What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

PANEL DISCUSSION: A panel of veterans and community and university organizations will discuss housing, community re-integration, employment opportunities, and supportive services for veterans on Tuesday February 9 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library.

WRITERS AND WRITING: Local author Emlyn Chand gives tips on self-publishing on Thursday February 11 at 6:30 pm at Traverwood Branch.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Learn more about Permaculture philosophy on Tuesday February 9 at 7:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch: Babies can explore their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials on Thursday February 11 at 10:30 am at the Downtown Library.

FILM AND DISCUSSION: As part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series, a Spanish version of the film War and Peace (1942-1954) will be screened on Monday February 8 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library. A discussion, in Spanish, will follow.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016 Author Event: Cristina Henriquez, Author of "The Book Of Unknown Americans: A Novel"

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

The award-winning novel The Book Of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez is the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016. The community is invited to read and discuss this stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

The author, Cristina Henriquez, will make a special appearance at Washtenaw Community College on Tuesday, February 23 to discuss “The Book Of Unknown Americans.” Doors will open and 6 PM. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Henríquez is also the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.

The Book Of Unknown Americans centers on fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera, who sustains a terrible injury. Her family leaves behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risks everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved.

Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is coordinated by several area organizations, including the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Nicola’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Literati Bookstore, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, and many others.

For more information and resources related to Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, please visit the program's website at aareads.org

Photo credit(at left): Michael Lionstar


Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews Peter Guralnick, author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll

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December 10, 2015


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Peter Guralnick, author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis, brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records.

The music that Sam Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.

The interview with Peter Guralnick was originally recorded on December 10, 2015.

Length: 00:27:03
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

CANCELLED: Ypsilanti as an African-American City with Local Historian Matt Siegfried

Wednesday February 10, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled.

We hope to reschedule at a future date, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Download of the Day: February 7

Reconnection - Ammonite

The overall tone of this album is dreamy and euphoric, but there's an element of the strange and shadowy in this album that keeps it from being too wide-eyed.

Looking for more great things to download? Try going to our Downloads page for music, books, videos, podcasts, even patterns! And check out the Download of the Day every day for more great recommendations from AADL!

Want to find out about next week's Download of the Day TODAY? And get a whole heap of bonus DotD points in the process? Start playing the Lowdown of the Day! Follow the clues to figure out the item ahead of time. And the first find gets the most points, so move fast!

Yokai Watch - The New Pokemon!

Yes, you heard right! Your local AADL is getting the Yokai Watch manga! Yokai Watch is the new phenomenon that's sweeping Japan and, thanks to the 3DS game getting an English release back in November, it's sweeping through America too. Starting as a game (just like Pokemon) and expanding into a TV show (just like Pokemon), Yokai Watch has also recently started releasing various merchandise and manga (just like Pokemon). Meet Nate, a young boy who wanders into an old forest behind his local shrine and finds the yokai named Whisper, a type of ghost. He gives Nate a Yokai Watch that lets him see the yokai that are all around his home town. So follow Nate along as he meets new yokai, befriends them, and captures them so that they can fight at his side! (just like Pokemon)

At this point you may be asking, what are yokai? Basically, yokai are strange creatures in Japanese folklore. They come in all shapes and sizes and do all sorts of different things. For example, a prominent character in the Yokai Watch series is Jibanyan, who is based off of the yokai nekomata, a type of cat yokai with two tails who can do things like control fire and walk on it's back legs. Or you have Kyubi, based on the kitsune, a fox yokai who can do magic, shape shift, and becomes very powerful after it grows it's ninth tale (which is when it becomes called a kyuubi). These are animal ones, but there are also yokai that look like umbrellas, ghosts, or giant skeletons! These yokai and more are all available for your entertainment in Yokai Watch!

If you want to learn more about yokai, check out this website by Matthew Meyer. It contains an encyclopedia of yokai (in English) with Matthew's awesome drawings. And check out his personal website for other information, including his two books on yokai. Be careful though, Yokai Watch makes the yokai seem really cute and friendly, but quite a few of the original yokai and their stories can be a little creepy or scary!

It's Blind Date with a Book season!

Stop by any of the AADL locations for a sweet February surprise! Adults and teens will find Blind Date with a Book displays, where one can hopefully find the mysterious book of their dreams! Books (and movies!) wrapped in butcher paper have a short description of what the material inside contains… but you’ll have to check out the item and take it home to unwrap to find out if it’s really meant for you!

Kids aren’t left out either! There are Surprise Book displays at every location too, where kids will find mystery books and movies wrapped up with only hints written on them to imply what’s inside. These displays will be up for the entire month of February, so don’t miss your chance to find your match.

The End of the Tour

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace’s (1962-2008) magnum opus Infinite Jest, so it’s a great time to revisit the 1996 work.

At the time the book was published Rolling Stone Magazine sent reporter David Lipsky to follow Wallace on his book tour promoting the book.

The five-day interview didn’t get published in the magazine but became Lipsky's New York Times-bestselling book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace in 2010. The book was recently adapted for screen which resulted in the film The End of the Tour.

The End of the Tour stars Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky. Lipsky tags along on a road trip with Wallace and they have conversation after conversation on just about everything, with Lipsky getting it all on tape. It’s a striking look at how you view yourself, and then once you are well-known how others perceive you. It begs the question – does it really matter? I haven’t read Infinite Jest, but I’m super curious about the brain of David Foster Wallace, and found the movie provocative and thought provoking about what rests in the minds of those we label genius.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Baby Playgroups

Monday February 8, 2016: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday February 8, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Circle K Homework Help

Monday February 8, 2016: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Latino Americans: 500 Years Of History Series Part 3: "War and Peace (1942-1954)" - Spanish Version

Monday February 8, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday February 8, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Always Lost: A Meditation on War

Now through February 24, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

New Art Prints by Michigan Artists

Now through February 25, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Thirst Quenchers from the Dinnerware Museum

Now through February 25, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Nature and Nurture: Art Teachers as Artists

Now through March 9, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Opportunities for Veterans: A Look at Housing, Employment, and Your Rights

Tuesday February 9, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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