Upcoming Events

Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses in Michigan With Author and Expert Doc Fletcher

PBS-featured author and life-long Michigan resident Doc Fletcher returns to the Library for a delightful evening discussion of Michigan canoeing and kayaking, this time focusing on his just-released book Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses in Michigan.

Enjoy an hour-long photographic journey down rivers from Doc’s latest canoeing & kayaking book. With a Michigan map spread across the desk and a bit of time spent researching colleges across the Great Lakes State, it is evident that there are over 20 Michigan colleges that can tell you they have a great paddling river for a neighbor. 20 of those river-college unions are highlighted in this book.

Re-live the magic of those crazy college days via a 3-part curriculum… (1) paddle the river, (2) walk the nearby college campus & (3) enjoy the local tavern. College, for many the greatest experience of our lives… expanding minds, no parents, first taste of independence, learning responsibility, building life-long friendships, and – like the joy of paddling a river - creating a long list of happy, fantastic memories.

You don't have to be a paddling enthusiast to enjoy the program, but you may become one by the time the evening ends!

The event includes a book signing and copies of Doc’s published books on canoeing and kayaking in Michigan and Wisconsin will be on sale. One lucky attendee will also win a gift certificate good for a free canoe or kayak day trip.

Building Matters: Rainwater "Borrowing"

Water is our most natural resource, yet harvesting and using it in buildings is one of our most complicated ordinances.

Learn how rainwater has historically been used in buildings, how other areas of the country are slowly starting to make net-zero-water buildings a reality, and what opportunities Ann Arbor has to be a water leader.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing for Children with Shutta Crum

Picture books, early chapter books and middle grade fiction may look simple, but writing them is hard work.

In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by local author Shutta Crum, to discuss inspiration, the writing process, and how children’s books get published. Shutta is the author of over 13 books for children of various ages. Shutta is also a professional storyteller, and a retired Ann Arbor District Library librarian.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writer’s Workshops which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors.

Each month, two weeks after the workshop, (this month on Thursday, May 19 from 7 – 8:45 pm at Traverwood Branch) there is a Meetup where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Sewing Night: Meet the Machine and UFOs

Want to learn to sew but are nervous about buying a machine and learning on your own? Come use ours and we’ll show you how!

We’ll have our lab’s machines set up and staff will be on hand will show you the basics, such as bobbin winding, needle threading, and practicing your stitches. All skill levels are welcome, no prior knowledge is necessary.

Or, do you already know how to sew and want to hang out, too? Bring a UFO (an unfinished object that you’ve been meaning to work on) with you. Use our machines or bring your own for an evening of community sewing!

This event will be repeated on Thursday, May 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library Secret Lab.

Tissue Paper Flower Bouquets

Make a gorgeous flower bouquet for yourself or someone you care about!

Perfect Paper Pinwheels

Mix and match fun paper patterns and silly straws to create colorful pinwheels!

Mason Jar Aquariums

Make a miniature aquarium inside of a Mason jar.

Swirl it to see the fish swim!

Make A Mother's Day Card

Make a beautiful Mother's Day card!

Scratch Workshop: Design a Pong Game

Make an online version of the bouncing ball game! Find out how to add sounds, points, or other effects. Then, challenge your friends to play.

Sign up for a free account at scratch.mit.edu to save your game.

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing

True creativity comes from the mastery of core skills combined with original thought!

Join Young Rembrandts teachers on Sundays through May 22 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.