Life in Ann Arbor

01/25/20 – 02/15/20 – Black Writers Matter (Ages 11 up) at YDL-Michigan

This workshop series will kick off with a community service project and writing workshop on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and each will examine voices of black writers. Writers will be encouraged to work on original pieces in the genre of their choice while reflecting on themes from this workshop. The workshop will conclude with…

01/25/20 – Guest Recital: Douglas Wright, trombone at Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre

Douglas Wright, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal trombone since 1995. Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Wright was a member of the Empire Brass Quintet, performing concerts and teaching master classes around the world. He has served as principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra, assistant principal trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, second trombone of…

01/25/20 – Legends of Michigan Comedy at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts

Legends of Michigan Comedy hit the TCA stage. The TCA is excited to host the Legends of Michigan Comedy as part of their National Touring Season. The show is comprised of legendary comedians Dave Landau (Last Comic Standing), Bryan McCree (MadTv), Bill Bushart (Detroit Comedian of the Year), and Norm Stulz (Comedy Central). The Legends…

01/26/20 – Film: Souls of Black Girls at YDL-Whittaker

The Safely Talk About Race & Racism series screens Daphne Valerius’s award-winning documentary. The film explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women. Co-hosted by ICPJ; discussion leader La’Ron Williams.

01/27/20 – Exploring the Mind | That’s the Power of Love: Compassion, Love and Transformation in Urban America at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Professor Jacqueline S. Mattis of the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology for a presentation on her research into the transformative power of everyday encounters with love and human goodness, including the impact of altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and optimism among urban-residing African American people. The words “urban” and “inner city” typically conjure up…

01/27/20 – Folk Song Jam Along at Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Come sing and play!    Get more music in your life and join us for this family-friendly sing-along. Bring your voices and/or instruments”lyrics and chords will be projected, so all can sing and strum along. Beginners welcome! You choose from 350+ familiar folk/pop songs. This event is led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.

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!

01/28/20 – 04/07/20 – 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.

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…

01/28/20 – Amateur Radio at Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Amateur (ham) radio is more popular than ever with a record number of people enjoying this hobby. Local operator Dan Romanchik will explain the latest possibilities for amateur radio including satellite communications, software-defined radio, and wireless networking. He will also discuss the local amateur radio community, why this technology is still relevant today, and how to become…

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 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 or call 734-482-4110 x1325.

01/29/20 – 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.…

01/29/20 – The Hope Of Abstraction: The Art Of Cullen Washington, Jr. At Literati

Vera Grant, curator of the UMMA exhibition Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square, presents an expansive look at the exhibition, and the artist’s recent series, Agoras. The compositions explore the ancient Greek public space as a site for activated assembly, through the dual lens of race and humanity. Vera Ingrid Grant is an art consultant, curator,…

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.

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