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Go places with these seven Ann Arbor District Library August events

Erin Helmrich (left) leads an event for the Ann Arbor District Library. (Courtesy: Erin Helmrich)
Erin Helmrich (left) leads an event for the Ann Arbor District Library. (Courtesy: Erin Helmrich)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – From Hyrule to Wonderland, Ann Arbor District Library’s August calendar has events that will take you places. 

14th Annual Lego Contest @ Kensington Hotel

Sunday - 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Kensington Hotel

Happening at the Kensington Hotel, the annual Lego contest lets Lego aficionados strut their stuff. Well, build their stuff, technically. Starting at 9 a.m., contestants can drop off their Lego masterpieces for judging. At 6 p.m., there will be an awards ceremony with prizes in six categories. 

The public is welcome to attend from 4 p.m. onwards and vote for a People’s Choice masterpiece.   Just try to not step on any Legos!

Visit aadl.org/lego for official contest rules and guidelines. 

The Lego Contest will take place at the Kensington Hotel on Aug. 4.  Photo | Ann Arbor District Library
The Lego Contest will take place at the Kensington Hotel on Aug. 4. Photo | Ann Arbor District Library

Mermaid Party!

Aug. 9 - 2 to 3 p.m. - Pittsfield and Traverwood branches

Swim over to one of two AADL branches to get a glimpse of the mythical sea dwellers. Do mermaid-themed crafts, listen to music and have fun with other mermaids and mermen. 

Zelda Fest

Aug. 11 - 3 to 5 p.m. - Downtown Library: Multi-purpose room, Secret Lab

Hey! Listen! Join the band The Seven Sages as they perform songs from one of Nintendo’s greatest franchises.  Attendees will make Zelda themed-crafts and try to rescue Hyrule on video game stations while listening to video game electronic music by chiptune artist Baron Knoxburry. 

The Mad Hatter's Totally Pretend Tea Party!

Aug. 16 - 2 to 5 p.m. - Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner, Secret Lab

You're late for a very important date -- a totally imaginary tea party at the AADL! Take a trip to Wonderland with your little mad hatter to sip pretend tea, make some real crafts, meet characters from the children’s classic and try out AADL’s Wonderland-themed croquet. 

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An Evening with The Creature Conservancy for Families

Aug. 21 - 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Pittsfield branch

Bring your family to learn about The Creature Conservancy’s family of animals. Visit with a boa constrictor, an Australian blue-tongued skink, some macaws, a tenrec (we had to look this up, too!) and a few other animals. This family event is intended for humans age 5 and older as some of the animals need stillness and silence. 

An event for teens and adults is scheduled for Aug. 23 at the Mallets Creek branch. 

Photo: Meredith Bruckner
Photo: Meredith Bruckner

Painting For Adults | Painting Clouds Like a Pro

Aug. 26 - 6 to 8 p.m. - Downtown library

Participate in painting for adults to learn how to paint clouds like a professional. Instructors from the Ann Arbor Art Center will be on hand to help teach about making fluffy clouds with pencils and acrylic paint. 

Summer Game 2019 GAME OVER Gala!

Aug. 31 - 3 to 5 p.m. - Downtown library

We’ll be sad to see it end. Take part in a celebration of the AADL Summer Game with a free photo booth, cookies, badge coloring, lemonade-sipping and more. Meet other players, compare points and pick up your Summer Game shop swag. 

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