Songs for Optimists with Ray Hough

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

Enjoy an evening of funny and cheerful songs, plus a few thought-provokers, and some simple but lovely pieces of music. Some songs will be familiar, while others will be new to you. Singing along is encouraged! Ray Hough, brother of Mustard Retreat's Michael Hough, plays guitar, ukulele, and a few percussion devices, and his music includes American folk and folk-flavored vocals, blues, country, Scottish/Irish, Hawaiian, and calypso. Ray voluntarily plays music at local hospitals several hours a week and looks forward to treating the library to a concert that is sure to be enjoyed by all!

Classical Bells Holiday Concert

Sunday December 10, 2017: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages

Classical Bells returns to the Library for their annual concert.

Founded in 1983, their handbell artistry has received national attention as a result of its five audio recordings, one acclaimed live concert video, and recordings of new handbell music for distribution by handbell music publishers. The group’s primary instruments consist of 68 bronze plus 6 aluminum English handbells, for a range of more than six octaves. In some pieces the tonal coloring is enhanced by the mellow sound of a six octave set of hand chimes. Classical Bells is noted for bringing music to life with their unique interpretative style, a technique they call “ringing in color”™.

Each concert features musical selections in a wide variety of genres — classical, jazz, inspirational, even ragtime and swing! This eclectic programming, combined with sensitive musical interpretation, technical skill, informal choreography, and a dash of humor gives Classical Bells the well-deserved reputation of “Michigan’s Premier Handbell Ensemble”. This event is very popular, so arrive early!!

Huron Valley Harmonizers

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

Join the Huron Valley Harmonizers for a concert of a cappella tunes sung in the Barbershop Quartet style! The Huron Valley Harmonizers chorus is a local men's chorus -- part of the Barbershop Harmony Society -- and is open to all men who love to sing, regardless of experience. The Harmonizers perform all over Washtenaw County, singing at fairs, festivals, and other local events, as well as hosting a number of concerts throughout the year.

For more information on the Harmonizers, visit

Dancing Babies with Robin Robinson

Saturday January 6, 2018: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age 5 years.

Robin Robinson of RobinSongs For Kids leads a program of music and motion!

MLK Day Event: Rhythm Life Collective Featuring Kevin Jones

Monday January 15, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Rhythm Life Collective is a global drumming collective presenting music of West Africa, Cuba, the Caribbean, North Africa, Brazil, and Arabic traditions. Group members have traveled to many regions in Central and West Africa, Turkey, and Latin/Central America to study these rich cultural traditions. The fundamental mission of the group is to manifest spirit in community through performance. A central feature is the opportunity for audience interaction through singing, dancing, or playing instruments right along with the group.

Friends in Song and Story

Sunday January 21, 2018: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3

The father/daughter/uncle musical family of Gemily joins AADL’s Laura Pershin Raynor for a musical storytelling program for the whole family.

This concert includes lots of audience participation, Gemily’s songs for children, and collaborative storytelling with their long-time friend Laura.

Black History Month Concert: Gratitude Steel Band

Saturday February 17, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for all ages

Join us for a tribute concert of African, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae, and 80's music to display the presence of joyful contributions from the African American Experience!

The Gratitude Steel Band has become a familiar name in the entertainment industry. For years, the band has developed music together as a family and performed around the country in festivals, universities, churches, and more. In concert and in educational and corporate settings, they swing with engaging music for all ages.