What's Happening This Week!

FILM AND DISCUSSION: Adults and teens can view the 2013 documentary Gasland Part II (pictured) on Thursday September 18 at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library, then stay for a community discussion of the environmental issues raised in the film.

NERD NITE ANN ARBOR: Don't miss the Thursday September 18 edition of Nerd Nite held at LIVE on 102 S 1st Street as three boisterous speakers geek out for the crowd. Its "like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!" The fun starts at 7 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS: Kids can learn how to create their own video game on Friday September 19 at 6 pm at the Downtown Library. Adult and teen writers are welcome at the Thursday, September 18 Emerging Writers Meetup at 7 pm at Traverwood Branch.

THIS WEEKEND:

CONCERT: Enjoy the sounds of Steelpan jazz, classical, samba, and calypso music when the Southpaw Isle Steelband presents a concert for adults, teens and youth on Saturday September 20 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

AUTHOR EVENT: Nationally-known food historian and author Peter Rose discusses Art In Food And Food In Art on Sunday September 21 at 3 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch.

GAMING TOURNAMENTS: Looking to compete? Teens and adults can battle on Saturday September 20 at the 1:00 pm Project M/Super Smash Brothers "Not So" Regulation Throwdown at the Downtown Library and all ages can enjoy the Sunday September 21 Mario Kart Tournament at 1 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFT: Adults and teens can learn how to make a star keychain out of felt on Sunday September 21 at 4 pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

DROP-IN CHESS: It is back! The first Fall edition of Chesstastic for adults, teens and youth will occur on Sunday September 21 at 1 pm at Traverwood Branch.

Tom Hayden at AADL

The Downtown Meeting Room was packed for Tom Hayden's lecture Monday evening, September 15.

Hayden, a former student at U-M was in Ann Arbor because U-M has recently purchased papers, photos and documents which detail his life as an activist. He stated that "history repeats itself if all parties aren't involved, even dissenters," in creating the future. He will be visiting the area once a year for 4-5 years to decipher his hand-written notes accurately because they include so many primary sources.

MLive reporter Janet Miller wrote a detailed story on his lecture you can find here.

Art Table: Leaf Rubbings

The next time you’re at the Downtown Library, pop into the Youth Department and check out the new art project at the art table.

This month we're making leaf rubbings in fall colors! Celebrate fall with this easy and fun project.

At the library we'll be using plastic leaf rubbing plates, but did you know you can make your own leaf rubbings at home using real leaves?! Try it! It's pretty fun. Happy Fall!

2014 Young People's National Book Award Longlist Announced!

It's that time of year again - book award season! This year the National Book Award for Young People has listed ten youth and teen fiction and non-fiction titles in the running for the 2014 National Book Awards. The titles in contention are:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two by Deborah Wiles
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A few of these titles are on order and should appear in our catalog shortly so that holds may be placed.

Ghost Stories

If your kids are anything like mine they’re already planning for Halloween. It just can’t be helped with the feel of fall in the air and the local stores already stocking spooky decorations and treats. The Ann Arbor District Library has a plethora of books to help feed your ghostly appetite and really get the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end. The books Ghosts of the Alamo, Ghosts of Alcatraz, Ghosts of Gettysburg, and Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery will send readers on trips through different parts of the United States that claim to have ghostly inhabitants. Each book has eerie pictures and real life accounts of ghostly sightings and spooky encounters. You'll visit the sights of haunted hotels, creepy caves, ghastly graveyards and more. The series isn't too scary for the timid, but eerie enough that ghost-lovers will want to read the whole set!

New Teen Fiction!

Strange and Ever After is the third and final book of the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, by Susan Dennard. This fun and unique series blends together lots of great elements: fantasy, romance, steampunk, historical fiction…and zombies! In this final installment, main character Eleanor Fitt travels to Egypt to track down and battle the evil necromancer who kidnapped her mother, brother, and friends. The conclusion of this pursuit causes unexpected consequences that will change Eleanor, and the world, forever. Haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy? Start with Something Strange and Deadly and follow with A Darkness Strange and Lovely, before finding out how it all ends in Strange and Ever After.

Touted as a combination of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Cammie McGovern’s new book Say What You Will is a heartfelt and honest story. Amy, who was born with cerebral palsy, has struggled her whole life to move, communicate and even control her facial expressions. When she finally decides to hire student aides to assist her during her senior year of high school, Matthew, who suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and crippling fears, is thrust into her life. Despite their physical, psychological and emotional differences, a friendship blossoms between the two. Readers will fly through this book eager to find out if the teens’ unique connection may grow into something more.

The Ring and the Crown, by prolific teen author Melissa de la Cruz, is set in an alternate 19th century world in which the Franco-British empire controls the only source of magic. Told from the perspective of five different characters related to the royal court, the story is a light and fun historical fantasy/romance. In order to protect the empire, Princess Marie-Victoria must enter into a loveless marriage with the heir to the Prussian throne. With the aid of her childhood friend Aelwyn, Marie conspires to escaper her fate… and potentially changes the fate of the entire world while she’s at it!

Fantastic New Picture Books

If you have little ones that are searching for great new reads, look no further than our New Picture Book section! We have a wonderful array of books for you to enjoy, but here are my current favorites:

In the hilarious Weasels, by Elys Dolan, the weasels’ plot to take over the world is thwarted by a machine malfunction. With incredibly detailed drawings and funny side plots, this book is perfect for both kids and grownups.

If your little one can’t read yet, but loves to pour over books anyway, then The World of Mamoko in the Year 3000, by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, is the perfect choice This book boasts gorgeous illustrations that will keep little minds captivated as they search for different objects and make up their own stories to go along. If your child likes this book, you should also look at their beautiful book of illustrated world maps, Maps.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library

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Preschool Storytimes

Thursday September 18, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Film & Discussion: 'GASLAND PART II'

Thursday September 18, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library 4th floor meeting room

Playgroups

Thursday September 18, 2014: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday September 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday September 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday September 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

Now through September 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Kerrytown Bookfest: The Art of the Book

Now through October 12, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

October 3, 2014 through October 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists – Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition

October 16, 2014 through November 24, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Artist Margaret Carney Discusses 'Demystifying Women and Dinnerware'

Friday October 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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