What's Happening This Week!

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PRESENTATION: AADL's 8th annual College Night on Thursday October 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library features advice from college admissions experts on finding the right college, writing a successful essay and scoring high on the ACT and SAT.

SPANISH STORYTIME: Preschoolers are invited to a delightful storytime session featuring bilingual stories and songs in Spanish and English on Thursday October 2 at 5:30 pm at the Downtown Library.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: Join the Ann Arbor Symphony for a delightful Kinderconcert for ages 2 - 5 , featuring music, stories and movement, at the Downtown Library on Friday, October 3. There will be sessions at 9:30 am and 10:30 am.

WRITER'S WORKSHOP: This month's Emerging Writer's Workshop features advice on how to talk about your book. The session, open to all adult and teen writers, will be held on Thursday October 2 at 7:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Kids can get experience making their own video game on Friday October 3 at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library.


FILM: Learn more about Michigan's thriving craft beer industry when AADL hosts a screening of The Michigan Beer Film (pictured) at Bill's Beer Garden on 218 S Ashley St in Ann Arbor on Sunday, October 5 at 7 pm.

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION: It is time for the annual Dia de la Familia Latina Celebration at the Downtown Library. This Latino-focused family event will occur at 2:30 pm on Sunday October 5 and features dancing, music, games, crafts, food, and face painting! Health information addressing mental, physical, and social issues in the Latino community will also be available.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Kids can enjoy stories and yoga on Saturday October 4 at 11:00 am at Pittsfield Branch.

CRAFTS: Adults and teens can make their own soap on Saturday October 4 at 3:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch and create dazzling pendants out of clay on Sunday October 5 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

AADL Featured in Current Magazine

Did you know about all of the Unusual Stuff we have to borrow?

The October issue of Current Magazine features a full-page article highlighting AADL's music tools collection, explaining how the collection has attracted interest from "musicians and teachers, students, parents and hobbyists," as well as the general public and mentioning that AADL offers access to these unique materials at no charge to library cardholders.

The article also relates the collection to AADL's mission to offer resources to the community through the use of traditional and innovative technologies and mentions our growing collections of games, home tools, art prints and telescopes.

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New movies are in at the AADL!

The AADL has a great selection of recently released films for you to check out in case you missed them while they were in theaters (or want to see them again!).

Million Dollar Arm, starring John Hamm, is the heartwarming biographical story of JB Bernstein, a sports agent who’s fallen on hard times. In a desperate attempt to keep his business running, JB creates a baseball competition in India called “million dollar arm,” and brings the two finalists (real-life pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh) back to the US to attempt to sign them with professional teams.

The Grand Seduction, starring Taylor Kitsch (of Friday Night Lights fame), is a Canadian film set in a small fishing village along the coast. In order for a lucrative factory to be built, the citizens must procure a doctor to move to the town and set up his practice there. When big-city doctor Paul Lewis arrives for a trial stay in the town, the locals band together to try and make everything perfect for his visit. As Paul’s time left in the village dwindles and no decision has been made, a final “grand seduction” is planned to try and convince him to remain.

Begin Again, featuring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine, is a lovely story about Gretta, a struggling British songwriter who has just been dumped by her rockstar boyfriend. While performing at a local bar, she’s discovered by an also-struggling music producer, Dan. After convincing Gretta to sign with him, the two embark on a summer-long outdoor recording session in New York City, flanked by a team of talented musicians and Dan’s daughter, an aspiring musician herself.

If I Stay is the film adaptation of the wildly popular young adult novel of the same title. Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the film as Mia Hall, a talented young cellist who is nearly killed in a car accident. As she lays in a coma in the hospital, the audience sees her flash back through the happy and sad experiences she’s had throughout her life. We see her early life as the daughter of a famous rock musician and his inexperienced wife, her first interest in the cello and ensuing talent, and when she meets her boyfriend, Adam. After learning that the other members of her family have died, Mia realizes that it is up to her to decide whether she will join them in death or fight back through to the world of the living.

Other new releases just added to the collection include Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Chef, The Giver, and A Most Wanted Man.


Martin Bandyke Under Covers: James Harvey

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September 24, 2014


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Martin talks to playwright, essayist, and critic James Harvey about his new book Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar. With great perception and insight, Harvey explores how charisma is created in the movies, writing about Greta Garbo, Robert De Niro, Charles Laughton, John Wayne and many other stars, concluding with a strikingly moving passage about director Robert Bresson’s masterpiece Au Hasard Balthazar, whose star is a donkey! Hopwood Award winner James Harvey, who graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s Degree in English, has written a deeply personal and extraordinarily compelling account of the films that have changed his life and will also change yours. The interview was recorded on September 24, 2014.

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Winter work arounds

Michigan winters can be tough, especially when it comes to staying in shape. So why not develop a good at-home practice before we get snowed in?! Yoga is the perfect solution for combating the winter blues, keeping your energy levels up and extra pounds off the scale!

The AADL collection has options for everyone; monthly magazine selections, reading materials to develop and deepen your practice, and DVD’s for those looking to work on flexibility, strength or improve your sense of self. You can even experience yoga IN your library! Keep an eye on the events calendar for future programs, and be sure to join us next week at the Pittsfield branch for a children's yoga class!

New TV: Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts

A new TV mini series getting a lot of buzz lately is documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest conquest: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Seven discs go though 1858-1962. The series “profiles Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor as the most prominent members of the most important family in history. Through their stories, PBS chronicles the history they helped to shape, from the Square Deal to the New Deal, San Juan Hill to the Western Front, to the founding of the United Nations.”

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

Spanish Storytime / Hora de Cuentos

Thursday October 2, 2014: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for preschool

Join us for bilingual stories and songs in Spanish and English for preschool listeners, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and families are welcome! Participants do not need to understand Spanish to enjoy this event!

¡Vengan a la hora de cuentos y canciones para los preescolares y sus familias! No es necesario entender ambos idiomas para disfrutar de este evento.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room


Wednesday October 1, 2014: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Circle K Homework Help-CANCELLED

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Kerrytown Bookfest: The Art of the Book

Now through October 12, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

October 3, 2014 through October 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists – Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition

October 16, 2014 through November 24, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Artist Margaret Carney Discusses 'Demystifying Women and Dinnerware'

Friday October 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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