New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The circulating art print collection at the Ann Arbor District Library makes available original works of art and fine reproductions of paintings, photography, prints and drawings. Artists represented in the collection are global and multicultural in scope. Works selected ranges from the iconic to the eclectic but are always, good examples of the artists’ works.

All art prints in the collection are professionally framed by Format Framing of Ann Arbor. Images of the collection are available in the online catalog. Each library card holder may borrow up to 3 prints, circulating for 8 weeks. Sturdy nylon carrying bags are available for safe and easy transport from our staff at the Circulation Department.

Planes And Trains And Things That Go!: The 2014 Childrens' Book Exhibit By The U-M Special Collections Library

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library is happy once again to present an exhibit drawing upon its rich Children’s Literature Collection and Transportation History Collection. This year’s theme is transportation throughout the decades and how it influenced and became part of children’s books. The exhibit includes classics such as The Little Engine That Could while also documenting how authors used this genre to educate children about the changing transportation in the world around them.

The four main areas of the exhibit are "On The Road," "Up In The Air," "Riding the Rails" and "Ships Ahoy!." Each segment is subdivided into two sections, titles that focus on teaching children about a mode of transport, and those featuring tales of travel and adventure in that genre. The majority of the material is from the 20th century with a few examples from earlier and later periods. It should be noted that this is only a sampling from the extensive holdings of such material within the Special Collections Library’s Children’s Literature Collection. These materials and many other related titles are available for viewing in that Library.

Some titles will be readily recognized such a Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Norton Juster’s Phantom Tollbooth, and Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Many others will be new to the viewer. Books in all formats have been included as well, including picture books, board books, chapter books, and pop-up and other mechanic styles. Together they present a solid picture of how development of modern transportation methods has been incorporated into children’s literature through the last 150 years.

This year’s exhibit has been curated by Kathleen Dow, Head, Archives Unit and Curator, Transportation History Collection, and assisted by William A. Gosling, Curator Emeritus, Children’s Literature Collection, Special Collections Library. The exhibit was prepared by Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian and Exhibition Conservator and Marieka Kaye, Conservation Librarian/Book Conservator, Preservation and Conservation Department; with the assistance of Anne Elias and Karmen Beecroft, Collection Services Specialists, Special Collections Library.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday December 2, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

An Evening with The Yellow Room Gang

Tuesday December 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a special December workshop featuring the celebrated The Yellow Room Gang - which includes acclaimed local musicians.

These accomplished Michigan songwriters have been meeting monthly since 2005. What began as a casual meeting in the brilliant yellow living room of David Tamulevich's Ann Arbor home has evolved into one of the most exciting musical super groups to ever join forces on one stage

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving

Tuesday December 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Presented by Arbor Hospice’s Grief Support Services, this educational meeting will provide you with the resources and information you are looking for when coping with the loss of a loved one. The session will help examine what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care, and what support is available to you. There will be time for questions at the end.

Arbor Hospice is a community resource that provides grief support services to any member of our community who has experienced a loss through death. In addition to providing support services to family members who have utilized Arbor Hospice’s services, programs are open to any member of the community who has experienced a loss.

For more information about Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, please call 734 – 794-5460 or contact mschultz@arborhospice.org.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday December 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday December 3, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Playgroups

Wednesday December 3, 2014: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday December 3, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday December 3, 2014: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K - 12.

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!