English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Thursday January 11, 2018: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

3D Printing Demo

Thursday January 11, 2018: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for a 3D Printing Demo with a local expert who will explain the theory behind and some of the uses for 3D Printing. Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.

Electric Vehicles | City of Ann Arbor 2018 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum

Thursday January 11, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

A panel of electric vehicle (EV) experts will discuss electric vehicles in Ann Arbor and how EVs will become a growing part of our transportation future—including autonomous vehicles. Come meet local electric vehicle owners and check out their vehicles. There will also be a “ride and drive” event sponsored by the Michigan Electric Auto Association. The ride and drive event will precede the Forum from 5-7pm just outside the library on Library Lane.

Sustainable Ann Arbor is an annual series presented by the City of Ann Arbor and hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library. The series includes four events held monthly through April, each with a focus on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

Homemade Face Masks and Scrubs with Hannah Butler

Friday January 12, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Enjoy an evening of skincare as a means of self-care. Learn the basic steps to create a personal skincare regimen for your skin type with natural ingredients. Everyone will receive recipe cards and create a facial mask to take home. Supplies and ingredients will be provided.

A makeup artist with over 10 years' experience, Hannah attributes her expertise to the thousands of faces, countless hours, and vast training she's had in skincare and makeup. Using thoughtful questioning, she learns about a client’s style and helps them look and feel their best.

English Country Dance

Saturday January 13, 2018: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

This introduction to English country dance will prepare you to hold your own on the dance floor at Georgian-era balls and assemblies. A dance master and musicians provided by the Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance will lead participants through the basics of a traditional country dance. No experience necessary.

Beginners should arrive at 1pm sharp for a demonstration. Wear comfortable clothes and smooth-soled shoes...or you can arrive in period dress!

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit.

Felt Ball Fun!

Saturday January 13, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop.

Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap, and some patience to get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration.

Modern Geometric Mobile

Saturday January 13, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

We'll show you how to make a mobile for your home or office.

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.