Drawing for Adults

Sunday January 14, 2018: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

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

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 media like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

MLK Day Event: Rhythm Life Collective Featuring Kevin Jones

Monday January 15, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for all ages

Rhythm Life Collective is a global drumming collective presenting music of West African, Cuban, Caribbean, North African, Brazilian, and Arabic traditions. Group members have traveled to many regions in Central and West Africa, Turkey, and Latin/Central America to study these rich cultural traditions.

The fundamental mission of the group is to manifest spirit in community through performance. A central feature is the opportunity for audience interaction through singing, dancing, or playing instruments right along with the group.

Fiber Arts Lab: Knitting

Monday January 15, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

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.

Beyond the Hero and the Holiday -- A Storytelling Celebration of the Historical Movement that gave us Dr. King, and a Critical Examination of Where We Stand Today as a Nation

Monday January 15, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Adults and teens can honor and celebrate the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with nationally acclaimed storyteller La'Ron Williams.

La’Ron Williams shares both original and traditional tales that appeal to a wide range of ages and social backgrounds. His energetic, music-spiced presentations are always fun, highly participatory, educational and entertaining. Every program is specifically designed to promote diversity, foster community building, encourage peaceful conflict resolution and teach a host of “pro-social” skills, including empathy, self-expression and attentive listening. Williams has received high praise for his skill at presenting diversity workshops for adults, helping participants understand the nature of “invisible” bias and moving beyond the emotional stumbling blocks that prevent us from taking collective responsibility for creating a just and equitable society.

Creative Break

Tuesday January 16, 2018: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Take a break from your workday with some creative thinking!

Drop in for a prompt or challenge that will get you thinking out of the box. Try different art tools and push yourself to experience something new!

Cute & Cuddly Winter Cross-Stitch

Tuesday January 16, 2018: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for an evening of fun winter cross-stitch!

We'll have patterns for penguins, snowflakes, narwhals, and more.

All skill levels welcome.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday January 17, 2018: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K-12

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

Thursday January 18, 2018: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-12

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!

Electronics Lab

Thursday January 18, 2018: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for a directed physical computing activity. Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects, and bring a flash drive if you want to save any code we create!

Sewing Lab with Amber Adams-Fall

Saturday January 20, 2018: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to sew a stuffed whale using recycled denim with the help of local expert, Amber Adams-Fall! Amber will demonstrate how to create a sweet whale, and will be available to help you through the process.