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

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!

Apple Pie Play Dough

Saturday September 23, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Join us in creating fun Fall-inspired play dough!

Preschool ArtStart

Monday September 25, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Restorative Justice & Returning Citizens

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

The American Friends Service Committee staff leads a panel discussion on restorative justice and mass incarceration which will include a videoed vignette of successful outcomes of advocacy & prison reform.

AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an advocacy network throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for humane reform of the criminal justice system, and for the rights of prisoners.

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!

Stenciled Watercolors

Saturday September 30, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

No art skills? No problem! We'll show you how to make a frame-worthy piece.

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.

Dancing Babies with Melissa Hudson

Sunday October 8, 2017: 1:00 pm to 1:40 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age 5 years.

Melissa Hudson, teacher with KinderRock, leads a program of music and motion!

Mom's Night Out with Author Jen Mann

Wednesday October 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Prepare for an evening filled with laughter as blogger-turned-author Jen Mann hosts this "Mom's Night Out" filled with funny stories from her collection of essays.

Jen Mann is the nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, based on her popular blog of the same name.

She has also written for The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, NickMom, Babble, Circle of Moms, and CNN Headline News. Her blog received a 2014 Bloggie Award for Best Parenting Weblog. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas, and is married to “the Hubs” and is the mother of two children whom she calls Gomer and Adolpha on her blog. She swears their real names are actually worse.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.