Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday September 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults

For the last 4 years, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday September 25, 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? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

College Night

Tuesday September 26, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

For those involved in the college prep and selection, it’s AADL’s annual College Night with the co-authors Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing: Community High’s college prep counselor John Boshoven; Debbie Merion, the founder of Essay Coaching; and performance coach Geraldine Markel. Together, these experts form CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com

Learn about the college selection and application process:
• Part 1: Finding the College that Fits;
• Part 2: Applying to College: Those Pesky Essays;
• Part 3: Applying to College: Those Pesky Tests.

This event will include a book signing with copies of the book available for purchase and handouts provided.

French Macarons 101

Wednesday September 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose 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 macarons!

In this class, students will learn all about how to make French macarons. The ingredients, instructions, and proper storage will all be covered in this hands-on class.

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

Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing and Publishing Children’s Nonfiction

Monday October 2, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

There’s a world of children’s books beyond picture books and easy stories. Kids also read nonfiction on every topic you can think of. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by author Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, who has published numerous children’s books on everything from extreme mountain biking to how to start a dog-walking business. Virginia will share tips and tricks for writing the things kids want to know.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan lives and works in San Diego, CA where she directs the Liberal Studies program at San Diego State University. She writes for the Ann Arbor-based children's non-fiction company Cherry Lake Publishing. The library also has a unique deal with Cherry Lake and our library card holders have access to digital PDF copies of their books.

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.

Delicious Caramel 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Wednesday October 4, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

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

In this class, students will learn how to make various types of caramel, how to safely cook with hot sugar, and how to make brittles. This is a demo workshop and attendees won't be making their own caramel, but will learn what they need to know to do it at home. You will get to taste the caramel sauce and take some home!

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

Raw Vegan Fall Detox

Tuesday October 10, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Learn a safe and powerful raw vegan cleansing and detoxifying program you can start today.

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 cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

Savory Holiday Potluck Ideas with Keegan Rodgers!

Wednesday October 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads lively workshop on learning some new dishes to share as we head into holiday potluck season! Freshen up your cooking repertoire and learn some new recipes just in time for this busy season.

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

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday October 16, 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? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Smell & Tell | Haute Skank: An Olfactory Menagerie of Animalics in Perfumery

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Musk, ambergris, civet, and castoreum are historic ingredients used in perfumery. Whether they purr, hiss, or roar depends on the dose. They are generally used as fixatives to support the structure of a perfume and leave nothing to offend in their wake.

Character is another issue when it comes to animalic ingredients as many contain intimate odors that are polarizing in Western culture. We’ll smash this cultural relic to bits at the Haute Skank Smell & Tell, where synthetic and humanely derived animalics will be experienced for the purpose of understanding their alchemical effects in a perfume formula.

We will also investigate plant-based animalics like Black currant bud, cumin, and costus. Some of these materials evoke intimate human aromas, and remind us that a short line occupies the space between the perfumes of intimacy and animal archetypes.

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.