Westgate Branch has Closed for Expansion!

Westgate Branch, the smallest and oldest of AADL branches, closed for expansion on Friday, November 20 at 9:00 pm. It will reopen in mid-2016 with 21,000 square feet, creating a new, modern branch for the community.

Item Requests for West Branch pickup will be sent to Pittsfield. You can call the renewal line at 734-327-4219 to have your items moved to another branch if you prefer.

Drop boxes will not be available at West Branch until the project is complete. Items can always be returned at any other AADL location.

For more information about the upcoming expansion, visit aadl.org/westgate . Thanks for your patience as we work to bring you an amazing new Library!

What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

AUTHOR EVENT: Author Mike Rosenbaum recalls highlights of U-M Football history and discusses his new book Wolverine: A Photographic History Of Michigan Football on Tuesday December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Dr. Terry E. Robinson of the U-M Department of Psychology and Neuroscience discusses Drugs, Addiction, and the Brain on Wednesday December 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Learn more about Michigan Health Insurance Options on Wednesday December 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet several Michigan-based crossword puzzle creators and learn about their work, which has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, on Thursday December 3 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFTS AND ART ACTIVITIES: Adults and teens can design, carve, and print their own design onto note cards or paper on Wednesday December 2 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library.

Download of the Day: November 30

The Tale of Jeremy Fisher - Beatrix Potter

Mr. Jeremy Fisher's fishing trip goes woefully awry, but he still manages to throw a lovely dinner party for his animal friends.

Looking for more great things to download? Try going to our Downloads page for music, books, videos, podcasts, even patterns! And check out the Download of the Day every day for more great recommendations from AADL!

Want to find out about next week's Download of the Day TODAY? And get a whole heap of bonus DotD points in the process? Start playing the Lowdown of the Day! Follow the clues to figure out the item ahead of time. And the first find gets the most points, so move fast!


New Yorker Cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan Discusses His New Memoir "I Was A Child"

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November 11, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Bruce Eric Kaplan, the renowned New Yorker cartoonist, visited AADL and discussed his critically praised illustrated memoir I Was a Child. This event, was cosponsored by AADL and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor as part of the 2015 Jewish Book Festival.

Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America. I Was a Child is the story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all experience: going to school, playing with friends, family dinners, watching TV on a hot summer night, and so on. It would seem like a conventional childhood, although Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home-road trips, milk crates, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupee, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s cartoons, although simple, are never straightforward; they encompass an easy irony and dark humor that often cuts straight to the truth of experience. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, ,em>I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, our families, and ourselves.

Bruce Eric Kaplan is an American artist whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1105265}The New Yorker. He also has a whole other life as a television writer and producer, currently for HBO’s Girls.

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New Yorker Cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan Discusses His New Memoir "I Was A Child"

2015 Mitten Award Winner: Maple by Lori Nichols

Every year the Michigan Library Association gives out a Mitten Award for quality in youth picture books. This year the winner was Maple by Lori Nichols.

Maple follows the early life of a young girl named Maple and her best friend, a maple tree. The illustrations are vibrant and wonderfully drawn, and it's very easy to get pulled into Maple's little world. This is a great book for those who are about to have a new member in the family, or for those who already have a younger brother or sister, and there are sequel books as well!!!


Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?

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October 29, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosted this educational Town Hall on redistricting. This talk explores how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them, and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation. The speaker is Susan Smith, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

In Michigan, the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters and giving the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage. Topics discussed include: what are the ramifications of partisan-drawn districts that favor one party over another, is there a better and fairer way to do this, and what are the alternatives?

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Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some new-to-AADL series:

Mr. Robot, Season 1
Follows a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He's recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot.

12 Monkeys, Season 1
Follows the journey of Cole, a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

Marco Polo, Season 1
In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, the series is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in thirteenth century China.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Baby Playgroups

Monday November 30, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday November 30, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Circle K Homework Help

Monday November 30, 2015: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday November 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Cuba: An Opening Door

December 2, 2015 through January 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Animals in Rhyme: The Friends of Mother Goose

December 2, 2015 through January 15, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Always Lost: A Meditation on War

December 11, 2015 through February 26, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Always Lost Exhibit Reception

Friday December 11, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Open Area, Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Winter Scenes

December 15, 2015 through January 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Opportunities for Veterans: A Look at Housing, Employment and Your Rights

Tuesday February 9, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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