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LOCAL HISTORY: Dale Leslie shares information about the residences and backgrounds of well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor on Tuesday April 28 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball (pictured above) performs piano music from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s on Thursday April 30 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

ART FAIR CONTEST: Kids get another chance to submit their art for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair on Wednesday April 29 at 5:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

Download of the Day: April 26

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, deluded and obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read, takes up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked.

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!

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Archive Launched on Old News


The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is celebrating 85 years and AADL has launched a new website detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company.

View hundreds photos from the rehearsals, backstages and performances of the plays including never before seen shots from noted photographer Fred Beutler as well as the staff photographers at the Ann Arbor News. The Archive also includes hundreds of posters and programs from plays and over a thousand articles from the Ann Arbor News.

Old News will be adding more programs, photos and documents from the extensive collection at the Civic Theatre in the coming months but we need your help . . . can you identify any of the people in the photos where we don't have names? Everyone knows someone in Ann Arbor who worked in or for a Civic Theatre play, so browse the photos and add your knowledge in the Add New Comment feature. We have identified the lady at your left, that's Gilda Radner.


Ann Arbor Elections: Exploring Options

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April 14, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosted this last of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials, with a look at how municipalities around the country elect their public officials.

Panelists include Professor John Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk; and Professor Joseph Ohren, Eastern Michigan University, Political Science Department.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and the cosponsor of this event, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Length: 01:31:28
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Nerd Nite #23 – The Elements of Style: How to be a Great DJ in 5 Simple Steps

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March 19, 2015 at Live! 102 S. First St.


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In this talk, DEFTMIX uses concepts from Strunk and White’s classic college textbook, The Elements of Style to distill the essence of being a great DJ.

About Rolando Calip, Jr. AKA DEFTMIX:
Rolando Calip, Jr. has been a DJ for 20 years and currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has spent the last 2 years as the Nightlife Director/Saturday DJ Resident for Live Nightclub. Before moving to Ann Arbor in 2011, he lived in New York City for 10 years; DJing, curating music for hospitality groups, and managing DJs. Music has taken him all over the world; most recently to Manila in the Philippines where he performed at Black Market Nightclub on NYE 2015. Follow him on Instagram @deftmix.

Length: 00:13:34
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

2015 "Write On!" 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the 2015 “Write On!” 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest Winners!

After a record 138 entries, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place stories were chosen from each grade, and the 2015 winners were announced at the Awards Celebration held on April 19th!

Come back soon to read this year’s short story submissions on the library website!

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Baby Playgroups

Monday April 27, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday April 27, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor Women Artists’ 2015 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 27, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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