Coming Soon -- New Book Clubs to Go Kits

The AADL's Book Clubs to Go collection continues to grow! Book Clubs To Go (BCTG) is a service of the AADL that provides local book clubs with the convenience of complete kits for book discussions. Included in each BCTG are 10 copies of the featured book for discussion (or 10 each of two related titles), 1 copy of movie DVD if available, a resource folder containing the following: summary information and reviews of the title(s); author biography; a list of suggested discussion questions and read-alikes; tips for book groups; and evaluation forms so you can let us know what you think of the service.

The library will be releasing several new BCTG kits in the coming weeks, including the following:

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai is the story of "Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, who finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home."

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, is a non-fiction book that "intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death."

The Greater Journey by David McCullough, also non-fiction, is "the enthralling, inspiring -- and until now, untold -- story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work"

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet is "the first-ever memoir by an autistic savant, a man who can speak ten languages, who sees numbers with color and texture, who broke a record by memorizing over 22,000 digits of pi --and can write about it all with inspiring and heartbreaking simplicity and clarity."

In Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, "sixteen-year-old Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices."

Exhibition of New Art Prints

On view on the third floor of the Downtown Library is the current exhibition of new art prints just added to the circulating collection.

While we continue to add new images of perennial favorites like Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Mark Rothko to the collection, we are always looking to introduce new talents and new artists into the mix.

Rhett Lynch of New Mexico, is a mufti-talented artist whose whimsical depiction of family pets are delightful (Art Print 614, image at left). Fiona Hoop, is actually the collaborative work of two Toronto (Canada) artists - Michele Woodey and Mary Kennedy. We hope you will enjoy their contemplative abstract landscape Blue Sky.

And at long last, we were able to add to the collection British-born photographer (now based in Seattle) Michael Kenna's work, this one capturing an atmospheric and moody view of Marly-le-Rio, France.

These and other prints will be available for circulation on October 11th, 2012 when the exhibition closes.

Monotron Family Now Available For Checkout


The Korg Monotrons are great little synths featuring real analog sound which fit comfortably in your pocket, so you can take them anywhere. Think of them as 21st century Stylophones. The Monotron sports a low-pass filter taken directly from the classic MS10 and MS20 synths for warping and distorting your sound. The Monotron Duo features a second analog oscillator for twice the fun. And then there's the Monotron Delay whose "space delay" effect lets you create classic science-fictiony sounds. To hear them in action check out their catalog records. We've just added eight of each to the Music Tools collection, and there are currently a bunch of them on the Downtown Stuff Shelf, so get yours today. Music Tools circulate for one week and are currently not requestable and not renewable.

Meet The Pocket Piano


The Pocket Piano from Critter & Guitari is part piano, part synthesizer and all awesome with its green aluminum enclosure and little wooden buttons. Little. Wooden. Buttons. It operates on one 9V battery and includes its own speaker, so it's the perfect size to throw in your backpack for a day of startling woodland critters at the park. You get seven sound modes: vibrato synth, harmonic sweeper, two-octave arpeggiator, octave cascade, mono FM synth, FM arpeggiator and a space age mono glider. On top of that the first four modes let you choose between four different waveforms: sine, square, triangle and sawtooth. If you don't know what any of those are, don't worry, its easy to pick up and play, and figuring out how it works is half the fun. We've just placed five Pocket Pianos on the Stuff Shelf at the Downtown Library, near the circulation desk, so get yours today. They circulate for one week, and are not requestable and not renewable. If you would like special notice when new batches of instruments are dropped you can follow the Music Tools collection on Twitter @aadl_mtools.

The Caterpillar Eggs Have Hatched! Come Visit the Caterpillars!

The Cecropia Moth eggs have hatched, and we have a batch of fuzzy little 1st instar caterpillars happily munching away on Black Walnut leaves. The 1st instar will only last for about 1 week, so visit Malletts Creek soon if you want to see them before they molt and start developing some very colorful patterns. There's also a new game code worth 200 points to celebrate the arrival of the caterpillars.

The Cecropia Moths Have Produced Eggs! New Game Code Now Available!

