Out like a lamb? Well, sort of.

No matter how it seems, we know that spring is officially here. And one day soon that fact will actually feel true. In the meantime, remind yourself of the feeling and promise of spring with these resources.

The book The Enchanted April brings together four women at the tail end of a long, dreary, grey winter in London and follows their explorations of love and friendship in a sun-drenched, wisteria-covered villa in Italy. Watch the movie to remind yourself what light and warmth and flowers look like.

Read this charming story,”The Day We Flew the Kites”, taken from a long-ago Reader’s Digest, about how the memory of flying kites on a windy day in March, lived within two families for decades after. And then check out our collection for a book about building and flying your own kite.

Listen to The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, which perfectly evokes the sounds of each season. Remember Spring? He gets those violins to sound like baby birds in a nest!

Take a walk. Washtenaw County Parks is already sponsoring guided nature walks and programs.

Read about how the spring season has inspired people’s hearts and spirits for time out of mind:
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season;
Why Buffalo Dance: Animal And Wilderness Meditations Through the Seasons;
Ring of Earth: A Child’s Book of the Seasons;
The Language of Spring: Poems for the Season of Renewal;
Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season.

The birds know. They are singing more, and behaving positively and busily happy. Find a guided bird walk in the Arboretum and view the many migrating birds which make their way through Michigan on their way north. The Washtenaw Audubon Society has much to offer the interested birder.

Take home a whole bag of picture books and a dvd. Stories to Go: Spring will keep everyone in the family hopeful.

Here you will find books about April Fool’s Day. No foolin’.

Now is the time for starting seeds.(Indoors for now.) Here you will find resources about how to start your summer gardens.

And, stay strong. It can't be long now!

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

In the Newbery Honor winning Three Times Lucky author Sheila Turnage introduced us to the Desperado Detectives, two sixth graders who became famous after solving a murder.

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing is the new companion book, though I would call it a sequel. In this novel the spunky Mo LoBeau is back at it again! She and her best pal Dale open up a paranormal division of their detective agency to solve the mystery of a ghost in the old Tupelo Inn, which Mo’s guardian Miss Lana accidentally wins in the town auction. So between helping Miss Lana run the local café, solving the mystery of a ghost, crushing on Dale's older brother Lavender, dealing with the new kid in town, and trying to survive 6th grade history class, Mo has her hands full but she doesn’t blink twice at all the fuss.

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, just like Three Times Lucky, is full of charming and witty dialog and unforgettable characters bursting with personality. Mo LoBeau is one sixth grader you want to meet!

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge #8: James Kennedy

James Kennedy wrote his very first story when he was just seven years old. It was called “The Strange Ship,” which included characters called “money people”, terrifying creatures, and droids. He channeled this creativity into many opportunities, never missing the chance to try something new. Kennedy has lived in Japan, studied physics, joined a band, written a musical, dabbled in computer programming, and taught science in a middle school.

True to his creative nature, Kennedy pioneered the 90-second Newberry Film Festival, a contest that is now in its third year. Kennedy is best known for his published book, The Order of Odd-Fish, which was named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children in 2008. His writing influences include Roald Dahl, Douglas Adams, and Madeleine L’Engle.

To learn more about James Kennedy, check out his website and blog.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Saturday March 29 | 11:00 am to 11:45 am | Malletts Creek Branch
Event is intended for hearing babies ages 6 months - 2 years and their families (No older siblings, please)

Kathy Brady, Certified Instructor at Signing Smart in Ann Arbor, will be teaching families how to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into daily interactions with hearing infants and toddlers, ages 6 months to 2 years. ASL is commonly and successfully used to help babies speak their mind and better communicate their needs and wants. Kathy will teach common, everyday ASL signs through songs and play, making signing easy, fun, and successful!

PreK BITS - Owls

Ms. Rachel invited Owls to tell their stories in StoryTime @ Malletts Creek Branch Library.

If you liked the stories and want to take home the book, here are the titles:
LITTLE OWL LOST by Chris Haughton
I'M NOT CUTE! By Jonathan Allen .... AND Jonathan Allen's Baby Owl has more stories to tell.

