Mini Moog Fest

Saturday November 18, 2017: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages

When Robert Moog streamlined the commercial manufacture of analog synthesizers, he helped create a music revolution that's still being felt today. Join us for a celebration and exploration of all things synth at Mini Moog Fest!

We'll feature performances by North Coast Modular Collective (which builds much of its gear from scratch), Mike Dykehouse (who brings the boom-bap with vintage synths), and the meditative trio of Chuck Sipperley, Kendall Babl, and Sean Curtis Patrick (playing ambient space jams). We'll also have hands-on activities for the whole family, T-shirt giveaways, and you can try out various synths, including gear from AADL's Music Tools collection, as well as talk to vendors, artists, and makers about how to construct your own sonic creations.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Exploring The Macrocosm/Microcosm

Tuesday November 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will be a continuation of the previous month’s class, going deeper into comparing inside to outside, exploring the idea of the trinity and its infinite lessons, and seeing the connection/ mirrors of internal to external.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Sunday December 3, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 6 - Adult

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and, if you’d like, bring a treasured object to weave into it.

Local crafter Dawn Henry leads this workshop. The dreamcatcher project is intricate and will likely take the entire time to complete.

Chain Mail Bracelets

Thursday December 7, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make a cool chain mail twist bracelet, using links, pliers and patience!

It will take the entire time to complete the project.

Candy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Friday December 8, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make candy!

In this class, students will learn how to make chocolate truffles and bark, plus how to work with sugar to make rock candies or brittle! The ingredients, the steps involved with each candy, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. You get to try some of Keegan's tasty treats too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Saturday December 9, 2017: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown: 1st Floor Lobby

Join us for Tiny Expo and shop 45 artists and crafters selling handmade wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade! It's a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. We'll also have several make and takes happening in the Secret Lab!

See vendor list here!

Happening from 1pm-4pm during Tiny Expo:
* Screen Printing with Modati -- bring in something to print cool designs on!
* Hands-On Activities -- stop by the Secret Lab for some die-cutting, letter press printing, card making, and pom pom making!

We are a part of the 2nd annual Winter Art Tour. There are 10 art shows across 2 cities featuring over 300 artists during the weekend of Dec 8-10. Get your official passport stamped at 4 of the 9 locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and get entered to win handcrafted prizes! Their website has all the details.

Raw Vegan Winter Tips

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Get great tips from an expert on how you can maintain a fresh diet and have a vibrant winter.

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

Cookies Galore with Keegan Rodgers!

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make cookies galore!

In this class, students will learn all about how to make a variety of cookies for the holidays or anytime. The ingredients, the steps involved with each cookie, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. Keegan will have cookies to taste too!

This event is a partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

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.