Tummy Times

Tuesday October 17, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for parents and babies up to 6 months

Are you a new or expecting parent? Do you want to get out of the house and meet other parents sharing the same new baby experiences?

Come meet other new parents and share your experiences while your baby has fun!

Origami with Beth Johnson

Tuesday October 17, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn to create origami with local designer Beth Johnson. Beth has exhibited her work and spoken about origami around the world.

To see more of her designs, visit her website.

Author Laura Lee Discusses Oscar Wilde and her New Book “Oscar’s Ghost”

Tuesday October 17, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Years after Oscar Wilde’s death, two of his closest friends, Lord Alfred Douglas and his literary executor Robert Ross—both former lovers—engaged in a bitter battle over Wilde’s legacy and who was to blame for his downfall and early death. The centerpiece of the conflict was Ross’s handling of Wilde’s prison manuscript, De Profundis.

The furious struggle led to stalking, blackmail, witness tampering, prison, and a series of dramatic lawsuits. The feud had long-lasting repercussions, not only for the two men, but also for how we remember Oscar Wilde today.

Join author Laura Lee as she discusses this fascinating story, the subject of her new book Oscar’s Ghost.

Laura Lee is the author of 20 books including fiction, non-fiction and children's literature. She lives in Rochester, MI and divides her time between writing and touring the country with a ballet master class project. Oscar's Ghost is the result of six years of research into Oscar Wilde and his circle.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Funding for Nonprofits

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community non-profit organization? Help your non-profit by attending this hands-on workshop led by U-M Foundations and Grants Librarian Paul Barrow.

Discover the online resources that can assist you in getting operating and programmatic grants for your non-profit. Additionally, there will be discussion about matching sponsor and nonprofit priorities and resources to help with proposal writing.

Smell & Tell | Haute Skank: An Olfactory Menagerie of Animalics in Perfumery

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Musk, ambergris, civet, and castoreum are historic ingredients used in perfumery. Whether they purr, hiss, or roar depends on the dose. They are generally used as fixatives to support the structure of a perfume and leave nothing to offend in their wake.

Character is another issue when it comes to animalic ingredients as many contain intimate odors that are polarizing in Western culture. We’ll smash this cultural relic to bits at the Haute Skank Smell & Tell, where synthetic and humanely derived animalics will be experienced for the purpose of understanding their alchemical effects in a perfume formula.

We will also investigate plant-based animalics like Black currant bud, cumin, and costus. Some of these materials evoke intimate human aromas, and remind us that a short line occupies the space between the perfumes of intimacy and animal archetypes.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

Aroma materials for the Haute Skank Smell & Tell have been provided by International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF).

From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Attempts at enhancing diversity often begin with a notion of enhancing tolerance for a minority group, resulting in ongoing senses of both disenfranchisement by the minority group and resentment by members of the dominant group.

Join Mira Charlotte Krishnan as she examines opportunities to move from reactive to strategic to a new kind of essential diversity approach by examining the rise of the multicultural workplace, the rise of autistic people and in the world of work, the rise of women and gender and sexual diversity.

Reactive diversity increases fairness while producing existing outcomes. Strategic diversity optimizes those existing outcomes.

The goal of essential diversity, however, is to enable new outcomes altogether. These outcomes are only identified via co-creation among diverse groups, and are only possible when diversity is not a tool or a fundamental principle, but the source or driving force which causes the organization to exist.
Mira Krishnan is a social entrepreneur and feminist activist, passionate about the lives of girls and women, early childhood development, and sustainable communities

This event is a partnership with UM Investing in Ability and is part of Investing In Ability Week 2017: Diversity Includes Disability.

Mini Pallet Coasters

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create some DIY mini pallet coasters that are great for gifts or adding a touch of rustic charm to your home decor.

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday October 19, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about 3D printing and get a chance to use a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer.

No prior experience is necessary.

An Evening of Mystery Authors: Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore Celebrates 25 Years

Thursday October 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore celebrate their 25th anniversary with this special AADL event featuring mystery authors William Kent Krueger (and his new mystery Sulfur Springs) and Julia Keller ( with her latest, Fast Falls The Night). The authors will discuss their new books and the mystery genre.

William Kent Krueger has received many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last seven novels were all New York Times bestsellers. He writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. Sulfur Springs is number sixteen in the Cork O’Connor series.

Julia Keller won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a three-part narrative series about the aftermath of a deadly tornado and the randomness of fate. Her books include Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It, Richard Jordan Gatling: Back Home and the Bell Elkins mystery series, set in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. The newest in the series, Fast Falls The Night is based on a real-life event and takes place in a single 24-hour period, unfurling against the backdrop of a shattering personal revelation that will change Bell Elkins' life forever.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday October 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults

For the last 4 years, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!