Claymation Puppet Workshop for Adults with Animation Expert Brad Pattullo

Sunday July 15, 2012: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Adults get to join in on the fun! Clay animator and professor Brad Pattullo will demonstrate his skills at this special workshop for adults. Brad will guide participants through the process of fabricating a clay puppet for animation. We will also have two animation stations set-up so that you can try animating your puppet!

Brad has worked on shows like "The PJs" and "Celebrity Deathmatch."

This is a five-hour hands-on session; attendees should plan to stay for the entire session to complete their work. Lunch will be provided.

Clay Animation Workshop for Teens with Animation Expert Brad Pattullo

Saturday July 14, 2012: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Create your own stop-motion puppet for animation or display! Clay animator/Animation Professor Brad Pattullo guides participants through the process. Brad has worked on shows like The PJs and Celebrity Deathmatch!

This is a five-hour hands-on session; attendees should plan to stay for the entire session to complete their work. Lunch will be provided.

This event is for Grades 6 - 12.

PokeMonday

Monday July 9, 2012: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Enjoy a good game and challenge? Well, summer's here and that means it's time for Pokemondays! Join us for 4 Mondays in a row. We'll be holding these tournaments at different branches each week. As always you'll need to bring your Nintendo DS or DSi and a copy of your Pokemon game (black and white won't work,sorry.) Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon, level 30 or under trained for battle. They'll be needed for qualifying rounds!

This event is for grades K-5.

Documentary Filmmaker, Digital Historian And Archive Team Founder Jason Scott Discusses Preservation Activism

Wednesday May 23, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

There's a lot of information floating around on the Web - can it be saved from distinction and obscurity? Discover how digital information is preserved and archived when Jason Scott visits the AADL. Jason is the founder of the Archive Team, a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage.

At this special event, Jason will discuss the Archive Team's efforts to preserve early Internet content from extinction. He will also screen and discuss a lost episode from his 2010 film Get Lamp: The Text Adventure Documentary.

An Evening With Dan Rather

Monday May 21, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48104 (map)

The Ann Arbor District Library is honored to host an evening with journalist Dan Rather as he discusses his new memoir "Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News" at the Michigan Theater. There is no charge to attend this special evening event, cosponsored by Michigan Radio.

You've seen him on the news reporting, now see him in-person as he discusses his memoir. Rather will highlight major stories from his decades of reporting and his reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary. This event includes books for sale and a book signing.

Meet this broadcast legend outside of the television screen!

Preserving Your Digital Photos With Archivist Lance Stuchell

Saturday April 28, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Learn how to ensure that your family's cherished digital photos are secure from loss, damage, changing technology or electronic equipment failure when archive specialist Lance Stuchell visits AADL for this informative presentation. All technical skill levels are welcome.

Lance Stuchell is the Digital Project Archivist at the Henry Ford's Benson Ford Research Center. He will explain how digital preservation lessons learned in the archive library profession can be applied by the home user to help secure family's photographic legacies.

Fear of Lethem

This month, 33 1/3, the intriguing music review book series, drops what is sure to be another gem into its readers' eager hands. One of my favorite writers, Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City (among others), tackles the seminal 1979 post-punk album, Fear of Music, by Talking Heads. Jump on the AADL hold list for this forthcoming book by clicking here.

Fans of Lethem's work will remember his stake in the late-70s Brooklyn scene in Fortress of Solitude, as well as in his collection of essays, The Disappointment Artist. Fans of Talking Heads will find Lethem's nervy characterizations of place and time a fine pairing with David Byrne's lyrics.

For those unfamiliar with the 33 1/3 book series, each book focuses on one album from one musical artist. The books are each written by a different author, ranging from critic to uber-fan to musician, and now, even to bestselling authors. I always look forward to tossing a great record on repeat and diving into the back-stories behind the songs and the personal connections to the author's life.

Teen Stuff: Music Magazines

Want to know what your favorite musicians are up to today? The AADL has eight magazine titles covering everything related to music. For the guitarists and drummers among us, check out Guitar World and Drum! magazine for techniques and tips from current and legendary players. For the latest news, pics, and updates from your favorite music makers, check out Revolver: The World's Loudest Rock Magazine, AP: Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, and XXL: Hip-hop on a Higher Level.

The AADL owns 47 teen magazine titles covering topics such as lifestyle, fashion, gaming, music, sports, celebrities, and everything in between. You can now request magazines for pickup at your local branch library.

Podcasting: 101

Saturday March 24, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Do you like to listen to/watch podcasts? Want to know how they're made? More importantly do you want to know how to make your own?

One of AADL's podcast producers presents this basic workshop on what it takes to produce your very own audio or video podcast. Listen to aadl.org podcasts and AADL's comic podcasts.

This workshop is for teens (grade 9 and up) and adults.

Fall NY Times Fiction Review: Interview for Haruki Murakami's "1Q84"

At a mere 932 pages, the Knopf English publication of 1Q84 is “like a telephone directory.” This is according to the author, Haruki Murakami. In his fall interview with the New York Times Magazine, critic Sam Anderson, asks Murakami: had he intended to write such a big book? This question meant nothing of the scope of his literature or the fact that it's an international bestseller in hundreds of different languages. Just, why so many pages?

We must understand, Murakami is a man driven primarily by his love of writing. On his methodology, he tells Anderson "he begins a piece of fiction with only a title or an opening image" Then, waking up at 2am to write every morning in part of what Murakami calls a "voluntary confinement, happy confinement;” he eats, excercises, and schedules with the sole purpose of creative producation.

"1Q84 took three years to write," Murakami tells Anderson with what he calls simply "improvising until it’s done...A boy meets a girl. They have separated and are looking for each other. It’s a simple story. I just made it long.”

"If he’d known how long it would turn out to be, he might not have started at all." Anderson jokes.

But we're glad he did. The intrigue of well-developed characters and a place you think you know only to have their situations defy expectations is what makes IQ84 a good fall thriller and stand-out literary achievement.

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