Library Closed On Monday September 7

All AADL locations will be closed on Labor Day, Monday September 7.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 8.

What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

CRAFTS AND ART PROJECTS: Adults and teens can create a nebula in a bottle that they can wear as a necklace on Thursday September 3 at 7:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.


CRAFTS AND ART PROJECTS: Adults and teens can make decorative plates using silhouettes of characters from favorite books on Saturday September 5 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

Download of the Day: September 2

Choreographer - Katie Marsico

Gotta dance! Here's the story on choreography as a career.

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!

2015 Kate Greenaway Medal winner- Shackleton's Journey

The British Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals awards one illustrated text each year with the prestigious Kate Geenaway Medal for outstanding illustrations in a children's book. This year the winner was Shackleton's Journey by William Grill.

Shackleton's Journey is the story of the final expedition in the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration" which spanned almost 50 years! It is also the story of Earnest Shackleton who wanted to "do something better" and to "make a name" for himself. While the story of the expedition is fantastic (in many senses of the word!) the reason that it won the award was for its breathtaking illustrations.
It is very hard to make a picture book where the illustrations capture the scope of something as big as this expedition, which included 69 dogs and a stowaway!!!

This book will keep you interested with it's beautiful mixture of words and illustrations.

Browsing the Documentary DVDs: Some Interesting Choices You May Not Know We Have

Birders: A stunning film about the birds of Central Park and the people who watch them. Something known as the “Central Park effect” attracts birds in droves during spring and autumn migrations, making it a hotspot for viewing over 200 species of birds. Central Park is entirely human-made, and has many recreations to offer, but also provides a bit of wildness in the shadow of skyscrapers. Watch this for inspiration and then get out your binoculars, or borrow a pair from us, and head over to the Arboretum this fall, to see the beauty of birds.

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama: You’ve been granted a rare, private audience with the Dalai Lama and are told you can ask 10 questions. What would you ask of one of the world’s wisest leaders? This is a probing tale of the Dalai Lama’s history, Tibet’s take-over by China and the exiled community in India where he and many Tibetan Buddhists have found refuge. As the Dalai Lama answers the questions posed by the documentary film-maker, you realize this is a rare person, who has learned to practice the high ideals of his religion.

Queen of the Sun, What the Bees Are Telling Us: Honeybees are disappearing. Whole hives of bees just don’t come home one day. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon is like a canary in the mine, warning us of a huge imbalance and threat in the natural world. The beekeepers in this film have a picture of health and balance to offer the bees, and learning to help bees, helps the environment and helps us all. At least 40% of the food you eat is pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Our future, in many ways, is tied to the health of bees.

Watchers of the Sky: A history of modern genocide and the people who fight to make it impossible. One of these was Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide”, and fought a protracted battle in international courts to have it recognized as a crime. This film is sad, but very inspiring. I don’t think you can get through it dry-eyed or without the conviction to make a difference for good in the world, even in a small way. The title comes from a beautiful story about Tycho Brahe (told near the end).

A Year in Burgundy: Through the seasons in Burgundy, this film follows seven wine-making families and how they grow their grapes, work their land, and meld all the growing and processing factors into that fermented drink the world loves. Getting their wines to the peak of perfection takes artistry, experience, drive, profound commitment, plain old hard work, and, you might say, love.

Horror Director Wes Craven Dies at 76

Legendary horror director, writer and producer Wes Craven died August 30 at his Los Angeles home after battling brain cancer.

Best known for his Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream film franchises, horror movies and film buffs are indebted to his style and creativity. Scre4m actually filmed in Ann Arbor in 2011! Other notable films include The Hills Have Eyes, My Soul to Take, and The Last House On the Left - which was his first film and he wrote, directed, and edited it.

My childhood nightmares wouldn’t be complete without Freddy Krueger. Thank you Mr. Craven for all the thrills and chills.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Guru, Motivational Speaker Has Died

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The author, motivational speaker, and psychotherapist, Wayne Dyer, passed away this past Saturday at 75 years old after battling leukemia. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University where he received his doctorate degree in counseling. He was a self-help guru popular with a number of celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres (whose marriage to Portia De Rossi he officiated). He believed that the power of positive thinking could lead to a healthier, happier life. His book, Your Erroneous Zones, is one of the bestselling books of all time.


Researching Your Home's History

Media Player

June 13, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Wonder what secrets your house may hold? Who lived there 25, 50, or even 100 years ago?

Join Patrick McCauley, co-author of Historic Ann Arbor: an Architectural Guide as he walks you though his own experience as a researcher. Along with the considerable research required for his book, McCauley spent years doggedly uncovering his own home's history, and has plenty of guidance, tips and advice.

Whether you're just starting to dig into your work, or already an bit of researcher, McCauley will relate a few of his own research scenarios and share resources, extract lessons and highlight useful tips that you can use in your own historical hunt. Copies of Historic Ann Arbor will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Length: 1:21:29
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Researching Your Home's History

Oliver Sacks, Writer and Neurologist, Dies at 82

On Sunday, Dr. Oliver Sacks passed away in his home after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Sacks was a wonderful writer who brought the lives of his neurology patients to a wider audience through his many books. His writing was caring, funny, and fascinating. Dr. Sacks was one of the first writers to actively work to make science accessible to all people, regardless of their scientific training. His work in this field has been carried on through outlets such as RadioLab and the series The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Dr. Sacks first rose to fame through his book Awakenings, which told the story of his work with a group of catatonic patients and was later adapted into a movie of the same name. Dr. Sacks wrote a plethora of other books about his patients, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales and An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. An endlessly curious man, Dr. Sacks also wrote about his travels, his own life story, music, and more. Dr. Sacks was a true talent whose work and writing greatly improved our world.

TV Spotlight: Get Sherlocked

The success of the acclaimed Sherlock show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has spawned many new fans of all things Sherlock. Part of that is digging up other versions of detective Sherlock doing his thing. There are many television and film adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke that are now in the catalog! Have a peek .

The Sherlock Holmes Feature Films Collection

Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Who is your favorite Sherlock?!

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Thursday September 3, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Baby Playgroups

Thursday September 3, 2015: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm --

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday September 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm --

Nebula Necklaces

Thursday September 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm --

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Totems, Trees, and Birds

Now through September 10, 2015 --

Kerrytown BookFest: The Art of the Book

Now through October 15, 2015 --

Cuba: An Opening Door, Photographs by Sandy Schopbach

September 15, 2015 through October 29, 2015 --

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