Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Owning My Story & Taking Control

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will explore mindfulness of our words and actions, and trying them on in a group setting. We will also practice letting go of old stories and beliefs to allow for growth.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Sunday August 27, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services. Books will be for sale at this event and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

Nature Walk at Furstenburg Nature Area

Thursday August 31, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

This event is intended for all ages

This long, narrow nature area along the Huron River has many beautiful open areas, where habitats like prairies, a mitigated wetland, and even a sedge meadow are accessible via paths and boardwalks.

Learn more broadly about this beautiful nature area at this event. Staff from City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation will lead a family-friendly nature walk through the woods.

Please meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water if desired. The nature walks are a collaboration between the AADL and Natural Area Preservation that take place once a month April through September. Some of AADL’s Science Tools will be available for use during the walk!

Sensation Stations

Tuesday September 5, 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 Harvest

Tuesday September 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Find out how to get the most health benefit from this harvest season.

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 cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Question Everything, and Grow

Tuesday September 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class explores our commitments to everything, giving us a chance to question stories, beliefs, and safe space to discuss this.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Is the News Fake and the Facts Alternative? Why People Hear What They Want to Hear and How to Effectively Bridge the Divide

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Fake news is only fake to those who don’t believe it. In other words, what we already think can color how we evaluate new persuasive messages, particularly about topics in which we are deeply invested (e.g., gun control, climate change, health recommendations).

This talk will explore some common pitfalls when evaluating information about which we already have opinions, as well as why we are so motivated to feel right (even when we may not be), and will conclude with some strategies for reducing these biases.

Dr. Allison Earl is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Health, Attitudes, and Influence Lab (HAILab) at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses primarily on what information people approach or avoid – and why – and how these tendencies impact what we think, feel, and do.

This program is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Nature Walk at Argo Nature Area

Thursday September 28, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

This event is intended for all ages

This 22.5 acre preserve contains an interesting combination of habitats, including emergent wetland, mesic forest, and oak-hickory forest. Harvester butterflies have been seen here in the summer. They are the only butterflies in North America with carnivorous caterpillars!

Come learn more about the habitat that supports these fascinating creatures at this family-friendly nature walk! Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water if desired.

The nature walks are a collaboration between the AADL and Natural Area Preservation that take place once a month April through September. Some of AADL’s Science Tools will be available for use during the walk!