Apple Pie Play Dough

Saturday September 23, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Join us in creating fun Fall-inspired play dough!

Preschool ArtStart

Monday September 25, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Restorative Justice & Returning Citizens

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

The American Friends Service Committee staff leads a panel discussion on restorative justice and mass incarceration which will include a videoed vignette of successful outcomes of advocacy & prison reform.

AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an advocacy network throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for humane reform of the criminal justice system, and for the rights of prisoners.

Nature Walk at Argo Nature Area

Thursday September 28, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

This event is intended for all ages

This 22.5 acre preserve contains an interesting combination of habitats, including emergent wetland, mesic forest, and oak-hickory forest. Harvester butterflies have been seen here in the summer. They are the only butterflies in North America with carnivorous caterpillars!

Come learn more about the habitat that supports these fascinating creatures at this family-friendly nature walk! Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water if desired.

The nature walks are a collaboration between the AADL and Natural Area Preservation that take place once a month April through September. Some of AADL’s Science Tools will be available for use during the walk!

Stenciled Watercolors

Saturday September 30, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

No art skills? No problem! We'll show you how to make a frame-worthy piece.

Halloween Costume Drop Off

October 1, 2017 through October 22, 2017 -- All Branches

This event is intended for all ages.

Starting October 1st, drop off your gently used, clean Halloween costumes to any Library Branch.

Then, on October 22, come pick out a new costume for the year at our Halloween Costume Swap.

This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for the year. Costumes for all ages and sizes are appreciated.

Dancing Babies with Melissa Hudson

Sunday October 8, 2017: 1:00 pm to 1:40 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

Melissa Hudson, teacher with KinderRock, leads a program of music and motion!

Mom's Night Out with Author Jen Mann

Wednesday October 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Prepare for an evening filled with laughter as blogger-turned-author Jen Mann hosts this "Mom's Night Out" filled with funny stories from her collection of essays.

Jen Mann is the nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, based on her popular blog of the same name.

She has also written for The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, NickMom, Babble, Circle of Moms, and CNN Headline News. Her blog received a 2014 Bloggie Award for Best Parenting Weblog. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas, and is married to “the Hubs” and is the mother of two children whom she calls Gomer and Adolpha on her blog. She swears their real names are actually worse.

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

Sensation Stations

Thursday October 12, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Heirloom Apple Tasting

Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for all ages

Farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples. In modern times, most of these old heirloom varieties are extremely rare, and are now grown by only a small handful of farms.

We're taste-testing some fantastic heirloom apples—all grown right here in Michigan! Join us to discover a diverse array of sweet, sour, crisp, soft, gnarly, delicious, and straight-up weird apple varieties!

AADL staff will be on hand to explain a bit of the history of each selection. Here are some of the heirloom apples that we expect to sample:

[note: varieties sampled may be subject to change]

Cox’s Orange Pippin:
Origin: 1830, in England. A highly regarded dessert apple, the Cox is best eaten or used for cider. Generally on the small side, it is complex in flavor and sweet. It is not well suited for cooking or baking.

Esopus Spitzenburg:
Origin: before 1790, in New York. Like many russetted apples, the Spitzenburg is crisp and sweet, with a vaguely pear-like flavor. It is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple.

Northern Spy:
Origin: 1800’s, in New York. Probably the best pie apple ever. A great combination of sweet and acidic, the Northern Spy is highly sought-after by bakers in-the-know

Calville Blanc d’hiver:
Origin: 1700’s, in France. An excellent baking apple, the Calville holds up well in the oven, and is a satisfying mix of crisp and tart. The Calville Blanc is unusually high in vitamin C.