Robb Johnston Visits the Library!

Come listen to local artist and author Robb Johnston talk about the process behind his wonderful book The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree. Robb will demonstrate how he draws and answer questions. He will also be available for a book signing after the event.

The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree gained a star review from Kirkus Reviews, who also named it one of the best books of 2011. Don’t miss this chance to see Robb work!

This event will be on Monday, August 13th at 1pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Downtown Library.

This event is for grades K to 5.

Ann Arbor District Library is one of 5 Downtown establishments with the highest bus usage

The Ann Arbor District Library was cited by GetDowntown in this announcement as being one of the Top 5 Downtown establishments that use the AATA bus system the most.

GetDowntown was established in 1999. In cooperation with the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, a.k.a. The Ride, the City of Ann Arbor, and the Downtown Development Authority, GetDowntown is a tireless promoter of thinking green when it comes to workers in the Downtown area.

Among the many activities GetDowntown promotes are the go!pass (downtown employees can ride the bus for free), the annual Commuter Challenge, a fun-filled competitive event that rewards the business with the most 'green' miles racked by a business's employees, and ZipCars.

This is just one more reason to love living in Ann Arbor.

SPECIAL EVENT: Dr. Bob's Soundschool and AADL's Music Tools Collection Launch Party

Learn about the science of sound with Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, presented by the Bob Moog Foundation!

Experience the magic of electronic music while exploring the physics of sound generation and travel; the intertwining of ideas and invention; and the history of Moog Music. This event includes hands-on experimentation with electronic instruments like theremins, synthesizers and oscilloscopes.

Participants will also be the very first to check out AADL's circulating Music Tools collection. The mtools collection features musical gear that you can check out from the Library, from such noted manufacturers as Moog, Korg, Maywa Denki, Bleep Labs, Chamber of Sounds, Folktek, Critter & Guitari and more!

GRADES K-5: Wednesday August 1, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

TEENS & ADULTS: Wednesday August 1, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Conservation Stations

Sunday July 22 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | Downtown Library Multipurpose Room

This drop-in event will have various learning activities for conservation. Make a sculpture out of recycled art supplies and find out your ecological footprint. See a visual representation of how much water can be saved by doing things like turning off the faucets when you brush your teeth and see the book display of conservation related books. Visit us at the Downtown Library multipurpose room anytime between 2 and 5 to explore.

Click here for resources related to this event. See the JUMP brochure for more summer programming at AADL!

10th Teen Graffiti Art Contest!

The Graffiti Art Contest has occurred each year during the Ann Arbor Art Fairs since 2003. Teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to come down and make a piece of art in the library parking lot using materials provided by the library. All entries are displayed in a month-long exhibit in the library. Link here to see entries from previous years. Latex gloves, paint shirts, paint and boards are provided by the library. Celebrate Art!

Local illustrator and design artist, David Zinn will be judging the art pieces, selecting the top three artists who will receive gift certificates to Michael's Arts & Crafts store. Zinn's artistic style and professional approach are grounded in a desire to communicate concepts clearly, and with a sense of humor. David has created posters, business logos, book illustrations, educational cartoons, museum signage, and t-shirt designs among others. Winners will be announced shortly after 1:00 pm.

Downtown Library 2012: Library Board Votes to Place Bond Proposal on November 6 Ballot

At last evening’s Board meeting, the Board of AADL voted unanimously to place a bond proposal on the November 6, 2012 ballot for $65 million to replace the Downtown Library at its current location. Attached are the Library Board's resolution, press release, the Facilities Committee's recommendation, and some Downtown Library Facts & Figures.

The Board will meet on Monday, July 30 at 7:00 PM to approve the language for the ballot. We appreciate the questions, feedback and the attendance of so many of you through this website, and at the community forums held earlier this summer. Your questions are important and helpful as the Board and staff moves through this very important phase in our Library’s history. Video of each of the three forums, held on June 9, 2012, June 12, 2012, and June 20, 2012, and a summary of the feedback from the public is available on the Director's Blog.

You may use this blog or send your questions to All questions will be addressed and answers posted to this blog.


Become A Scientific Illustrating Triple Threat!

Saturday July 14, 2012: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Multipurpose Room Downtown

Learn a variety of scientific illustration techniques from the talented artist Megan Foldenauer! This event is being held in conjunction with the June/July exhibit displayed at the Downtown branch “Illustrating Science: From Astronomy to Zoology.”

This event is for Grade 6 to Adult.

Film & Discussion: Vanishing of the Bees

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet - vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis.

Vanishing of the Bees a 90-minute 2009 documentary (which is unrated) follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean on the quest to protect their honeybees.

Local beekeeper Richard Mendel, Vice President of the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association, will lead a post-film discussion. He is also bringing with him an observation hive where you can watch live bees working in their comb.

Wednesday | July 11, 6:30 - 8:30pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 - Adult

Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko returns to Ann Arbor!

Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko returns to Ann Arbor for two performances on Tuesday, July 10, 2012!
She'll be Downtown at 2:00 p.m and at the Traverwood Branch at 7:00 p.m.
If you saw her last summer, you'll want to come back and see her again. If you didn't see
her, now is your chance. She is an amazing performer!!

To learn how to become a ventriloquist yourself, click here.

Make Your Own Tutu!

Would you like to make and own your very own tutu? Join us for a Tutu Making Workshop at 2pm on June 28th, in the Multipurpose Room at the Downtown Library! We’ll have all the materials you need to make your very own no-sew tutu out of tulle and ribbon of various colors.

Here are some books to get you started:
T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet
Just Grace and her Terrible Tutu
Tallulah’s Tutu
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet

And some DVDs of my favorite ballets!
Swan Lake, with an all male cast
Swan Lake, by the American Ballet Theater
Ballet for Boys

This event is for kids grades K through 12.

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