What's Happening This Week!


HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Adults, teens and youth (grade 5 and up) can learn more about designing and developing video games at the Downtown Library at 3 pm on Saturday, April 19.

CRAFT: Kids can create a paper flower Earth Day craft at the Traverwood Branch at 1 pm on Saturday, April 19.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK WRAP-UP PERFORMANCE: Nationally acclaimed, award-winning storyteller La'Ron Williams presents a powerful afternoon of storytelling for adults, teens and youth (age 6 and up). This event, held at the Downtown Library on Saturday, April 19 at 1 pm, is the conclusion of National Library Week.


AUTHOR EVENTS: National Geographic Journalist, Author and Photographer Tom Clynes (pictured above) presents a stunningly visual presentation of Canada's Yukon Territory at the Downtown Library on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 pm. Author Lisa Anderson and Dawn Farm staff discuss alcoholism and the effect on families on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library, focusing on Lisa's book The Lost Chapters: A Daughter's Hard Questions About An Ad Man's "Unexpected" Death and her late father, a New York ad man.

FILM & DISCUSSION: It is Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014, and AADL and VegMichigan will host a discussion of the award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine on Thursday, April 24 at 6 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Enjoy the West African sounds of Sunkwa on Friday April 25 at 7 pm at the Downtown Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Arbor Hospice returns for a session on coping with grief on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

ARBORWIKI EDIT NIGHT: Meet at Arbor Brewing on 114 East Washington on Wednesday April 23 at 7 and learn how to contribute as an editor for Arborwiki, the wiki created, edited and maintained by locals. Bring your laptop and be ready to contribute!


AADL Closed On Sunday, April 20

All Library locations will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Regular Library hours will resume on Monday, April 21.

Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

Homework giving you a headache? You may want to log on to Brainfuse. Their live Homework Help is available from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM everyday (except Federal Holidays & Easter). The interactive Study Suite is accessible anytime with your aadl account log in information. For more information about all the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these FAQs. Using Brainfuse can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try!

The 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge 2014 has officially begun!

Look! It's a bird... it's a plane... no wait, it's a SHORT STORY SUPERHERO participating in the second annual 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge!

Do you have the grit to become a Short Story Superhero? Astound all your friends and teachers... they'll never see it coming! Vanquish the winter blues with powerful prose and punchy plot!

Here's how to become a Short Story Superhero:
1) Write a story of up to 5 pages (double-spaced) or 1000 words
2) Type it in a Word document, with the story title on top
3) Attach the file to an email and include your personal information OR print it out with an information cover sheet (what information, you ask? check out the guidelines)
4) Send it to youngwrite@aadl.org or bring it to the Youth Desk at the Downtown branch by Monday, May 5!

Use your x-ray vision on our Jump! brochure to keep an eye out for the final celebration featuring guest author Lisa Wheeler, on June 3!

Please e-mail youngwrite@aadl.org or call the Youth Desk at 734-327-8301 with any questions, and happy (super) writing!


City Of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Climate and Adaptation

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March 12, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Come join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor! The City and the Ann Arbor District Library host the third annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series includes four events (held monthly and ending in April 2014) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

This third event in the series centers on Climate and Adaptation, including a discussion of current adaptation and resiliency strategies within the community; an introduction of the newly launched Community Climate Partnership, a coalition of community stakeholders working to further support the City’s Climate Partnership; and how to take steps to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Panelists for this event include Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council; Mike Garfield, Director, Ecology Center; Susan Hutton, Vice Chari, City of Ann Arbor Environmental Commission; Monica Patel, Policy Specialist, Ecology Center; Mike Shriberg, Education Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; Lecturer, Program in the Environment (PitE) & Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP); and Melissa Stults, Science Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Commissioner, City of Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission and Environmental Commission

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. Details of this series will be posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability.

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Ann Arbor District Library

The Reader's Eternal Question...

...is "What do I read next?"

The Books, Reading & Literature Databases can help, whether through lists, reviews, book clubs, or ebook selections. Start with Books & Authors where you can browse by title, author, genre and winners of awards named for James Fenimore Cooper, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip K. Dick and more. Join a Free Book Club in the genre of your choice.

Then, move on to Select Sites for Books & Reading where you can peruse articles at the New York Review of Books or Kirkus Reviews, find classics in Modern Library's Top 100, figure out the reading order of the series you like with Kent District Library's What's Next? Page, read Hamlet on one single screen page at The Complete Works of Shakespeare, and discover free ebooks at Project Gutenberg and Open Library. You can even read Alice in Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's own hand (as well as other scans of rare originals) courtesy of the British Library.

It won't be long before "What do I read next?" becomes "What do I read first?"

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Earth Day Recycled Glossy Paper Flowers

Saturday April 19, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

National Library Week Wrap-Up Event: Storyteller La'Ron Williams,

Saturday April 19, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Creating Video Games: Level Design

Saturday April 19, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit, Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Friday May 2, 2014: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby And 3rd Floor

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