Upcoming Events

College Night

For those involved in the college prep and selection process, it’s AADL’s annual College Night with the co-authors Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing: Community High’s college prep counselor John Boshoven; Debbie Merion, the founder of Essay Coaching; and performance coach Geraldine Markel. Together, these experts form CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com

Learn about the college selection and application process:
• Part 1: Finding the College that Fits;
• Part 2: Applying to College: Those Pesky Essays;
• Part 3: Applying to College: Those Pesky Tests.

This event will include a book signing with copies of the book available for purchase and handouts provided.

Letterpress Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset lead type!

Workshop participants will learn how to compose, lock-up, and print a small project on AADL’s vintage Kelsey letterpresses. Letterpress Labs are lead by library staff and guest instructors from U-M's Wolverine Press. Follow along with our scheduled activity or plan your own project—you’re the designer!

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children.

French Macarons 101

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make macarons!

In this class, students will learn all about how to make French macarons. The ingredients, instructions, and proper storage will all be covered in this hands-on class.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing cooking & baking series.

Unicorn Cross-Stitch

Love unicorns? And crafting?

Join us in making an adorable little unicorn cross-stitch project!

All skills levels are welcome.

Shadow Puppetry: Dialogue Between the Light and the Shadow With Dr. Yi -Feng Chiu

Explore the art of shadow puppetry and learn about the history of the art form around the globe and in Taiwan at a talk by Dr. Yi-Feng Chiu.

Dr. Chiu, with academic training in Chinese literature, is a professor of Creative Product Design at Ling Tung University. His extensive research has led to many publications and articles in newspapers and magazines on shadow plays and puppet theaters.

This program is in conjunction with the October 2 Downtown Library performance of the Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe Of Taiwan, and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, the Taipei Culture Center in New York, Detroit Institutes of Arts/Friends of Asian Arts and Culture, Ann Arbor District Library, and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

Data Visualization with Processing

Learn about the Processing programming language and how it can be used to visualize data.

No previous experience is necessary.

Stenciled Watercolors

No art skills? No problem! We'll show you how to make a frame-worthy piece.

Drawing for Adults

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills.

In this session you'll explore patterns using Micron pens and drawing pencils.

Every week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different mediums like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing and Publishing Children’s Nonfiction

There’s a world of children’s books beyond picture books and easy stories. Kids also read nonfiction on every topic you can think of. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by author Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, who has published numerous children’s books on everything from extreme mountain biking to how to start a dog-walking business. Virginia will share tips and tricks for writing the things kids want to know.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan lives and works in San Diego, CA where she directs the Liberal Studies program at San Diego State University. She writes for the Ann Arbor-based children's non-fiction company Cherry Lake Publishing. The library also has a unique deal with Cherry Lake and our library card holders have access to digital PDF copies of their books.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the Library's imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Fiber Arts Lab: Crochet

Join us every other Monday for an evening of knitting and crochet. We will provide everything you need to get started. Stop in and learn the basics.

You can bring a project you've been working on, or just stop by to practice your stitches. We welcome all skill levels. No prior knowledge is necessary.

This week we will focus on crochet.