Funding for Nonprofits

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community non-profit organization? Help your non-profit by attending this hands-on workshop led by U-M Foundations and Grants Librarian Paul Barrow.

Discover the online resources that can assist you in getting operating and programmatic grants for your non-profit. Additionally, there will be discussion about matching sponsor and nonprofit priorities and resources to help with proposal writing.

Smell & Tell | Haute Skank: An Olfactory Menagerie of Animalics in Perfumery

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Musk, ambergris, civet, and castoreum are historic ingredients used in perfumery. Whether they purr, hiss, or roar depends on the dose. They are generally used as fixatives to support the structure of a perfume and leave nothing to offend in their wake.

Character is another issue when it comes to animalic ingredients as many contain intimate odors that are polarizing in Western culture. We’ll smash this cultural relic to bits at the Haute Skank Smell & Tell, where synthetic and humanely derived animalics will be experienced for the purpose of understanding their alchemical effects in a perfume formula.

We will also investigate plant-based animalics like Black currant bud, cumin, and costus. Some of these materials evoke intimate human aromas, and remind us that a short line occupies the space between the perfumes of intimacy and animal archetypes.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

Aroma materials for the Haute Skank Smell & Tell have been provided by International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF).

From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Attempts at enhancing diversity often begin with a notion of enhancing tolerance for a minority group, resulting in ongoing senses of both disenfranchisement by the minority group and resentment by members of the dominant group.

Join Mira Charlotte Krishnan as she examines opportunities to move from reactive to strategic to a new kind of essential diversity approach by examining the rise of the multicultural workplace, the rise of autistic people and in the world of work, the rise of women and gender and sexual diversity.

Reactive diversity increases fairness while producing existing outcomes. Strategic diversity optimizes those existing outcomes.

The goal of essential diversity, however, is to enable new outcomes altogether. These outcomes are only identified via co-creation among diverse groups, and are only possible when diversity is not a tool or a fundamental principle, but the source or driving force which causes the organization to exist.
Mira Krishnan is a social entrepreneur and feminist activist, passionate about the lives of girls and women, early childhood development, and sustainable communities

This event is a partnership with UM Investing in Ability and is part of Investing In Ability Week 2017: Diversity Includes Disability.

Mini Pallet Coasters

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create some DIY mini pallet coasters that are great for gifts or adding a touch of rustic charm to your home decor.

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday October 19, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn about 3D printing and get a chance to use a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer.

No prior experience is necessary.

An Evening of Mystery Authors: Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore Celebrates 25 Years

Thursday October 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore celebrate their 25th anniversary with this special AADL event featuring mystery authors William Kent Krueger (and his new mystery Sulfur Springs) and Julia Keller ( with her latest, Fast Falls The Night). The authors will discuss their new books and the mystery genre.

William Kent Krueger has received many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last seven novels were all New York Times bestsellers. He writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. Sulfur Springs is number sixteen in the Cork O’Connor series.

Julia Keller won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a three-part narrative series about the aftermath of a deadly tornado and the randomness of fate. Her books include Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It, Richard Jordan Gatling: Back Home and the Bell Elkins mystery series, set in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. The newest in the series, Fast Falls The Night is based on a real-life event and takes place in a single 24-hour period, unfurling against the backdrop of a shattering personal revelation that will change Bell Elkins' life forever.

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

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday October 19, 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 18-21 minute 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!

NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow

Friday October 20, 2017: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm -- Rackham Auditorium 915 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor

NY Times Op-Ed columnist Charles M. Blow visits Ann Arbor for a special keynote presentation at Rackham Auditorium.

The lecture, organized by the Humility in the Age of Self-Promotion Colloquium at the University of Michigan, will be on the topic of Donald Trump, arrogance, pride, and American democracy.

Charles M. Blow's Op-Ed column in The New York Times appears on Thursdays and Mondays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator, a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which won a Lambda Literary Award, the Sperber Prize, and made multiple lists of best books published in 2014.

Partners for this lecture include The Ann Arbor District Library and these University of Michigan units: The Center for Engaged Academic Learning, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Communication Studies, The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, The Department of American Culture, The Department of History, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, The Ginsberg Center, The Institute for the Humanities, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, The Office of DEI, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The Residential College, and The Spectrum Center.

Bruce Winslow Discusses His Work and Presents Awards for the AAWA Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition

Friday October 20, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In conjunction with their annual exhibition, the Ann Arbor Women Artists join with the Library to present this lecture by Bruce Winslow, artist, former director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, and the juror for the Fall 2017 exhibit at the Library. Winners of this juried exhibition will also be announced.

The evening will begin with a 6:30 pm reception, where the public is invited to view the exhibition before the lecture and awards presentation.

A Midland native, Bruce Winslow is a graduate of Central Michigan University (BFA) and the Pratt Institute (MFA) in Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the Midland Center for the Arts in 1988 managing studio tours, quickly moved into public relations. He became interim director in 1997 and was the director until his retirement in January 2017. Winslow paints large, improvisational abstract oils and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions. He has taught studio art and college-level art history.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330+ women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artist.

Introduction to Insight Meditation with Still Mountain Meditation

Saturday October 21, 2017: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This half-day workshop will offer a brief, step-by-step introduction to beginning insight meditation.

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment investigation of mind/body processes through calm, focused attention. In meditation and mindfulness practices we cultivate our ability to be present in each moment and to be aware of and more comfortable with our thoughts, emotions, and physical being.

Although historically the techniques come from Buddhist traditions, this workshop has no religious content and will approach the practices from a down-to-earth, secular perspective. This introduction is intended mainly for persons with no previous meditation experience, but all are welcome.