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

UMS Book Discussion for Teachers: Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to call up and strengthen their own creative powers. Author, Stephen Nachmanovitch teaches and performs internationally as an improvisational violinist, and has taught master classes and workshops in improvisation at Juilliard and many other conservatories and universities. In the UMS 'Reading Culture' Book Clubs for educators, participants explore and express opinions about stimulating books and learn strategies for leading classroom book discussions. Participants will discover strategies for improvisation that celebrate the power of mistakes and help students trust their own inherent abilities.

Registration is required for this event, which takes place Monday, December 6, 4:30-7:30, in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. (The first 30 registrants receive a free copy of the book!) To register, call the University Musical Society at 734-615-0122 or email

Roots Musicians & Singers at the Library

We’re hosting an exciting music festival at the Downtown Library on Tues., Dec. 7, 7-8:30 pm. Five musicians who give lessons at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor will play short sets of music ranging through folk, rock and jazz. Playing for you will be Al Davenport, Carl Michel, Sean Rogers, Helene Rottenberg and Eric Wickenheiser. Stop by and join the fun graciously provided by our musical neighbors from the corner of Liberty and S. Fifth Ave.

Meet Children's author & illustrator, Mark Crilley!

For many children meeting the author of a favorite book can be a life-changing experience! Mark Crilley, the author of the recent comic book release, Brody's Ghost Vol. 1, will be doing a special visit at the Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday November, 21 from 2:00-3:30 PM at the Downtown Library.

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit and attended Kalamazoo College where he met children's book writer/illustrator (and 2001 Caldecott award winner) David Small. David’s example inspired Mark to pursue writing and illustrating professionally. Mark’s first series of books featured, “Akiko” The first in the series, "Akiko on the Planet Smoo", was published in 2000; the tenth, "Akiko and the Missing Misp", hit stores in 2008. Mark also wrote the Billy Clikk books and the four-volume manga series "Miki Falls.” Miki Falls has been optioned for film development by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company. Volume two of his newest series, Brody’s Ghost, will be released in January of 2011.

Join us for a high-energy, educational, hilarious and interactive afternoon. From telling stories and drawing characters attendees will be inspired by Mark’s creativity, talent and enthusiasm! The Vault of Midnight will be selling Mark’s books and Mark will sign these (and any personal copies that fans bring with) after his talk.

Film & Discussion: An Untold Triumph

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Even though they endured a racist pre-war climate and weren't even considered U.S. citizens, Filipinos in America rallied to join the American war effort after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 1942, an executive order was signed which allowed Filipinos to join the U.S. Army and form a volunteer all-Filipino unit. These troops proved to be an indispensable force in freeing the Philippines from the Japanese, and ultimately, in winning World War II.
This award winning film documents and honors the 7,000 men of the 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments of the U.S. Army who fought in WWII. Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, An Untold Triumph imparts personal accounts of the soldiers' contributions and sacrifices during the war.
This film is cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students, and by guest speakers. Please join us Thursday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Downtown library, multi-purpose room.

Family Guy's Alex Borstein & Cherry Cheva

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Cherry Cheva (full name: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong) is originally from Ann Arbor, and a graduate from Huron High School. She is the author of two novels, She's So Money and DupliKate. She is currently a writer/producer on Family Guy and will be joined by Alex Borstein, the star of MADtv (Ms. Swan) and the voice of Lois on 'Family Guy' Together they will offer an inside look at one of the most popular and creative shows on television.

Author Susan Messer "Grand River and Joy"


With good reason the University of Michigan's Honors Program in the College of Literature and Science selected Grand River and Joy as its required reading book this past summer for incoming Honors students.

Join us downtown at 7pm Thursday, November 4th as Susan Messer discusses her latest book, a finely written novel about events surrounding the riots in Detroit during the late 1960s. The story encapsulates important volatile issues like race, class and economic inequality that remain relevant in today's world.

If you would like to explore the topic further, try Violence in the Model City by Sidney Fine
and The Detroit Riot of 1967 by Hubert Locke.

Family Guy's Alex Borstein and Cherry Cheva !!

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Alex Borstein, the voice of Lois on the Fox TV show Family Guy and the former star of MADtv (Ms. Swan) returns to the Library to discuss Family Guy and her screenwriting career. Joining her is Ann Arbor's own Cherry Cheva, now a writer/producer on Family Guy and the author of teen novels, She's So Money and Duplikate. Do not miss this opportunity to get an inside look at one of the most popular and creative shows on TV. Family Guy has been nominated for many awards, including eleven Primetime Emmy Awards, of which it won three. In 2009, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961.

Monday, November 8, 7-9 pm, Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room, Grades 9-Adult

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