What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

CRAFTS AND ART ACTIVITIES: Kids can can make a fun monster out of yarn on Sunday November 29 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.


AUTHOR EVENT: Author Mike Rosenbaum recalls highlights of U-M Football history and discusses his new book Wolverine: A Photographic History Of Michigan Football on Tuesday December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Dr. Terry E. Robinson of the U-M Department of Psychology and Neuroscience discusses Drugs, Addiction, and the Brain on Wednesday December 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Learn more about Michigan Health Insurance Options on Wednesday December 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet several Michigan-based crossword puzzle creators and learn about their work, which has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, on Thursday December 3 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFTS AND ART ACTIVITIES: Adults and teens can design, carve, and print their own design onto note cards or paper on Wednesday December 2 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library.

NaNoWriMo Is Now in Full Swing!

National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, has officially started! Have you always wanted to write a novel but never got around to it? You can start RIGHT NOW! All you need to do is keep writing throughout the month of November to work toward your own goal or the national 50,000 words!

Want to socialize with other new and seasoned writers this month? Come check out AADL's NaNoWriMo events, including the Free Write on November 15 and the I Wrote a Novel, Now What event on December 6 featuring Ann Arbor author Karen Simpson!

No matter how or what you write, everyone is welcome to join in the NaNoWriMo fun! For more information on getting started, check out the NaNoWriMo website. Feel free to take home some AADL materials on writing too!

Army- Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game

Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball GameArmy-Navy Wheelchair Basketball GameFor the 10th time in as many years, fans will experience the grit, spirit and keen competition of the University of Michigan’s Army vs. Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game.

As it is the University’s only disability related sports event, founder Gerald Hoff points out that “this is a chance to emphasize the ABILITY within ‘disability’ and to honor veterans and active-duty military, especially student veterans, and to raise awareness of and appreciation for the spirit of inclusion.”

This annual, free event will be held Sunday, November 1st. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and tip-off is at 3:00 p.m. Other features on this day include the U-M Dance Team and Cheerleading Squad, the Men’s Glee Club and a half-time performance by the 338th Army Band.

If you require accommodations, be sure to look over Crisler Center’s Guide for Guests with a Disability, or email disability@umich.edu to make a request.

Come Downtown to make your own comic book bubble magnets tonight!

Join us Downtown in the new Secret Lab for a great event for teens and adults! Tonight, Tuesday, October 6, from 7:00-8:00pm, we'll use lots of awesome old comic books to create our own magnets!

Cut out pictures from the comic books, then glue flat glass marbles on them to magnify the image. Attach a magnet to the back and you have cool, useful decorations for metal surfaces in households, dorm rooms, and offices! You can even make a series of magnets based on your favorite comic book character.

All materials will be provided.

Halloween Costume Swap!

Join us for a new sustainability program this year! From now until October 2nd, drop off your gently used, clean Halloween costumes to any library branch. Costumes for all ages and sizes are appreciated, as well as accessories!

Then, on October 3rd, come to the Downtown branch from 2:30-4:30 to pick out a new costume for this year! This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for this year. We'll also be doing a kids' craft!

Get in the spooky mood by checking out our great collection of Halloween items!

Dia De La Familia Latina

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Join us Sunday, October 4th, 2:30-5pm at the downtown AADL, as we partner with the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center to bring you Dia de la Familia Latina. This informational program - which takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month - will include health information and resources from local community agencies and organizations, and aims to raise awareness of cancer and other health issues among Latinos. Refreshments and other fun activities will be provided including crafts, face painting, and the talented Magician Cesar Domico to perform for all!

Register to Vote Day @ AADL ~ Tuesday, Sept. 22

Tuesday, September 22nd is National Register to Vote Day and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will assist you in getting registered at the Downtown Library from 10 am- 8 pm.

The next general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2nd and the City Clerk and County Clerk have all the info on the election online. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at Michigan Votes.

