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AUTHOR EVENTS: Author Saundra Amrhein discusses the legal, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual obstacles of immigrants and her book Green Card Stories on Monday February 15 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Cartoonist Brian Fies discusses his Eisner award-winning graphic novel Mom’s Cancer on Tuesday February 16 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

ART ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS: Preschoolers can have fun with art on Monday February 15 at 10:30 am at Pittsfield Branch. Kids and pre-teens can create a shoebox city on Monday February 15 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch. Kids can make suncatchers using a CD on Tuesday February 16 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016 Author Event At Washtenaw Community College: Cristina Henriquez, Author of "The Book Of Unknown Americans: A Novel"

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

The award-winning novel The Book Of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez is the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016. The community is invited to read and discuss this stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

The author, Cristina Henriquez, will make a special appearance at Washtenaw Community College on Tuesday, February 23 to discuss “The Book Of Unknown Americans.” Doors will open and 6 PM. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Henríquez is also the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.

The Book Of Unknown Americans centers on fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera, who sustains a terrible injury. Her family leaves behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risks everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved.

Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is coordinated by several area organizations, including the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Nicola’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Literati Bookstore, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, and many others.

For more information and resources related to Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, please visit the program's website at aareads.org

Photo credit(at left): Michael Lionstar

Download of the Day: February 14

Kids Read Comics 2015: Iron Cartoonist

Cartoonist Zack Giallongo emcees a drawing competition in which comics artists face off in a series of quick draw challenges.

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!

Download of the Day: February 13

JS Bach French Suites - Katherine Roberts Perl

This harpsichordist's rendition of Bach compositions emphasizes the expressive aspects of the instrument over the formal ones.

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 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:

Casual, Season 1
A bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living are under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.

Z Nation, Seasons 1 & 2
Three years after the devastating ZN1 virus gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of a zombie attack, and humanity's last hope to develop a vaccine, from New York to California. However, he's hiding a secret that could endanger the mission.

The Last Kingdom
The re-telling of the valiant story of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite many separate kingdoms into what would become England. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people reclaimed their land from the invading Vikings and built a place they call home.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 1
Rescued after fifteen years in an underground doomsday cult, Kimmy decides to rebuild her life in New York City armed with only a fifth-grade education and a firm belief that truly anything is possible. She quickly finds a roommate, a job working for a spoiled Manhattan mom, and a new beginning.

19-2, Season 1
Revolves around the day-to-day life of two unwilling partners of the Montreal Police Department, Officers Nick Barron and Ben Chartier. These two beat cops patrol the urban sprawl of downtown's 19th district, in cruiser No. 2. The show is about the tensions and bonds that develop between two incompatible men of very different temperaments and life experiences.

In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant that's so similar to a real human it's transforming the way we live.

Lost Girl, Seasons 1-5
For years Bo had no idea what she was or why every new lover died in the throes of passion. She fled one corpse after another until a chance encounter with the puckish thief Kenzi exposed Bo's existence to the Fae. This ancient society of supernatural beings exists outside the realm of mere mortals. Within their world, there are only two sides: Light and Dark. Each member of the Fae must choose who they will serve. But not Bo. Driven to discover who she really is, Bo vows to live on her own terms even if it means existing in the abyss between darkness and light.

Midwinter of the Spirit
Follows country vicar Merrily Watkins, who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK. When a grisly murder takes place in her local area, the police come calling for her assistance.

The Expanse, Season 1
A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

Prisoner’s Wives, The Complete Series
Gemma's perfect life comes crashing down when her husband is arrested for murder. As Gemma learns to navigate the prison system, she starts to think the unthinkable.

Forever, the Complete Series
Henry has a vested interest in studying the dead: He is immortal, and only his best friend and confidant, Abe, full of life at age 75, knows Henry's secret. Henry hasn't aged at all since the clock stopped 200 years ago, but he's managed to be discreet without anyone finding out his affliction. That task becomes increasingly difficult when he meets NYPD detective Jo Martinez, who is fascinated by Henry after learning he was the sole survivor of a horrific train crash.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Season 1
In 1959, Dr. Lucian Blake returns to his Australian hometown to continue his late father's medical practice, but it is his additional responsibility as the town's chief medical officer that leads him to investigating cases of suspicious death.

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

The Ann Arbor Film Festival on DVD

We are nearing that special time of year… it’s nearly time for the ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL! Beloved by locals, the AAFF is also internationally recognized as the “longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.”

If you are curious about the festival, or perhaps looking to reminisce over previous editions, AADL can help! You can check out the festival’s DVD collection, which showcases award-winning and popular films from previous festivals. Cool, right?

Ann Arbor Film Festival 53 : Volume 8 (newly added!)

Ann Arbor Film Festival 52 : Volume 7

Ann Arbor Film Festival 51 : Volume 6

See the full list of DVD’s here.

And of course, you can visit the AAFF website for more information regarding the festival, which runs March 15-20th, 2016.

Cartoonist Brian Fies Discusses His Eisner Award-Winning Graphic Novel "Mom’s Cancer"

Tuesday February 16, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

In the webcomic and graphic novel Mom’s Cancer, Brian Fies told the story of his mother’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer, and its effect on his family. "Mom's Cancer" began as a serialized Internet comic, with new installments added throughout 2004. Readership grew by word-of-mouth. People who needed the story found it and told their friends about it. The story won the comics industry's Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, the Harvey Award, and the German Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (Youth Literature Prize) and became a pioneering work in the new field of “graphic medicine.”

Brian will talk about why and how he created "Mom’s Cancer," and the wider social communities he’s entered as a result. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Bookbound Bookstore.

This event is co-sponsored by the following U-M Departments in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts: The Department of American Culture; Instructional Support Services; Office of Undergraduate Education; and the Program in Biology.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Fine Art & Design

Sunday February 14, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Valentine's Day Houses

Sunday February 14, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

GameStart Workshop: Roblox Programming

Sunday February 14, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Circle K Homework Help

Sunday February 14, 2016: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Always Lost: A Meditation on War

Now through February 24, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

New Art Prints by Michigan Artists

Now through February 25, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Thirst Quenchers from the Dinnerware Museum

Now through February 25, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Nature and Nurture: Art Teachers as Artists

Now through March 9, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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