Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 2–5 years

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

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 a partnership with the University of Michigan The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet 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.

Baby Playgroups

Thursday December 14, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

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.

Guided Meditation for Kids

Thursday December 14, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 1 - 5

Whether it is stress, anxiety, or the occasional moodiness, kids can benefit from quieting their mind as much as adults. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead kids through a series of guided meditations to encourage calmness and more. Meditation at a young age plants the seed of a lifelong resource for dealing with stress or hard situations. At the end of the session children will have a chance to process what they experienced through artistic expression. Attendees are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket with them for added comfort. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday December 15, 2017: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 2–5 years

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Sensory Storytime

Saturday December 16, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 3-7

Storytime is for everyone!

This special storytime includes 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 minutes of adaptive free play!

This event is designed for young listeners with developmental disabilities and their friends and families.

Kids Comics Workshop: Write With Images

Saturday December 16, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 1-5

Learn the basics of storytelling with comics from cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, then create a short comics story of your own!

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!