At The Saline District Library: Teen Environmental Club, Census Info, Sewing Machine Basics and More

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 01/03/2020 - 20:03

SDL can help with your New Year’s resolutions! Want to exercise more? Check out all the free exercise videos on Kanopy. Want to learn a new language? Mango has easy-to-follow lessons in over 70 languages. Want to cook more meals at home but are tired of the same old dinners? Try AtoZ Food America or AtoZ World Food for tons of interesting recipes. And if your goal is to read more in 2020… well, you already know we’re your go-to place for that. Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 5, 2-3 pm. Trained Therapaws reading dog Summer will be available for 15-minute-long reading appointments January-May. Practice reading with Summer on select Sundays! Recommended for grades 1-4. Registration is required; please stop by the Youth Desk or call 734-429-5450 ext. 3.

Monday, January 6, 3-4:15 pm. Saline Teens going green! Join us to learn more about how to protect our environment, get engaged in civic action, and do fun activities and crafts with a Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mindset. We will also talk about sustainable eating and finish off each session with healthy, hearty snacks. Click here to register. 

Monday, January 6, 4:15-5 pm. A book discussion group for readers in grades 4 & up. This month's book is Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell. Stop by the Youth Desk to pick up a copy of the book and to register.

Tuesday, January 7, 6-8:30 pm. Don't wait until the weekend for a movie night! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a recent hit movie. Snacks will be served. This month we will watch Judy. 
Run-time: 1 hr 58 min

Wednesday, January 8, 3-4:15 pm. Our Wednesday Teen Art group rocks! Join us to experiment with a variety of techniques and mediums. No need to register, just come ready to CREATE! 


Thursday, January 9, 10:30-11 am. Dance and move in this introduction to live classical music featuring Andrea Yun and her charming cello. A free 30-minute concert for children 2 to 5 years old. Presented by members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Seating at 10:20; doors close at 10:30 a.m. When registering for this program, please register each child and each adult attending. Click here to register. 

Thursday, January 9, 7-8 pm. Join us for a book discussion the second Thursday of each month. We'll meet in the Brecon Room to discuss books and enjoy some snacks. This month we are reading Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. FREE copies of the book can be picked up at the Reference Desk. 

Jose Antonio Vargas will be at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday, January 30 at 7 pm for a discussion of his book, followed by a Q&A and book signing. For more information about this event please click here or visit 

This event is part of the 2020 Washtenaw Reads program. The theme for 2020 is "Everyone Counts." The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti. 

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-7 pm. Drop-in, all ages family storytime, with accompanying caregiver. No registration required. Recommended for ages 2 & up. 30 minutes, including craft.

Winter Drop-In Storytime Schedule: Jan. 14 - Feb. 28:
Tuesdays: 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Thursdays: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Fridays: 10:30 - 11:00 am

2s and 3s STORYTIME
Wednesday, January 15, 9:30-10 am. For children between the ages of 2 & 3, with a caregiver; no younger or older siblings, please. Click here to register. 

Wednesday, January 15, 12-1:30 pm. Join us for Prime Time Lunch & Learn, a series of informational programs featuring speakers from area agencies sharing their expertise on a variety of timely topics. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. 
Make preparing an Advance Directive a priority and understand the difference between Medical Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney so you are able to make informed decisions. Be proactive and prepared before an emergency happens. Presented by Kassie Brancheau, Heartland Home Health. Click here to register. 


Wednesday, January 15, 3-4:15 pm. Teens! Local artist Keith McGuire will teach you how to use a variety of techniques and mediums to make interesting works of art. This week we'll be experimenting with Scratch Board Animals. No registration necessary. 

Wednesday, January 15, 3-4:15 pm. Do you have a sewing machine and want to know how to use it? Learn the basics of using a sewing machine, reading a pattern and starting a project. Click here to register. 
This is a three week series. Please plan on attending all three sessions. You must bring a working sewing machine to class. Sewing machines will not be provided.

Thursday, January 16, 7-8 pm. Learn about the 2020 Census from the Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters. The 2020 Census: Count Every Person. Once. In the Right Place covers what the Census is, how it works, and why it matters. Click here to register. 

Meredith Bixby's "Meredith Marionettes Touring Company" toured the Midwest and south for more than 40 years, producing over 20,000 performances in schools, theaters, and community centers. In 1997, Meredith Bixby made the City of Saline trustee for his extensive collection of more than 100 marionettes, 50 square feet of props and sets, and seven linear feet of archives. The City’s Arts and Culture Committee oversees this unique collection. On behalf of the Committee, John Anderson has curated an exhibit of items from the archives. These items are on display throughout the Library until the end of January.
Kids can learn about Bixby Marionettes and make their own marionette with John Anderson on Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 am - Noon for grades 3-5, and 1-2:30 pm for grades 6-8. Registration is required. 
The Bixby exhibit and programs are generously funded through a grant from the Carl F. Schrandt Endowment Fund. 

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