What's Happening This Week!

AUTHOR EVENT: Author Lisa Anderson and Dawn Farm staff discuss alcoholism and the effect on families on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library, focusing on Lisa's book The Lost Chapters: A Daughter's Hard Questions About An Ad Man's "Unexpected" Death and her late father, a New York ad man.

FILM & DISCUSSION: It is Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014, and AADL and VegMichigan will host a discussion of the award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine on Thursday, April 24 at 6 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Enjoy the West African sounds of Sunkwa on Friday April 25 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library.

ARBORWIKI EDIT NIGHT: Meet at Arbor Brewing on 114 East Washington on Wednesday April 23 at 7 and learn how to contribute as an editor for Arborwiki, the wiki created, edited and maintained by locals. Bring your laptop and be ready to contribute!


CRAFTS: Adults and teens can create steampunk-style earrings on Saturday, April 26 at 2 pm at Malletts Creek Branch. On Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, kids can enjoy a story and craft related to the Henry and Mudge book series.

HANDS-ON COMPUTER EVENTS: Adults and teens can learn more about computer programming for video games at the Downtown Library on Saturday, April 26 at 3 pm. On Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can also learn more about programming - with Kodu, a visual programming language designed specifically for creating games

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: Gari Stein leads the Saturday, April 26 session of Dancing Babies at 10 am at the Malletts Creek Branch.

KIDS ART FAIR JUDGING: The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original will hold a drop-in jury session for consideration for the 2014 Kids Art Fair. Young artists should bring samples of their work to the Pittsfield Branch on Sunday, April 27 between 1 - 3 pm.

EL DIA CELEBRATION: Music, dance, crafts, face painting, stories and activities for all ages are featured at the annual El Dia celebration of children and books at the Downtown Library on Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 pm

AADL partners with UMS to present UMS Rewind

AADL is pleased to have partnered with the University Musical Society to help build UMS Rewind, a searchable database of performances, programs, and photographs from 135 years of UMS history.

Open to all researchers, this unique research tool is available for searching by composer or composition, conductor or performer, and provides access to repertoire, programs, and other material detailing the unique legacy of UMS and the history of touring in the performance arts in America.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

If you enjoy watching bad movies and are unaware of Mystery Science Theater 3000 you are missing out. But don’t worry, AADL has a large number of MST3K films to keep you busy for a while. Along with his robot friends Joel (or Mike depending on the season) is shot into space and forced to watch terrible movies. They cope and retain their sanity by jesting throughout these terrible, terrible films. Here are just a couple of the nuggets that exist in the amazing history of this television show.

Volume 18, Disc 4: Jack Frost: In this unique Russian fairy tale, two lovers must conquer the most bizarre ordeals of the supernatural.

Volume 10.2, Disc 2: Swamp Diamonds: With an undercover cop in tow, a gang of female prison escapees hunts for hidden diamonds in a Louisiana swamp, kidnapping a geologist along the way. Includes short: "What to do on a date."

Volume 26, disc 2: Alien from L.A.: This is perhaps the bad movie to end all bad movies. In this 1980's twist on Journey to the Center of The Earth, Kathy Ireland plays an awkward teen in search of her missing archaeologist father, only to stumble into a deeply underground civilization unaware of life on the surface. Adventure ensues.

Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

Homework giving you a headache? You may want to log on to Brainfuse. Their live Homework Help is available from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM everyday (except Federal Holidays & Easter). The interactive Study Suite is accessible anytime with your aadl account log in information. For more information about all the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these FAQs. Using Brainfuse can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try!

The 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge 2014 has officially begun!

Look! It's a bird... it's a plane... no wait, it's a SHORT STORY SUPERHERO participating in the second annual 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge!

Do you have the grit to become a Short Story Superhero? Astound all your friends and teachers... they'll never see it coming! Vanquish the winter blues with powerful prose and punchy plot!

Here's how to become a Short Story Superhero:
1) Write a story of up to 5 pages (double-spaced) or 1000 words
2) Type it in a Word document, with the story title on top
3) Attach the file to an email and include your personal information OR print it out with an information cover sheet (what information, you ask? check out the guidelines)
4) Send it to youngwrite@aadl.org or bring it to the Youth Desk at the Downtown branch by Monday, May 5!

Use your x-ray vision on our Jump! brochure to keep an eye out for the final celebration featuring guest author Lisa Wheeler, on June 3!

Please e-mail youngwrite@aadl.org or call the Youth Desk at 734-327-8301 with any questions, and happy (super) writing!


City Of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Climate and Adaptation

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March 12, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Come join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor! The City and the Ann Arbor District Library host the third annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series includes four events (held monthly and ending in April 2014) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

This third event in the series centers on Climate and Adaptation, including a discussion of current adaptation and resiliency strategies within the community; an introduction of the newly launched Community Climate Partnership, a coalition of community stakeholders working to further support the City’s Climate Partnership; and how to take steps to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Panelists for this event include Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council; Mike Garfield, Director, Ecology Center; Susan Hutton, Vice Chari, City of Ann Arbor Environmental Commission; Monica Patel, Policy Specialist, Ecology Center; Mike Shriberg, Education Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; Lecturer, Program in the Environment (PitE) & Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP); and Melissa Stults, Science Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Commissioner, City of Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission and Environmental Commission

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. Details of this series will be posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability.

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Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room A, Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room B

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner


Wednesday April 23, 2014: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Arborwiki Edit Night At Arbor Brewing

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Arbor Brewing - 114 East Washington

Author Lisa Anderson & Dawn Farm Staff Discuss Alcoholism And Lisa’s Book “The Lost Chapters”

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit, Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Friday May 2, 2014: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby And 3rd Floor

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