French Family Cultural Celebration

Join us for the French Family Cultural Celebration on November 4 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library for a French sing-along with Isabelle Ryan, a snack of biscuits, a display of French materials and a stained glass window craft!

How's Your Smile?

If the cost of dental care is keeping you from visiting a dentist, come to the UM School of Dentistry's free Dental Health Day on Sat., Nov. 10 from 9am to noon. The dental services provided will include oral exams, oral cancer screenings, diagnostic radiographs, and oral hygiene evaluation and education. It takes place at the UM School of Dentistry on 1011 N. University. Parking is available in the Fletcher Street Parking Structure. No appointment is necessary.

Don't Want to Trick or Treat?

Don't want to go trick-or-treating but want a little Halloween fun?
Come to the Malletts Creek Branch Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m for a little seasonal fun. We'll tell some scary stories (not too scary), sing some songs, make skeletons out of q-tips and snack on cider and donut holes.
This will be fun for the whole family!

Close Encounters of both Adorable and Frightening Kinds

Wednesday brings possibly the cutest event of the year to the Library—the Preschool Halloween Party and Parade. Hundreds of tiny people in puffy, sparkly and often enormous costumes snake their way through the Downtown Library, collecting treats at the public service desks.

Halloween is, alas, your one opportunity to see a ghost at AADL. George Eberhart at I Love Libraries, however, has compiled a comprehensive list of places to find spectors, spirits and other like-minded visitors at libraries throughout the country, including the Starkweather Home in Ypsilanti, which housed a library from 1890 until 1964. Mary Ann Starkweather, one of the home’s original owners, is rumored to occupy the second floor. Former staff apparently reported hearing her footsteps creaking above them in the empty building after hours...

Otaku Afternoon - Wizzywig, Cosplay, DDR, Go and Anime...

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How better to spend a Sunday afternoon than 5 hours in the basement of the Downtown Library!? We start @ 12 when the library opens with DDR, Wizzywig will be there to sell there wares, and help judge the Cosplay contest (btw no one showed to the contest this summer - which left many $$s in Wizzywig gift certificates unclaimed - don't let this tragedy happen again!) and gab. Then from 2:00-3:00 or so members from the A2 Go Club (including our own Joy) will be on hand to teach and play this ancient, strategic, fun board game. After that we'll be screening anime until 5:00. Food and drinks of course and hopefully you and many friends will be on hand.

Join us for the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks!

Join us Downtown at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, for the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks, our new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes. On hand to introduce this new service will be the nationally-known (and always enjoyable!) heirloom cooking experts from New England, Marilynn and Sheila Brass, authors of Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters. This delightful evening includes a demonstration of Ann Arbor Cooks, a discussion of heirloom baking by the Brass sisters, and refreshments made by the Washtenaw County Historical Society from heirloom recipes. The Brass sisters will also sign their book, for sale at the event courtesy of Nicola's Books.

A Halloween Treat for a Cause

Want to have fun on Halloween and help a local non-profit organization at the same time? Consider going to the Halloween Benefit for the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan on October 31st at the Michigan Theater. The concert, held at 7:30pm, will feature MacPodz, Ragbirds, My Dear Disco, Jamie Register & the Glendales and many more.

The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan is one of the many non-profits that helps women and families in our area. Instead of giving out treats on Halloween, give to others and have a great time in the process.

It's all Happenin' on Halloween

Find T Rex and other outrageous costumed creatures when the AADL and the Main Street Area Association partner with a silly storytime and parade on Wednesday, October 31. Come to the Downtown Library at 10:00 am for tales and a costume march around the library. Then head to Main Street at 11:00 a.m. for trick-or-treating. This is a perfect way for the stroller crowd to celebrate.

Cooking Up a Family Cookbook

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Learn how to compile a keepsake cookbook when culinary historian Pat Cornett explains the basics of how to produce a keepsake family cookbook, including researching family stories and recipes on Wednesday November 7, 2007: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Pat says the best cookbooks include recollections about when the food was served, what it was like in the kitchen with Grandma, and family photos. So bring your memories and your notepads and get started saving and sharing your family's recipes.

Grab your walking shoes--Art Walk is this weekend!

It’s time for the annual Ann Arbor Art Walk! AADL is participating for the first time—Downtown we’ll be showcasing photographs from the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: The Original as well as children’s books from the UM Special Collections Library. Malletts Creek is currently displaying photographs from France by Sandy Schopbach.

Art Walk runs Friday, October 19 from 5-9pm (5-10 at most locations; the Library closes at 9pm on weekdays), and Saturday, October 20 from 12-5pm. Stop by the Downtown Library or any participating location to pick up the yearlong guide to local art with a special insert for this weekend’s event and a map to follow while you pound the pavement!

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