Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Monday August 21, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: outside front entrance (Fifth Avenue & Library Lane)

This event is intended for all ages

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun!

Join us outside the Downtown Library (Fifth Avenue & Library Lane) to view this spectacular celestial event! Viewing glasses will be provided.

YOU MUST ALWAYS USE EYE PROTECTION TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE IF YOU ARE IN MICHIGAN!

Though Ann Arbor isn't in the path of totality (where the moon will completely cover the sun), we'll still be able to see a partial solar eclipse (where the moon covers part of the sun's disk). The partial eclipse begins in Ann Arbor at 1:02 pm, with 80% maximum coverage at 2:26 pm.

NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador to Ann Arbor, Jennifer German, will be here to answer your eclipse (and space) questions. Help us spread the word — visit theSolar System Ambassador's Facebook event page. #Eclipse2017

Summer Game 2017 GAME OVER Gala!

Thursday August 31, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby

This event is intended for All Summer Game Players

Let's take the Summer Game out with a bang with a building-wide scavenger hunt, badge coloring, a free photo booth, and light refreshments.

Get your last day of Summer Game in and get a chance to meet other Summer Game players!

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!

Family Art Design Challenge at UMMA Nights

Saturday September 16, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- University of Michigan Museum of Art

This event is intended for all ages

Join AADL and the University of Michigan Museum of Art for an exciting exploration of sustainable design during UMMA Nights at the Museum! From 7 to 8:00 pm, AADL will host a collaborative design challenge outside of UMMA's Frankel Family Wing.

Families or groups of friends will be provided with a brown bag that contains art materials from the Ann Arbor Scrap Box. Together you’ll be prompted to explore five principles of design by constructing art from reclaimed objects. You don’t have to manufacture something to design something!

This is a free drop-in art-making event and all are welcome.

Stick around for the family-friendly movie night showing of WALL-E at 8:00 pm. The film will be projected on UMMA's State Street-side facade, on the west side of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing.

This event is a partnership between AADL and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Rain Gardens Nature Walk

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Miller Avenue Rain Gardens

This event is intended for all ages

We will meet at 1916 Miller Avenue, Ann Arbor (across from Bruce) and will tour the rain gardens between the sidewalk and the street and also highlight a few nearby residential rain gardens.

Come learn how these rain gardens work, what plants you can find inside them, and more! We will mostly stay on the sidewalk, but dress comfortably and bring water if desired.

The walk will be led by Catie Wytychak and Susan Bryan from the Water Resources Commissioner's Office, and is part of the AADL's partnership with Washtenaw County

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!

Concert: The Maple Leaf Group

Friday September 29, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a performance by The Maple Leaf Group, a traditional Japanese music group from Fukuoka, southern Japan.

The Maple Leaf Group is comprised of Ms. Tachikawa, who is a koto instructor, and eight additional musicians. The instruments they will play are koto (Japanese harps), Shakuhachi flutes, three-stringed Shamisen (Japanese banjo), and a Shinobue flute.

Attendees will be treated to traditional Japanese music as well as American movie soundtracks.