What's Happening This Week!


POETRY NIGHT: Nationally-renowned poet Angel Nafis (pictured above) joins Jeff Kass and poets from the Neutral Zone’s VOLUME Youth Poetry Project for a evening of powerful poetry readings for National Poetry Month at the Downtown Library at 7 pm on Thursday, April 17.

WRITERS MEETUP: This month's meetup, an opportunity for local writers to connect and work on projects, will be held on Thursday April 17 at 7 pm at Traverwood Branch.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Adults, teens and youth (grade 5 and up) can learn more about designing and developing video games at the Downtown Library at 3 pm on Saturday, April 19.

CRAFT: Kids can create a paper flower Earth Day craft at the Traverwood Branch at 1 pm on Saturday, April 19.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK WRAP-UP PERFORMANCE: Nationally acclaimed, award-winning storyteller La'Ron Williams presents a powerful afternoon of storytelling for adults, teens and youth (age 6 and up). This event, held at the Downtown Library on Saturday, April 19 at 1 pm, is the conclusion of National Library Week.


AADL Closed On Sunday, April 20

All Library locations will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Regular Library hours will resume on Monday, April 21.

The 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge 2014 has officially begun!

Look! It's a bird... it's a plane... no wait, it's a SHORT STORY SUPERHERO participating in the second annual 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge!

Do you have the grit to become a Short Story Superhero? Astound all your friends and teachers... they'll never see it coming! Vanquish the winter blues with powerful prose and punchy plot!

Here's how to become a Short Story Superhero:
1) Write a story of up to 5 pages (double-spaced) or 1000 words
2) Type it in a Word document, with the story title on top
3) Attach the file to an email and include your personal information OR print it out with an information cover sheet (what information, you ask? check out the guidelines)
4) Send it to youngwrite@aadl.org or bring it to the Youth Desk at the Downtown branch!

Use your x-ray vision on our Jump! brochure to keep an eye out for the final celebration featuring guest author Lisa Wheeler, on June 3!

Please e-mail youngwrite@aadl.org or call the Youth Desk at 734-327-8301 with any questions, and happy (super) writing!

The Reader's Eternal Question...

...is "What do I read next?"

The Books, Reading & Literature Databases can help, whether through lists, reviews, book clubs, or ebook selections. Start with Books & Authors where you can browse by title, author, genre and winners of awards named for James Fenimore Cooper, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip K. Dick and more. Join a Free Book Club in the genre of your choice.

Then, move on to Select Sites for Books & Reading where you can peruse articles at the New York Review of Books or Kirkus Reviews, find classics in Modern Library's Top 100, figure out the reading order of the series you like with Kent District Library's What's Next? Page, read Hamlet on one single screen page at The Complete Works of Shakespeare, and discover free ebooks at Project Gutenberg and Open Library. You can even read Alice in Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's own hand (as well as other scans of rare originals) courtesy of the British Library.

It won't be long before "What do I read next?" becomes "What do I read first?"

2014 "It's All Write!" Contest Finalists!

The finalists of the “It’s All Write!” Teen Short Story Contest have been decided! This year was particularly difficult for our dedicated readers, who reported that all of the stories were incredibly creative and a pleasure to read. This year was also the most competitive year ever, reaching an all time record of 358 submissions!

Are you ready to find out who will make it to the next round? Finalists’ stories will be passed on to the Panel of Judges, who will carefully select the 2014 Winners. Click here to see the list of finalists!

Congratulations to all of the chosen finalists, and a hearty “THANK YOU!” to all the talented writers who contributed their stories to the “It’s All Write!” Contest this year! Let’s also give a round of virtual high fives to the readers- they put a lot of time into this process, and loved reading each and every story. Stay tuned for more judge blog posts, and see you at the awards ceremony on May 10!


League Of Women Voters Public Forum On The Transportation Millage Proposal

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April 7, 2014 at the Downtown Library

What do you know about the upcoming Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's millage proposal? Did you know it's going to be on the ballot on Tuesday, May 6? Did you know there was going to be a referendum at the polls in May? The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LVW-AAA) host this public forum on the upcoming proposal.

The focus is on the proposal, which asks Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township voters to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for five years. The increase would generate a total of $4.3 million annually through 2019. Representatives from both More Buses (proponents of the proposal) and Better Transit Now (opposing the proposal) speak.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Thursday April 17, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room


Thursday April 17, 2014: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room A, Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room B

Poetry Night with Jeff Kass, Volume and Wordworks poets

Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit, Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Friday May 2, 2014: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby And 3rd Floor

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