Banned Books Week: 9/25 - 10/2

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Celebrate the freedom to read! This Saturday, September 25, marks the kickoff of Banned Books Week, which aims to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges made against books with content that some people are trying to censor. You might be asking yourself, 'just who are these people trying to take away our right to read?' Check out this Google mashup which plots and details the 400+ book challenges that have occurred from 2007-2010 in every U.S. state.

Some of the most challenged titles last year were Lauren Myracle's ttyl series, Carolyn Macklin's 2004 Printz Honor book, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, Stephen Chbosky's Teen novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the American contemporary-classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

The AADL celebrates Banned Books Week and Mockingbird's 50th anniversary with Mary McDonagh Murphy, author of Scout, Atticus & Boo, who will be showing and discussing clips from her new documentary, Hey, Boo, at the Downtown library on Mon., Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm.

Susurrus: A play without stage or actors

A promising fall field trip would be Susurrus, running Wed.-Sun. through Oct. 3 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. This creation, named for the sound of wind rustling in trees, was written and directed by David Leddy. It is an adult-themed "genre-defying reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream that weaves snippets of opera and a lesson in bird dissection into a mournful, poignant love story." Participants walk a path, while using headphones to listen to the story. Groups of four people are admitted every 15 minutes. Tickets are $30 in advance at the Michigan League or from the University Musical Society.

September at The Ark

The fall line up at The Ark is looking good! If you’re in the mood for some shows, check out their schedule.

Indie rock favorites, Toad the Wet Sprocket, will be playing on Sept 15, 16. Although the band “broke up,” they are still around playing various gigs for your entertainment. The same week, improv entertainers The Second City, will be performing for two nights as well, on September 17, 18. If you’re up for satire and wit, The Second City is for you.

And of course some local faves like The Chenille Sisters and RFD Boys will be on hand at The Ark in September as well. With a huge line-up listed already, here’s sure to be something for everyone this fall at The Ark!

This Sunday is the Kerrytown Book Festival

Attention book lovers: The seventh annual Kerrytown Bookfest is happening all day on Sunday at the Kerrytown market area.

You can… draw with author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw (of the Ellie McDoodle books), Deb Diesen will read some of her children’s books, join a Michigan lit discussion with local authors such as Bonnie Jo Campbell and Michael Zadoorian, visit the Paranormal Fiction & Poetry discussion, catch a live interview with Caldecott winner David Small, do a kids craft project or two, get in on some bookmaking worshops, and peruse the aisles of book related vendors. Really, there is way too much great stuff going on to list it all, so be sure check the full schedule. Get your book lovin’ on!

Monthly Book Discussions at Crazy Wisdom

Looking to read a book and join a discussion on it? Check out Crazy Wisdom’s monthly book discussions, which take place at 7 p.m. at the Crazy Wisdom Community Room. Titles to be discussed in the near future are:

September 10: Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells

October 15: The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids by Tom Hodgkinson, hosted by Bill Zirinksy

November 12: The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit: A Return to the Intelligence of the Heart by Joseph Chilton Pearce

December 10: The Power of Rest: Why Sleep Alone Isn’t Enough - A 30-Day Plan to Reset Your Body by Matthew Edlund

There is no registration, just show up! Check here for full details, and for more information on each title. AADL owns all four titles! Any spark your interest?
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Purple Rose Theatre: All new, all Michigan line-up

This week there’s an awesome chance for a sneak preview of the fall season of Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. On Tuesday Aug. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at the Downtown Library, the company will present a concert reading of ‘Best of Friends‘ -- a new world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels. Come watch cast members and director Guy Sanville. If you can’t make it, plan to attend 'Best of Friends' at PRT Oct. 14 - Dec. 18. And when you get a minute, check out the All New, All Michigan line-up, including three additional world premiere plays by Michigan playwrights to celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Purple Rose.

The Art Book Today

Anyone with interest in books and art should consider going to the upcoming History of Art 2010 Fall Symposium The Art Book Today: Print Projects in the Digital Age. This fascinating sounding event is coming up Sept. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Knowledgeable panelists will talk about designing, publishing, and distributing art books and books on art when the publishing industry seems to be changing daily. Ways to move forward in this exciting field also will be on the table.

German Park is This Saturday, July 31st!

If you want some real German food traditional German music and dancing and to relax with friends or family outside, then German Park is the place for you! I attended my second German Park last month and had a lot of fun. There is plenty of space with picnic tables and shade. The food is deliscious from the Spätzle to the German potato salad, sauerkraut to the sausages.

If you can't get enough German food, here are a few cookbooks here at the library to get you started. Culinaria Germany , The German Cookbook; A Complete Guide To Mastering Authentic German Cooking, Recipes Of The Old German Restaurant : And Other Traditional German Recipes.

Do you want more German folk music? The library has that too! Here are Songs for Oktober Fest and Folksongs from Bavaria to get you started.

German park is the last Saturday of June, July and August. The remaining dates for 2010 are Saturday July 31st and Saturday August 28th. For hours, directions and prices please see the The German Park Website.

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The Blank Generation – The Birth of Punk

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In 1970s New York City, Patti Smith Group guitarist Ivan Kral was making home movies of his friends and fellow musicians, never knowing that they would all one day be famous. Bands such as Blondie, The Ramones, and the Talking Heads were all playing sets at the legendary CBGBs while being filmed on black and white 16mm. The Blank Generation was about to be born. When Kral started getting together with filmmaker Amos Poe, they created a special film that's now like a time capsule back to NYC's early punk rock and glam scene. With silent video footage, Kral and Poe added the audio from demos and live recordings separately. Amazingly, the rare video of the bands in the film is often the earliest available footage in existence.

The Blank Generation will be shown at the Michigan Theater this Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 PM, and Ivan Kral himself will be making a special appearance. You can't get this on DVD. This is not one to be missed!

Paws in the Park

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Attention dog owners and dog lovers: one fun weekend in August (8/28 and 8/29), from 10am to 5pm at Heritage Park in Canton, you can bring your pup to Paws in the Park, a second year event featuring the Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dogs, Rock n' Roll K9's, Ultimate Air Dogs, and much more. This dog owner is especially excited to have his Australian Shepherd try out the 1,000 square foot Agility Course and the Chase It Lure Course. The family friendly event will also have pets in need of a loving home, up for adoption from The Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Can't make it to the event? Check out the books Agility Training and Enjoying Dog Agility for the active breeds, or other dog training books from the AADL for more information on raising the perfect pup.

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