Huron Valley Harmonizers

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join the Huron Valley Harmonizers for a concert of a cappella tunes sung in the Barbershop Quartet style! The Huron Valley Harmonizers chorus is a local men's chorus -- part of the Barbershop Harmony Society -- and is open to all men who love to sing, regardless of experience. The Harmonizers perform all over Washtenaw County, singing at fairs, festivals, and other local events, as well as hosting a number of concerts throughout the year.

For more information on the Harmonizers, visit www.hvharmonizers.org

Raw Vegan Winter Tips

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Get great tips from an expert on how you can maintain a fresh diet and have a vibrant winter.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op.

Lights, Camera, Austen: the screen adaptations of Jane Austen

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

U-M graduate student instructor Anne Mecklenburg will discuss the many, many adaptations of Jane Austen's work. Have you seen every Jane Austen miniseries multiple times? Remain devoted to the Greer Garson/Laurence Olivier Pride and Prejudice? Really liked that one with the zombies? Loved Clueless? No matter your favorite, this event is a chance to learn more about the history and context of Jane Austen novels on film. Naturally, we'll be watching a lot of clips!

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

Cookies Galore with Keegan Rodgers!

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

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

In this class, students will learn all about how to make a variety of cookies for the holidays or anytime. The ingredients, the steps involved with each cookie, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. Keegan will have cookies to taste too!

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

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Thursday December 14, 2017: 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.

DIY Bath Bombs

Saturday December 16, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come make some relaxing bath bombs as a gift for others or a gift to yourself!

Danish Heart Baskets

Saturday December 16, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4-adult

In Scandinavia, they celebrate Jul, which stretches from mid-November to mid-January. One tradition of Jul is to weave heart baskets out of felt, fabric or paper.

Make your own Danish heart baskets to fill with goodies and decorate your own home!

DIY Bindis

Saturday December 16, 2017: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come share in the tradition and create your own decorative bindi, using rhinestones and beads.

The bindi, from Sanskrit bindu, meaning "point, drop, dot or small particle," has a long history in South-East Asian tradition. The traditional bindi is a red or maroon dot, applied to the center of the forehead, close to the eyebrows.

Today bindis are popularly worn with the purpose of decoration and style.

Intermediate Origami with Beth Johnson

Saturday December 16, 2017: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn to create origami with local designer Beth Johnson. In this two hour session, Beth will walk you through one of her more complex designs. No prior origami experience is required, but this design will take the full two hours to fold.

Beth has exhibited her work and spoken about origami around the world. To see more of Beth's designs, browse her website, bethjohnsonorigami.com.

Chesstastic

Sunday December 17, 2017: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Join us for a relaxing and challenging afternoon of chess—one of the world's most popular games! Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome!

Drop in at any point over the course of the program to play old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.