Library Closed On Thursday, November 27

All AADL locations will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Day.

Regular Library hours will resume on Friday, November 28.

What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events:

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Kids can try their own unique science experiment to discover the facts in The Great Diaper Experiment. on Friday November 28 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

GAMING TOURNAMENTS: Adults and teens are invited to battle in the Saturday November 29 Super Smash Brothers tournament at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library. All ages can participate in the Mario Kart Tournament on Sunday November 30 at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFTS: Kids can make their own fairy doll on Saturday November 29 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch. Adults and teens can create a beautifully decorated mug on Sunday November 30 at 3:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Kids can learn how to build their own web page on Monday December 1 at 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

TRAVEL LECTURE: Jeff Price said goodbye to his job, sold all his possessions and decided to travel around the world. Hear about his exploits on Monday December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Enjoy the sounds of the Yellow Room Gang on Tuesday December 2 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Arbor Hospice will hold a Grief Workshop on Tuesday December 2 at 7:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

New TV Series @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Good news comes with these particular new DVDs! You can now get the entire season in one check-out! Hello, binge watching! All the discs are in one case with an extended check-out period. Here are some new-to-AADL series on order:

The Strain, Season 1
When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather, head of the Center for Disease Control's "Canary Team," is immediately called to the scene. With help from a mysterious Holocaust survivor, "Eph" and his colleague uncover the outbreak's ties to vampirism. Now, the only way to stop the terrifying disease from wiping out mankind is to face its source, a sinister supernatural creature known as "The Master."

Intruders, Season 1
A chilling paranormal tale about an evil secret society devoted to chasing immortality by taking refuge in the bodies of the living. Add to this a sinister agent bent on executing the unlucky to cover his crimes and a ten-year-old girl who picks the most dangerous moment to run away from home.

Drunk History, Seasons 1 & 2
Historical reenactments from A-list talent as told by inebriated storytellers. Based on the award-winning and wildly popular web series, this follows the drunken and often incoherent narration of historical moments.

Looking, Season 1
The series revolves around three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men. Patrick is a 29-year-old video game designer, aspiring artist Agust’n, 31, questions the idea of monogamy, and the group’s oldest member, Longtime waiter Dom, 39, is facing middle age with dreams still unfulfilled.

Black Sails, Season 1
1715. New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by notorious pirate captains. The most feared is Captain Flint. As the British Navy returns to exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. He allies himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to ensure their survival. Many opponents stand in their way: rival captains; Eleanor's father; and John Silver, recently recruited onto Flint's crew, who constantly undermines his captain's agenda.

AADL has also ordered new DVDs of seasons that we already own, but now all in one box ready for binge watching -- For shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, The X-Files, Arrested Development, and more!

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

For the Birds!

Do you keep bird feeders in your yard for the winter? Do you ever see a type of bird that you want to know more about, or can't identify? AADL subscribes to Birds of North America Online powered by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists' Union. This subscription-based resource is available through our website for all library users. You can learn the behaviors, eating habits, migration, and more, of hundreds of birds. You can even listen to recorded samples of their bird calls!

The Best of 2014 (Suggestions to get a jumpstart on Black Friday)

Library Journal's The Best of 2014 is a mix of the Top Ten of the year and the best of this year' s genre fiction, graphic novels, business, consumer health, craft & DIY, memoirs, and science.

Titles on the LibraryReads Top Ten Favorites that public library staff most enjoyed recommending in 2014 are no strangers. They are sure bets!

I quite like the list of 30 Books You NEED To Read In 2014 posted by The Huffington Post. Some of them might have been flying under the media radar this past year but everyone of them is an exceptional read. Definitely for the adventurous literary reader.

School Library Journal's Best Books of 2014. These 70 books distinguish themselves with excellence in writing, art, design, storytelling, originality, and appeal. From picture books to nonfiction, for lap-sharing and independent readers.

For the visual readers of all ages, check out the New York Times Best Illustrated Books Awards. The 2014 winners are a feast for the senses.

Alright... you are twisting my arm. If you must (toys, I mean), here are some suggestions you can count on...

Parents Magazine rated this year's best toys for every age, starting with baby and ending with big kids! These 58 winners (at all price points, I might add) would bring you kisses and hugs. There is even a list of toys for kids with special needs.

