Felt Ball Fun!

Sunday December 17, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop.

Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap, and some patience to get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration.

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.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Understanding Story Arc

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

When talking about fiction, we often separate plot from character, discussing each separately. But when writing, the two go hand in hand and must be considered together. Does plot come from character growth? Or does the character serve the plot? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will show you how to integrate plot and character into one seamless novel that works on multiple levels. ​

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Self-Care Massage: Upper Body

Tuesday January 9, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Using the Myofascial technique, licensed massage therapist Brian M. Truskowski will teach you about the muscles of upper body, with a focus on the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands as they relate to massage.

Learn about the role these muscles play in your body and how they create dysfunction when not working properly. Brian will instruct attendees on how to self-massage by demonstrating the techniques on himself and then on any participants interested in giving it a try.

He is licensed to practice massage in the state of Michigan and currently practices at Ann Arbor Massage.

Felt Ball Fun!

Saturday January 13, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop.

Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap, and some patience to get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration.

Beyond the Hero and the Holiday -- A Storytelling Celebration of the Historical Movement that gave us Dr. King, and a Critical Examination of Where We Stand Today as a Nation

Monday January 15, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Adults and teens can honor and celebrate the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with nationally acclaimed storyteller La'Ron Williams.

La’Ron Williams shares both original and traditional tales that appeal to a wide range of ages and social backgrounds. His energetic, music-spiced presentations are always fun, highly participatory, educational and entertaining. Every program is specifically designed to promote diversity, foster community building, encourage peaceful conflict resolution and teach a host of “pro-social” skills, including empathy, self-expression and attentive listening. Williams has received high praise for his skill at presenting diversity workshops for adults, helping participants understand the nature of “invisible” bias and moving beyond the emotional stumbling blocks that prevent us from taking collective responsibility for creating a just and equitable society.

New Year Renewal with Nature’s Diet

Tuesday January 16, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Just in time for the New Year learn how to cleanse your body, clarify your mind.

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 from her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op.

Smell & Tell: Exotic Woods and Ethereal Exudates

Wednesday January 17, 2018: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

The allure of Orientalia is unceasing. Perhaps it is because our desires and passions are liberated by the exotic, which will not permit sublimation. The woody and balsamic categories in perfumery continue to unleash a timeless attraction to scented journeys that beguile the senses. Ingredients like Sandalwood, Guaicwood, Frankincense and Benzoin have their origins in incense, the worshipful art that is the mother of perfumery. Join Michelle Krell Kydd, trained nose in flavors and fragrance, and editor of Glass Petal Smoke for an aromatic trip to the east where the treasures of perfumery 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 celebrates its sixth anniversary year in 2018. It's the longest running series of multisensory programming in AADL’s history, and the only one of its kind in the country!

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.

Hot from the Oven: Zingerman’s Bakehouse Cookbook!

Sunday January 21, 2018: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Kick off the New Year right with Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo, Managing Partners of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, as they introduce Zingerman's Bakehouse cookbook, their first-ever cookbook, which features all the recipes of the Bakehouse’s most popular items. Also included are recipes that are unique to Michigan, along with Frank and Amy’s personal favorites. They’ve also added essays and brief stories for context, to give readers a sense of how the Zingerman’s community works together to produce great food.

Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase. And if you’ve received the book as a holiday gift, bring it along!

This event is in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (CHAA), an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy. Their mission is to promote the study of culinary history through regular programs open to members and guests, through the quarterly newsletter Repast, and through exchanges of information with other such organizations.