If you want to read more books about Owls here are some suggestions:
TOO TALL HOUSES by Gianna Marino
GOOD NIGHT, OWL! by Pat Hutchins
OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell
OWL WHO WAS AFRAID Of The DARK by Jill Tomlinson
LITTLE OWL'S NIGHT by Divya Srinivasan

Don't forget to browse the books with True Facts about Owls.
Build your knowledge of owl behaviors and science when you browse non-fiction J 598.7:
OWLS
OWLS: Whooo ARE THEY?

52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival

Are you ready to feast on films this week?! The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place Tuesday, March 25- Sunday, March 30 at the Michigan Theater. As the longest running experimental film festival in the country, the film festival celebrates the best in experimental film making featuring a ton of amazing films, including feature lengths, documentaries and short films-- all kicking off with an opening night reception prior to the opening screening on Tuesday. Amazing! Check out the full schedule, get your tickets, and why not hit one of the afterparties to soak in the scene?

Check out the Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection at AADL, featuring some films from past festivals.

Also check out the wonderful Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posteres, articles, programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

UMSI MakerFest

Are you interested in finding out more about the University of Michigan’s new Bachelor of Science in Information degree? Would you like to watch a demo of Google Glass, see a 3-D printer in action, learn how to crochet, or play with some of AADL’s music tools? If so, then you should definitely check out the UMSI MakerFest on Wednesday, March 26th from 12-2 PM at the Michigan Union.

So what is a MakerFest? UMSI's MakerFest grew out of the Maker Movement, which encourages people to combine their love of crafts and DIY projects with innovative technologies. MakerFest is an opportunity for "makers" of all types to get together, try out new tools, and most importantly, make new things.

This event is cosponsored by the School of Information, the Center for Campus Involvement, Ann Arbor District Library, All Hands Active, MakerWorks, U-M Computer and Video Game Archives, and Michigan Makers.

You can find out more at the UMSI MakerFest Facebook page.

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge # 7: Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch has always loved to write, and even attended writing summer camps growing up as a teen in Virginia. He then pursued his interest in theater, and graduated from the University of California, San Diego for playwriting. After becoming inspired by distinguished teen authors, Hirsch found his writing niche.

Hirsch is well known for his first novel, The Eleventh Plague. Readers can preview the first three chapters of his newest release, The Darkest Path, and should keep an eye out for Black River in 2015.

Jeff Hirsch loves to hear from his readers and is a fan of Prince and Tom Waits. Last year, AADL featured his wife, Gertie Hirsch, in a retro sewing program. To learn more about Jeff Hirsch, visit his website.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

New TV Series @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some series new to AADL:

The Mindy Project Season 1
Meet Mindy, a single OB/GYN who wants her life to be like a romantic comedy but just can't find the right leading man. She attempts to balance her unpredictable workplace with some truly offbeat dating situations.

Copper season 1
Set in 1860s New York City, the drama is centered on Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged, Irish-American cop working in the city's notorious Five Points neighborhood. He struggles to maintain his moral compass while embarking on a quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter.

Lilyhammer Season 1
After Frank 'The Fixer' Tagliano testifies against his Mafia boss in New York, he enters the Witness Protection Program and makes an unusual demand: He wants to be set up with a new life in the Norwegian small town of Lillehammer, or as he calls it, 'LILYHAMMER.' Thrust into a brand new world, Frank is confronted with a colorful cast of characters totally unlike the New York variety.

Murder rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
The story of the relationship between the young Arthur Conan Doyle and his real-life mentor and noted forensic scientist, Dr. Joseph Bell, as they unite to solve the most baffling murder cases in Victorian Scotland. More Sherlock!!

Beck
He's got no style, he's got no flash and he's squarely in middle age. But Swedish detective Martin Beck is good at one thing: methodically catching criminals so that they can be put away... for a long time. His tightly-wound partner, Gunvald, is his opposite: an impulsive man who cuts a dashing figure, is in no way politically correct and who never met a boundary he didn't leap across. Characters are based on the novels by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö.

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

Youth Biographies by Brad Meltzer

Author Brad Meltzer is known for his best-selling mystery novels, including The Book of Lies and The Inner Circle.

His latest books are for children! And they’re cool! It’s a series called Ordinary People Change the World and features biographies on some extraordinary folks that started out as ordinary, just like me and you. Check out the wonderfully illustrated I Am Abraham Lincoln and I Am Amelia Earhart. In these books young readers get to see famous faces from history doing fun things as children.

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