John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007

The Campbell Award (and a list of previous winners) named In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan the Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007. The award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (now called Analog). Many writers and scholars call Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, the father of modern science fiction.

You might remember back in January 2008, In War Times was picked as the best 2007 SF novel by the American Library Association's Reading List Council Genre Fiction Awards. For a list of the major literary award winners, check out our new service : BookLetters.

Summer Tutor Training with Washtenaw Literacy

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Need something to fill these lazy days of summer? How about putting tutoring at the top of your to do list. Adults interested in tutoring other adults in reading, writing or English as another language can participate in five two-hour sessions this month, generously sponsored by Comcast. Your time will be well spent and make a difference in someone's life in a way you'd never imagine. Visit Washtenaw Literacy for more information.

Teen Summer Reading Game: Flexible and Fun

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There has been a bit of confusion about the Teen Summer Reading Game.

The Teen Summer Reading Game offers a variety of activities that 6-12 graders can do in order to finish the game and be entered into the grand prize drawings. This list of activities is meant as a suggestion, to give teens ideas for completing the Summer Reading Game. Our hope is to make the game fun and flexible.

Teens, we want you to be able to enjoy the game whether reading "great novels", or rocking out to Guitar Hero (or both) is your idea of a good time.

So, can you play the game by reading 10 books? Sure you can.

Can you play the game by coming to 10 library programs? Sure you can.

Can you come up with the best combination for you? Of course.

AADL Video on Demand

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For years, thousands of people have enjoyed the variety and quality of programming at the Ann Arbor District Library. But who has the time or energy to attend all of the interesting looking events? Fret no longer, because Video on Demand is up and running! Just browse the extensive list of programs, and select one to view on your computer or download to an iPod anytime at no charge. To cite just a few of the presentations: people like Nancy Pearl, Cokie Roberts, Anthony Shadid, Yarn Harlot, or informative panel discussions are available for video or audio feed. So relax and enjoy great AADL programming whenever you choose.


Book clubs are for readers of all ages. The flowering of tween and teen lit offers many possibilites for terrific social and educational group activities. Whether your book group is for adults or adolescents, has excellent books and data bases that will assist you in your quest for great reads. Just click on Research at the top of this page, choose Research Databases by Subject, then Arts & Literature to see what we have. You may also attend the June 24 1:30-3:00 pm program at Malletts Creek Branch, How to Get the Most from to learn how to use our databases and several other user friendly features of our Website.

Free and Easy Interlibrary Loan

If you want to obtain the covers of available children's titles described in Harold Darling's From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss, AADL interlibrary loan can order them for you at no charge. In fact, any title that is not listed in this catalog can be searched and requested by clicking on Request ILL from the Catalog page. It is quicker to order books from MeLCat in Michigan, otherwise WorldCat will scour the country for your title. It's another great service from

What Should I Read? We suggest trying BookLetters


Booklovers everywhere value suggestions only from trusted sources - like from your favorite librarian. Now, there is another source - BookLetters.

When you subscribe to any (or all) of these 20 e-newsletters, you will receive monthly email newsletters with a list of carefully selected and reviewed choice titles to match your interest, whether it's with award winners, book club choices, fiction, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, business, or science and nature. Check out the Teen Scene and the Children's Chapter Books for the young readers in your family.

So when your favorite librarian does not answer the phone at 2 a.m. and you need a quick book fix, check your email (or RSS feed). But first, you have to subscribe and do let us know how you like them.

Learning English? Need Practice?

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Get ready & register on June 25 at 6:00 PM for Summer 2008 ESL Classes. Sessions are June 25-July 31 and will serve Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Classes take place in room 219 of the Alexander Music Building on EMU’s campus for a nominal fee. Or borrow any one of our many English Language Learning materials!

What IS a Blog?

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And why would you want to read one? For readers it’s a great way to find out tidbits from pop culture, top selling DVD’s and cool stuff happening here. You can learn how to blog in one of our future computer classes. Look for a new schedule later this summer!

Talking & Singing About the Good Old Days

Ann Arbor District Library now has a dozen multi-media Bi-Folkal Kits that provide fine opportunities to remininisce with elders who have done many fascinating things in their lives. The kits work well with large or small groups if you take time to familiarize yourself with the excellent materials provided. You will be rewarded through hearing the rich stories, singing familiar songs and getting to know your group better through this activity. You can include other library materials to enhance your program. Call 734-327-8365 for more information or to reserve a kit.

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