Download of the Day: January 5

Arcadia - Fernwood

This all-acoustic, instrumental duo uses an array of world instruments to meld Americana and and Old-World styles for a cohesive and inviting album.

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Teen Stuff: Orbiting Jupiter

Gary Schmidt has done it again with his latest teen novel. The acclaimed author won both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy as well as a Newbery Honor for the amazing The Wednesday Wars. Schmidt’s newest novel is written in the same style as The Wednesday Wars and its companion Okay For Now.

Orbiting Jupiter features 14 year old Joseph, and rumor has it that he has a baby, almost killed a teacher, and has just been released from a juvenile detention center. He moves in as a foster with 12 year old Jack and his parents on a family farm in rural Maine. Joseph is wounded, lost and longs to find his baby daughter – all while trying to ward off bullies and learn to milk a cow. The book is full of nice grown-ups, helpful teachers, and a few warm and fuzzy feelings to balance out the harsh reality that is Joseph’s life. It was great to see a brotherly relationship develop between Joseph and Jack in small tender moments amidst all the other things happening in their lives.

It’s a quick read and I really wanted more character development, and the ending happened a bit too quickly, but I am really glad I read this book. (For 7th grade and up.)

Download of the Day: January 4

Still Missing: Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances and Shipwrecks

Author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson connects the dots on the baffling disappearances of a person, a plane, and a ship, and other mysterious unsolved disappearances in the Michigan region.

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Upcoming Writing Contests at AADL

If you like to write, then get ready for two upcoming writing contests at the Ann Arbor District Library! We will start accepting submissions for both contests on Monday, January 25. Read on if you're interested in entering this year!

TEENS in Grades 6-12: "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest
Writers may submit a short story Monday, January 25 through Friday, March 4. Check out the contest website for more information. Judges will choose the top three stories from each category (grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12) to receive cash prizes totaling $1500!

KIDS in Grades 3-5: "Write On!" Short Story Contest
Writers may submit a short story Monday, January 25 through Friday, February 12. Check out the contest website for more information. Judges will choose the top three stories from each grade to win awesome prizes!

We look forward to reading your story! For inspiration and ideas, check out the writing resource guides for teens and kids!

2016 Michigan Notable Books Announced!


The 2016 Michigan Notable Book Award winners have been announced! These are books recognized by the Library of Michigan for "celebrating Michigan people, places, and events."

There are 20 books on the list, covering a wide variety of topics and aimed an an array of different audiences, including children's books, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. This list covers the Michigan Notable titles available for borrowing through AADL, but wait, there's more! Back in October, AADL hosted David Maraniss for a discussion of his book, Once in a Great City: a Detroit story, which can be downloaded or viewed directly library's site.

This list will lead you to explorations of niche Michigan industries, celebrations of famous Michiganders, National Book Award-finalist storytelling, and mouth-watering recipes. So, congratulations to our new Notable authors, and next time you seek a pleasant, Michigan-inspired read, look about you.

TV Spotlight: Sherlock the Abominable Bride

This past weekend the much anticipated Sherlock: The Abominable Bride aired on PBS with much buzz! For those that missed the 90 minute special, it will air again on January 10, and you can always add yourself to the list of holds if you need to see it again and again… because Sherlock!

This new episode takes Sherlock and Watson to 221 B Baker Street in the 1890s with new mysteries to solve, the big one being a murder involving the abominable bride. It was fantastic to see Sherlock, Holmes, Mrs. Hudson and the gang back together again. And it was a riot to see them during a different time period! You might be wondering how they can just go back in time and be themselves, but it all works swimmingly and is super fun! And as always, it's a great idea to view seasons 1-3 again.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #573

Chicago native Jessica Chiarella's debut And Again imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of themselves.

Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda have been selected in a lottery for the SUBlife (cloning) pilot program at Northwestern University Hospital, giving them new bodies where blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, and most importantly, their terminal illnesses have been cured. But the fresh start they've been given is anything but perfect.

Hannah, a talented painter can no longer paint. David, a conservative Congressman with little regards for rules, now faces moral quandary and political suicide for his participation in the program. Connie, once an Emmy-award actress who dreams of relaunching her career, only to find that her one meaningful relationship is with a blind neighbor. Linda, paralyzed for eight year after a car accident, finds that her family has built a new life without her. Previously strangers, they meet at a support group over the course of a year as they come to terms with their new, now healthy bodies, try to resume their interrupted lives, and forge new relationships.

"In the spirit of Never Let Me Go and The Age of Miracles, And Again is an exciting literary debut about identity, second chances, and the courage to start life afresh. "

Download of the Day: January 3

Dead Man's Chest - Kerry Greenwood

Treasure is at stake in this adventurous entry in the Phryne Fisher series, in which Phryne and her family go on a holiday for some peace and quiet and find themselves entangled in yet anothe rmystery.

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Download of the Day: January 2

The Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sara Crewe enjoys her lavish lifestyle at her boarding school until her fortunes turn, but she retains her cheerful generosity even in as a scullery maid.

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Ghostbusters and Top Gun Are Safe for Future Generations


The annual list of films selected by the Library of Congress for preservation released in December and includes moments of cinematic history alongside comedy and action favorites from the 1980s.

Each year, 25 films are selected to become part of the National Film Registry and be preserved under the National Film Preservation Act for their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance. It's always interesting to see what classic and modern films make the cut and are deemed of value to posterity.

The 2015 list includes Ghostbusters, L.A. Confidential, The Shawshank Redemption, and Top Gun. Alongside these modern favorites are classic dramas like Lana Turner's Imitation of Life and Jimmy Stewart's Winchester '73. There are also documentaries, educational films, and animated shorts.

You can review the complete National Film Registry list, and if you come across any obvious omissions, nominate your own culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant films. I noticed that Mean Girls isn't on there yet. Just saying.

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