What's Happening This Week!

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THIS WEEKEND:

ART ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS: Adults and teens can create beautiful paper lanterns on Saturday February 13 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch. Kids can experiment with color when they draw a traditional Japanese kimono at this weeks Young Rembrandts art session on Sunday February 14 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library and can create Valentine houses on Sunday February 14 at 2:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

BOOKS AND READING: Adults and teens may find the book of their dreams at the Saturday February 13 Date With A Book event at 1:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

HANDS-ON COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WORKSHOP: Kids and pre-teens can experiment with programming and Roblox Game Development on Sunday February 14 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

EVENTS FOR BABIES: Denise Owens leads the Saturday February 13 session of Just Babies at 10:00 am at Malletts Creek Branch.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016 Author Event At Washtenaw Community College: 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


Download of the Day: February 11

Labyrinth - Kerry Politzer

Driven by an edgy sax and a lyrical piano, this album takes harmonic twists and turns you won't want to miss.

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!

Download of the Day: February 10

What Does It Do? Bulldozer - Gaetano Capici

Building-obsessed readers will enjoy reading about the different parts of this construction site favorite, as well as the many jobs it can do.

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!

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library

Feb12

Preschool Storytimes

Friday February 12, 2016: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Baby Playgroups

Friday February 12, 2016: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday February 12, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek 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

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