What's Happening This Week!

Dark Side posterDark Side posterDon't miss these upcoming events!

SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT: Two masters of the horror genre visit the Downtown Library as part of their Dark Side II: Highway of Horror book tour. Andrew Pyper, award-winning author of six internationally bestselling novels, will discuss his new book The Damned and Nick Cutter (pseudonym for award-winning author Craig Davidson] will chat about his newest book The Deep. This spine-chilling evening will take place on Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 pm and will include a book signing.

LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Find out what works and what doesn't work with Ann Arbor Elections when the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area hosts a community discussion on Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. DIA docent Carol George discusses Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and presents a preview of the upcoming DIA exhibit on Thursday March 5 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFT: Kids can make a paper doll craft to celebrate Hinamatsuri, or Doll’s Day on Tuesday March 3 at 4:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Older adults can learn how to get a better night's sleep on Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

MUSIC WORKSHOP: Sound Designer Mike Huckaby continues his popular Electronic Music Production workshop for adults and teens on Wednesday March 4 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Adults and teens are invited to a special Emerging Writers Workshop focusing on poetry on Thursday March 5 at 7:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

New Picture Books With a Twist!

Sometimes new picture books come out that are presented in a nontraditional format. Here are three great examples of books that feature a messy story with interruptions, a story that’s read backwards and upside down, and story with a choose-your-own-ending.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
In this classically cute story by Patrick McDonnell, Louie becomes angry when the story in which he appears is ruined by messes from jelly, peanut butter, finger prints, and other things that do not belong in books. It’s quite funny! In the end he realizes that it’s still a good story – messes and all.

The Story Starts Here:
Little Wolf decides to do things his way, including starting his story at the back of the book instead of the front, wearing pants on his head, and playing piano with his toes. But at some point the book has to turn upside down in order to turn things right side up.

Milo and the Mysterious Island:
Milo wishes to see what’s beyond the horizon and he and the other mice build a raft and set off on a voyage. The book reads as normal, then you get to a point where there are split pages. One set of pages finishes the story with a happy ending, and the other set of pages finishes the story with a sad ending – you get to decide which one you want to read! Or of course you can read both. Written by Marcus Pfister, author of Rainbow Fish.

New and Unusual Animal Books

If you or your little one loves animals, we have some great new books in that will teach you all about them in a whole new way! You’ll want to look at all of these beautiful, bright, and fascinating books.

First up, check out Bone Collection: Animals, which offers realistic drawings of animals’ skeletons with explanations of how the bones fit together and what purpose they all serve. Mixed in with the skeleton drawings are photographs of the animals and lots of facts. I learned so much from this book! Did you know that kangaroos’ tails are heavy to support their weight during fights, or that even though fruit bats are only 15 inches long, their wingspan can be longer than 5½ feet? That’s taller than I am! Learn all about this and more in this beautiful book.

For an amazing look at how wildlife adapts, take a look at Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone. This brilliant book explains the disastrous 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion and explores the aftermath. This book details the recovery of plants and animals in the area, which was initially assumed to be impossible. The effects of radiation are explained in clear, detailed language, and photographs highlight the difference between animals living within the “dead zone” and without.

If you’re after beautiful illustrations and simple, informative text, look at illustrator Steve Jenkins’s new books, Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do, and Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World. With a combination of true facts and big pictures, these books are perfect for younger readers.

New Non-Fiction for Kids: Inventions that could have changed the world... but didn't!

Over the course of history, a lot of people have changed the world. Of course, even more people have also WANTED to change the world… but it hasn’t quite worked out. The brand new book Inventions That Could Have Changed the World… But Didn’t! describes some of the toys, games, household and office aids, and general contraptions that have been thought up but didn’t quite succeed in actuality. From a combination pogo stick/helicopter to Toaster Bacon, this fun book is filled with goofy and fascinating inventions from the ages. Inventions That Could Have Changed the World also has interesting and easy-to-understand information about patents and tips for getting your OWN invention to succeed.

Interested in other books about inventions and inventing? Try 100 Inventions That Made History, The Story of Inventions, or Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women.


Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts

Media Player

January 28, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Interweaving past and present, private anecdote and public record, Ann Arbor author Leslie Stainton's new book Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts captures the history of one of America’s oldest and most ghosted theaters—the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and recounts the story of a nation’s tumultuous struggle to invent itself.

Built in 1852 and in use ever since, the Fulton Theatre is uniquely ghosted. Its foundations were once the walls of a colonial jail that in 1763 witnessed the massacre of the last surviving Conestoga Indians. Those same walls later served to incarcerate fugitive slaves.

Staging Ground explores these tragic events and their enduring resonance in a building that later became a town hall, theater, and movie house--the site of minstrel shows, productions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," oratory by the likes of Thaddeus Stevens and Mark Twain, performances by Buffalo Bill and his troupe of "Wild Indians," Hollywood Westerns, and twenty-first-century musicals. Stainton unfolds the story of this emblematic space, where for more than 250 years Americans scripted and re-scripted their history.

This event features a short reading from the book by Stainton followed by a conversation with Jim Leija (UMS), Martin Walsh (actor and U-M instructor) and Leigh Woods (actor and U-M theater professor).

This event was co-sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival, and the U-M Library in collaboration with UMS and AADL

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Spy Movie Tunes, Old/New Chopin, Relaxation

YOU can access over 1,000 digital music albums directly through our AADL.org catalog. Stream or download as much as you like, DRM free, on any device you choose. No waiting for a copy. No due dates. Hooray!

Made of Wood: Groove Laden Chillout Funk
Narcotherapy Hypnosis is an instrumental album steeped in nostalgia for a time that never quite existed. The album is the soundtrack to a fictional 60s/70s spy movie (you'll have to supply the visuals) that fuses both older and more modern sounds into new but familiar grooves. The music ranges from instrumental funky jams with Wurlitzers, clavinet and horns, to more trippy retro-synth space sounds - with a whole lot of exploration in between.

Chad Lawson: Multi-Award Winning Pianist and Composer
Steinway artist, Chad Lawson, decided Chopin needed a new introduction. Along with violinist Judy Kang (Lady Gaga, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and cellist Rubin Kodheli (Kanye West, Courtney Love), Lawson has arranged ten Chopin works into a modern day interpretation. It's a risk editing the "poet of the piano", but one that Chopin would be proud of.

Julian Blackmore: Downbeat Ambient Electronica With a Twist
Deeply hypnotic pads and pulsing textures ebb and flow to create a soothing soundscape, reminiscent of Tangerine Dream or Brian Eno's ambient work. Each 20 minute track is carefully structured to take the listener into a deeper state of relaxation before returning to the surface. Essence Vol.1 is a 40 minute sound journey in two parts, ideal for use during meditation or yoga, guided hypnosis, or simply for relaxation.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Baby Playgroups

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Hinamatsuri Paper Craft

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Ann Arbor Elections: What Works? What Doesn’t?

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Tired of Counting Sheep? Practical Tips for Good Sleep in Older Adults

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

The Dark Side II: Highway of Horror With Bestselling Horror Authors Andrew Pyper & Nick Cutter

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Landscapes: Pastel Paintings by Sara Lowell Swanson

Now through March 12, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Syndicate content