Revving Up for the Reads

Ann Arbor Reads Logo: Ann Arbor Reads LogoAnn Arbor Reads Logo: Ann Arbor Reads LogoThe finalists for this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads have been chosen! They are The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, a work of fiction, and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, a work of non-fiction. More information about the books is available on the finalists page of the Reads website.

For more than 10 years, the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities have come together to share the same book during Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. This year’s theme is “A Very Good Read,” and may be a work of fiction or non-fiction. A panel of local individuals will read both books and determine which one will be the official Read for 2016, which will take place in January and February. If you’d like to participate now, you can read both books, available in stores and at your local library, and leave your comments on the books’ pages at aaypsireads.org.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading a book. It was launched in 2003 by the University of Michigan Life Sciences, Values, and Society Program, and was modeled after a program started by the Seattle Public Library. Now, the Reads program is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti District Libraries and supported by interested civic groups, the University of Michigan School of LS&A, the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Public Schools, local bookstores, Eastern Michigan University Libraries and Washtenaw Community College.

Everything is AWESOME!

Shmowzow! 154 of you visited the Downtown Library over the last month and wrote what you think is AWESOME on a sticky note for Summer Game points! The things you wrote were too great not to share.

Many of you showed your love for AADL and the Summer Game, so many thanks! (Remember that you still have time to shop for prizes with those points, so if you're that person who loves AADL's Brick Banks, have at it!) A large number of you also like reading, books, LEGO, sports, your pets, family and friends (aww), and of course, food.

Can't get enough of what YOU think is AWESOME? Check out AADL's related events, like upcoming musicians, video game tournaments, and crafty classes! Animal and nature-lovers can walk around Black Pond Woods and cosplayers can take part in our costume exchange!

We'll see you around the library for all your favorite activities, and THANKS FOR PLAYING!

It's Easy Being Green: A Sustainable Living Expo / Sunday, September 27, 12:30-5:30 PM

It's Easy Being Green is a day-long learning, local buying, and eating exposition celebrating living a life that’s better for the planet and not so hard on the wallet. From supporting efforts to reduce your carbon footprint to learning homesteading skills for living a more hands-on, DIY life, It's Easy Being Green has you covered!

Join us on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, from 12:30-5:30 PM. The library is open from 12:00-6:00PM. FREE Parking on Sundays too!

The Expo features:

A Keynote presentation, "Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter," plus 11 learning sessions on a variety of topics including bike commuting, rain & container gardening, permaculture, fermentation, and more.

Over 20 vendors selling upcycled, recycled, handmade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, wool and other fibers. Plus vendors selling mushroom growing kits, outdoor animal keeping supplies, fermented products, and shrubs (drinking vinegars). Vendors include The Brinery, McClary Brothers Drinking Vinegars, Ann Arbor Seed Company, Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Divine Iguana, Lead Head Glass, among others.

Opportunities to chat with representatives from area organizations such as Recycle Ann Arbor, Project Grow, Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers, Sic Transit, Natural Area Preservation, Slow Food Huron Valley, Agrarian Adventure, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ecology Center, and other green neighbors.

There will be three outdoor food vendors: The Shimmy Shack (vegetarian/vegan), and Mani Strada (the new venture from the Mani Osteria & Isalita purveyors) and Hello Ice Cream..

Learning Sessions Schedule:


Keynote: Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter with Joseph Tychonievich, Greensparrow Gardens


Family Bike Commuting with Michael Firn of Sic Transit Cycles
Container Gardening with Growing Hope


Rain Gardens with Jesse Tack of Abundant MI Permaculture and Whole Culture Repair
Mending Workshop with Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing
Bee Keeping with Jamie Berlin of Ypsi Melissa


Permaculture with the People’s Food Co-Op
Keeping Animals with Harnois Farms


Intro to Canning with Cynthia Hodges
Vermiculture with Starr Valley Farms
Fermentation 101 with The Brinery

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