has offered a continuum of services to help addicts and alcoholics achieve long term recovery. From humble roots in 1973 to the current array of community programs, Dawn Farm’s plainspoken ideal has always been the same—to be the place where addicts and alcoholics could go for help, regardless of their ability to pay. With residential services, supportive transitional housing, outpatient treatment, sub-acute detoxification and a range of active outreach programs, Dawn Farm has always been there to help.