What's Happening This Week!

ART ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS: On Monday September 25 at 10:30 am at Traverwood Branch, preschoolers can experiment with art. On Monday September 25 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can enjoy an evening of sewing. On Wednesday September 27 at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library, learn the basics of letterpress printing. On Thursday September 28 at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can create a unicorn cross-stitch project. On Saturday September 30 at 3:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, adults and teens can experiment with watercolors. On Sunday October 1 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can enjoy an afternoon of drawing. On Sunday October 1 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can create a crazy craft. On Sunday October 1 at 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can learn more about drawing. On Monday October 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can enjoy an evening of crochet.

MEET-UPS: On Monday September 25 at 7:00 pm at Westgate Branch, adult and teen writers can discuss their work at the Emerging Writers Meet-Up.

LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS: On Monday September 25 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, learn how to evaluate fake news and alternative facts. On Monday September 25 at 7:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, find out more about mass incarceration and restorative justice. On Tuesday September 26 at 7:00 pm at Westgate Branch, adults and teens can get tips on the college selection and application process. On Monday October 2 at 7:00 pm at Westgate Branch, adults and teen writers can learn more about writing and publishing children’s nonfiction. On Monday October 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, join an evening discussion on refugee resettlement programs.

SCI-TECH: On Tuesday September 26 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can create musical robots. On Friday September 29 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can learn about the Processing programming language. On Saturday September 30 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch, kids can make a battery using pocket change. On Sunday October 1 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can enjoy an afternoon of Minecraft.

FOOD & COOKING: On Wednesday September 27 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can discover how to make French macarons.

NATURE & THE ENVIRONMENT: On Thursday September 28 at 6:00 pm, all ages can enjoy a nature walk at Argo Nature Area.

SHADOW PUPPETRY: On Thursday September 28 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can learn about the history of shadow puppetry as an art form. On Monday October 2 at 7:30 pm at the Downtown Library, all ages are invited to a special performance by the Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe Of Taiwan

CONCERTS & MUSIC: On Friday September 29 at 10:00 am and at 11:00 am, preschoolers can enjoy music and movement with the Ann Arbor Symphony. On Friday September 29 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, enjoy the sounds of The Maple Leaf Group, a traditional Japanese music group from southern Japan.

LEGO EVENTS: On Sunday October 1 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, kids can enjoy open LEGO play.

 

Four-Season Farming With Sunseed Farm

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May 10, 2017 at Westgate Branch: West Side Room

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Tomm and Trilby Becker, owners of Sunseed Farm, present this family-friendly presentation on four-season farming.

Sunseed is a family-owned vegetable farm growing over sixty kinds of vegetables for families, restaurants, and wholesale customers. Since 2009, Sunseed Farm has grown on eighteen acres of land in Ann Arbor, five miles northwest of downtown. Close to one of those acres are the farm's passively-heated hoop houses. Thanks to this simple technology, they are able to extend their growing season right through the winter.

Find out why winter-grown vegetables are so much more delicious, peek under the covers of their snowy farm to see thousands of happy green plants, discover the secrets to growing a bounty of vegetables and flowers without chemicals on a small parcel of land, and find out what is happening on their busy little farm in spring!

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New York Times Bestselling Author Rhys Bowen Discusses Her New Mystery "On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service"

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August 3, 2017 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In this video, Rhys Bowen visits AADL to discuss this delightful new mystery and the mystery genre. A reader favorite since its first installment, the Royal Spyness Mystery Series by New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen now takes on new relevance amidst the trending fixation with England’s royal family. Avid fans and new readers alike will be captivated by On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, the highly anticipated addition to the acclaimed series.

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar Award, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony Awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales.

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New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they popular, new, or classics. Here are more new-to-AADL series:

Loch Ness, Series 1
Against the stunning landscapes of Scotland's iconic Loch Ness, local detective sergeant, Annie Redford finds herself in the midst of her first murder investigation; DCI Lauren Quigley is called in to lead the investigation, joined by forensic psychologist Blake Albrighton who believes there is more to the murder than initially meets the eye. Grief, terror, and suspicion soon shatter the town's normality.

Secrets and Lies, Season 1
Ben Garner is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor's son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell digs for the truth, town secrets and lies come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis.

