Play & Create the World of Your Dreams

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Explore the design game Adapt! This new and exciting tool encourages, supports, and guides us through applying a holistic design process to create the world of our dreams.

Through play we ask productive and practical questions that will lead us towards increased care awareness and implementable solutions.

Explorer, designer, and educator Bridget O’Brien will guide you through this journey. She specializes in Permaculture-based regenerative land use, social structure, and self-care design workshops and coaching, and is the creative developer of the design game called Adapt.

The Human Era: Living in the Anthropocene

Thursday November 9, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for this fascinating evening as U-M Professor Ben van der Pluijm discusses how humans are pushing earth into a new geological era, and what we will have to do to adapt.

In his presentation, Ben will talk about today's era that is dominated by human activity, informally called the Anthropocene. Human population trends guide our growing demands on ecosystem and geosystem resources, including food, water and energy. The impacts of a growing, affluent population and its resource needs are explored, as well as solutions for a thriving human society in this new era.

Ben van der Pluijm is the BR Clark Collegiate Professor in the Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Earth's Future" that examines the state of our planet, sustainable and resilient human societies, and predictions of our common future.

Conquering Food Cravings with a Raw Diet

Tuesday November 14, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Discover nature’s one superfood that can end your cravings.

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 a partnership with the People's Food Co-Op.

Smell and Tell: Fleurs Hypnotique et Fleurs Exotique

Wednesday November 15, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Beautiful essences can be found in the floral category of perfumery. When inhaled they are reborn and enflower our very being. Gardenia, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Tuberose, and Ylang Ylang evoke innocence and carnality, inspiring a delirium of the senses. What is it about these flowers that make them so captivating? How does the perfumer arrive at equilibrium with these heady beauties? Beguiling answers await…

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.