Fifth Avenue Fun!

We’ll be honkin’ and hootin’ at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week, with funny feathered friends like Owl and Suzy Goose, who sets off to find peace and quiet but is totally unaware of the trouble that lurks behind.

Wild Swan Theater Presents - Drum Me a Story

Celebrate Black History Month with the Wild Swan Theater’s performance of Drum Me a Story. A delightful, humorous collection of well-known African tales including, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and How the Turtle Got Its Shell. The stories are performed through storytelling, acting, and drumming on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room. The performance will be simulcast in the fourth floor meeting room.Wild Swan TheaterWild Swan Theater

The AADL Kid-i-cotts

Join us this Friday in the Downtown Multipurpose Room from 6-8:30 pm to celebrate the Caldecott medal winner. The Caldecott Medal has been awarded since 1938 to recognize excellence in illustration. This year the award has gone to Jerry Pinkney's excellent rendition of The Lion and the Mouse, which tells Aesop's classic fable entirely in pictures.

This Friday, after a brief presentation of the Caldecott winner and other historical Caldecotts, you will have the chance to tell stories in pictures yourself. Your imagination is the only limit, so bring all your creativity, enthusiasm and love of art!

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Both Mouse and Gecko learn how to get along and share in this small world, at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Local youth are invited to join AADL in remembering civil rights leader, human rights advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students in grades k-8 are invited to come to the Downtown Library anytime between 10am and 8pm on Monday, January 18th for our Unity Collage Event. Participants will make collages to celebrate diversity, unity, and the civil rights movement. The collages will be displayed on the Youth Department Bulletin Board.

At 4pm on the 18th, The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a performance featuring songs of peace. The musical event will take place Downtown in the Multi-Purpose Room for students grades k-5.

City of A2 conducting interviews for 'library lot' proposals

The public is invited to attend and participate in development proposal presentations and interviews for the 5th Avenue parking lot immediately north of the Downtown Library. All interviews are open to the public and will be held on the fourth floor of the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Community Television Network will televise the presentations.

A public open house featuring all six proposers will also be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6-8pm at the library. The public will have the opportunity to review each proposal at the open house. Questions from the public may be submitted in advance by e-mailing librarylotrfp@a2gov.org. More information about the project, including links to the proposals, is available here.

Journalism As Adventure

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As a photographer and journalist for National Geographic Adventure, Tom Clynes has traveled around the world. The UM alumnus and author of Wild Planet returns to familiar turf on Wednesday, January 20 with a stunning visual presentation at the Downtown Library of some of the amazing images he's captured on the job.

Descent Into Board-Dom With Vault of Midnight & The Ann Arbor Go Club

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We're teaming up with the Vault of Midnight for family-friendly board games such as Ticket to Ride, and more Euro-style strategy games! Members from the Ann Arbor Go Club will be here to teach and play the ancient strategy game Go We'll have snacks, too.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 | 1 - 4 PM | Downtown, Multi-Purpose Room | Grade K-Adult

Learn the Tricks and Tips of aadl.org

There's still time to register for our class on aadl.org. If you are available today from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library Training Center, 3rd Floor
*Registration required: Register Now

A roadmap to searching for materials, information, and events on aadl.org. Participants will discover a variety of hidden gems within the site, including: the advantage of using My Account for placing holds, how to navigate the research tab, and how and why to tag items. Basic computer and mouse experience is required. You may register online, at any AADL location, or by calling 734-327-4555.

Film & Discussion : The Water Front

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Who determines the future of shared public resources? Water is the liquid gold of the 21st century. While corporations urge local governments to privatize municipal water, communities are organizing to ensure affordable access to this life sustaining resource. The Water Front is the story of the community of Highland Park, Michigan, and a grassroots campaign to defend affordable water as a human right. Residents of Highland Park have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized.

This film program is cosponsored by the U M Michigan Community Scholars Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students after the screening.

January 21, Thursday, Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, 6:30-8:30 PM, Grade 9-Adult

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