Author Scott Westerfeld at AADL

The Ann Arbor District Library will be hosting author Scott Westerfeld on Friday, October 29, at the Downtown Library at 7:00 PM. Mr. Westerfeld will be on tour promoting the recent release of Behemoth, the sequel to his book Leviathan.

Leviathan is a living airship in this steampunk World War I story. The young prince of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire gets caught up in a battle between the German steam-powered machines and the Darwinists’ beast-like creatures. As in every war, there is military action, as well as the human side of the story. The young prince must figure out who he can trust and which side he’s on. Along the way he meets Dereyn, a girl who has disguised herself as a boy and is serving on the airship.

Based on real World War I events, the action in "Leviathan" goes cover-to-cover and leaves readers wanting more. Now there is "Behemoth", and the exciting story continues. Both titles have illustrations by Keith Thompson that help the reader picture this imaginative war story. Both books will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Borders, and the author will be available for signing.

Family Cultural Celebration of Poland

Join us for the Family Cultural Celebration of Poland on November 7 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library for dancing with the Syrena Dance Ensemble, a sweet taste of makowiec, and a Smok, the Cracow Dragon craft. Guitarist Piotr Dworak will round out this fun event with more music and dancing!

Scott Westerfeld at AADL this Friday!!

Join us this Friday night, October 29, 2010 at 7:00 at the Downtown Library for a visit with author Scott Westerfeld. He's touring because of the recent release of Behemoth, the sequel to his very popular Leviathan.
Books will be on sale at the event and the author will be available for signing.

Supporting Veterans and Their Families

As part of University of Michigan Investing in Ability Week, the Ann Arbor District Library is proud to host Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone to discuss the benefits and opportunities available to soldiers and their families upon leaving the military. She will offer insights as to how the whole community can support the people who have put their lives on the line for their country. Being a program in this annual week of awareness of people with disabilities, it is our goal to make everyone aware of the needs of young and older veterans who daily struggle to live a healthy and full life.

Thursday, October 28 | 7-8:30 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Curanderas: the Heart & Hand of Coatlicue

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Stop by the Multi-Purpose Room Downtown to view a colorful exhibit of the Heart and Hands of Coatlicue. This photo exhibit depicts Mexican & Mexican-American traditional healers and their mystic world. On November 1st the artists, Juan Javier & Gabrielle Pescador will discuss the history of Día de los Muertos, including a performance by a traditional Aztec Dance troupe directed by Estrella Torrez.

Boo!

The Downtown Library will be filled with the tiniest and most colorful trick-or-treaters
you have ever seen on Friday, October 29th for the 9:30 am and 10:30 am Halloween storytimes. After stories and songs we’ll give out bags and candy to kickoff the Main Street Treat Parade which begins at 11:00 am. To get in trickster mode, check out two brand new treats, Hallowilloween and AlphaOoops! H is for Halloween.

Film & Discussion: The Philosopher Kings

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The Philosopher Kings takes us on a journey through the halls of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America to learn from the staff members who see it all and have been through it all: the custodians. From the producers of the multiple-award winning Flight from Death, The Philosopher Kings gives you the opportunity to learn from eight incredible individuals.

This film series is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars program. A discussion will follow the film. Please join us.

Thursday, October 21 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Grade 9 and Up | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Accessibility to the Arts in Ann Arbor

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Recent studies have been done on the subject of participation by people with disabilities in arts and culture within Ann Arbor. The upcoming program Community Discussion: Participation by People with Disabilities in Arts and Culture on Wed., Oct. 13, 3-5 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room will explain some of the issues brought up by these studies regarding accessibility to fine arts and culture venues in Ann Arbor. The presenters will discuss the wide range of findings from four focus groups recently held on this important topic.

Know Obstacles Rocks the Library!

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Join us at the Downtown Library on Oct. 12 at 7:00-8:00 pm for some audacious rock and blues tunes played by the band Know Obstacles. The musicians have special needs and special talents! The group was formed in 1997 by David Ziff and Steve Osburn and has played at several venues in Washtenaw County. You will recognize many of the songs and be impressed by the wonderful sound and spirit of Know Obstacles! Dancing and singing along are encouraged!

Making A Floral Art Quilt

HinermanHinermanJoin us at the downtown library for a “how-to” session with Nature photographer and Quilt Artist Brooks Hinerman. The “Making a Floral Art Quilt” program is in conjunction with Hinerman’s quilt exhibit “The Blooms of Matthaei” on display now at the downtown library. The exhibit represents a melding of Hinerman’s love of photography with quilting in that she uses her macro photography of flowers as patterns for making art quilts. Many of Brooks' finest macro flower images were taken at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. The exhibit is based upon photos taken at Matthaei, in their conservatory and outside gardens.

If you haven’t had the chance to take in the exhibit, come take a look and join us Tuesday evening!

Making A Floral Art Quilt | Tuesday October 5 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room

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