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Did you know you can register for Library computer classes online? Have you explored the many databases available via the web site? You can even pay fines online by using My Account. Learn more about the many features of the Ann Arbor District Library’s web site and how to put them to use by coming to an aadl.org class. There is no fee. Class size is limited. Register online, by visiting any AADL location or by calling 327-4560.

Directing Pride & Prejudice


In conjunction with the U of M Department of Theater & Drama's production of Pride and Prejudice (December 4-7 at the Power Center), director Timothy Douglas will present a program on Sunday, November 2, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on the challenges of updating Jane Austen's brilliant 1813 novel about the willful Miss Bennet and the arrogant Mr. Darcy. AADL owns several adaptations on video, including the 1940 Hollywood film, the 1985 BBC production, a 1995 A & E production, and the recent 2005 film starring Keira Knightley.

Seeing in the Dark chosen for 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads

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Timothy Ferris’s Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering The Wonders Of The Universe has been chosen as 2009's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. The eleven-member selection team, composed of community members, educators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, chose author Timothy Ferris's poetic love letter to science and the skies to align with the University of Michigan's 2009 theme semester, The Universe: Yours To Discover. Read more about the book and author and stay tuned to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads site for future events and information.

Tattoo Artists Showing Their Stuff

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The creative energy in this community is mind-blowing, evidenced by the current exhibit at the Gallery Project. From 10/29 thru 12/7/08 take a look at Flash, an exhibition of original graphic art of tattoo culture worldwide. The artists include Jeff Zuck, Kerri Baker, Leo Zulueta,and Dianne Mansfield, all currently from Ann Arbor. Pssst.... Leo is world renowned and will be presenting in the MPR downtown in February 2009. Stay tuned!

Religion and Peacemaking in the Middle East

Among noted speakers Nov. 8-10 at the Morikawa Conference will be Msgr. Elias Chacour, whose autobiographical We Belong to the Land I am liking quite a bit. Other internationally known people scheduled to speak at the conference are Dr. Ingrid Mattson, author of The Story of the Qur‘an: Its History and Place in Muslim life, and Rabbi Marc Gopin, whose books include Healing the Heart of Conflict.

Spooky Stuff This Week

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Celebrate Halloween all week at AADL: Kids in grades 4-5 can join us for an alien autopsy at our Weird Science Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3-4 p.m. at the Pittsfield branch or make pirate costumes and treasure maps on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Traverwood branch. Grades 6-adult will hear chilling tales of investigations by the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, and younger kids can dress up for our annual Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 31, with stories, songs and treats at 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room (just prior to the Main Street Area Association's Downtown Treat Parade at 11:00 a.m.).

Pittsfield Grange Family Dances

The season of Grange Family Dances has begun! David Park Williams, John Freeman, and Ed Vincent will call the square dance or contra dance for parents and/or grandparents to participate in with children. Live music provided by David West on piano and Donna Baird on fiddle, followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa or lemonade (depending on whether you need to warm up or cool down). The dances are on the third Sunday of the month, from 2:00-4:00 - next one is Sunday, November 16 - at the Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. There is a nominal fee. For more information contact Joan Hellmann at hellmann@umich.edu.

Career Jam


Are you a middle school or high school student thinking about your career options? Then come to Career Jam on Thursday, October 30 from 4pm to 7pm at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. Discover the exciting career options and job opportunities here in Washtenaw County. There will be plenty of hands-on demonstrations to give you a taste of what your future could hold. Door prizes and a limited number of t-shirts will be available for youth who participate. For more information, contact the Teen Center Without Walls or ETCS.

AADL Video on Demand


We're always adding to our on-demand collection of past programs and other AADL productions. If you missed the panel discussion last month on depression in children with autism, we added the video yesterday. Other recent additions cover creating a green home, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and some awesome yo-yo tricks. Browse the collection for all titles--they're available in downloadable high-quality and ipod video versions--and subscribe to audio or video podcasts through iTunes to keep track of new titles added to the collection.

The Chicken Ordinance

Interested in raising your own chickens? If you live in Ann Arbor you can keep up to four hens...with the consent of your adjacent neighbors.

Check out these library materials for more information about raising chickens...
How to Raise Chickens
The Complete Handbook of Poultry Keeping
and for the kids,
From Chick to Chicken
and The Joy of Chickens

Check out the cool chicken coops at Back Yard Chickens and My Pet Chicken.

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