Sensation Stations

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

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.

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.

Scorecard on American Public Schools: How Do We Really Fare in International Comparisons?

Monday December 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Public education in the United States has a bad reputation—in the US, that is. A somewhat different picture emerges when the American public school is compared to educational systems of other nations around the globe. Based on two international large-scale studies and our own research at the University of Michigan, this talk will illustrate the strengths of American public schools that are often forgotten in the public debate.

Kai S. Cortina is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Michigan. His major research areas include learning motivation in school, improving teaching practice, and the long-term effects of schooling over the life course. As an expert in quantitative methods, he was repeatedly involved in international studies on school achievement and student learning.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Pilates with MOVE

Thursday January 4, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9-adult

Come and MOVE!

In this class, you will learn the basic exercises upon which the entire Pilates method is built. Challenge your core and build balance, function, and the strength to tackle life with a fit body! MOVE Wellness is Ann Arbor's award-winning mind-body fitness and wellness studio. Offering a well-rounded array of fitness and wellness services, MOVE helps clients reach their goals and live a joyful life in a fit and healthy body.

Please wear clothing you can exercise in and bring a yoga mat.

Self-Care Massage: Upper Body

Tuesday January 9, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Using the Myofascial technique, licensed massage therapist Brian M. Truskowski will teach you about the muscles of upper body, with a focus on the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands as they relate to massage.

Learn about the role these muscles play in your body and how they create dysfunction when not working properly. Brian will instruct attendees on how to self-massage by demonstrating the techniques on himself and then on any participants interested in giving it a try.

He is licensed to practice massage in the state of Michigan and currently practices at Ann Arbor Massage.

Film: Resilience

Wednesday January 10, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 7 - adult

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, incarceration, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

This 60-minute 2016 film is not rated.

Premature Aging: How to Avoid Growing Old Before Your Time with Dr. Nishath Hakim MD

Wednesday January 10, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

We all know that our energy declines as we age, and we have probably heard that our “metabolism slows.” But what does this mean in terms of premature aging and illness? Dr Hakim will discuss how nutrition, hormone levels, and chronic inflammation can contribute to premature aging and what you can do to reverse it.

Our guest speaker, Nishath Hakim, MD has over 20 years of combined experience in Primary Care, Holistic Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. She is dedicated to addressing the immediate health problem of her patients, she also focuses on discovering and treating deeper causes of disease or illness. Her passion to help create a healthy body, mind, and spirit for each client has encouraged her to seek evidence-based therapies beyond the “typical” primary care training that prevent the disease process from progressing or starting.

Sensation Stations

Friday January 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

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.