The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford’s book, The Beatitudes, covers the African American freedom struggle from slave ship to the inauguration of the first African American President, Barack Obama. Poetic prose dispersed with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount demonstrates how faith is the cornerstone of freedom. Water brushed pictures give the book a warm illuminated feel.

Magic Funny Side Up!

Have you been dabbling in magic or do you just want a good laugh? Join us for Jason Abbott’s Comedy Magic Show on Wednesday, December 22nd at 10:00 am. Families with children aged five and up will get a kick out of Jason’s live bunny and endless supply of card tricks and bananas!

Ten Amazing People: and how they changed the world by Maura D. Shaw

From Malcolm X to Albert Schweitzer this book covers some of the world’s most influential people who brought about positive change. Through individual profiles written in simple text Maura D. Shaw captures the essence of the struggles and triumphs of these great people. Vibrant illustrations of each person profiled add depth to the book. A good selection for both parents and teachers for examples of positive role models.

Rovender and Otto and Muthr, Oh My!

Eva Nine, a curious and sensitive 12-year old, lives in an underground home on the planet Orbona in Tony DiTerlizzi's The Search for WondLa, a great read-aloud or read-alone book for age 10 and up.

Eva is cared for, guided and nurtured by her Muthr (Multi-Utility Task Help Robot). When a marauder destroys her underground sanctuary she is forced to flee above ground. In a trip that’s the reverse of the famous fall down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, Eva is thrust upward into unrecognizable territory, full of strange creatures and a wicked queen who wants Eva as a specimen in her freeze-dried menagerie. From there, her journey is more reminiscent of Dorothy’s in The Wizard of Oz, as her search for a family of like beings is sweetly buffered by her awareness that she is well-loved by the alien creature companions she finds along the way.

DiTerlizzi’s gorgeous two-color illustrations enhance the cinematic quality of his writing. Readers with a webcam can use augmented reality pages in The Search for WondLa to reveal additional information about Eva Nine's world. The ending is a stunning shocker that will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.

Folk Dancing and Singing

We are going to be dancing and singing up a storm with Beth Battey on Saturday, December 4th at 10 am at the Traverwood Library. Beth is a musician and renaissance woman who loves to contra dance, bake her own bread and meet up with fellow crocheters at Kerrytown Market.

Ben 10 Alien Force, on DVD

Okay, Ben 10 fans, you’ve checked out all the books and read them twice. Which means you’re ready for some DVD action starring Ben 10. “There’s never a dull moment in the life of Ben 10,” the fifteen year old superhero.

New to AADL are several DVDs of Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 Alien Force to fill your desire. Also check out the live action movie.

Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big by Chris Paul

NBA Allstar Chris Paul tells the story of how being small didn’t stop him from obtaining his dream. His brother’s friends teased him about being small and tiny. With the support of his family and lots of hard work, Chris proves that being small is only a state of mind. Illustrations by Frank Morrison add a spark of motion to the book.

Take Part in Art -- Mix It Up

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Mixed Media Art combines more than one medium -- painting, drawing, collage, stenciling -- to make something unique and new. You can always visit the Art Table downtown to make some cool mixed media art, or you can follow along at home!

Making mixed media art is as easy as can be. Pencils, markers, crayons, interesting magazine pictures, paper scraps and paint -- you can use anything, in any combination! Think about combining different materials to make a picture, or tell a story -- or just have fun with patterns, colors and shapes. For more ideas, check these websites by Kinderart and PBS. An excellent and detailed introduction to mixed media is Donna Hugh's Collage Art For Kids DVD series. This series has four volumes, everything you need to become a mixed-media maestro!

Adults interested in making their own mixed media art can check out Creative Collage by Marie Browning, or maybe stop by the University of Michigan Museum of Art's Mixed Media Workshop Series. To learn more about two excellent mixed media and collage artists read Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories by Jan Greenberg and Ooh! Matisse by Mil Niepold.

Tellebration!

The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild is a gathering of remarkable folks who pass on the oral tradition wherever they go. Join a few members as they share lively tales from folklore and personal experience at AADL's annual Tellebration this Sunday. This event is part of a nationwide storytelling tradition. For grown-ups who just love a good story, check out the Saturday evening Tellebration with guest teller Lainie Levin too!Lainie LevinLainie Levin

Meet Children's author & illustrator, Mark Crilley!

For many children meeting the author of a favorite book can be a life-changing experience! Mark Crilley, the author of the recent comic book release, Brody's Ghost Vol. 1, will be doing a special visit at the Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday November, 21 from 2:00-3:30 PM at the Downtown Library.

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit and attended Kalamazoo College where he met children's book writer/illustrator (and 2001 Caldecott award winner) David Small. David’s example inspired Mark to pursue writing and illustrating professionally. Mark’s first series of books featured, “Akiko” The first in the series, "Akiko on the Planet Smoo", was published in 2000; the tenth, "Akiko and the Missing Misp", hit stores in 2008. Mark also wrote the Billy Clikk books and the four-volume manga series "Miki Falls.” Miki Falls has been optioned for film development by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company. Volume two of his newest series, Brody’s Ghost, will be released in January of 2011.

Join us for a high-energy, educational, hilarious and interactive afternoon. From telling stories and drawing characters attendees will be inspired by Mark’s creativity, talent and enthusiasm! The Vault of Midnight will be selling Mark’s books and Mark will sign these (and any personal copies that fans bring with) after his talk.

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