Beekeeping Basics

Sunday May 7, 2017: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Local beekeeper Rebecca Schumacher will teach you the basics of bees, from what goes on in the hive to the basics of caring for bees. You'll learn about the beehive, how beekeepers harvest honey, and get a chance to look at some beekeeping equipment. The presentation will wrap up with a honey tasting, so be sure to stop by this sweet event.

This event is part of the Gardening & DIY Fest from 12:30-5:30:

The Gardening and DIY Fest is an all-day celebration of gardening, nature and the DIY spirit! Learn gardening basics including composting, vermiculture, and container gardening, as well as how to keep backyard chickens and goats!

- Talk to representatives from area organizations like Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Michigan Folks School, Project Grow, and more!

- Get hands-on and learn how to can veggies, make your own laundry cleaner, mend your own clothing, and grow mushrooms at home!

- Shop local from a variety of artisans and vendors selling upcycled/recycled homemade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, and fibers, as well as plants and seeds!

Keeping Backyard Animals

Sunday May 7, 2017: 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

White Lotus Farms leads a learning session about the basics of keeping and caring for animals. We'll learn the best practices of how to raise animals, and the learning session will include appearances by their free range goats and hens.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Gardening & DIY Fest from 12:30-5:30!

The Gardening and DIY Fair is an all-day celebration of gardening, nature and the DIY spirit! Learn gardening basics including composting, vermiculture, and container gardening, as well as how to keep backyard bees, chickens and goats!

- Talk to representatives from area organizations like Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Michigan Folks School, Project Grow, and more!

- Get hands-on and learn how to can veggies, make your own laundry cleaner, mend your own clothing, and grow mushrooms at home!

- Shop local from a variety of artisans and vendors selling upcycled/recycled homemade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, and fibers, as well as plants and seeds!

Container & Beginning Gardening w/ Project Grow!

Sunday May 7, 2017: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Shelley Ferguson of Project Grow will use container gardening as a way to highlight basic gardening principles. Whether you are brand new to gardening or just want to up your container game, this session will walk you through the fundamentals — healthy soil, room for roots, and keeping care requirements in mind. Have a specific garden or plant-related question? There will be time to jot down your questions to submit to Ferguson directly before the talk so that she can touch on the problems and queries that pique the audience's interest.

This event is part of the Gardening & DIY Fest from 12:30-5:30:

The Gardening and DIY Fest is an all-day celebration of gardening, nature and the DIY spirit! Learn gardening basics including composting, vermiculture and how to keep backyard bees, chickens and goats!

- Talk to representatives from area organizations like Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Michigan Folks School, Project Grow, and more!

- Get hands-on and learn how to can veggies, make your own laundry cleaner, mend your own clothing, and grow mushrooms at home!

- Shop local from a variety of artisans and vendors selling upcycled/recycled homemade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, and fibers, as well as plants and seeds!

Hands-On DIY in the Secret Lab!

Sunday May 7, 2017: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

In conjunction with the Gardening & DIY Fest adults and teens can get hands-on in the Secret Lab and learn how to live a more DIY life!

Learn how to:
- Can your own vegetables with local food blogger Cynthia Hodges
- Grow mushrooms at home with Easy Grow Mushrooms
- Mend your own clothes with Karen Lepage of Gentle Clothing
- Make your own laundry detergent!

When you're done head upstairs for the rest of the Fest!

The Gardening and DIY Fair is an all-day celebration of gardening, nature and the DIY spirit! Learn gardening basics including composting, vermiculture, and container gardening, as well as how to keep backyard bees, chickens and goats!

- Talk to representatives from area organizations like Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Michigan Folks School, Project Grow, and more!

- Shop local from a variety of artisans and vendors selling upcycled/recycled homemade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, and fibers, as well as plants and seeds!

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor: Celebrating 100 Years

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor invites you to celebrate their 100th anniversary through this Downtown Library exhibit.

Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (RCAA) has played a significant role in the life and activities of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the world. Often identified as a town and gown club, the original group of 15 Charter members was comprised of citizens from the town and the University of Michigan. Currently, RCAA has 320 members, the largest Rotary Club in the state of Michigan. This current exhibit showcases its activities over the years, its growth of programs and membership, and highlights the universal access playground to be built in Gallup Park in 2017—a gift to the city of Ann Arbor in honor of RCAA’s 100-year celebration.

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Grow Your Own

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

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series of four events (held monthly through April) each focused on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The final event in this series is Grow Your Own. Local gardening experts share tips and tricks to help you grow your own fruits, veggies, flowers, and more. Panelists include:

Jason Frenzel, Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Monica Milla, Master Gardener
Drew Lathin, General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC
Caitlyn Dickinson, Biodynamic Beekeeper

Emily Springfield, Founder of Preserving Traditions

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, and staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community.
Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. Speakers for this session are to be announced.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

Sustainability Forum: Sustainable Kids

Thursday March 9, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for all ages

Join the City of Ann Arbor and AADL for our first kid-centered Sustainability Forum!

This program for all ages will include a craft, interactive environmental education presentations, and storytelling from a professional storyteller.

Presenters include:
• MacKenzie Maxwell, School and Scout Program Manager for the Leslie Science Center
• Jeannine Palms, Teacher/Director of Blossom Home Preschool & Adventures
• Laura Raynor, Youth Librarian at AADL

These forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike

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

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The second event in this series is Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike. Hear from state and national experts about the coming "driverless" vehicle revolution and what it will mean for the Ann Arbor region.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

Speakers for the Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike discussion include:
• Dr. Huei Peng, Director of U-M Mobility Transformation Center
• Kirk Steudle, Director of MI Department of Transportation
• John Maddox or Laurel Champion, American Center for Mobility
• Frank Sgambati, Director of Marketing and Product Innovation, North America at Robert Bosch LLC

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Green Your Home DIY

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

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The first event in this series is Green Your Home DIY. Local experts will share programs and hands-on tips that can help you green your home.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

Topics and speakers for the Green Your Home DIY discussion include:

o Go Solar with your Neighbors: Ann Arbor solar bulk buy (David Levine, Founder and CEO of Geostellar)
o Weatherize Your Home: the county program and DIY tips (Aaron Kraft, Housing Programs Supervisor for Washtenaw County)
o Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away: building rain gardens and installing rain barrels (Roger Moon, Master Rain Gardener, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office)
o Grow Your Own: gardening tips for newbie gardeners (Amanda Edmonds, Founder and Executive Director of Growing Hope)

Chip Smith, Councilmember for the City of Ann Arbor, will moderate this session.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

National Library Week Event: High School Options in Washtenaw County

Tuesday April 12, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for grade 8 - adult

Do you have a child starting high school next year? Are you new to the area?

Join us for an informational open house about high school options in Washtenaw County.

Representatives from area high schools and related organizations will be on hand to answer your questions to help you and your students make an informed choice.

Participants include:

Adventurers Home School Association
Aim High School
Ann Arbor Academy
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Clonlara School
Early College Alliance (ECA, WAVE, WiHi)
Father Gabriel Richard High School
Life Learning Community
Rudolf Steiner High School
Washtenaw Christian Academy
Washtenaw Technical Middle College
Youth for Understanding
Ypsilanti Community Schools

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