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

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.

UMS Book Discussion for Teachers * Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

University of Michigan Musical Society has one of the largest K-12 education initiatives in the State of Michigan, dedicated to making world-class performance opportunities and professional development activities available to educators and students. Tuesday, November 29, 4:30 -6:30 pm the group will be discussing, Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Written by Chip and Dan Heath this book is a look at how we can improve our chances of getting worthwhile ideas to stick. Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.”
Call UMS 734-615-0122 or email UMSYOUTH@UMICH.EDU to register.
Event will take place in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room.

Zumba Fitness Party!

Get your groove on and burn some calories with Zumba Fitness on Tuesday November 22! Zumba combines Latin & International music with fun dance and aerobic elements.The choreography incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts and some Bollywood & belly dance moves! Don't miss this fun Zumba session, led by Jane Helzer of the Ann Arbor YMCA. Find a Zumba class near you. Remember to wear comfy dance clothes!

Tuesday November 22, 2011: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate The Baltics!

Join us for the Baltics Family Cultural Celebration on November 20 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library! We’ll get to hear Baltic music, listen to a Latvian folk tale, learn the Estonian Frog Rite Dance, see a real Latvian in a genuine Dancer’s Costume, and do Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian crafts! We’ll even be lucky enough to have a taste of Jāņu siers, a delicacy from the region. Learn all about Baltic culture at this fun event!

Film & Discussion: Gasland

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe?

This is the question Josh Fox attempts to answer as he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets and searching for accurate information. Gasland was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary 2010.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars' Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students. For more information on this event call the Library’s Youth Department at 327-8301 or visit our website at

November 17th, Thursday | 6:00-8:30 pm | Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 9 - Adult

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