Come Make A Giant FestiFools Bookworm With Us!

Saturday March 17, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

It's almost time for the FestiFools parade, Ann Arbor's annual downtown street party filled with "huge-mongous" papier-mâché puppets, foot stompin' music, roaming robots, and a whole lot of fun. FestiFools is a local organization bringing students and community volunteers together to create unique public art that is free and accessible to everyone.

This year, FestiFools needs your help! Head to the downtown library this Saturday to help put the finishing touches on Barrie, FestiFools' super long Bookworm! Please be ready to get messy and have a good time. Once Barrie is constructed, help us bring him to life at the FestiFools parade on Sunday, April 1.

Need some inspiration? Visit the FestiFools website!

This event is for grades K-5.

Bankruptcy-Not the End of the World: Thurs Feb. 23rd 6:30 pm

What do Thomas Jefferson, PT Barnum, Walt Disney and Henry Ford have in common? If you guessed bankruptcy, you are spot on.

If consumer bankruptcy is something you are considering, come to the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library this Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30pm, and get answers to your questions.

Local Attorney Greg L. Dodd will explain everything about the bankruptcy process including: how it works and how you may qualify; what debts are wiped out and which ones are not; what happens when a house is foreclosed on; what information you need to provide to start a bankruptcy case; the costs of filing bankruptcy; and how bankruptcy affects your credit.

This past January, the American Journal of Medicine released the most recent data available and found that 62% of all bankruptcies filed in 2007 were tied to medical expenses. This shocking data is from before the recession really began to take hold in 2008.

Even with the changes in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, bankruptcy in the U.S. is still an opportunity for a fresh start and not the end of the road. The library has many bankruptcy resources to help navigate these difficult waters.

Wall Street Demystified with Morningstar

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If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of your investments with qualified, unbiased advice take this class! Get independent and trusted stock and mutual fund analysis, research and ratings from Morningstar, the research database with a reputation for tough, independent-minded research that has led to invitations to testify before Congress on various financial issues. Just another of the great services provided to you by the Ann Arbor District Library.

No need to register, just join us Tuesday, February 7, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library: Training Center.

Morningstar experts will give easy instructions on how to use their database. Then, practice what you've learned on our training center computers!

In addition, Morningstar's director of personal finance, Christine Benz has created a 30 Days to Financial Fitness guide. In this user-friendly booklet, she breaks down large financial goals into smaller, more manageable steps, one day at a time.

Sign in to your online Ann Arbor District Library account to access an electronic copy of the Morningstar 30 Days to Financial Fitness at Morningstar Investment Research.

See you next Tuesday!

Author Carole Boston Weatherford comes to Ann Arbor

Award winning author Carole Boston Weatherford is coming to Ann Arbor in honor of Black History Month. This author writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction for children. She will be at the downtown library on Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Ms. Weatherford said her visit to Ann Arbor would " . . . focus
on poetry that celebrates the African-American experience and pays tribute to both famous and unsung heroes and heroines."

Books will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Black and Blue: a Timeless Lesson

Join us at the Downtown library for AADL's screening of "Black and Blue" on Wednesday January 18th from 7:00-8:30 PM. This is the story of the 1934 game between Michigan and Georgia Tech. When the Yellow Jackets agreed to play the Wolverines in Ann Arbor that season, they insisted on one condition – Willis Ward, the lone African-American player on the U of M team, had to sit out the game. Ward's teammates - especially Gerald Ford, Ward's roommate and a UM lineman - were outraged when U-M officials agreed to the demand. The incident galvanized UM students and the Ann Arbor community, which held loud and vocal protests against the decision.

Willis was later inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Read the article from the May 22, 1981 issue of the Ann Arbor News.

Helping the Blind in Michigan

Terri Wilcox is Secretary for the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan. A goal of this 50 state organization is to increase literacy among the blind, and that means Braille. Braille is literacy for the blind just as reading print constitutes literacy for sighted people. Yet only ten percent of blind children are currently being taught Braille. Join Terri at the Downtown Library on Sat., Jan. 14, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm to learn more about this initiative and the many other ways she is working to level the playing field for everyone in Michigan.

