January Events at AADL

The Ann Arbor District Library has a number of fun events coming up for various ages.

On Friday, January 10, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a Charming Cello KinderConcert at the Downtown Branch. Sessions will be held at 9:30a and 10:30a in the Multi-Purpose Room. Eric Amidon of the symphony will share about the cello and Kathryn Goodson will be playing the piano while Gari Stein presents stories and dance. (Can’t make the session at AADL, check out the Dexter Library Session at 10a on Saturday, January 11 or Ypsilanti Library on Monday, January 13 at 9:30a and 10:30a). KinderConcerts are for kids ages 2-5.

On Saturday, January 11, Ann Arbor District Library has a number of events with one appropriate for kids in each age range.

The day starts at the Downtown Branch with Dancing Babies from 10-10:40a. The event will feature Denise Owens, the leader of KinderMusik events. Dancing Babies is geared towards kids from infants to age 5.

Saturday afternoon from 1-2p, elementary school kids can make Mini Yarn Monsters sat the Traverwood Branch.


Teens (grades 6-12) can make Upcycled Notebooks from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch.

LEGO lovers take note, the Malletts Creek Branch will host LEGO Connection from 1-2p. Kids ages in grades K-5. They’ll photograph your creation for the library’s LEGO Look Book. My daughter loves LEGO. At home, she typically builds a pre-defined set, so I love events that encourage her to free build.

Teens and adults can make DIY Spa products on Sunday, January 12 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch.

The University of Michigan Natural History Museum will hold a Family Science Workshop at the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, January 18 from 10-11a. The topic is Dining on Dinos: Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws. The workshop is for kids in grades K-5 with an adult.

Also on Saturday, January 18 is the is Kodu with Kito from 2-4p at the Downtown Library in the Training Center. Kodu is a visual programming language designed or creating games. Kito is an AAPS substitute teacher (he taught my daughter’s class several times last year).  The event is for kids in grades 2-5.

Teens and Adults (Grade 6+) can have Hair Pin Fun on Saturday, January 18 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch.

The Traverwood Branch will have Chesstastic on Sunday, January 19 from 1-4p for kids in grade K through adults.

Dancing Babies returns on Sunday, January 19 from 1-1:40p with Monica Higman of First Steps Washtenaw. The event is at the Malletts Creek Branch and is for kids from infants through 5 years old.

From 2-3p on Sunday, January 19 the Pittsfield Branch will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with award-winning author & illustrator Bryan Collier highlighting his 2002 book Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. The event is geared towards elementary school aged kids (grades K-5).

The MineCrafters Guild Meetup is for teens and adults on Sunday, January 19 from 2-4p in the Training Room at the Downtown Branch.

Also at the Downtown Branch on Sunday, January 19 is a concert by the local group Gemini with stories by AADL’s Laura Pershin Raynor. The event is for preschoolers through 3rd graders and will be held in the multi-purpose room. The concert is from 2-2:45p.

There will be a second event to honor Martin Luther King Jr on Monday, January 20 from 1-2p at the Downtown Branch with the Biakuye Percussion Group. The event is for grades K through adult.

There will be a Guided Meditation for Kids (ages 7-10) on Saturday, January 25 from 2-3p at the Downtown Branch.

There will be a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration on Sunday, January 26 from 1-3p at the Downtown Branch. The event will be a celebration of the joy of reading with activities related to the book such as a cheese toss, cookie decorating, and “Zoo-Wee-Mama!” cartoon writing. The event is listed as for grades 4-7. iTunes was offering a free download of the book last week, so I downloaded it for my daughter to read.  If she likes the book, we’ll mark the calendar for this event.

The library is cosponsoring the Preschool Expo at the University of Michigan’s Palmer Commons on Sunday, January 26 from 1-4p for families looking for preschool.

Once Upon a Winter’s Day is on Sunday, January 26 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Kids from preschool through grade 5 will make crafts, enjoy hot chocolate, and hear stories.

Teens and Adults can enjoy An Evening with Animals from the Creature Conservancy on Tuesday, January 28 from 7-8:30p at the Pittsfield Branch.

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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.

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