Game On!

Looking for something to do in your spare time? The wind, snow and frigid temperatures make it challenging to enjoy the outdoors this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! The AADL has more than just books to keep you and the family entertained.

If you’re looking to get out of the house, there are two great events coming up for you! Saturday,November 22, there is a Family Board Game Bash at 2:00 at the Pittsfield Branch. The following Saturday, December 6th, you can join us at Traverwood to Learn To Play Mahjongg with a local enthusiast to help you learn along the way.

Maybe you want to keep it cozy at home? Check out the Unusual Stuff in our catalog- maybe you’d like to go big and play Giant Dominoes or Giant Checkers? Or, get your warm weather game on point and borrow a Portable Disc Golf Basket. Whatever your fancy, game on friends!

National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature at last night's awards ceremony. In the book the author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South. The other finalists in this category were:

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two by Deborah Wiles

See the full 2014 National Book Award list of winners in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. (And AADL's list of the titles in the catalog for quick hold placing!)

 

New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Kathy Reichs Discusses Her New Mystery 'Bones Never Lie'

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October 19, 2014 at the Downtown Library

There are 30 million copies of Kathy Reichs's mysteries in print in 30 languages around the world. One of the longest TV series in the history of the FOX network – Bones – is based on her popular mystery books and returns on September 25. Her newest sure-to-be-bestseller, Bones Never Lie, is released in late September and promises to be another critical smash hit!.

Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, as is her heroine, Temperance Brennan. Dr. Reichs’s signature trademark is her ability to weave unrelenting suspense, fascinating science and provocative human drama into unforgettable stories. In Bones Never Lie, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction.

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AA/Ypsi Reads 2015 Book Chosen!

The votes are in and it's been decided this year's book for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Reads 2015 will be A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

The theme was A Very Good Read. A five-member panel consisting of: area blogger Mark Maynard; Ann Arbor News Entertainment Reporter Jenn McKee; Musician San Slomovits; Ypsilanti City Council Member Dan Vogt; and Ann Arbor City Council Member Chuck Warpehoski - chose the book earlier this month from two finalist titles.

A brilliant, unforgettable novel, A Tale For the Time Being is an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Published in 2014, the novel won the Medici Book Club Prize the L.A. Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, "My Year of Meats," "All Over Creation," and "A Tale for the Time Being." Her critically acclaimed independent films, including "Halving the Bones," have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS.

Read "A Tale For the Time Being" with your community and be sure to see the author who is scheduled to appear at the annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads event on Wednesday, February 11 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Rackham Auditorium!

Our Stars Are YOUR Stars

AADL has again been named a 5 Star Library in the Annual Index of Public Library Service. We remain the only 5 Star Library in MI, and we congratulate the West Bloomfield Public Library on its 4 Star achievement this year. This effort led by Library Journal since 2008 collects data that all public libraries are required to compile and then sorts and ranks within expenditure categories. Hundreds of libraries are included in this ranking. AADL is fifth of ten with 5 Stars in its expenditure category.

Annual visits, circulation, programming attendance, and computer usage per capita are the measures. It is the outcome of those numbers that we most care about, and those measures are yours. They tell us of your quick trip in to pick up an item on hold. That you think it is worth it to get a squirming toddler into a pumpkin suit for a rainy and cold Halloween event at the Library. The numbers tell us that you attend some of the hundreds of events or programs occurring in library buildings each year. They tell us that sometimes sitting in front of a fire with the paper in a place that is not home, but like home, is where you wish to be. Without you AADL would not have the highest per capita rate of circulation in the US in a public library with a budget over $9 million. That alone is an important statement about this community.

The AADL exists to provide library service to its citizens. While we know that we need to work every day to achieve that for you, and while we know these numbers do not tell the whole story, it is a good beginning and we thank you for the opportunity.

Congratulations. Our stars are YOUR stars.

Josie

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

Now through December 11, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings By The Saline Painters Guild

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

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

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

Nature And Nurture: Art Teachers As Artists: Mixed Media By The Ann Arbor Art Teachers And Alumni Association (AAATAA)

December 16, 2014 through January 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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