Download of the Day: January 1

Christmas Guitar - Jeff Wahl

This instrumental album features classical guitar arrangements of seasonal favorites.

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Download of the Day: December 31

Kung Fu Knits - Elizabeth Green Musselman

This comic book/knitting pattern combination features a narrative that anyone who has dealt with energetic young kids can relate to, and great ideas and instructions for awesome knitwear.

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New Year, New Resolutions, New Books

The new year often brings new year’s resolutions with it. Whatever your specific goals and aspirations may be for 2016, some of the newest non-fiction at the AADL offers tips and tricks for sticking to new habits, channeling creativity and keeping your life clutter-free, resolutions that I know many of us share!:

In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, explores our habits and presents readers with an analytical and scientific framework for understanding them and, if desired, changing them for good. Rubin offers up dozens of strategies that she herself employs over the course of the book, and tests out on others. The emphasis of the book is on knowing ourselves and our habit tendencies so that we can pursue new habits in ways that truly work for us and build a foundation of good habits that can last a lifetime.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear explores the nature of inspiration. Many readers drew personal inspiration and empowerment from Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, and this new book asks readers to embrace natural curiosity and offers tools for facing down fears and insecurities. Gilbert discusses the attitudes and approaches that allowed her to live the creative life she had long dreamed of, and encourages readers in a pleasant and pragmatic manner to do the same to pursue the lives that they also dream of, whether one wants to write a book, address new challenges at work, move to a new city or simply lead each day with a greater sense of mindfulness.

The popularity of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, has swept across the entire world (the book was first written in Japanese and the first English publication was in Great Britain). The simple, slim book presents readers with the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing your space, also known as the KonMari Method. Kondo walks readers through the method step-by-step, which not only offers solutions for organizing, but also for getting rid of possessions one no longer needs and for better storing the possessions that one has. Although some aspects of the KonMari method may seem unusual, particularly to American readers, Kondo explains the rationale for each. For those whose goal in 2016 is to become better organized, this book is a must read.

Browse our catalog for these and other great books to help you stick to your new year’s resolutions this year!

Mix It Up!

You got a new fancy blender for Christmas. Now what? It’s time to mix it up! While there are a plethora of smoothie recipes online and in books, here are a few recent faves that offer simple recipes with a punch and without a lot of fuss.

The Blender Girl Smoothies offers 100 gluten-free, vegan & paleo friendly recipes, which include many solid and delicious recipes as well as quick info on how to go rogue and just DIY up your own concoction. With so many books and online blogs with smoothie recipes it's nice to have a collection of stellar recipes all in one quick spot and it's my go-to book when the blender's out! To contrast those healthy smoothies... 101 Blender Drinks is not super new, but the cocktail recipes included will have you grabbing a bag of ice and longing for summer patio days.

We Were Brothers

The course of sibling relationships is often laden with pitfalls and contradictions and divergent memories. We Were Brothers is a painfully honest appraisal of how two brothers learned to love and forgive each other, after a lifetime of misunderstandings.

Born into a racist family, in a time when their whole hometown was racist, brothers Tommy and Barry Moser could not help but begin life as racists. Barry, the younger brother and a now-famous artist, eventually questioned the values of his upbringing and worked to undo the standards of racism, bullying, and violence into which he had been indoctrinated. Tommy never sought to move past the racial and cultural attitudes of his early years. A rift was created between the brothers which grew until they were completely alienated, one from the other, for most of their adult lives.

In a compassionate and revealing examination of his family, his town, and the influences on himself and Tommy, Barry Moser looks back in this memoir, and traces his path of first escaping his racist heritage and then reconciling with it. He and Tommy, in the last years of Tommy’s life, healed their relationship and came to a fragile understanding of each other’s differences. The story is sad and brave and, ultimately, sheds light and power on the process of moving forward in life while still honoring one’s memories of the past, in learning to forgive and embrace family who it would be easier to condemn.

New Year, New Kids' Music at the AADL!

