What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events:

CONCERTS: Local musician Timothy Monger brings his elegant pop and lyrical folk-rock sounds to the Downtown Library on Friday January 30 at 7:00 pm. Monger will use guitar pedals and a other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection during the concert. County and bluegrass are a prominent part of the Saturday January 31 concert with Bill Bynum and Co. at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HANDS-ON VIDEO GAME DESIGN: Kids can learn the foundation for video game design on Saturday January 31 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library and can use elements of art, design, math, and physics to make their own video game on Sunday February 1 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFTS: Kids can create a stained glass window using construction and tissue paper on Saturday January 31 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch. Adults, teens and kids can make beautiful wrapped yarn vases on Sunday February 1 at 4:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Adults and teens are invited to a free verse poetry writing session on Sunday February 1 at 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library.


FILM DISCUSSION:The Ann Arbor Film Festival explains how to watch Experimental Cinema on Wednesday February 4 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Learn why one in five pregnant women may experience symptoms of depression during the childbearing years, as well as strategies for prevention, intervention, and raising resilient children on Tuesday February 3 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION: DTE staff offer energy saving tips for homeowners and renters that may save money on Wednesday February 4 at 7:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

HANDS-ON MUSIC WORKSHOP: Adults and teens can learn the basics of Electronic Music Production with sound designer Mike Huckaby on Wednesday February 4 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

WRITER'S WORKSHOP: The Thursday February 5 Emerging Writers Workshop focuses on elements that pull readers into stories. The session, open to all adult and teen writers, begins at 7 pm at Traverwood Branch.

MUSIC AND MOTION: Babies can enjoy a morning of nourishing play, movement and music on Thursday February 5 at 10:00 am at the Downtown Library.

Best Documentaries of 2014

Blockbusters and TV get all the attention, but tucked away on our DVD shelves in the non-fiction section, where truth can be inspiring, scary, and a whole lot stranger than fiction, are some really wonderful documentaries from last year. Below are just three, but here's a longer list of the notable and award-winning non-fiction films we bought in 2014.

In The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost when filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Godfine revisit a strange 1930s murder mystery that begins when a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on the uninhabited Floreana Island in the Galapagos.

Life According to Sam is the heart-rending but stirring story of Sam Berns, a 16-year-old born with the rare and fatal rapid-aging disease progeria, who is nevertheless determined to play in his school's band.

Freedom Summer traces the passion and anguish of ten weeks in the summer of 1964 known as Freedom Summer, when 700 student volunteers joined local organizers and African Americans to face violence and death in Mississippi.

The "It's All Write!" Contest Is Now Accepting Submissions!

The 23rd "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest has officially begun! Writers in grades 6-12 may enter their short story today through Friday, March 13.

Whether you are new to the contest or are a returning writer, you may find these Frequently Asked Questions helpful:

Q: Can I use a story that I've already written in class?
A: Yes, as long as it is not already published in print or online.

Q: Do I have to write about a certain topic or theme?
A: You can write about whatever you would like!

Q: How do I start writing a story?
A: The writing resources guide features several websites to help you get started.

Q: Is this contest just for Ann Arbor students?
A: The "It's All Write" contest is for any teen writer who wishes to enter, even if they live in another state or country!

Q: Who are the contest judges?
A: The judges change every year, so keep an eye on our website to find out who is on this year's panel.

For more information, please visit the contest website! Happy writing!

Taco Tuesday!

It’s taco Tuesday! What are you making for dinner? Taco Tuesday has been around for a while, but it seemed to pick up steam with families after last spring’s Lego Movie. What’s taco Tuesday? It’s pretty much just making it a point to dine on tacos on a Tuesday. Pretty genius, if you ask me. Because tacos are awesome!

Tacos can be simple or elaborate. Nachos? They count. Walking tacos? They totally count. Burritos? Get on it!

Looking for some ways to spice up taco night at your house? Check out some of the cookbooks with oodles of taco recipes available at the library! So many tacos! And hey, tacos are good any day of the week!

Dos Caminos Tacos: Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Mexican Street Food

Tacos: 75 Authentic and Inspired Recipes

Vegan Tacos: Authentic & Inspired Recipes for Mexico's Favorite Street Food

Amor y Tacos: Modern Mexican Tacos, Margaritas, and Antojitos

Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales: Flavors From the Griddles, Pots, and Streetside Kitchens of Mexico

Here’s a quick list of additional taco-tastic titles.

Drop in for Valentine's Day die-cutting crafts now through February 20 at the Downtown Library!

Visit the Downtown library anytime through February 20 to create your own Valentine's Day papercrafts. This is your chance to get your hands on the same die-cutting machines that you can borrow from our new Art Tools collection while making some cool decorations and cards that you get to take home!

Die-cutting works by placing the material to be cut, like paper, felt or craft metal on top of a die that contains safety foam and a razor sharp blade. You then run it through a roller press which gently presses the material to be cut down through the foam and onto the razor sharp blade, allowing you to produce some very intricate designs. We're supplying construction paper & glue, but If you want to get super fancy or make something in large quantities you are also welcome to bring in your own decorative paper and supplies. Hollander's is just a quick walk down 4th Ave!

Look for the Art Tools craft table near the first floor Information Desk at the Downtown library.


Author Louis Hatchett Discusses His Book "Duncan Hines: How A Traveling Salesman Became The Most Trusted Name In Food"

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November 9, 2014 at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room

Duncan Hines may be best known for the cake mixes, baked goods, and bread products that bear his name, but most people forget that he was a real person and not just a fictitious figure invented for the brand.

Author Louis Hatchett shares more about this fascinating figure in American cookery and the subject of his book, "Duncan Hines: How A Traveling Salesman Became The Most Trusted Name In Food." As America’s pioneer restaurant critic, Duncan Hines discovered his passion while working as a traveling salesman during the 1920s and 1930s—a time when food standards were poorly enforced and safety was a constant concern. He traveled across America discovering restaurants and sharing his recommendations in his best-selling compilation Adventures in Good Eating (1936). The success of this work and of his subsequent publications led Hines to manufacture the extremely popular food products that we still enjoy today.

This event was cosponsored by AADL and the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Grab a scope for tonight's asteroid fly-by!

Want to see a mountain-sized asteroid tonight from your own backyard? If so, your best bet is to fix a small telescope on something in its path and wait for it to fly past. In this case, look for the open cluster M44, known as the Beehive Cluster, in the constellation Cancer; it's about halfway between Jupiter and Pollux. The asteroid will be flying near it between about 12:45 and 1:00 a.m. tonight, January 27. Here are some observing tips.

So quick, run in and grab a scope (we have some handy right now at the Downtown branch) and set yourself up!

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Friday January 30, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Baby Playgroups

Friday January 30, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday January 30, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Local Music: Timothy Monger

Friday January 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

AIA Huron Valley Chapter 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Lurie Terrace 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Landscapes: Pastel Paintings by Sara Lowell Swanson

February 3, 2015 through March 12, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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