February Gaming Weekend

Spend your winter vacation with us. This month is showcasing some newer games Wii Play, Madden 2011, and PS Move.

Film & Discussion: Fresh

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Offering us sustainable alternatives to eating better foods, FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing the way we produce and purchase our food. FRESH features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, former pro-basketball player and founder of the non-profit organization Growing Power. Joining him are sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin along with Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore's Dilemma. Directing the film Ana Joanes is a Swiss-born documentary filmmaker who in this film helps us believe that our individual actions do matter. This film series is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students. Hope you can join us!

Thursday, February 17, 6:30-8:30 PM, Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, Grade 9-Adult

826MI Robot Workshop! Sunday Feb. 13!

Kids and Teens in grades 4-12 are invited to attend this hands-on junk-yard awesome robot making workshop! The robots are coming! The robot wizard from Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair will show you how to create your own amazing robot. You may even get to use some of the Better Bot's Repair Co. products, including Positronic Brains, (Replacement) Robot Larynxes, and Grasping Appendages (two varieties!). We'll provide the robot supplies and you provide the inspiration! Volunteers from the fantabulous non-profit 826MI will be presenting this workshop.

Join us Sunday, February 13 from 1:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library! No registration is required for this FREE event! robotsrobots

Film & Discussion: Flow


Flow (not rated) is Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with a focus on politics, pollution, and human rights. Beyond identifying the problem, Flow also gives a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis.

This film is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program. A discussion will be led following the film. Please join us Thursday, January 27, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room. Grade 9-Adult.

Exercise Your Creativity at the AADL Kid-i-Cotts!

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The Caldecott Winners and Honor Books have been proclaimed, including A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Ann Arbor's own Erin Stead! Now it's time for you to get in on the action. Stop by the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room this Saturday from 1 to 2:30 to hear a storytime presentation of one of these fine books, followed by a creative craft. Let your imagination take flight!

Circle K Tutoring is Back!!!

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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. This service has already begun this semester, so stop by the Youth Department Story Corner Mondays and Wednesdays between 4 and 8pm!

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 location on Sundays from 3-5pm. This service will begin Sunday January 30th.

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

Ann Arbor District Library Staff Picks

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Ann Arbor District Library staff are avid media consumers with wide ranging tastes and interests. Now we've made it easy to find what they are currently recommending.

Located downtown on the first floor to the right as you enter the library, near the NEW fiction and non-fiction shelves is the Staff Picks shelf. There you will find staff recommendations for fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, music and films. Enjoy!

If you would like to peruse current Staff Picks from the comfort of your home computer or mobile device, follow this link: Staff Picks.

Still on the Hold List for Steig Larsson?

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Are you are still waiting for any or all of these titles to become available for you, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", "The Girl Who Played With Fire", or "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"? No need to pout, better not cry, our collection contains mystery Read-a-Likes with lead females characters similar to Lisbeth Salander in the Larsson novels. Any of these novels will be sure to captivate and entertain you while you wait for your hold! Try any of the following titles; Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman, L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker, Heartsick by Chelsea Cain, Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, or In the Woods by Tana French. So don't stop reading altogether while you wait for materials to become available on your hold list. Grab on of these titles to tide you over!

AADL Bags Make Great Holiday Gift Wrap

This year, consider wrapping your holiday gifts in something their recipients can actually use: an attractive, reusable AADL tote bag.

These little numbers come in black, emblazoned on one side with our fetching teal logo. They look pretty sharp when coordinated with a contrasting color of tissue paper (I'm liking blue, red and silver). Oh, and did I mention they're only $1?

Wow your friends and family this holiday season with your eco-friendliness and discerning sense of style! Our totes are roomy enough to hold your holiday gifts, as well as groceries for years to come. AADL totes are for sale at the circulation desks of all branches of the library. This year, wrap in the gift that keeps on giving!

Documentary Film: Going Blind


Documentary film director and journalist Joe Lovett has glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people of their vision world wide. Over the years, Joe has lost a significant amount of vision and in his concern about how to deal with more vision loss, he has started to talk with people who have already lost theirs; people who have lost their sight through blinding diseases like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, others through infection and accidents. Going Blind interweaves Joe’s story, his mission to do what he can to slow down the course of his disease through medication and surgeries, with the stories of others whom he looks to for guidance in a darkening world. This film will be of interest to anyone concerned about vision loss.

Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Tuesday, Dec. 14 | 7-8:30 pm

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