A New Literary Landmark

On Thursday, November 29th, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City will celebrate author and longtime Cathedral librarian Madeleine L'Engle with the dedication of the Diocesan House library as a Literary Landmark. L'Engle's books for readers of all ages were profoundly influenced by her Episcopal faith, belief in science, and strong appreciation for the inner lives of children. This year marks the 50th publishing anniversary of her Newbery Medal-winning book A Wrinkle in Time.

November 29th would have been L’Engle’s 94th birthday. During the dedication, Leonard S. Marcus, children’s literature historian and author of Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices, will speak about L’Engle and her connection to the Cathedral.

Vote for your favorite Michigan author

Nominate your favorite Michigan Author so the Michigan Library Association can reward them! Any author who lives in Michigan or writes about Michigan can win, regardless of the genre they write, as long as they have published at least 3 titles. See the list of authors who have won over the years and access the nomination form here. This year's winner was Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River and several other Michigan based books.

Geek Pride Day

"Towel Day", "Glorious 25th of May", or "Star Wars Day", whatever you prefer to call it, May 25th is Geek Pride Day and what better way to celebrate it than by visiting your local library? You don't have to be a Sci-Fi geek, or a math geek to celebrate Geek Pride Day, just celebrate whatever you "geek". "Whatever you geek, the public library supports you." Geek The Library reminds us that "No matter who you are, there are things you are passionate about—things you geek. The Geek the Library project is a community public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face." Think of all the resources your library has to offer, be they entertainment like Star Wars or Douglas Adams books or movies, Homework Help or Test Prep, Foreign Language Materials or Foreign Language Learning from our Services and Research pages that you have access to through our website, our super nifty new Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro Reflector Dobsonian Telescope, or one of our neat Science To Go Kits from our Unusual Stuff to Borrow collection.

AADL Talks To Josie Parker

In June, Ann Arbor District Library director, Josie Parker, attended the second UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, whose "Focus 2011" was "The Book Tomorrow: The Future of the Written Word". In our conversation, Josie discusses what she brought back from her experience in this international arena, as well as her views - and those of fellow librarians, publishers, and authors around the world - on the future of digital publishing.

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Behind the Scenes of Web Communities Panel led by Jessamyn West

Ever wonder what goes on behind the websites you visit? How does an open forum work, and how much work does it take to keep it moving in the right direction? Join us for a look Behind the Scenes of Web Communities on Sunday, October 9 at 4:30pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. We'll be taking a look at a variety of sites that run on user contributions from the people who keep an eye on those contributions: Jessamyn West, community manager for Ask MetaFilter; Rob Malda, aka CmdrTaco, founder and recently-resigned editor-in-chief of Slashdot; Cliff Lampe, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information, and Andrew MacLaren, productions librarian and moderator for AADL's recently concluded Summer Game.

Behind the Scenes of Web Communities | Sunday, October 9 | 4:30pm | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

AADL Talks to Ed Surovell

The Michigan Library Association recently announced that long-time Trustee of the Ann Arbor District Library, Ed Surovell, will receive this year's MLA Trustee Citation of Merit, the highest award bestowed by the Association for a Library Board Trustee. In this episode, Ed talks with us about the origins of his successful real estate company, Edward Surovell Realtors; his long history with libraries and the book industry; and his personal collections and interests. He also discusses the responsibilities of an elected Trustee and recollects some of the challenges he faced while serving on the inaugural AADL Board of 1996.

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Dan Savage Loves Libraries

“I want to emphasize the subversiveness that I think you librarians have by providing access to this information.” Dan Savage, author of several books and creator of the Savage Love column and podcast, spoke at the annual ALA conference in New Orleans last Friday. Savage praised libraries for providing critical access to information and resources for all people, even (and especially) when that information is controversial. He recalled his own days as a teenager when he would go to the Chicago Public Library to find answers to the questions he had about his developing sexuality. Savage stated that libraries are often the only resource troubled kids have to look for the answers to questions that they don’t trust their parents or peers with.

