Countdown to Nerdfighting!

Instead of organs and bones are you made of awesome? Do you know what Nerdfighter means? Do you know what jokes means in the sentence "that is so jokes!"? Soon you will be able to find out! Printz Award Winning and New York Times Bestselling author John Green and his brother Hank Green will be desending on the library with their loyal nerdfighting fans Nov 14th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

A melodic mix

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Lovers of off-beat, global music are in for a treat this coming Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at Canterbury House when Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana will be performing. This Indian- and East-Asian-influenced jazz by this Brooklyn, New York, ensemble led by percussionist Momin is known for creating a unique sound combining Indian, Afghani, Balkan and African rhythms. The trio includes violinist Sam Bardfeld and oud player Brandon Terzic. Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 764-3162.

Election Buzz!

There are two fun programs this Sunday, November 2 in honor of the exciting election time:

Calling all Kindergarten through Third Graders to our Pittsfield Branch at 1:00 pm! Watch your chains of colorful links grow and you will see which jungle animal wins the election. Make a “Freedom" hat, balloon animals and a great big mural with ink stamps!

Calling all Fourth and Fifth Graders to our Traverwood Branch at 4:00 pm! Come decorate a tote to celebrate the vote and help make apple crisp too!

Directing Pride & Prejudice

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In conjunction with the U of M Department of Theater & Drama's production of Pride and Prejudice (December 4-7 at the Power Center), director Timothy Douglas will present a program on Sunday, November 2, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on the challenges of updating Jane Austen's brilliant 1813 novel about the willful Miss Bennet and the arrogant Mr. Darcy. AADL owns several adaptations on video, including the 1940 Hollywood film, the 1985 BBC production, a 1995 A & E production, and the recent 2005 film starring Keira Knightley.

Crusader for human rights

Tomorrow, October 29, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be the featured speaker at the Wallenberg Foundation lecture. Archbishop Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, has been a tireless supporter of human rights in South Africa. He helped establish the the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa which investigated abuses of human rights. Tutu emphasized the importance of justice as well as forgiveness in this process. His work reflects that of Raoul Wallenberg who risked his life to save thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Every year, the Foundation honors a person who embodies Wallenberg's quest for peace and justice. Desmond Tutu's lecture will be at 7:30 in Hill Auditorium.

Religion and Peacemaking in the Middle East

Among noted speakers Nov. 8-10 at the Morikawa Conference will be Msgr. Elias Chacour, whose autobiographical We Belong to the Land I am liking quite a bit. Other internationally known people scheduled to speak at the conference are Dr. Ingrid Mattson, author of The Story of the Qur‘an: Its History and Place in Muslim life, and Rabbi Marc Gopin, whose books include Healing the Heart of Conflict.

Don't Stop Celebrating Yet!

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The Day after we celebrate Halloween, Join AADL for El Día De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. We'll watch a folk dance performance and make crafty skulls & skeletons. See you there Saturday from 1-2:30. There's libros y libros on the subject in our collection. Come see! Teens, families and adults are welcome!

Ghost Hunter at AADL this Thursday

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Are ghosts real? Have you ever experienced paranormal activity? Whether you are a believer or an open-minded skeptic, get ready for Halloween by coming to the Downtown Library this Thursday, October 30, to learn about paranormal investigations from Brad Mikulka, Director of the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society. SEMGHS is a professional research group out of Lansing that takes a scientific approach to ghost hunting and has been featured on the Discovery Channel's series A Haunting. Mr. Mikulka will discuss some of the group's ghostly investigations, demonstrate equipment and share samples of evidence including sound recordings and video. Teens, 6th grade +, and adults are invited to this spooky, thought-provoking event.<--break!-->

Trickery Treat!

Very Vonderful halloween tales avait you at the Downtown Library on Friday October 31st! You have a choice of the 9:30 or 10:30 storytime and then you can join all the colorful costumed characters at the Main Street's Treat Parade at 11:00 AM. Vut a vild scene to vitness! Come vun come all!

Spooky Stuff This Week

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Celebrate Halloween all week at AADL: Kids in grades 4-5 can join us for an alien autopsy at our Weird Science Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3-4 p.m. at the Pittsfield branch or make pirate costumes and treasure maps on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Traverwood branch. Grades 6-adult will hear chilling tales of investigations by the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, and younger kids can dress up for our annual Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 31, with stories, songs and treats at 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room (just prior to the Main Street Area Association's Downtown Treat Parade at 11:00 a.m.).

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