What's Happening This Week!

wild swanwild swanDon't miss these upcoming events:

ANNUAL PRESCHOOL EXPO: Looking for a good preschool? On Sunday January 25, AADL's annual Preschool Expo brings representatives from area preschools to one location. Drop in from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Palmer Commons (located on the U-M Campus at 100 Washtenaw Ave) and chat with area preschools.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Adults and teens can make soothing DIY Lip Care treats on Sunday January 25 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch. Adults can learn more about health insurance options on Monday January 26 at 7:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

AUTHOR AND BOOK EVENTS: Popular Michigan author Jerry Dennis returns to AADL to discuss his new book of poems A Daybreak Handbook on Monday January 26 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Leslie Stanton's Staging Ground : An American Theater And Its Ghosts is the focus of the Wednesday January 28 author's forum at 7:00 pm in the Downtown Library. Area educators are invited to the Thursday January 29 Book Discussion For Teachers at 4:30 pm at the Downtown Library to discuss Practice Perfect : 42 Rules For Getting Better At Getting Better.

THEATRE: Wild Swan Theater (pictured above) invites kids to experience Coming to America, their new musical play for grades 3 - 8 about children from different parts of the world creating a new life in America. The production will take place on Tuesday January 27 at 7:00 pm in the Downtown Library.

NERD NITE: The January edition of Nerd Nite Ann Arbor will be held at LIVE on 102 S First St., Thursday January 29 at 7:00 pm. It is like the Discovery Channel with beer!

CRAFTS: Kids can 'let it go' and create a snowman based on characters from the movie Frozen on Monday January 26 at 1:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

Preschool Expo at Palmer Commons

Sunday January 25, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Palmer Commons

This event is intended for parents and caregivers

Looking for a preschool?

The annual Preschool Expo brings representatives from area preschools to one location, on one date. Explore your options and find the best preschool for your child. 40 preschools will be in attendance.

Free parking is available across the street from Palmer Commons, located on the U-M Campus at 100 Washtenaw Ave.

This event is sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative, Child Care Network and the U-M Work/Life Resource Center.

AADL Songsters in the news!

This week, the AADL was featured in the Ann Arbor Public Schools News when students from Clague Middle School performed in the Multi-Purpose Room as part of our AADL Songsters program.

With their teacher Jeff Gaynor and local musician Nan Nelson, students learned to dance the Troika and perform two songs as part of a World Cultures and geography unit on Russia. Круто! Клево!

Still Puzzled about Health Care?

Are you or anyone you know still in the market place for health insurance? We will have answers for some of your questions!

Monday January 26, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

In partnership with the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and the U-M group, the Health Policy Student Association, this session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for. Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year. The speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment. Enrollment will not be conducted on-site.

"Write On!" Contest Guidelines are now posted!

Young writers in 3rd-5th Grade may now view the 2015 "Write On!" Short Story Contest Guidelines! The "Write On!" Short Story Contest is now three years old and has received a total of 200 submissions from previous years! Keep the stories coming, writers of Ann Arbor and beyond!

"Write On!" will begin accepting submissions on Monday, February 9.

Need some help getting started? Check out the Writing Resources page. For more information about the contest, please visit the contest home page.

Happy writing!

Easy English News For You

Are you an adult who is learning to read or is becoming an English Language Learner? AADL has a couple magazines that should get your attention.

The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at our downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites. Spread the word!

Resolution Check-In

We are about three weeks into the New Year, which is a great time to check in with those new year’s resolutions! If you’re like a lot of people, they’ve probably been left in the dust for a while, but there’s no reason not to pick them back up and try again. We’re not so far into the year that you can’t get back on the ball!

Luckily, the library is here to help in January and all year long with books, tools, events, and resources to help you meet your goals.

One of the most popular resolutions any new year is to get healthier and more active. Yoga can be a great way to ease into fitness, and it’s also a fantastic way to relax and decrease stress. The Library offers several yoga programs throughout the year, including Kundalini, Vinyasa, and other kinds of yoga. You can also check out a Neulog Pulse Meter from our Science Tools collection to monitor and compare your pulse rates during rest and different types of exercise. Make it an experiment or a game!

If 2015 is the year you will finally write the Great American Novel, or any kind of writing, join the Emerging Writers workshops and meetups, which each take place once a month. The group offers a chance to connect with other writers, ask questions, and have a dedicated time and place to work on writing projects.

Let me guess: you decided to get more organized this year, but you can’t find the paper you wrote down that resolution on because your desk is such a mess. This Organize Your Home book list can help you clean up and keep up with organizing your home, office, finances, and all that clutter. With these books and tips, you’ll be able to unearth your desk AND cross the resolution off your list!

I’m always aspiring to learn new skills, and the library is a perfect resource. Not only can you find tons of how-to books and videos on the shelves and a ton of craft programs, but we also have circulating sewing machines available for aspiring sewists and Big Shot Die Cutters which can be used to make great paper accents for scrapbook pages. If you want to learn more tech-related skills, Gamestart classes are offered in topics like Minecraft Modding and 3D Art and Animation.

Whatever your resolution or goal, let the Library get you on track to make a strong effort, no matter what time of year it is!

Parent’s Corner: Reading

The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, and on this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from homework to potty training to time-outs to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.”

There are some great books in the collection that focus on books and reading, including choosing what to read and how to help encourage children to read. To get you going, check out these titles:

Silly Books to Read Aloud

Reading in the wild: The book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Llifelong Reading Habits

Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading

Book love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers

For additional resources on kids and reading , check out this longer list of parent shelf titles.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Expo at Palmer Commons

Sunday January 25, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Palmer Commons

DIY Lip Care

Sunday January 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Circle K Homework Help

Sunday January 25, 2015: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

AIA Huron Valley Chapter 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Lurie Terrace 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit

Now through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Landscapes: Pastel Paintings by Sara Lowell Swanson

February 3, 2015 through March 12, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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