MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, the Legendary Anime metaseries that redefined the Mecha Genre forever and has spawned countless series, movies, games, manga, and model kits, began 30 years ago this summer. To celebrate 30 years of unstoppable giant robot awesomeness, AADL is building what just might be the finest collection of Gundam stuff in the USA. TV series, movies, music CDs, manga, even books studying the impact of the Gundam Phenomena on our culture, and we're releasing it all to the public at GUNDAM FEST! On Saturday, June 20th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Downtown Library you can watch Gundam Movies, compete in Gundam Battle Videogame tournaments, read Gundam books and manga, and use YOUR library card to TAKE IT ALL HOME. AADL takes Gundam seriously, and if you're not already a Gundam Otaku, here's your chance to start at the beginning and discover every last bit of amazing content that the various Gundam universes have to offer. Don't miss it!

The Return of PokeMonday


The PL2 - Public Library Pokemon League Season starts again with PokeMondays! PokeMondays will be held at a different branch every week. We'll have Battle Revolution and Union Room Tournaments with prizes for the overall top finishers including a $30 gift card to Target for 1st place and a $15 gift card for 2nd place. Bring your Nintendo DS and copy of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl or Platinum and get ready to battle.

June 22 - July 27 1pm-5pm

*Please note that the event on Monday, July 13 is at the Traverwood branch.

Read more to see where the next PokeMonday is being held.

Top of the Park 2009


Looking for something to do this weekend?

Top of the Park kicks off this evening at 6:30pm. Tonights entertainment includes opening act Fubar, Nomo, and After Dark at TOP featuring DJ Special K. Bands play every evening and movies show Sunday through Thursdays at dusk (10 pm). Some of the movies featured this year include: Iron Man, Twilight, Quantum of Solace, Airplane!, Forbidden Kingdom, and The Sound of Music: Sing-a-long Edition.

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website. For a printable Calendar, click here.

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

Don't forget to check out the performaces at our Mainstage as well. Artist/Comedians that are performing at the Power Center include: Ahn Trio, Los Lobos, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs till July 5th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

Take a hike @ Lakewood Nature Area

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Join us for a botanical walk at this lovely 7-acre park on the west side of town. Your guide will be one of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation staff members. Hike up and down the hills blanketed by oak-hickory woodlands; enjoy views of streams and ravines cutting through the park. Bring your camera and take a photo to submit in the Natural Area Preservation’s 4th Annual Photo Contest.

Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake, rain or shine.

Thursday, June 18 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Lakewood Nature Area | All Ages

Baby Bits - Books and Play

BABY PLAY GROUPS will return to all Branches AGAIN, the week of June 22!
Books for Babies and Toddlers often include playing a game. Counting, finding, touching, and learning are all fun games. Here are a few examples in Board Book format.
Counting Cockatoos
I Spy Little Bunnies
My Very First Book Of Shapes
Pat The Bunny
Do them once. Do them again!
Now you are a part of the FUN game.

It's Lego and Manga Contest Time Again! Contest Guidelines Released!

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If it's summer it must be time for our annual Lego and Manga Contests! Use the summer to focus your creativity and maybe you will win! In order to enter either contest participants must read and follow the rules and guidelines. Children and teens aged preschool to 12th grade are invited to enter the 4th Annual Lego Contest. This year the Lego contest award ceremony will take place at Weber's Inn (3050 Jackson Ave) on Monday, August 10 @ 8:00 PM. For complete submission guidelines and the talent release form click here. Top finishers will receive gift certificates to Toys R Us, and we'll have medals for winners of the special categories!

It's our 3rd Annual Manga Drawing Contest for grades K-12. The award ceremony will be on Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM in the Downtown Youth Room. For complete submission guidelines and the talent release form click here. Top finishers will receive gift certificates for Wizzywig Collectibles!

Glue & Go Costumes for Kids: Super-Duper Designs with Everyday Materials

Summer is a good time to get creative. How about getting a headstart on your Halloween costume? Especially if that means you'll have the best costume ever!

Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 12 – July 5

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Summer Festival is back! Are you ready? Is Ann Arbor ready? I hope so! This event is a staple or this city and a great way to get into the groove of summer and have some (mostly free) outdoor fun. There’s free music and movies at Top of the Park, comedy acts and live music, special events, and plenty of stuff for the kids. There is too much going to mention everything, so be sure to check out the event’s website for all the important details on events and locations. Even with these cold temps, Summer is on its way!

A Great Day in Harlem - A Great Moment in Jazz

The 1958 Art Kane photo of 57 great jazz musicians in Esquire Magazine said much about the vibrancy of jazz in New York City. An academy award winning documentary with the same title appeared in 1994, and now AADL is happy to present early jazz researcher Stuart Johnson at the Downtown Library on Sat., June 13, 2-3:30 pm to make this photo come alive once again. Stu will tell stories about the musicians and play some of their best recordings. The musicians in A Great Day in Harlem play dixieland, stride, swing and more modern styles, so join us to relive this historic convergence in one of America’s truly great art forms.

The Play Ground

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It is almost summer and we were hoping to get some swimming in, but alas, we cannot go in the pool when it is 50 degrees out. So we are walking and running and going to pilates. A good stretch routine can make a difference in preventing injury. Andrew Phelka is a personal trainer and will demonstrate techniques for gaining flexibility and rehabilitating muscle injuries. Malletts Creek Branch, Thursday, June 11, 7:00pm.

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