Chicago Justice, Season 1
Join the State's Attorney's prosecutors and investigators as they fearlessly pursue virtue in the Windy City's most high-stakes cases. Peter Stone leads the team, and his relentless quest for justice often puts him in conflict with his politically savvy boss, Mark Jefferies.

Emerald City, Season 1
Swept up into the eye of a tornado, twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale is transported to a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler governs one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches, but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Based on the series of books by L. Frank Baum.

Kevin Can Wait, Season 1
Recently retired Kevin Gable tries to settle into life away from the police force. With the assistance of his wife Donna, Kevin tries his hand at a variety of new activities to occupy his time, but nothing quite seems to fit until an opportunity to come out of retirement raises its head. Meanwhile, Kevin's daughter, Kendra, quits school to support her supposed tech whiz boyfriend Chale, who has been secretly working to buy her an engagement ring.

The Astronaut Wives Club, The Complete Series
This limited series tells the story of the women who were essential players behind big events in American history. As America's astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together. Based on Lily Koppel's book.

This Is Us, Season 1
Centered on characters who share the same birthday, the story follows several decades in the lives of Jack and Rebecca Pearson. As the plot unfolds, it traverses numerous timelines, and intertwines the stories of people whose lives connect in unexpected ways. Filled with memorable performances from its acclaimed cast, it is a smart, poignant dramedy.

Fantastic Fantasy Comic and Graphic Novel Series

As the weather starts to cool down, I start looking for books to curl up with on cool evenings - Especially long-running series that will keep me engaged! Here's five of my favorite fantasy graphic novel series to start your fall with a touch of magic.

Sandman Chronicles by Neil Gaiman
10 books in the series, several stand-alone volumes
Start with: Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
Neil Gaiman has become almost a household name in the world of fantasy fiction for film adaptations of his works Stardust and American Gods. But before either of those books were published, Gaiman wrote the Sandman series. First published in 1989, it tells the story of the personification of dreams, named Morpheus, and of his adventures with humans, gods, spirits and denizens of worlds unknown. Gaiman weaves a rich tapestry of figures from every major mythology into an intensely exciting and thought-provoking reading experience. In this first adventure, Morpheus has been trapped by the magician Aleister Crowley for 60 years, but Crowley's waning power has made it possible for the Dream King to make his escape.
See Also: Death: The High Cost of Living, The Sandman: Dream Hunters, The Sandman: Endless Nights

Lucifer by Mike Carey
11 books in the series
Start with: Lucifer Vol. 1, Devil in the Gateway
We meet this series titular protagonist in Gaiman's Sandman chronicles – Lucifer Morningstar, fallen angel and lord of Hell. This serial begins with Lucifer holding court at his nightclub Lux, in Los Angeles. Why is Lucifer on Earth, and not ruling Hell? Well, he's quit. This act of rebellion has some serious consequences – and has left Hell prey to power struggles between heaven and the multiverses. But now that he's free, Lucifer has decided to enjoy life as much as he can, until Heaven comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. Thus begins an epic 11-volume adventure on par with Gaiman's Sandman.

The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen
5 books in the series
Start with: The Wicked + the Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act
In Wicked+Divine, the gods our our mythology are reborn in the bodies of 13 teenagers every 90 years. They are loved by many, hated by some, but will be dead in two years. This short life-span, combined with the power of gods, makes these teenagers international superstars. They perform around the world for sold-out shows, sharing their powers with their adoring fans. But in the 21st century, being a teenager is hard enough – a teenage god is even worse. This story follows their mortal fan, Laura, as she tries to befriend the gods. But Laura is not what she appears...

Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle
2 books in the current series, 39 total published
Start with: Vol 1: Going Down
John Constantine holds the record for longest graphic novel character in print - he's been featured since the 1980's. Whether you're a long-time fan of the Hellblazer, or the film version portrayed by Keanu Reeves, Doyle's retelling is a great introduction to this trenchcoated anti-hero. Constantine is a chain-smoking narcissist with more than one personality disorder, a sorcerer who is just as likely to get the people he's agreed to help killed as he is to save their lives. And when you're dealing with demons and ghosts, he'll probably get your soul damned in the process. He's a great guy - as long as you aren't his friend. But what makes Constantine such an enduring character is his deeply flawed nature and his true desire to do some good in the world – even if he really just ends up bungling it all up in the end.
See Also: Hellblazer: Original Sins, Hellblazer: India

