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!


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


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.).

Film - Election Day

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Don't miss Election Day, a film that follows eleven people on November 2, 2004, in the last presidential election. You'll meet a diverse group of individuals from poll workers and watchers to voters casting their ballots for the first time. A discussion will follow led by students with the Michigan Community Scholars Program. The film is made available courtesy of Michigan Public Television.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library's Fourth Floor Meeting Room

AADL Video on Demand


We're always adding to our on-demand collection of past programs and other AADL productions. If you missed the panel discussion last month on depression in children with autism, we added the video yesterday. Other recent additions cover creating a green home, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and some awesome yo-yo tricks. Browse the collection for all titles--they're available in downloadable high-quality and ipod video versions--and subscribe to audio or video podcasts through iTunes to keep track of new titles added to the collection.

Play the game GO!

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What's the oldest board game in the world?

If your answer is Go, a game of skill created in China about 4000 years ago, you'd be right. The outcome of this game is said to be determined by the quality of the decisions each player makes along the way. Click here for 10 reasons to try Go.

This Sunday, October 19, 2-3:30pm come join the Ann Arbor Go Club enthusiasts at Traverwood and learn to play Go!

Try Go Basics or Go for Beginners or just show up on Sunday.

Fiber Artists: Start your Needles!

An accomplished needlework author, teacher and designer will appear at Traverwood library at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Ann Strite-Kurz specializes in innovative geometric patterns, and some of her work will be on display at this library event cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Strite-Kurz has written five books: The Heart of Blackwork (1992), Potpourri of Pattern (1995), Backgrounds: The Finishing Touch (2003), Creative Canvas Couching (2005) and Diaper Patterns (2007). Check out other embroidery books at the library, including Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America.

Dealing with Biting Behaviors


Do you have a pint-size biter on your hands? Whether it is out of frustration, exploration, or plain ol' swollen gums, toddlers are expressing something when they bite. Join Early Childhood Consultant Kathy Sims on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am at the Pittsfield Branch to learn how to effectively deal with biting and other behaviors in young children. Young children are welcome. Toys will be available in the room.

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