Learn About The Lute From World-Renowned Lutenist Ronn McFarlane

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In the Renaissance era, the lute was the most popular instrument in the Western world. It was the instrument of kings and queens, playing the sublime music of great composers and accompanying the words of Shakespeare's plays. Ronn McFarlane is largely responsible for bringing the transcendent charm and timeless quality of the lute into the modern musical mainstream. Hear his talk on this fascinating instrument this Saturday at the Downtown Library. Please note that this event has been moved to the 4th Floor Meeting Room.

ASPARAGUS! Stalking the American Life

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On Thursday, October 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose room, the Library will present Asparagus!, the award-winning documentary film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The 53 minute film (not rated) tells the story of Oceana County, Michigan, whose residents built their identity and economic survival on asparagus, but now find themselves struggling to save their beloved 'roots.' This event, for adults and teens (grades 9 and up), is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program, where students strive to model an ideal community in terms of friendship, responsibility, and diversity. ASPARAGUS! Stalking the American Life is a featured part of the Michigan Eats Exhibit at Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing now through November 2009. Discussions will be led by the film's co-director, Anne de Mare.

Are You Ready To Wrock?!

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! Local favorite Tonks and The Aurors returns to the Downtown Library on Tuesday, October 20, 7pm, for a concert held in conjunction with AADL's celebration of Teen Read Week (October 18 -24) and the theme of Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library. Fronted by Stephanie Anderson, Tonks and The Aurors play songs from the perspective of Nymphadora Tonks. Get ready for a loud and wrockin' evening!

Secrets of the Library: Art Prints

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Every so often, we'll feature some "Secrets of the Library," resources available here at AADL that you may not know about. Today's secret: Art Prints! Did you know that we have hundreds of framed Art Prints from a wide variety of artists for you to borrow to redecorate your home or office? You can take Art Prints home for eight weeks. The best way to see what we have is to check out our inventory on the second or third floors of the Downtown branch, but you can also browse the catalog 'By Format' if you know the title of a specific work. Even some of the pieces on our walls are available for checkout!

Fifth Avenue Fun!

If ladybug had her way, she would never raise a wing to fly, she is just that lazy! One sneeze from enormous elephant changes all that. Everything is upside down and topsy turvy at next week’s storytimes on Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am at the Downtown Library.

Persian Family Culture Celebration!

Our next world cultures in Ann Arbor family event focuses on Persia. Young families with grandparents and everyone else are welcome to dance with Pouya Entezami and the Persian Student Association. Then we will mingle and enjoy delicious cookies made by Giti Sadeghi, followed by a craft using Persian rug designs for the children and their grown-ups in the Youth Dept. It's an hour and a half of learning and fun, so please join us at the Downtown Library lower level multi-purpose room, 2-3:30 pm on Sunday, October 11.

Cache

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Cache is a 2005 French award winning film. It stars Daniel Auteuil as Georges Laurent and Juliette Binoche as Anne Laurent. This movie was written and directed by Michael Haneke. This amazing movie was nominated for 22 different International Film Awards and won 21!

The main characters, Anne and Georges Laurant, reside in a Paris townhouse. She works at a publishing house, and he is a television literary host. They have one teenage son, Pierrot. Anne and Georges have little to say to each other, and you can feel the tension in their private lives even though their public lives are otherwise wonderful.

Out of the blue comes a new strain on their relationship when they begin to receive tapes of their home being watched. The tapes are accompanied by disturbing childlike drawings. Anne and Georges are unnerved to say the least. Georges starts having vivid dreams that may hold a clue to who or what is responsible for the tapes and drawings. He decides not to tell Anne his hidden secrets as the story unfolds. This award winning French film is one not to be missed!

October Gaming Weekend

Like VIdeo Games? Come to the Ann Arbor District Library's Downtown Branch for our October Gaming Weekend. This Month is Round Three of the Smash Kart Championship Series 2009. The Smash Kart season continues with a special face-off on the day of the UM/MSU football game! Who cares what happens on the gridiron, can the smashers of Ann Arbor defeat the Lansing contingent? Come find out. We'll be battling the East Lansing Public Library online.We also have Rock Revolution on Friday Night and PL2:Public Library Pokemon League on Sunday Afternoon. So spend your weekend at the Library (No, you can't spend the night.)

Rock Revolution Rock Band & DDR Tourney
Friday, October 3 6pm to 9pm
All ages

Smash Kart Round 2 with special face-off
Saturday, October 4 12pm-5pm
Grades 6-12

Pokemania PL2:Public Library Pokemon League
Sunday, October 5 1pm-5pm
All ages

YOU THINK YOU GOT GAME? BRING IT!

One Hour to Better Job Interviews with Manpower

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Need to brush up your interviewing skills? Wonder what your prospective employer might ask? The experts from Manpower will discuss the do's, the don'ts and the strategies for successful job interviews. Learn how to prepare, how to interact and how to follow-up with savvy and style.

Join us Tue 09/29 10:00 am - 11:00 am at the Downtown Library in the aadlfreespace room on the third floor. No registration necessary.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

A sweet, patient doggie and a tough, enormous Vingananee are the furry figures that star at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

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