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 make decorative plates using silhouettes of characters from favorite books on Saturday September 5 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.


KERRYTOWN BOOKFEST RECEPTION: Join us for a pre-BookFest reception on Friday September 11 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library to celebrate the upcoming 13th annual Kerrytown BookFest and the Kerrytown BookFest: The Art of the Book Downtown Library exhibit. The reception will feature refreshments, music and and chance to learn more the exhibit and the BookFest.

CONCERT: Award-winning Michigan musician John Latini performs at the Downtown Library on Thursday September 10 at 7:00 pm.

NATURE WALK: Adults, teens and kids can enjoy a guided walk through Black Pond Woods Nature Area on Thursday September 10 at 7:00 pm.

MUSIC PRODUCTIONS WORKSHOP: Sound Designer Mike Huckaby leads adults and teens in an electronic music production workshop on Wednesday September 9 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS: Adult and teen writers are invited to learn more about University of Michigan Press at the Emerging Writers Workshop on Thursday September 10 at 7:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

CRAFTS AND ART PROJECTS: Floral designer Susan McLeary shows adults and teens how to make floral art jewelry on Tuesday September 8 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

EVENTS FOR BABIES: Young children can engage the senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials on Thursday September 10 at 10:30 am at the Downtown Library.

Download of the Day: September 3

Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Value: The Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum

With over 270 varieties, the University of Michigan's Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum is heaven for peony-lovers. Hear about the garden itself and plans to celebrate its centennial in 2022.

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!

The Sensory Ethnography Lab on DVD

The Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) is an experimental filmmaking laboratory based out of Harvard University. You can find three of their feature films: SWEETGRASS (2009), LEVIATHAN (2012), and MANAKAMANA (2013) in the AADL catalog! If you’re interested in non-fiction or documentary film, and are inclined to witness amazing people and places through filmic immersion, give these a try. The SEL advocates use of aesthetics, both visual and acoustic, in documentary filmmaking. While the films produced by the SEL are diverse in approach and content, they are united by a goal to document the realities of worldly existence through sound and image relationships. Prepare to be immersed; these films are absolute adventures!

SWEETGRASS follows modern-day American cowboys as they shepherd their sheep through the vast and picturesque mountains of Montana. The film doesn’t seek glorify the cowboys, but rather examines the relationship between nature, humans, and animals, often revealing both vulnerability and violence.

LEVIATHAN portrays the dangerous actualities of the commercial fishing industry. The filmmakers followed a New England fishing crew on a 80 foot ‘dragger’ ship, and shot the film entirely on miniature Go-Pro cameras; the results are visceral, tumbling, haunting and raw. The directors refer to the film as a ‘monster!’

MANAKAMANA was “filmed entirely inside the narrow confines of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal that transports villagers to an ancient mountaintop temple.” The two-hour film is comprised of fixed portrait shots, each approximately ten minutes long and completely unedited. The durational structure is a test of patience, which ultimately rewards those who commit, to the unspoken beauty of everyday moments.

And if you’d like see more contemporary documentary films, see this list.

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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Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Friday September 4, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Baby Playgroups

Friday September 4, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am --

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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