Rain Gardens Nature Walk

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Miller Avenue Rain Gardens

This event is intended for all ages

We will meet at 1916 Miller Avenue, Ann Arbor (across from Bruce) and will tour the rain gardens between the sidewalk and the street and also highlight a few nearby residential rain gardens.

Come learn how these rain gardens work, what plants you can find inside them, and more! We will mostly stay on the sidewalk, but dress comfortably and bring water if desired.

The walk will be led by Catie Wytychak and Susan Bryan from the Water Resources Commissioner's Office, and is part of the AADL's partnership with Washtenaw County

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!

Concert: The Maple Leaf Group

Friday September 29, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a performance by The Maple Leaf Group, a traditional Japanese music group from Fukuoka, southern Japan.

The Maple Leaf Group is comprised of Ms. Tachikawa, who is a koto instructor, and eight additional musicians. The instruments they will play are koto (Japanese harps), Shakuhachi flutes, three-stringed Shamisen (Japanese banjo), and a Shinobue flute.

Attendees will be treated to traditional Japanese music as well as American movie soundtracks.

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.

Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe Of Taiwan

Monday October 2, 2017: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages

Yung Shing Le invites you to experience Taiwanese shadow puppetry with performances of three different shadow plays: The Sandbag Trilogy, The Mountain of Flames (an excerpt from the Journey to the West) and The Proud Return. The plays will feature authentic narration in Taiwanese with live music.

With an emphasis on preserving the traditional art form, this century-old family theater has handed down traditional practices and stories through five generations, while also infusing modern techniques and original stories to keep this art form relevant to modern audiences.

This rare opportunity is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, as well as the Taipei Culture Center in New York, the Detroit Institute of Arts/Friends of Asian Arts and Culture, the Ann Arbor District Library, and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

Dia de la Familia

Thursday October 5, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages

Join us for this annual family and Latino/a focused event!

This year’s Día de la Familia (Family Day) event features entertainment, games, crafts, food, and face painting. Health information addressing mental, physical, and social issues in the Latino/a community will also be addressed.

This event takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month and is a partnership with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach Program.

Star Wars Fest

Sunday October 8, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Month by joining us for a Star Wars Fest!

We'll have Star Wars-themed crafts, games, snacks, and fun for all!

Come in costume to make things even more spectacular!

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.

Wondrous Strange

Sunday October 15, 2017: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages

Become a time-travelling archaeologist! Explore all things silly and strange in Ann Arbor's past, present, and future. Make maps, train robots, scavenge objects, tell stories...save the world.

Halloween Costume Swap

Sunday October 22, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages.

Come pick out a new-to-you costume for this year! We'll also be doing a kids' craft!

This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for this year from the gently used and clean costumes dropped off at any Library Branch during the month of October.