Life in Ann Arbor

Every Wednesday October-May – Nature Storytime at Gallup Park

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings from 10-11:00 am. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!   For more…

01/16/20 – 03/14/20 – Roadsigns by Jeff Daniels at the Purple Rose Theatre

Roadsigns is a beautiful, lyrical new play by Jeff Daniels. The play follows Lanny, a young poet, as he embarks on a journey to find the way to himself. This nostalgic tale is filled with rich characters who dwell on the outskirts of life, each following a dream or hoping to bump into one. Original music by…

01/17/20 – 01/25/20 – Pioneer Theatre Guild Presents Futurestars 2020

Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars 2020 returns for its 18th year at Pioneer High School’s Schreiber Auditorium. A citywide talent search for Ann Arbor’s next star, FutureStars features students from Ann Arbor’s public high schools as they sing, rap, and play music.   Senior Bridget Roberts, a Top 5 Finalist last year, is thrilled for her fourth and final year…

Tuesdays – The Little Scientist Club at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through our Little Scientist Club. Our youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too. No registration necessary. Check out our events calendar for each week’s theme!

01/21/20 – String Showcase at the Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall

A monthly performance series featuring the finest among our outstanding SMTD string students. Soloists and chamber music groups will be selected by the faculty to perform at this prestigious event. *For Winter 2020, the String Showcase will return to its usual 3:00 PM performance time in Britton Recital Hall* Free – no tickets required

Tuesdays – Knitting Plus at YDL-Michigan

Year-Round Bring any handcraft project to work on. Beginning knitting instruction is available during the first hour. YDL-Michigan: 229 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti MI 48197

Now – 05/26/20 – Y on the Fly at YDL-Michigan

The Y van is loaded with sports equipment and other fun activities for inside or outside the library, depending on the weather. Trained Y coaches offer games, activities, and healthy snacks to children between the ages of 5-13. Parents must check in their child the first time they participate. Questions? Please contact Y on the…

01/21/20 – Soundwalk in Winter at Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Join us for a listening of Downtown Ann Arbor with a guided soundwalk. It is a unique opportunity to listen and experience our sound environment in a very different way. We are going to open our ears to every sound around us and become more aware of the soundscape that we live in. Participants will learn the…

01/22/20 – 02/26/20 – Diabetes PATH (Ages 55+) at YDL-Whittaker

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is a 6-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed for people living with diabetes to improve their health and manage their symptoms. In partnership with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED Space is limited to 16 people per workshop. To register call 734-482-4110 x1377

Wednesdays – Nature Storytime – at Gallup Park

Most Wednesdays 10-11 am, Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free! $5/child for non-members, $4/child for LSNC members. See lesliesnc.org for dates and themes Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise!  Explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories,…

Now – 05/27/20 – ESL Book Group at YDL-Michigan

Read and discuss books for fun and to learn about vocabulary, pronunciation, and American culture. Learners with intermediate or advanced ESL reading levels are welcome. For more information or to register, contact Washtenaw Literacy at info@washtenawliteracy.org or call 734-482-4110 x1325.

01/22/20 – Letterpress Open Lab at Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Our weekly Letterpress Open Lab introduces the process and materials for printing by hand with wood type on a selection of antique Vandercook cylinder presses.    We’ll show you the basics and help get you started on projects, and together, explore more advanced printing techniques with special guests.    No experience is necessary.  All supplies are provided.

01/22/20 – 02/12/20 – Free Writing – A Place to Begin at YDL-Whittaker

The perfect way to begin writing is to just write. Prompts will be given as a jumping off points for timed writings. There will be time to share what you wrote if interested. This is an Ypsi Writes program in partnership with EMU’s Office of Campus & Community Writing. Register online of call 734-482-4110 ext.…

01/22/20 – Winter Woven Wall Art For The Whole Family At Literati

Learn how to weave a woven wall hanging w/ artist Sophie Grillet, and leave with a skill and a beautiful piece of art–this event is perfect for the whole family and open to children ages four and up who are accompanied by an adult. Sophie Grillet is a British artist working in Ann Arbor, Michigan,…

01/22/20 – Tidying Up: The KonMari Method with Kate Sood at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Do you feel overwhelmed by the clutter in your home? If so, Kate Sood and the life-changing, revolutionary, KonMari Method can help! Learn about the many benefits (both physically and mentally) of using this method to declutter and fold just like Marie Kondo!     Kate Sood is an organizational guru, Michigan’s exclusive certified KonMari consultant, and owner…

01/22/20 – Become a Redistricting Commissioner at YDL-Whittaker

 Voters Not Politicians is helping Michiganders apply for the first Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Includes an overview of the new redistricting process. Please bring photo ID. For more information, visit votersnotpoliticians.com. 7:00 PM Wednesday Jan 22

01/23/20 – 04/09/20 – ESL Drop-in Tutoring at YDL-Michigan

Learn English as a Second Language at free drop-in tutoring sessions. All levels of English are welcome and learners may attend as many times as they wish. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time for each session. Sponsored by Washtenaw Literacy and Eastern Michigan University.

01/24/20 – Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology: Prof. Charles Garrett, University of Michigan at Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

“Our AI Lets Humans Take Control”: Popular Music and Collaborative Artificial Intelligence” Recent technological advances have ushered artificial intelligence into everyday musical life, from Spotify predicting what songs you like to Google generating customized music with the click of a mouse to Amazon streaming AI-produced music through its virtual assistant Alexa. As AI moves from…

01/24/20 – Artificial Intelligence & Finance at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Advances in Artificial Intelligence are being felt throughout society and our economy.  Some of the most significant impacts are in the domain of finance, including financial markets, financial services, and the financial system more broadly. Autonomous agents have made major inroads through algorithmic trading in financial markets, and AI methods are playing an increasing role…

01/24/20 – Guest Recital: loadbang at Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre

New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘an extra-cool new music group’ and ‘exhilarating’ by The Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by The…

Saturdays – The Little Scientist Club at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through our Little Scientist Club. Our youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too. No registration necessary. Check out our events calendar for each week’s theme!

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