Superhero Stick Figures!

Wednesday August 23, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Make Superhero figures out of Popsicle sticks.

Make whomever you want! Batman? Wonder Woman? Iron Man? Or one you make up, such as… Super Salamander!

We’ll have all supplies on hand for you to make your own super squad.

Cardboard Monster Jaws

Thursday August 24, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Make a friendly or scary monster that can move its mouth.

Fantastically Fun Puppet Show

Friday August 25, 2017: 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3

Join AADL storytellers for a super silly summer puppet show!

Film & Discussion: Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Saturday August 26, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age.

From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, the 2017 documentary Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived? Producer Kevin Grazioli will be here for a Q & A after the film screening. Please also join us for a Letterpress Open House following the film and discussion and try your hand at some letterpress projects.

In this 99-minute film, captivating personalities blend with wood, metal, and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian, and collector in us all. Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives—joyful, mournful, reflective, and visionary—are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed.

The film is a joint collaboration between Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn, co-directors, Kevin Grazioli, producer, and Joe Vella, director of photography.

Beckloff, now a tenured track assistant professor of Graphic Design at Miami University, developed an interest in letterpress after receiving a historic printing press as a wedding gift. Curious and inspired, in 2010 Beckloff began to record interviews with printers in the letterpress community. Her focus then shifted to capturing their stories on film, and in late 2013, she partnered with Quinn, Grazioli, and Vella at Bayonet Media to create the “Pressing On” documentary.

Makeup Party with Imagine Three

Tuesday September 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Enjoy an evening of beauty knowledge and everyday/expert tips with Hannah Butler Makeup Artist of Imagine Three Beauty Studio.

You can bring your own makeup bag to follow along. Examples will be shown and questions will be answered. Feel confident trying new things and discover easy ways to step up your makeup skills in the often intimidating world of beauty.

Hannah attributes her knowledge and expertise to the many years, thousands of faces and countless hours spent training with a vast array of makeup, skincare, fragrance and haircare brands in the giant world of beauty. She will help you find what you want or need, even if you have no idea where to start.

Beauty is personal, there are no rules.

Film & Discussion: 'The Hunting Ground"

Thursday September 7, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind the Oscar nominated film The Invisible War comes The Hunting Ground, a piercing 2015 documentary and a monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate.

In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.

Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity.

Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing their knowledge among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent.

A screening of the 45-minute version of the film will be followed by a community discussion led by the U-M Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and U-M Community Scholars Program, who partnered with the Library to present this event. The Hunting Ground is rated PG-13.

WOOF! Dog Stories with AADL Storytellers Laura & Kayla and Special Therapaws Guests

Sunday September 10, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

Celebrate our best friends with stories by Laura and Kayla! These puppy tales will have you howling with laughter.

As a special treat, pups from Therapaws, the most gentle and dear creatures you will ever meet, will make an appearance and invite you to snuggle.

Howard Markel Discusses His Book: "The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek"

Tuesday September 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

From U-M Professor Howard Markel, the much admired medical historian and author, comes the story of America’s empire builders John and Will Kellogg.

Join Dr. Markel for a delightful evening as he discusses his critically-acclaimed new book The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek as well as these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness.

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and editor in chief of The Milbank Quarterly. His books include "Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892," When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed, and An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Markel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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

The Belle of Two Arbors: Researching the Historical Novel in Three Ann Arbor Libraries

Wednesday September 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

A sweeping saga told in the voice of an unforgettable heroine,“The Belle of Two Arbors” brings two places vividly to life: a growing “downstate” town driven by a public university striving for greatness, and a small “up north” community seeking prosperity while preserving its natural heritage. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Belle’s remarkable story is interweaved with accounts of historical events as well as memorable appearances by some of our favorite poets, including Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, and Robert Frost.

Paul Dimond will talk about his experience conducting research for his first novel at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Bentley Historical Library, and the Special Collections Library in the University of Michigan’s University Library. He will be accompanied by Martha (Marty) Buhr Grimes, who wrote the poems that are Belle’s in the novel.

Paul and Marty are lifelong Ann Arbor residents who share a passion for poetry, their hometown, and Lake Michigan.

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

Film & Discussion: The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets

Thursday September 14, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

This compelling 2016 documentary brings to life the stories of ordinary people who tried to stop and end the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and features leading activists and scholars including Tom Hayden, Leslie Cagan, Medea Benjamin, and Michael Heaney.

At best, activists had limited influence over the conduct of military policy after 9/11. Yet, their experiences in the antiwar movement helped them to learn about speaking out in the face of injustice. They inspired others to do the same during the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. Indeed, democracy requires more than just one vote every four years. It requires continued pressure by citizens on their government. This is what democracy looks like!

Following the film, Michael Heaney, the film’s producer and U-M Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Political Science, will lead an audience discussion.

This 66-minute film is not rated. This event is a partnership with the U-M Community Scholars Program.