UMS Book Discussion for Teachers: The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator

Tuesday, January 10, 2012: 4:30-6:30 pm Downtown Library - Multi Purpose Room

UMS "Reading Culture" Book Clubs for educators expand and build upon ideas within the season of events using relevant works of literature. In these facilitated sessions, participants explore and express opinions about stimulating books and learn strategies for leading classroom book discussions. The first 30 registrants receive a free copy of the book. Registration is required.

The title being discussed is Eric Booth's, The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. Booth's book is an important manual for anyone working with young people and the arts. Call UMS at 734-615-0122 or email umsyouth@umich.edu

Don't miss the ARCADE MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS: coming this Friday!

If you've been Downtown this season for any of AADL-GT Gaming Events then you probably already know about the Arcade Master Series . But if you haven't, don't worry, there is still a chance to participate! The Arcade Master Series is an Old-school Hi-Score Contest (think "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters") and each month we have had a different game. In August we took Ms. Pac-man out for a run. September had us battling space sprites in Galaga. Tapper in October taught us an important lesson about spending too much time at the bar. November was Frogger's 30th Anniversary, and with it came our first use of MAME in tournament play. This month is super special with Robotron.

To commemorate the big finish for this first-ever series, AADL and the UM Computer & Video Game Archive present the ARCADE MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS, featuring LIVE MUSIC, OLD GAMES, and BIG PRIZES!

So how can you take part and fight for your chance to be crowned Arcade Master? not to mention win the grand prize: win an iPad2 with iCade mini arcade cabinet! Read on.

Drop-In Homework Help will Resume on January 22

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Tutoring sessions will resume on Sunday afternoons on January 22 and Monday and Wednesday evenings on January 23. Homework Help will continue throughout the winter and spring. Please read on for more details about homework help at AADL.

Looking for help with your homework? Look no further than AADL’s Downtown Library. The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K is once again providing tutoring for students in grades K-12. Stop by the Youth Department Story Corner Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:00 and 8:00 pm to take advantage of this great service!

If you would like homework help over the weekend, U of M’s Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta will again be providing tutoring at the Downtown branch. They will be joined by the U of M group, Operation: Educate Children. Sessions will take place each week from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

AADL also provides access to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2:00 -11:00 pm every day!

Non-Fiction Selections From Ann Arbor District Library's Staff Picks

The Staff Picks shelf is downtown on the first floor. Here is a brief snapshot of what staff members of the Ann Arbor District Library are currently recommending:

1945 London’s financial center was in ruins like everything else in England. How does a German exile named Siegmund Warburg become "the man who, more than any other, saved the City." Find out in Niall Ferguson’s High Financier: the Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg. “Its many finance lessons aside, "High Financier" is a pleasure to read simply as a work of literary skill. It is not only prodigiously researched but also splendidly written…”—WSJ

Richard Holmes, author of biographies of Shelley and Coleridge, writes about “wonder”-driven figures like the astronomer William Herschel, the chemist Humphry Davy and the explorer Joseph Banks who brought “a new imaginative intensity and excitement to scientific work” and “produced a new vision which has rightly been called Romantic science,” in The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. “Well researched and vividly written, The Age of Wonder will fascinate scientists and poets alike.”—Literary Review

Born in Cherbourg in 1915, Roland Barthes was a literary critic, theorist and philosopher. Rustle of Language is a collection of his essays including one "Reading Brillat-Savarin," the late 18th, early 19th-Century inventor of modern gastronomy, which offers a multiminded reading of the scientific, social, linguistic, political, physiological, historical and aesthetic significances of this remarkable book.”—LA Times

If you are interested in the story behind Smirnoff Vodka, look no further than The King of Vodka. The author “has produced a deeply researched book on the founder of Smirnoff, the world's No. 1 vodka, now owned by British spirits giant Diageo. The narrative she weaves follows Smirnov from his boyhood as a serf in a farming village 170 miles from Moscow to his death in 1898 as one of Russia's richest men, with a fortune worth more than $130 million.”—Bloomberg Business Week

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die is just a fun compilation by Tony Visconti and Robert Dimery. Want the backstory to the greatest songs recorded in the 20th century? Sister Morphine, Redemption Song, Champagne Supernova, Living for the City, Mykonos and Doll Parts are just a few covered with additional information about artists’ influences and the artists they in turn influenced.

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