Owls and Owl Pellet Dissection with Leslie Science and Nature Center!

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 3 - adult

Come learn about owls and see real live birds with a representative from Leslie Science and Nature Center at this event! Then, we'll dissect owl pellets to see what bones we can find!

CANCELLED: Knit Together: A Knitting and Crocheting Group for Grievers

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This program, sponsored by Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, will not occur this month.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Owning My Story & Taking Control

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

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

This class will explore mindfulness of our words and actions, and trying them on in a group setting. We will also practice letting go of old stories and beliefs to allow for growth.

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.

Sweet Treat Clay Charms

Wednesday August 23, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Come make tiny desserts out of polymer clay.

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday August 24, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about 3D printing and get a chance to use a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer.

No prior experience is necessary.

Board Game Night

Friday August 25, 2017: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come enjoy an evening of board games in the Secret Lab! Games available will include: Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in my Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, and more.

You are also welcome to bring your own games to play on our sturdy wood workbenches.

Film & Discussion: Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Saturday August 26, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age.

From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, the 2017 documentary Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived? Producer Kevin Grazioli will be here for a Q & A after the film screening. Please also join us for a Letterpress Open House following the film and discussion and try your hand at some letterpress projects.

In this 99-minute film, captivating personalities blend with wood, metal, and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian, and collector in us all. Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives—joyful, mournful, reflective, and visionary—are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed.

The film is a joint collaboration between Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn, co-directors, Kevin Grazioli, producer, and Joe Vella, director of photography.

Beckloff, now a tenured track assistant professor of Graphic Design at Miami University, developed an interest in letterpress after receiving a historic printing press as a wedding gift. Curious and inspired, in 2010 Beckloff began to record interviews with printers in the letterpress community. Her focus then shifted to capturing their stories on film, and in late 2013, she partnered with Quinn, Grazioli, and Vella at Bayonet Media to create the “Pressing On” documentary.

Letterpress Open House

Saturday August 26, 2017: 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Stop by the Secret Lab to learn about all things letterpress! See how a letterpress works and learn more about the process of printing with moveable type. We'll have AADL's vintage Kelsey letterpresses set up so you'll get the chance to print something neat to take home with you.

This event will follow the Pressing On film screening.

Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Sunday August 27, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services. Books will be for sale at this event and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

AADL in the Field: Come to Your Senses: Experience African Art at UMMA

Sunday August 27, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- UMMA, 525 S. State Street

The University of Michigan Museum of Art has a collection of more than 1,000 works of African art representing many of the diverse peoples and regions of the continent. UMMA’s holdings are particularly rich in the works created in Central Africa by a variety of peoples, states and historical kingdoms based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The collection includes metalwork (brass weights as well as articles of personal adornment), sculptures and masks, architectural elements, textiles, and ceramics.

Join Laura De Becker, UMMA’s Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes exploration of this fabulous collection. Focusing on the sensory aspects of these works of art, De Becker will invite participants to experience the gallery in a new and exciting way. Participants will also have a chance to get up-close and personal with selected works that will be brought out from collections storage especially for this program in UMMA’s Object Study Room.

Space is limited and registration is required by emailing fieldtrip@aadl.org. Directions will be provided upon registration.