ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With snow on its way, a November fit for hibernating is right around the corner. For those willing to venture downtown, the Ann Arbor District Library has a calendar of events aimed at keeping patrons active and awake during the start of a blustery winter.
Here are seven events at the AADL to keep you moving and mentally active in November.
Nov. 2 -- 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Comedian and actor Debra Wilson will speak to audiences about her career in voice-over and performance capture and the power of inner faith. Known for her appearances on MADtv, Wilson has had a prolific career as a voice-over artist alongside motion-capture performances.
Nov. 8 -- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Author Linda Solomon will discuss her book surrounding the Queen of Soul and intimate moments of the singers’ life. Hosted by Ann Arbor’s 107one Martin Bandyke, the author event will reflect on instances from Solomon’s time spent capturing both the historic and deeply personal times of Aretha Franklin.
Nov. 10 -- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Join the AADL as it releases nine titles under its publishing imprint. There will be four titles for adults, four titles for children, as well as a teen novel. AADL visitors are welcome to join the authors in the Downtown branch lobby for refreshments as well as readings from the new titles.
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Nov. 16 -- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Join Modati Studios in the depths of the AADL downtown branch to print screen custom designs. Using provided materials, attendees can print their own designs while learning print screening techniques.
Nov. 19 -- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Shake, dance and zoom in a Zumba class. Lead by an instructor from Ann Arbor’s YMCA, attendees will keep warm by moving during this high energy and fast-paced workout.
Nov. 21 -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Author, educator and activist Ebony Richards will discuss her memoir “The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story.” Joined by Ashley Lucas, director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan, Roberts will talk about the stories within her memoir as well as the emotional toll that the justice system takes on the lives of those directly and indirectly affected by it.
Exploring the Mind | The Science of “Choking Under Pressure”: Why We Fail and How to Succeed When It Matters
Nov. 25 -- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. -- Downtown branch
Curious as to why some people choke under pressure while others don’t? Professor Taraz Lee, an assistant professor in the University of Michigan psychology department and lead of the U-M Cognition, Control and Action Lab, will present the science on why some people freeze at the wrong moment. Incorporating insights from various fields, Lee will explain what happens to the brain and the body during times of pressure.