AAPI Culinary Panel

Join us to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Panelists will discuss the preservation and celebration of their culinary heritages. This event will take place on Zoom and Facebook Live. To join on Zoom, click here.


Meet the Panelists:

Danilo M. Baylen Ed. D. teaches, researches, and publishes technology integration practices, visual and media literacy skills, creativity, and collaboration at the University of West Georgia, while also studying the visual representation of identity, relationships, and culture in Asian children’s literature. Dr. Baylen has co-edited five books and a special section in TechTrends and is one of the 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

Tina Chan is the Reference Services Program Manager and Humanities Librarian at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries. She is the liaison to the global languages department and the writing program and is currently the coordinator-elect of ALA Sustainability Round Table.

Brian D. Leaf is the Executive Director of NNLM Region 3, an NIH/NLM-funded program office that serves the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is passionate about outreach and trying to find ways to serve marginalized and underrepresented populations through health information.

Charisma Lee was born in Manila and raised in Denver, and currently works as a librarian at DC Public Library.

Touger Vang is Director of Learning Resources and Professional Development Coordinator for Montgomery Community College located in Troy, North Carolina. He has worked with refugees and first-generation college students for over 15 years.  His experience and research with underrepresented populations inform his community-engaged approach to delivering library and information services.

Basics of Sewing

Learn basic hand-sewing techniques and even some basics of working with a sewing machine! We will cover a variety of stitches, explain when they are best used, and give examples of projects you can take on using the stitch demonstrated.

This program series is virtual with new videos released every Monday and Friday in September on JDL’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Videos will remain available once they are posted, so you can revisit them at any time!

Supermarket Science

It looks like magic but it’s not. Simple grocery store items are used to perform crazy and wacky science experiments. You’ll never see eggs, soda cans, toilet paper, bananas, water bottles and baby diapers the same way ever again. Safety is stressed, laughs are guaranteed. It’s Supermarket Science.

July 26 Update: Due to a power outage, our presenter for this program is unfortunately unable to do a live presentation. We will be posting a link to a professionally recorded show on our Facebook page and here on our website at 10 AM that will be available to enjoy until August 1.

City Critters

Presented by the Detroit Zoological society, this program will introduce participants to the wild animals who share their neighborhoods, help them build empathy for these animals, and show them how they can help the animals.

This program will be available on our Facebook page and here on our website July 19-25.

Dinosaur Tails & Tales

Join PaleoJoe, paleontologist, dinosaur hunter, and storyteller to learn what tales dinosaur tails can tell. Have you ever wondered why the Stegosaurus has spikes on his tail? Why are the Longneck Dinosaurs equipped with such long tails?

Hear about and see the Dinosaur with 4 long Pheasant-like tail FEATHERS. Dinosaur stories from a real Dinosaur Digger who returned recently from a dig in South Dakota.

If you were unable to join us for the live program, you can enjoy the recording until July 18 here.

Baffling Bill the Magician

Take a virtual trip to Baffling Bill’s Illusionarium Magic Theater for a spectacular illusion show!

This program will be available on our Facebook page and here on our website July 5-11.

Professor Snoopenheimer Snoops Out Kooky Kryptids

The brilliant but eccentric (well… “kooky” really) professor, who last summer snooped out fairies, trolls and elves (oh my!) is back at it in 2021! This time he’s snooping out “kryptids” (well… “cryptids” really)- mysterious “hidden” (“crypt”) animals (Bigfoot, Nessie etc.) that may exist but not proven to exist.

Now cryptids can be spooky, but with Professor Snoopenheimer doing the snooping, they’re only kooky and lots of fun! What’s also fun is to snoop out the hidden and wonderful things you can learn, places you can go, things you can see… like animal “tails and tales” you can read in a book!

This program will be available on our Facebook page and here on our website from June 21-27.

Fantastical Beasts

Dreaming of dragons, gryphons, and more? Look no further than your own backyard for beasts of myth and legend! Explore the magical adaptations of Michigan’s wildlife with this live animal presentation by the Howell Nature Center, including native birds, mammals, and reptiles and learn that the supernatural is just that – SUPER NATURE!

To watch the recording of the live program, click here.

Oliver’s Animal Adventures

Presented by Alex Thomas & Friends, this program mixes the silliness of puppetry with a series of live exotic animals for an educational and entertaining virtual program! Each day from June 7-11 a new video will premiere on our Facebook page and here on our website.

Featured Animals:

Lynx: Available June 7-13

Kinkajou: Available June 8-14

Python: Available June 9-15

Guinea Pig: Available June 10-16

Tortoise: Available June 11-17

These short videos are designed to be easier for your family to enjoy on your own schedule.

Kids in the Kitchen

Join Angela Tate, Community Nutrition Instructor with MSU Extension, to explore ways kids can help in the kitchen with age appropriate kitchen activities, how to get them involved so that they are more likely to eat the food prepared and more.

There will be several budget-friendly recipes/snack ideas, and opportunities for participants to engage with ideas that will use up ingredients you have, stretch your ingredients, and how to make simple swaps to turn a recipe framework into something your family will enjoy.


This program will take place on Zoom. To join, click here.

Starting May 3, you can pick up recipe cards, measuring cups and spoons at your local library branch, while supplies last (one per family). You can also access the resource packet here.