Make a Mask

Sunday October 22, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Have you suddenly realized you might need a costume...ASAP?

Decorate a mask that you can wear with pride!

Author M. Joanne Nesbit Discusses Her Book "Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Sunday October 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan.

Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrates its citizens. Many are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States.

Join co-author Joanne Nesbit as she discusses some of the great stories they discovered while putting together the book and how local legends were selected. With a career spanning journalism and as a public information officer at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, Nesbit has always been fascinated by local history, stories, and people. She is the author of three other books, and is the founder of Knitwits at the University of Michigan.

The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

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.

Drawing for Adults

Sunday October 22, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills.

Every week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different mediums like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Sewing Lab

Monday October 23, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for an evening of sewing. We will have our lab's machines set up and staff will be on hand to show you the basics. You can bring a project you've been working on, or just stop by to practice your stitches.

We welcome all skill levels. No prior knowledge is necessary.

You are free to bring your own sewing machine and join our growing sewing community.

Breaking the Stress Cycle from Childhood to Adulthood

Monday October 23, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The U.S. is experiencing a widespread and growing stress epidemic. Stress related disorders and diseases have been on the rise for decades according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. National surveys that assess how stressed and anxious we feel show a very similar pattern. And it shows up in our bodies, even before we get sick: the “physiological stress load” that tracks key biological markers shows similar increases, and is getting worse as each new age group enters adulthood. More children and youth may also be experiencing greater stress dysregulation and difficulties in coping, owing to the lifelong impact of early life adversity that is tied biologically and psychologically to this epidemic.

Join Dr. Daniel P. Keating for a fascinating evening as he discusses that research shows how we can break this cycle, both for individuals and families at every stage of development, and for society more generally.

Dr. Keating is currently Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His current research focuses on the impact of early life adversity on child and youth development, and on the neurodevelopmental pathways in adolescent risk behavior. His most recent book is Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology

Tummy Times

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for parents and babies up to 6 months

Are you a new or expecting parent? Do you want to get out of the house and meet other parents sharing the same new baby experiences?

Come meet other new parents and share your experiences while your baby has fun!

Play & Create the World of Your Dreams

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Explore the design game Adapt! This new and exciting tool encourages, supports, and guides us through applying a holistic design process to create the world of our dreams.

Through play we ask productive and practical questions that will lead us towards increased care awareness and implementable solutions.

Explorer, designer, and educator Bridget O’Brien will guide you through this journey. She specializes in Permaculture-based regenerative land use, social structure, and self-care design workshops and coaching, and is the creative developer of the design game called Adapt.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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

This class will offer an invitation to go deeper into yourself, maybe deeper than you’ve ever been. It will invite you to explore love and seasons, learning to practice pulling back to see yourself from the outside, while looking inward.

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.

A Look Inside the Yellow Room Gang

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Yellow Room Gang is a collective of eight area singer-songwriters who meet monthly in the yellow-painted living room of David Tamulevich’s Ann Arbor home to work out new songs.

Enjoy this chance to be a part of one of those meetings, look into the songwriting process of these local favorites and be among the first to hear their songs in the making.