What's Happening This Week!

EVENTS FOR BABIES: On Tuesday October 24 at 10:00 am at Westgate Branch, new parents and their babies can enjoy a morning of fun.

SCI-TECH: On Tuesday October 24 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can enjoy a robot relay race. On Sunday October 29 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can have fun with Minecraft.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: On Tuesday October 24 at 7:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch, enjoy an evening of movement, mindfulness, and meditation.

NATURE & THE ENVIRONMENT: On Tuesday October 24 at 7:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, adults and teens can use a holistic design process to create the world of their dreams.

CONCERTS & MUSIC EVENTS: On Tuesday October 24 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, enjoy the music of the eight area singer-songwriters of the Yellow Room Gang.

ART ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS: On Wednesday October 25 at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library, learn more about letterpress printing. On Friday October 27 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can make pumpkin decorations. On Sunday October 29 at 1:00 pm at Westgate Branch, kids can experiment with drawing. On Sunday October 29 at 3:00 pm at Westgate Branch, adults and teens can enjoy an afternoon drawing session.

AUTHOR & WRITING EVENTS: On Wednesday October 25 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, nationally-known author Doug Stanton discusses his new book The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War. On Thursday October 26 7:00 pm at Traverwood Branch, kids, teens, and adults can write letters to soldiers and veterans. On Friday October 27 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, cookbook author Julia Turshen discusses her book Feed the Resistance. On Saturday October 28: at 1:00 pm at Westgate Branch, adults and teens can attend the kick-off party for National Novel Writing Month.

FILMS: On Thursday October 26 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can view the documentary Grooming A Generation, about the efforts of Ypsilanti barbers to get kids reading.

GAMES & TOURNAMENTS : On Saturday October 28 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library, teens and adults can battle in a Splatoon 2 tournament. On Saturday October 28 at 2:30 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can enjoy an afternoon of board games. On Sunday October 29 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library, all ages can compete in a Mario Kart 8 Tourney

SPECIAL EVENT: On Sunday October 29 at 12:30 pm at the Downtown Library, all ages are invited to the annual AADL Costume Contest.

A few films to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Battleship Potemkin (1925): Generally considered one of the most influential films ever made, Sergei Eisenstein's silent Soviet-era classic depicts the 1905 revolt onboard the Potemkin that inspired the October Revolution.

Dr. Zhivago (1965): David Lean's controversial, lush interpretation of Boris Pasternak's novel pits star-crossed lovers Omar Sharif and Julie Christie against the Russian Revolution.

The Last Command (1928): A Tsarist general, played by the famous silent film actor Emil Jannings, flees Russia after the Bolsheviks come to power and ends up a as bit player in Hollywood.

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971): An intimate study of the hapless Tsar Nicholas II, overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

October: 10 Days That Shook The World (1927): This silent documentary-style Soviet-era classic about the events leading up to the October Revolution is, like Battleship Potemkin, famous for its inventive use of montage imagery.

Reds (1981): Warren Beatty's lifelong project tackles the Russian Revolution through the eyes of John Reed, the American journalist who went to Russia and wrote Ten Days That Shook The World.

Fantastic Children's Non-Fiction

When Planet Earth Was New - by James Gladstone & Katherine Diemert -
This starkly beautiful picture book introduces very young readers to the geological history of planet Earth. Beginning with the very early development of the solar system, billions and billions of years ago, 'When Planet Earth Was New' shows the earth as it passes through various geological epochs, through the beginnings and the evolution of organic life, and into the human-dominated present. You'll find a great appendix at the end, giving a wealth of additional details. This little gem is a great way to show your child the basics of geological and biological history, years before they will first learn it in the classroom.


Pocket Full of Colors: the magical world of Mary Blair, Disney artist extraordinaire -by Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville-
The authors chart the course of the life of Mary Blair, the creative talent behind Disney classics like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. Mary's creative instincts and professional ambitions collide with gender discrimination in the highly male-dominated work-spaces of mid-century America. Mary perseveres though, and single-handedly drags the Disney Studios from it's black and white past, and into the lush colors of it's storied golden age.

While there is much to love in this slender book, as and adult, my favorite part of 'A Pocket Full of Colors' is how carefully the illustrator captured the various incarnations of Mary's personal style, from Betty Page bangs, to late 50's June Cleaver pearls, and finally into ultra-trendy 60's Mod. This beautifully illustrated, audaciously colorful picture book is a great way to introduce your little one to biographies.


Yum! MmMm! Qué rico! : Americas' sproutings - by Pat Mora -
Featuring vibrant, warm colors and a playful style, Pat Mora manages to pack an enormous amount of quality content into a tiny little picture book. 'Written as a series of haiku, Yum! MmMm! Qué rico!' teaches kids about the history of many of the great foods that originated in the Americas (chocolate, corn, peanuts, potatoes, and many more). Be sure to check out the fun and informative histories of each food item, always in small print on the left-hand side of every page. Your child will be both educated and entertained.


Poison : deadly deeds, perilous professions, and murderous medicines - by Sarah Albee -
Written for more advanced readers, this book is sure to satisfy kids with a passion for chemistry, history, spy-craft, or maybe just anything morbid. While the author is careful to state that 'Poison' is not an exhaustive index of poisonous materials, at nearly 200 pages, Sarah Albee manages to cover an enormous amount of ground. Your child will learn about how humans have wrangled with chemistry throughout history, focusing on the where, when, and why of how people have come into contact with dangerous chemical compounds. Be sure to check it out!

New Monster Books!

It’s that time of year when requests for spooky and fall books happen! Check out this new batch of monster books for kids. There are such cute monsters out there!

An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings offers fascinating facts about some of the most talked about mysterious beings! Everything including an alien, cyclops, dragon, kraken, minotaur, troll, werewolf, and more! Beautiful illustrations!

What Makes a Monster: Discovering the World’s Scariest Creatures is a nonfiction book that explores a variety of real animals that dare to scare. Read facts about the fangtooth moray eel, komodo dragon, and the Portuguese man-of-war, to name a few. Great photographs!

And don’t forget to check for:
If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed
There’s a Monster in Your Book
I’m Not Little
I Want to be in a Scary Story

If you need even more, here’s a list of monster books, and here’s whole bag of Stories To Go: Monsters that features a stack of some classics.

The 2018 Washtenaw Reads Title Has Been Selected!

After much deliberation, the book for the 2018 Washtenaw Reads program has been selected.

A panel of community members from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline and Ypsilanti voted on the winner from two finalist titles. Without further ado, this year's title is...

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half sisters, born into different villages in 18th century Ghana, and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

The book has won many awards, including the PEN/ Hemingway Award, the NBCC’s John Leonard Award, New York Times Notable Book, Washington Post Notable Book and was named one of the best books of 2016 by NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and BuzzFeed.

One of the highlights of Washtenaw Reads each year is a visit from the author. Yaa Gyasi will appear in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 pm at Rackham Auditorium in a program entitled "Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi" - The 2018 Institute for the Humanities Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture." The event includes a book signing and copies of the book will be for sale.

Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Copies of Homegoing can be found at AADL and in libraries and bookstores throughout Washtenaw County.

Keep an eye on the Washtenaw Reads website, wread.org for more information on upcoming events, as well as reading and discussion resources.

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!

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Baby Playgroups

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Tummy Times

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Kids Robotics Lab: Robot Relay Race with Brain Monkeys

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Play & Create the World of Your Dreams

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

A Look Inside the Yellow Room Gang

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

MiASLA 2017 Landscape Architecture Design Awards Exhibit

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

Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition

Now through November 28, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Saline Painters Guild Fall Exhibit

October 29, 2017 through December 14, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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