What's Happening This Week!

NATURE & THE ENVIRONMENT: On Thursday September 21 at 6:00 pm, all ages can meet at 1916 Miller Avenue in Ann Arbor for a rain gardens nature walk.

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP: On Thursday September 21 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library, learn how to search and apply online for jobs at U-M.

SCI-TECH: On Thursday September 21 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can explore 3D printing. On Thursday September 21 at 7:00 pm at LIVE (102 S 1st Street), adults can learn about architecture, online harassment, and other topics at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor. On Saturday September 23 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library, kids, teens, and adults can tear apart electronic devices to see how they work.

MUSIC & DANCE: On Thursday September 21 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, enjoy an evening of Indian classical dance.

FOOD & COOKING: On Saturday September 23 at 11:00 am, adults can take a field trip (registration required) to find out more about Food Gatherers, the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County.

ART ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS: On Saturday September 23 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch, kids can create fall-inspired play dough. On Sunday September 24 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library, kids can enjoy a directed drawing activity. On Sunday September 24 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch, adults and teens can make a geometric mobile. On Sunday September 24 at 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library, adults and teens can attend a drawing workshop. 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.

EVENTS FOR BABIES: On Sunday September 24 at 1:00 pm at Westgate Branch, babies and preschoolers can enjoy movement and music at Dancing Babies .

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.

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!

We the Animals

We the Animals is the brilliant debut novel of Justin Torres, a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. The novel was the result of approximately six years of writing and editing for Torres. The author described his writing process in an interview with Electric Lit in 2011 as, "Word by word. Sentence by sentence...I revise, obsessively, as I'm moving forward." The result of Torres' painstaking writing process is a beautifully written and artfully structured piece of literature.

Torres' novel is split into nineteen stories that center around three brothers and their parents. The boys' parents work long hours and the children are often left to their own devices. We see the boys play, fight, and question. The brothers think about how they fit into the world. The father in the story, Paps, is Puerto Rican, and Ma, the mother, is white. Paps calls the boys, "mutts...you ain't white and you ain't Puerto Rican."

The boys also question what it means to be a man. We the Animals is a coming of age story, and many of the vignettes discuss boyhood and masculinity. The stories are written using the plural pronoun "we," but the reader follows an unnamed protagonist. The main character intensely questions his masculinity in relation to his sexuality. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2011, Torres explained that he, "paid a lot of attention to voice and the collective identity of young childhood, the ‘we’ of it all. When you're still kind of forming your identity, it's very porous and it blends with that of the people around you."

We the Animals is one of my favorite contemporary novels. There is so much to unpack in this novel, from the format of the book to the concise, toned writing, to the subject matter. It's worth a read, and then maybe a second. Enjoy!

Yearning for the Yellow Cover...

And then, there was ANOTHER time at the library...there was that book you saw on a shelf, with a YELLOW cover, that caught your eye - but, for whatever reason, you had to pass it by. Now, if you should find yourself sour-faced like a lemon for that long lost spark of interest, I may have the book for you! I've recently created a list of books that have, or have had, yellow covers - whether or not their most recent editions have that bright lemon hue, they did at some point! Plus, this list is welcome to all kinds of yellow covered books...

Whether it be a musty yellow of the novel My Italian Bulldozer, a golden yellow like the published script of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, or perhaps the traffic-sign yellow of Chemistry, all yellow covers are welcome on this compilation list. But this list isn't just for the adults! There's also a wide age range available for the younger reader yelping for the yellow...

If it's from the Teen section like Kill All the Happies or maybe Fever Code from the Maze Runner series, this list has many canary-yellow covered pages that you might have left on the shelf for a later date. Even the youth may have left a book resting on it's display, such as Sam and Eva or Daddy Long Legs. This list also provides you with options from every genre in the library...

Maybe you were browsing through historical fiction and found Homegoing or The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks? Could you have been possibly perusing the Express Shelf and seen We Are Never Meeting in Real Life or found How to Raise an Adult on the parent shelf? What about the non-fiction readers, who may have browsed through the stacks seeing covers that advertised oversized animals or a search for peace of mind?

This list has ALL THE THINGS (or would like to have) and is growing each day! Please feel free to take a look, and make comments of other yellow-covered books you think others may be searching for, so the list can continue to grow. Just think: someone out there could be looking for a yellow book jacket that you've read before - maybe you have the answer they've been looking for as they search the numerous volumes we have here at AADL. Or perhaps you yourself have been searching, and the book is in this list already!!! Only one way to find out...

TV Spotlight: Home Movies

Home Movies is one of funniest, most enjoyable little shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. It’s so simple and bizarre. The animated show centers on 8 year old Brendan Small, a budding filmmaker who enjoys making videos with his two best friends, Jason and Melissa. He lives with his divorced mother and baby sister. Brendan also plays soccer and forms a warped father/son relationship with his coach, John McGuirk. Happenings include identifying a body, a camp out, guitarmageddon, bad advice, and puppy adoption.

Sounds pretty average, but it’s the dialog that sets it apart. With a sparse script and room for improv, the actors created believable and funny dialog that is so dry and witty. Anything out of McGuirk’s mouth is pretty much the best thing ever.

Created by Loren Bouchard and Brendan Small, the show premiered in Squigglevision in 1999 on UPN, and was cancelled after just five episodes. The show came back in 2001 on Cartoon Network and was the first program in the Adult Swim block of shows. And there it happily sat bringing forth balance to even weirder shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

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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Preschool Storytimes

Thursday September 21, 2017: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Baby Playgroups

Thursday September 21, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Circle K Homework Help

Thursday September 21, 2017: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Rain Gardens Nature Walk

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Miller Avenue Rain Gardens

Baby Playgroups

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

UMjobs.org

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

3D Printing Lab: Open Lab

Thursday September 21, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday September 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Rasa Yatra: A Journey Through India to Appreciate the Diverse Styles of Indian Classical Dance

Thursday September 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose 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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