Let's Talk About MeL, Baby!

We frequently refer patrons to the MeLCat when we don't have a book on our shelves that they are looking for; but I never knew about this awesome portal for educators till now. Developed and maintained by educators for educators, parents, and students, it is a one-stop collection of assessments, lesson plans, online interactive sessions, and videos, all aligned to the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and the Michigan standards. Interested? Visit M.O.R.E. by clicking on the Teachers tab at MeL.org and register for a free account to be able to use all the tools available in the portal.

Best Picture Oscar Winners on DVD & Blu-Ray

If you've got the urge to see more (or all) Academy Award Best Picture Winners, then AADL can help. The library owns nearly every film on DVD (and some on Blu-Ray) from Wings, the first winner to 12 Years a Slave, the latest.

Sample all the winners in between: famous films such as It Happened One Night, Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, On the Waterfront, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather, and Amadeus; lesser-known but deserving films like The Life of Emile Zola, The Best Years of Our Lives, Gentlemen's Agreement, All the King's Men, Marty, and The Apartment, or overrated movies like... insert your own list here.

You don't have to track down the films by yourself. Go to the Catalog and click on the Best Picture Oscar link in the Awards list. Or click on the link here.

New Developments

New DevelopmentsNew Developments The local, primary elections may be over, but there are plenty of opportunities to have your voice be heard in the community!

Washtenaw County and the development team for the Platt Road project site, formerly the home of a juvenile center, want to hear your thoughts! Join them August 26th, 27th and 28th for three days of brainstorming, design exploration and presentations as these 13.5 acres find a new purpose.

If you're interested in other community based activities, go to the events page for the latest goings-on!

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival: "A solemn stately Camel walked majestically . . . "

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is coming up Aug. 15-17 in Riverside Park. At AADL we have plenty of resources about this popular festival, including articles from Ypsilanti Gleanings, official publication of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Here is an excerpt from a Review of the 1985 Heritage Parade: . . . "The parade was again excellent with many magnificent horses. The Franzen Circus brought their Elephant which seemed pleased with the crowd and two very young Elephants didn't seem to care for the human admirers. A solemn stately Camel walked majestically, indifferent to the crowd, followed by a Llama and a long cage of 12 or more Tigers in it. Then was a King of the Beasts, a lion, but we missed him. Many beautiful floats and stirring Marching Bands. We think Lincoln High School has the handsomest uniforms. The rain held over during the hour parade but at high noon it really poured. The noise of the rain in the tent of the Kiwanis Chicken Broil was so great it drowned out the many voices." This year's parade is 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. See you there!

Literati Reading: Roxane Gay

Author Roxane Gay will read from her essay collection Bad Feminist on Aug. 7 at 7 pm at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor. Amazon named her book a Best Book of the Month, August 2014. From Amazon: "A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation . . ."

Author Reading: Photographing the Giant Squid

At Literati bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor, they're preparing to host a reading by author Matthew Gavin Frank on Aug. 4 at 7 pm. Frank will read from his book Preparing the Ghost: An essay concerning the giant squid and its first photographer. The author teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

An Author and his Therapy Dog

Author Luis Montalvan is scheduled to sign books at Barnes and Noble, 3235 Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor, on Aug. 16 at 11:30 am. He will be joined by Tuesday, his therapy dog, and he will discuss his books including Until Tuesday : a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him and Tuesday tucks me in : the loyal bond between a soldier and his service dog. Man and dog have been featured by the Late Show with David Letterman, NPR and National Geographic. Montalvan will answer questions and demonstrate Tuesday's Animal Assisted Therapy techniques.

Pixie Parties!

The temperature might not be as warm as we'd like for this time of year, but magic is in the air! To get ready for AADL's Make-A-Wand Workshop at the Pittsfield branch, stop by the 4th Annual Fairy Festival at the Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown. If you need inspiration for your making, be sure to browse our collection featuring these sometimes mischievous, magical, winged creatures.

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Mark your calendars: Kathleen Flinn, author of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: Recipes of love, loss, and adventure from an American Midwest family, is scheduled to visit Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Aug. 20 at 7 pm. The book, according to a description in the AADL catalog, "...Presents a recipe-augmented family history that traces the origins of the author's love affair with food to her Midwestern youth and her parents' San Francisco pizza parlor . . ."

Need Help with Health Coverage? Contact Coverage Counts!

The Washtenaw County Public Health Department and Livingston County Department of Public Health have teamed up to help families access health coverage through a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, called "Coverage Counts". The Healthy Michigan Plan, which is Michigan's Medicaid Expansion program, is open year round and many adults are now eligible for coverage that had not been in the past. Staff members can help at any time during the process: from the initial application, helping provide supporting documents and will troubleshoot & advocate for folks having difficulty receiving the correct coverage. For more information, contact Haley Haddad at (734) 544-6879. You can follow Coverage Counts on Facebook and Twitter! www.facebook.com/coveragecounts or www.twitter.com/coveragecounts

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