A pair of the Malletts Creek Cecropia Moths have successfully bred, and just recently laid a significant batch of eggs in the exhibit. Visit them quickly before they hatch, which will occur sometime in the next five days to two weeks, and collect a new game code to earn 150 Summer Game points. This fresh batch of eggs herald the imminent return of the caterpillars, watch for them soon.

Cockroach Exhibit at Pittsfield Branch is Cause for Celebration.

Cockroaches often get a bad rap, and there's a whole host of misconceptions surrounding them, starting with the belief that they're dirty. Not so, and thanks to a new exhibit from the Leslie Science & Nature Center you can see just how clean they are by visiting the Pittsfield Branch. Two distinct species of live roaches will be on display for the summer, one winged and one flightless. Come learn about these oft-despised and misunderstood creatures, and make sure to look for the Summer Game code to earn 100 points for visiting the cockroaches.

Dragonfly Larvae and More at Traverwood Branch.

If you enjoyed visiting the Leslie Science Center's Cecropia caterpillars at the Traverwood Branch last summer, then you're in luck. You can now view the caterpillar exhibit at the Malletts Creek Branch, and you get a whole new exhibit at Traverwood: Aquatic Invertebrates! What exactly is an aquatic invertebrate you may ask? For the purposes of this exhibit, they're mostly going to take the form of small water bugs, such as Dragonfly larvae, but there will be lots of other little creatures living in the roiling, green pond water as well. The inhabitants of this tank are also going to fluctuate, as new critters will be added throughout the summer, and old friends will be eaten by new friends. Make sure and look for the summer game code to earn 100 points for visiting the Dragonfly larvae.

UPDATE: As some of you have noticed, we haven't yet added many Dragonfly larvae to the exhibit. We’re trying to make sure that all the critters who would love to eat the tasty, tasty dragonfly larvae (I’m looking in your general direction predaceous diving beetle larvae) are safely out of the tank, in an effort to avoid a larvae throwdown. In the meantime, please enjoy the toadpoles.

Return of the Caterpillars at Malletts Creek Branch.


Come visit the spawn of Cecropia! The descendants of last year's Cecropia caterpillars have returned from the Leslie Science & Nature Center. Not only that, but they've migrated from Traverwood to the Malletts Creek Branch, and will be spending the Summer Game season with us. Currently two moths have emerged from their cocoons. However, since the moths only live about a week, you'll need to act fast if you want to be sure of seeing them. While there are no guarantees when dealing with live animals, we're hoping that the moths will lay eggs, which will then hatch into teeny tiny caterpillars in another couple of weeks. We'll update this post when interesting developments occur. Make sure and look for the Summer Game code to earn 100 points for visiting the Moths.

It's now - or never!

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Tuesday, June 5 | 4:30 - 9:00 | Traverwood Branch & Leslie Park

If you're old enough to read this, then June 5 is your last chance to see one of the most rare predictable celestial events - and the astronomical highlight of 2012 - the Transit of Venus. It's only happened four times in the past 234 years and the next Transit is 105 years from now in December 2117.

The Transit of Venus - when the planet is visible as a black dot crossing the disk of the sun - will last 6.5 hours in total, and we'll catch three of those in Michigan, from 6:04 p.m. until sunset at 9:08 p.m. And since you can't look at the sun directly (please don't!), the Library will be giving out FREE SOLAR SHADES for safe viewing at AADL's Traverwood branch following a brief talk by the University Lowbrow Astronomers at 4:30.

Since the diameter of Venus is near the limit of the eye's capability, we also recommend you follow us after the talk to one of several locations where local astronomy groups will be stationed with telescopes properly fitted with solar filters for magnified viewing:

The Lowbrows will have telescopes at Leslie Park (map), and the corner of Washington and Ashley streets (map). The UM Department of Astronomy will offer public viewing on top of Angell Hall and the Detroit Observatory will have telescopes out on their sidewalk (map). (Note: Viewings will be cancelled if the weather completely obscures the sun, in which case the Library will provide a live video feed of the Transit from sure-to-be cloudless Hawaii in the Traverwood program room.)

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