Drawing for Kids: Penguins

Sunday December 17, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. This week we'll be drawing value penguins using soft pastels.

Join us for a directed drawing activity for youth with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center! Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.

Drawing for Adults: Drawing Birds

Sunday December 17, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. In this session we'll be drawing birds using Prismacolor colored pencils.

Every week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different media like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

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.

Smell and Tell: The Plague Doctor’s Cabinet of Olfactory Curiosities

Wednesday December 20, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

During the Black Plague many believed that smelling sweet substances prevented disease caused by miasma, a form of “bad” air (Italian mal aria) given off by decomposing organic matter. This shaped the work of plague doctors, who donned protective masks inspired by the shape of a bird’s beak to accommodate aromatic materials like rose, carnation, mint, spices, and camphor.

We continue to conquer bad smells with good ones even though germ science has replaced the miasma theory of disease that was prevalent in 14th century Europe. The west has entered a period of obsessive aromatization in the culture that has less to do with disease and more to do with masking odors created by everyday living in the age of science.

Have we been taught to fear our human essence? What is it about natural organic and human odors that generate anxiety? How does this feed into smells as indicators of “otherness” in the culture? Modern perfumery touches on scent memories that are familiar, forgotten, othered and repressed. We’ll examine aromatic substances used by plague doctors to understand the multiple forms, functions and facets of smells, and how this shapes how we evaluate people and our surroundings.

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.

Little-Known Stories in American History, Part 2: 1830-1900

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

This event is intended for grade 9-adult

Speaker and storyteller Jim Glenn returns to the library! Join Jim as he presents exciting stories about state boundaries, military leaders, music, heroic teenagers, a “miraculous” staircase and the mother of all gunfights. Listen to U.S. history come to life at this educational and entertaining event!

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.

Drawing for Kids

Sunday January 14, 2018: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Join us for a directed drawing activity for youth with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center! Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.

Drawing for Adults

Sunday January 14, 2018: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills.

Every week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different media like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Creative Break

Tuesday January 16, 2018: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Take a break from your workday with some creative thinking!

Drop in for a prompt or challenge that will get you thinking out of the box. Try different art tools and push yourself to experience something new!

Martin Luther King, Jr's Thoughts on Militarism | A Conversation with Veterans for Peace

Tuesday January 16, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Should we have a military mainly for defense, or should we use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests? Before Dr. King’s tragic death, he spoke out more and more against government use of military over diplomacy and the use of armed forces in the routine policy of the state. For such actions, Dr. King was criticized heavily and to this day his thoughts on war still make people uncomfortable.

Veterans For Peace will discuss Dr. King's speeches relating to defense versus militarism, showing that they are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.