The AADL has an extensive music collection that we’re always adding to. Most recently, we’ve acquired tons of new music for kids! Here are some of our newest CDs:

Sundrops, by The Harmonica Pocket, features upbeat songs about nature and the outdoors. From singing in the sun to playing in puddles and chasing butterflies, this is a fun album to listen to during the winter when sun and butterflies are nowhere to be found! A particularly cool thing about Sundrops is that The Harmonica Pocket play lots of different instruments, so kids will get to hear ukulele, harmonica, glockenspiel, and the sounds of other unique instruments along with the standard guitar, bass and drums.

I know I didn’t think that I needed any assistance in singing Disney tunes when I was younger, but for little ones who love singing Disney songs, Disney Karaoke Favorites is a cool CD to have. It features instrumental tracks of the most popular Disney songs so kids can sing along in their own voices, followed by the vocal version of the track with the movie characters singing the song. On the CD are “Circle of Life,” “Let It Go,” “Part of Your World,” and many other well-known favorites.

Beatles Baby! by popular children’s musician Caspar Babypants is a fun, kid-oriented take on the most popular Beatles songs. Caspar puts his own twist on hits like “Hey Jude,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and “Lady Madonna,” making them appropriate and silly. It’s fun for adults who recognize the true version of the songs to hear this CD, too.

Also newly added to our collection: Classics For Bedtime, featuring many lullaby piano sonatas, Smiles Ahead: Cool Music for Cool Families, an album with lots of different children’s artists playing their songs on it, and many new Kidz Bop albums.

Download of the Day: December 30

The Crown Unconquered - Tristan Gregory

This fantasy novel explores the rebuilding of a kingdom after battle and disarray.

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Straight Outta Compton, the Movie

This time of year is full of “top tens” for best books, albums, movies and more. This summer’s bio-drama Straight Outta Compton was one of my favorite films of the year and will be released in a few weeks and the holds are already gathering for it.

The film chronicles the formation and rise of legendary rap group NWA in the mid-80s through their more turbulent years. The film gets emotional as it digs into the violence, drugs, racial tension, eventual fame, and the interpersonal relationships with each other and their manager and the role that these things played in their lives and music.

Unknown actors gave exceptional performances as the NWA members, with Ice Cube’s son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. playing his dad – and in looks and essence he knocked it outta the park. This film had me laughing and crying and cheering in ways I didn’t expect.

To keep things humming, check out Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, as well as the original Straight Outta Compton album from 1988.

PreK Bits - "4" more

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Ms. Rachel and Banjo Betsy celebrated 4 in Preschool Storytime.
Pete The Cat has FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS ... and one more!
There were "Four Plum Buns In The Bakery Shop" ... a rhythm and counting activity.
There are 4 kittens in A KITTEN TALE by Eric Rohmann ... and four seasons.
Ruff the Retriever finds 4 things ... and turns down 4 bribes ... in a retold tale based on DROP IT ROCKET by Tad Hill.

For more stories of Four:
SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN by Chris Haughton ... with four explorers.
BEARS IN BEDS by Shirley Parenteau ... with four baby bears.
A WONDERFUL YEAR by Nick Bruel ... with four seasons.
The BUNNIES ARE NOT IN THEIR BED by Marisabina Russo ... with four bunnies.
MUNSCHWORKS 4: The Fourth Munsch Treasury
WHEN I WAS LITTLE: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis

For More counting Books try::
ONE IS A DRUMMER: A Book Of Numbers by Roseanne Thong
Richard Scarry’s BEST COUNTING BOOK EVER
COUNTING ON SNOW by Maxwell Newhouse
THREE LITTLE PIGS COUNT TO 100 by Grace Maccarone

Download of the Day: December 29

Author Karen Dybis Discusses The History Of The Better Made Chips And Her New Book: "Better Made In Michigan The Salty Story Of Detroit’s Best Chip"

Author Karen Dybis dives into the story of Detroit's potato chip history, exploring Better Made, the chip brand locals love.

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!

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