AADL Holiday Hours

All Library locations will be closed on Wednesday & Thursday, December 24 & 25. Regular Library hours will resume on Friday, December 26.

On Wednesday, December 31, all Library locations will close at 6 pm. Locations will also be closed on Thursday, January 1.

Regular Library hours will resume on Friday, January 2.

What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events:

CRAFTS: Kids can make a Pete The Cat puppet and write letters to the author of this popular series on Monday December 22 at 2:00 pm at Traverwood Branch. Kids can also use the Library's rubber stamp collection to make great holiday cards and murals on Tuesday December 23 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

MUSIC AND MOTION FOR BABIES: Melissa Hudson is the leader for the Saturday December 27 session of Dancing Babies at 10:00 am at Malletts Creek Branch.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:

STORYTELLING: Kids can enjoy silly stories with storytellers Nicole Williams and Laura Pershin Raynor on Monday December 29 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Local musician Joe Reilly returns for a delightful concert for kids on Tuesday December 30 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFTS: Adults and teens can create word art from string on Sunday December 28 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Kids can create hats and noisemakers to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday December 31 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

Abilities over Disabilities - PreK - 7th grade

There are many "human ability" stories and exercises that deserve to be shared and discussed with kids.
People request "stories for kids" especially when issues arise in school or family life.
Here are two public lists especially for kids through elementary school ages.
There are stories of real people who have lost abilities many take for granted.
These are stories of surprise, determination and success.
Some include simple life-style enhancements such as ... eyeglasses and good friends.
Others explain trained animal assistants, braille, prosthetics, insight ... and also humor.

This list is dedicated to stories of Autism, and Aspergergers spectrum disorders
Autism and Aspergers - Grades K - 6

This list spans as many abilities as possible, yet includes some stories from Autism spectrum too.
Abilities over Abilities - Grades PreK - 7

Drop-in For Wintry Art Tools Crafts At The Downtown Library

Visit the Downtown library anytime through early January to create your own winter papercrafts. We're supplying the same die-cutting machines that you can borrow from our new Art Tools collection, along with every winter-themed die we could get our hands on including snowmen, penguins, snowflakes, ornaments, sleighs, greeting cards, paper villages, embossing folders & more.

Die-cutting works by placing the material to be cut or embossed, like paper, cardstock or craft metal on top of a die that contains safety foam and a blade, which you run through a roller press to cut or emboss your design. We're supplying scrap paper for you to try it out, but If you want to get super fancy or make something in large quantities then you're welcome to bring in your own decorative paper and supplies. Hollander's is just a quick walk down 4th Ave!

Look for the Art Tools craft table near the desk on the 1st floor at the Downtown library.

 

Storytelling and Music for Adults

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October 23, 2014 at Downtown MPR

Storytellers Josie Barnes Parker and Laura Pershin Raynor are joined by musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller for an evening of funny and touching tales and tunes.

By sharing stories of personal experiences, Josie and Laura explore universal themes, while Sara and Betsy mix it up with hammer dulcimer, guitar and banjo tunes.

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Ann Arbor District Library

A Beautiful Mess

Those of you familiar with the popular style and craft blog A Beautiful Mess will be delighted with this new book, A beautiful mess happy handmade home: Painting, crafting, and decorating a cheerful, more inspiring space. And for those of you not familiar with such messes… Welcome to a beautiful mess!

The book features home décor inspiration and has 90 DIY projects. If you’re looking for home and decorating ideas, look here.

AADL also has many other new craft and design books in the catalog if you’re interested!

NPR’s Books to Read, Books to Give

It’s that time of year when all the “best of” lists start popping up. NPR always puts together a nice, categorized list of recommended books called the Book Concierge. This year is no exception.

The site features NPR staff and critics guide to 2014’s great reads, and is easily filtered into categories for easy browsing, and you can choose more than one category. Want adult fiction AND a love story AND a short read – you can easily pluck it out using the filters! The lists include adult, young adult and children’s books. Give it a whirl and see what books you missed this year. Choosing new books was never so easy!

New Picture Book Roundup

Are you searching for something fun and new to read during Winter Break? Look no further than our great new picture books! We just got a bunch in and they are all wonderful. Here are some of my favorites:

Naptime: This fun book by Iris De Moüy will be a hit for anyone dealing with a reluctant napper. Through beautiful illustrations and snappy text, a whole herd of jungle animals list their extensive reasons for why they can’t nap. But have no fear! By the end of the book, all of the animals have learned how to take a proper nap.

A Library Book for Bear: Bear has seven books: three about kings and queens, three about honeybees, and one about pickles. He sees no need for any more books, but his friend Mouse is determined to show him the library. At first, Bear thinks all of the books at the library are terribly unnecessary, but a great storytime wins him over. Written by Bonny Becker, with lovely illustrations by Kady MacDonald Denton, this book will delight your little library lover.

Full Speed Ahead! How Fast Things Go: This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen this year. Compiled by the French design firm Crushiform, this book compares the speed of different animals, airships, boats, and more. The illustrations are simply gorgeous and the book is filled with facts. For example, did you know that an Indo-Pacific Sailfish is as fast as a Cheetah? Or that a Sphinx moth is faster than a racehorse? Learn all this and more when you check out this book!

A Possum's Tail: By Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow, this adorable book follows a young child named Sam as he goes to the London Zoo and picks up a group of possum friends. The illustrations are detailed and the rhymes in the story reminded me of Madeline. Children will be sure to enjoy this sweet story.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library

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Playgroups

Monday December 22, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

English as a Second Language Conversation Group- CANCELLED

Monday December 22, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Pete the Cat Fanmail!

Monday December 22, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings By The Saline Painters Guild

Now through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

Now through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Planes And Trains And Things That Go!: The 2014 Childrens' Book Exhibit By The U-M Special Collections Library

Now through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

AIA Huron Valley Chapter 50th Anniversary Exhibit

January 17, 2015 through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Lurie Terrace 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit

January 17, 2015 through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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