Pied Piper is coming to town!

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The Michigan Opera Theatre arrives at the Downtown Library's Multipurpose Room on Saturday, April 30 at 11:00am to perform The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a children's opera by Seymour Barab.

The Pied Piper is hired by the Mayor of Hamelin to rid the town of rats. The piper does what he's asked, but is denied payment. In revenge, he lures all of Hamelin's children out of town until the Mayor of Hamelin 'pays the piper.' After the piper is paid, the children return to their families and joy and peace are restored to Hamelin.

Ben and Me Book Discussion

In conjunction with the big Ben Franklin display that's coming to AADL May 4 - July 8, we will be having a book discussion about the children's classic Ben and Me by Robert Lawson. This book tells the story of Ben Franklin from the viewpoint of the little mouse that lived in his house. An activity will follow the discussion. This is for students in grades 2 - 5.

This discussion will be on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Downtown Library.

The library bought extra copies of this title so reserve yours today! For more books about Mr. Franklin, click here.

Do You Have Royal Wedding FEVER?!

If you're looking for a FUN way to view and celebrate the upcoming British willandkatewillandkateRoyal Wedding than be sure to join us at the Downtown Library this Friday @ 6:00 PM on the 4th Floor! We'll be televising the wedding itself - in case you missed it earlier in the day or want to re-watch - we will be serving tea, cookies and Wedding Cake! Come dressed in your Royal Best and you will have a chance to win Gift Certificates for best costume! Attendees will also have a chance to win a special floral arrangement created by Sweet Pea Floral.

Mosaic Youth Theatre Singers of Detroit

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"They can sing, they can dance, and they know just how to bring down the house.” - NBC Today Show

Join us at the Ann Arbor District Library on Thursday April 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at our Downtown location as we welcome the Mosaic Youth Theatre Singers of Detroit.

Mosaic is a youth development organization with a mission to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art. Mission accomplished!!!!!

The Mosaic Singers will present a program encompassing Motown to Mozart and Broadway to Bach, with a unique style that's all their own. These talented young artists generate an exciting performance not to be missed!

Jordan, Jesse, GO! Live at AADL, Friday, April 15th!

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Jesse Thorn, America's Radio Sweetheart, and Jordan Morris, Boy Detective, are coming to AADL at 7 PM on Friday, April 15th for a live recording of their hit comedy podcast, Jordan, Jesse, GO! Jesse is the host of The Sound of Young America, and the founder of MaximumFun.org, a growing network of excellent comedy podcasts including Stop Podcasting Yourself and new breakout hit Judge John Hodgman. Jesse and Jordan Morris started The Sound of Young America as students at UC Santa Cruz, and in addition to co-hosting JJGO! Jordan now does stunt junkets and other awesome comedy for Fuel TV.

AADL is thrilled to bring Jesse and Jordan to Ann Arbor for this special event, as well as this SUPER BONUS the next day: Jordan, Jesse, EXPOUND! Jesse will present his talk Make Your Thing at 1 PM on Saturday 4/16, and tell the story of how he turned his college radio show into an independent media powerhouse, immediately followed by Jordan's presentation of The FUNdamentals of Improv Comedy at 2 PM on Saturday 4/16!

Please join us for these sure-to-be outstanding events. As always, there's no charge to attend and no tickets required. Doors will open at 6:30 PM on Friday night and 12:30 PM on Saturday. See you there!

Generations United?

American society is getting older. As people live longer and families become smaller, relationships among the generations are going through big adjustments. In the depressed economy older people are working longer, which affects young people looking for jobs right out of college. Older adults, living longer healthier lives, want to do more with that precious bequest of time. UM Psychology Professor Toni Antonucci will help us understand these powerful processes at the Downtown Library on Wed., March 23 with her talk “Social Relations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” She may even mention social media along with the other recent agents of change.

Professor Toni Antonucci | Wednesday, March 23 | 7-8:30 pm | Downtown Library MPR

UMS Book Discussion for Teachers: Trickster: Native American Tales

UMS "Reading Culture" Book Clubs for educators expand and build upon ideas within the UMS season of events, using facilitated sessions, as 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 editor, Matt Dembicki will be the guest speaker for the session on Tuesday, March 15, 4:30 - 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose room of the Downtown library. Matt Dembicki has commissioned 15 Native American storytellers to write trickster tales, allowing them to collaborate with a graphic artist of their choosing . To register for this teacher workshop, call the University Musical Society at 734-615-0122 or email umsyouth@umich.edu.

Downtown Homework Help & Tutoring on a Break this week!

Due to the fact that the University of Michigan is on a break this week there will be no Circle K Drop-In tutoring tonight from 4-8 PM and no Alpha Epsilon Delta Tutoring this Sunday March 6 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Tutoring will resume on Monday March 7 at 4:00 PM at the Downtown Library Youth Corner. For more information about this FREE service and to access and use our online Homework product Brainfuse click here. girlreadinggirlreading

Ladies of the Lights

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What was life like for a lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes? Find out when Patricia Majher, author of Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service visits the library on Thurs., Mar. 3, 7-8:30 PM at the Downtown Library.

This most unusual occupation, especially for women, isn't very well-known even though the United States Coast Guard maintains a list of all the women who were employed as lightkeepers calling them "trailblazers."

In addition to being a fine author, Patricia is also editor of Michigan History Magazine which is published by the Historical Society of Michigan. The Historical Society of Michigan is dedicated to preserve, protect, interpret and celebrate the rich and diverse history of our state

Periodicals on Disabilities

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Current and back issues of the monthly periodicals PN and NM can be found at the Downtown Library. PN is published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, DC. NM New Mobilitiy: LIfe Beyond Wheels is published by No Limits Communications Inc. in Horsham, PA. The articles cover transportation, education, travel, physical and psychological challenges and a wide variety of lifestyle topics. Both are award winners for their content and their contemporary look. If you would like to put a hold on a back issue and send it to any Ann Arbor District Library branch, just call 734-327-4200 and ask for Periodicals.

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