Fables by Bill Willingham
22 books in the series, 3 tie-in series
Start with: Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile
A lot of fantasy is in supposition, and Fable is no exception. In Willingham's series, the characters from the fairy tales we grew up with are real people, alive and well, living in our world. Think about the TV show Once Upon a Time (which also has a graphic novel tie-in), but restricted to New York City. Our fairy tale characters are from "The Homelands" of Europe, but were forced to the new world by a mysterious Adversary. Their luxury high rise in New York City has become a peaceful and secret society, until proper politician Snow White's partygirl sister Rose Red is apparently murdered. Snow hires Bigby Wolf (formerly the Big Bad Wolf - reformed, pardoned and made sheriff) to find Rose. It's a "grim" whodunnit mystery; was it Blackbeard, Rose's notorious ex-lover, or Jack (of beanstalk fame) her current live-in boyfriend?

Homework Help Returns

School is back in session and the worksheets, projects, and papers return. As students settle back in to their routines it's good to brush up on some of the resources AADL has to help make after school work educational and, dare we say, fun.

In addition to online databases, reading lists, and access to online tutoring, AADL partners with students from Circle K at the University of Michigan to provide in-person Homework Help. On most Mondays (4 - 8pm), Wednesdays (4 - 8 pm), and Sundays (3 - 5 pm) students can meet in the Downtown Branch's Youth Story Corner to study alongside their peers and receive help from Circle K volunteers.

NEW this term, Homework Help is also available at Traverwood! Starting this week, Circle K tutors will be available most Thursdays from 4 - 6 pm in the Traverwood Branch program room.

Participants are always encouraged to check the schedule to confirm when Homework Help is being offered.

Best of luck to everyone with your studies this year!

New Website Launch Affects MelCat Service

In January 2018, we'll be launching an all-new aadl.org. This new site will offer powerful new features, including the ability to freeze your requests without losing your place in line, notifications about new items from your favorite authors or series, a way to request entire series in order, and much more. You'll be hearing more about this project, and have an opportunity to try out the new site, as we get closer to launch.

This project will also include a new catalog and checkout system behind the scenes, and migrating to that new system will unfortunately require some service interruptions as we approach the cut over. MeLCat Interlibrary loan users will be the most affected by this, as we need to clear out all MeLCat checkouts from our system before we can cut over to the new system in January. After the new system comes up we can begin the process of rejoining MeLCat. Requesting items via MelCat Interlibrary loan will be suspended as of Monday, October 2. You can still place requests via MeLCat for the next month, and any requests placed between now and then will still come in as usual.

Other libraries that have suspended MeLCat for system migrations have rejoined within about 6 months. We hope to resume MelCat requests in Spring of 2018. We are sorry for this extended service outage, and the disruption and inconvenience that results. We are one of the busiest MeLCat lenders and borrowers in the state, and it is a complicated and time-consuming process. During this suspension of MelCat, we will still offer traditional Interlibrary Loan services, and more details about that will be coming later this month.

Thanks again for your steady use of MelCat, a valuable statewide lending service, and thanks in advance for your patience as we work to bring a more responsive experience to you at aadl.org.

Josie

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library

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Baby Playgroups

Monday September 25, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Preschool ArtStart

Monday September 25, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Preschool Storytimes

Monday September 25, 2017: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday September 25, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Circle K Homework Help

Monday September 25, 2017: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Sewing Lab

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Is the News Fake and the Facts Alternative? Why People Hear What They Want to Hear and How to Effectively Bridge the Divide

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Restorative Justice & Returning Citizens

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

Now through October 8, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

2017 Kerrytown BookFest Library Exhibit

Now through October 8, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Creating With Clay

Now through October 8, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

MiASLA 2017 Landscape Architecture Design Awards Exhibit

Now through October 8, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

October 10, 2017 through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

2017 Kerrytown BookFest Library Exhibit

October 10, 2017 through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Creating With Clay

October 10, 2017 through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

MiASLA 2017 Landscape Architecture Design Awards Exhibit

October 10, 2017 through October 26, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Artist Bruce Winslow Discusses His Work and Presents Awards for the Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2017 Exhibit

Friday October 20, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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