Access to information is a very personal subject to Dan Savage, who created the It Gets Better Project, an internet-based project with the goal of reaching out to depressed and suicidal LGBT youth. The project was designed to reach isolated young people who are dealing with bullying, abuse, hostile parents, or oppressive communities, all because of their (real or perceived) sexual identities. Thousands of grown-up LGBT people, celebrities, and organizations have contributed supportive videos to the project, all with the message that life is going to get better for these kids. Savage has also released a collection of essays in a book, It Gets Better, with contributing authors such as David Sedaris, Tim Gunn, Ellen Degeneres, Suze Orman, President Barack Obama, and tons more. Check out the book or BOCD at AADL, or visit the It Gets Better Project’s website at www.itgetsbetter.org.

Follow a library on Twitter

To tweet or not to tweet, it’s a personal choice. Perhaps you’re one of the millions who are following Lady Gaga or Ashton Kutcher. Or perhaps you're more into following local goodness like the Ann Arbor News or the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

October 1st is Follow a Library Day on Twitter. A day to celebrate libraries and let the Twitterverse know which libraries you love. Do you follow a library on twitter? Your own AADL has a twitter account, if you’re interested in keeping up with us. Or perhaps you’d like to show your love for the Canton Public Library, the Detroit Public Library, the Dexter District Library, or even the New York Public Library. Find your library online and follow it. Nearby libraries often promote their free public events on Twitter, so it’s a quick and easy way to see what’s coming up.

You can follow all the #followalibrary day buzz on their blog. Don’t forget to use #followalibrary as a hash tag! Which libraries do you follow?
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Follow the 2010 National Book Festival

Tomorrow marks the 10th Annual National Book Festival, which is taking place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Now, you may be asking yourself just how you will be able to enjoy this festival all the way in Michigan. Well, book lovers rejoice! The Library of Congress is filling their website with photos, podcasts, videos, and more so you can enjoy the festival right here in the mitten.

Listen in booksbooksthrough podcasts. Not only will you be able to listen to talks, interviews, and lectures that will be happening throughout the day, you can browse podcasts from past years through 2007. Particularly interesting is the two-year series discussing the connection between music and the brain.

You can also watch videos from the current and past festivals through 2007, which include interviews, lectures, and comments from festival goers.

To take a look at what else is going on the fest tomorrow visit the National Book Festival page on the Library of Congress site.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

A library card is one of the most important cards you can carry in your wallet and September is the month to celebrate it! The library offers a multitude of educational, fun, and interesting resources and is filled with staff who are eager and willing to help you use them. Never had a library card? Has it been a while since you've last visited us? That's ok! There's always time to come in and discover all that we have to offer. Do you already have a library card? Take some time to see just what is possible here and you may learn something new.

So, just what can you do with an AADL library card?

*Check out some art. Are you only living in town for a short period of time and don't want to constantly move your favorite pieces of art? Or simply can't make up your mind about the decor in your living room? The AADL has a large selection of art prints available for check-out to bring a little life to your home.

*Start a book club. The library offers Book Clubs to Go, which include 10 copies of a selected book and author information, discussion questions, and tips for starting a book club.

*Can't find the book you want at the AADL? You can request an inter-library loan and if another library in Michigan (or even in another state!) has the book available for request, we will bring it to the AADL for you to borrow.

*Want to know how much energy one of your appliances is using? We have energy meters available for check out!

*If English isn't your first language or you want to immerse yourself in a foreign language, check out our large selection of world language offerings.

*You can visit local museums by checking out a Museum Adventure Pass.

*You can also check out a book, a CD, a DVD, or Blu-Ray.

Interested in getting a library card? Just bring in a photo ID, proof of residence, and desire to learn and have fun to any one of our locations.

If you are not eligible for a card, you still have access to our free wireless, public internet stations, all of our events, and computer classes. And, as always, please feel free to speak to any library employee you see or call (734) 327-4200 if you have any questions about what the library can do for you.

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