Upcoming Events

Nebula Necklaces

We'll show you how to make a nebula in a bottle that you can wear as a cool necklace!

Silhouette Plates

Come create decorative plates using silhouettes of characters and symbols from favorite books like Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland, and more.

Floral Living Jewelry with Designer Susan McLeary

Join floral designer Susan McLeary as she leads us in a step by step workshop creating floral art jewelry. Using live succulents you can create a one-of-a-kind floral ring!

Susan’s work has been featured on the cover of Fusion Flowers Magazine and in leading industry publications and websites including Modern Wedding Flowers, Style Me Pretty, and The Knot.

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.

Sensation Stations

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Nature Walk @ Black Pond Woods

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 34-acre Black Pond Woods Nature Area.

Black Pond Woods is mostly woodland, and was named for a small vernal pond whose basin was created when the glaciers receded from this area. The dark brown water is caused by tannins and humic acids from leaf litter. We'll learn more about this lovely area and about native plants and animals on our trek.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. We'll meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, which can be accessed from Traver Road.

Emerging Writers Workshop: An Evening with University of Michigan Press

Join us for a special session with representatives from the University of Michigan Press to find out what their editors are looking for, and get tips on how best to market and promote your book. Come with questions and our regular instructor, Lara Zielin, will moderate with Alex Kourvo sitting on the panel as well. This is a special opportunity to meet with a publisher and get firsthand information on what they are looking for. Renee Tambeau, Director of Marketing, Sales and Promotion and Scott Ham, Acquiring Editor for Michigan & Great Lakes, will join us on behalf of the University of Michigan Press.

An Evening with John Latini

Do not miss award-winning Michigan musician John Latini!

Commanding the stage alone, Latini personifies the best the heartland, and especially Michigan's righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people.

In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style.

Kerrytown BookFest Exhibit Reception

Join us for a pre-BookFest reception for the upcoming 13th annual Kerrytown BookFest!

the reception will feature the grand opening of The Art Of The Book, Kerrytown BookFest’s Exhibit at the Library which showcases entries from the BookFest’s 8th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students. The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asks the students to reimagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. The contest winners will be announced at the reception. This year’s book is My Last Kiss, a young adult novel by Bethany Neal. Over 100 entries were judged by Bethany Neal, author; Paula Newcombe, graphic designer for the University of Michigan Press; and Melissa Weisberg, Macmillan Publishing Company representative.

Robin Agnew, Kerrytown BookFest President and owner of Aunt Agatha’s bookstore, who will present an overview of the exhibit and the book design contest. Deborah Gabrion will play the harp to accompany the celebration, and refreshments will be served.

The Kerrytown BookFest, which will be held on Sunday, September 13, is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight the area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Since 2003, the BookFest has been growing, sharing, and discovering more and more about the rich book culture in this region.

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing

True creativity comes from the mastery of core skills combined with original thought! Join Young Rembrandts teachers for directed drawing that gives young students instruction on how to break down complex images into simple ones. Students will explore many different techniques and art tools (colored pencil, pastel, and marker) while learning the drawing skills that lay the foundation for all visual arts. Illustration, design, fine art composition, and cartooning will be covered. We will experiment with pastels as we learn about Paul Cezanne and his profound mastery of light and color and then go on to explore the various ways to illustrate shadow and light using techniques that contemporary artist Roy Lichtenstein used in his work. Plus, a visit from a professional Comic Book Artist adds some cartoon creating excitement!