Poinsettias : the December flower--myth & legend, history & botanical fact


Poinsettias:the December flower--myth & legend, history & botanical fact written by Christine Anderson & Terry Tischer, is a beautiful book to read this time of year. Did you know that every year 150 million poinsettias are purchased in more than 50 countries? This book takes a look into the history of this amazing plant, and gives us a glimpse into how it was transformed into an international holiday symbol. This book is full of beautiful color photographs of the Christmas Star. lt is also full of little known facts, myths, and gardening advice for the poinsettia.

Set this book on the coffee table over the holidays, and watch everyone who picks it up instantly smile!



This 2004 film written and directed by Olivier Assayas is heart touching. Clean delves into the life of rock star Emily Wang, played by Maggie Cheung. She has become entangled in the fast life of music, drugs, and a never ending search for happiness. She wakes up one day with the painful realization that she must make the most difficult decision of her life. If she continues on the road she is on as a heroin addict, she will never get her son and her life back. Nick Nolte plays Emily's boyfriend, Albrecht Hauser, in the film. After tragedy strikes, Emily abruptly realizes her life has come to a dead end, and she is left without any choice but to change.

Motawi Tileworks: Tile Making Workshop


Karim and Nawal Motawi, co-owners of Ann Arbor-based Motawi Tileworks, will share their expertise about art tile. Make your own art tile at this workshop; it will then be fired, glazed and available for pick up at Motawi Tileworks from December 17 to January 31. Tiles make great gifts! There is no charge for this event.

Tuesday, December 1 | 7-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room

Joel Tacey Returns!

Looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Joel Tacey will return to the Downtown Library on Friday, November 27 at 2:00 pm. Joel is always a huge hit with the Kindergarten and up crowd because he tickles the family funny bone with his tricks, jokes and juggling. If you have out-of-town visitors, show off your local library and bring them in for a great time at The Reading Rocks Show.
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The Fine Art of Songwriting with Dick Siegel

Dick Siegel is one of the best known songwriters in Michigan, and a fine live performer at small venues like The Ark and outdoor summer festivals like Blissfest. Just think of your favorite songs and how they can actually change the way we look at the world. To learn about Dick’s angle on his craft, how he writes such biting, funny, insightful lyrics, come to the Downtown Library next Monday, Nov. 16, 7-8 pm and hear what it’s all about.

November Gaming Weekend

This month come to the Ann Arbor District Library's Downtown Branch for our November Gaming Weekend. This Month is Round Four of the Smash Kart Championship Series 2009. Smash Kart now tries something slightly different on National Gaming Day @ Your Library as AADL is once again the epicenter of a NATIONAL SMASH BRACKET - playing with Libraries from across the country! How's it going to work? Will AADL make it to the National Gaming Day finals? Come for the pizza but stay for the BRAWL!

Rock Revolution Rock Band & DDR Tourney
Friday, November 13 6pm to 9pm
All ages

Smash Kart Round 4
Saturday, November 14 12pm-5pm
Grades 6-12

MarioKart Wii Mario Kart Wii Tournament For All Ages
Sunday, November 15 1pm-5pm
All ages

Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity

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Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Downtown Library/MPR, the film, 'Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity' will be shown, followed by a discussion with Director, Ellie Pierce, from the Harvard Pluralism Project.

This film explores the complex and challenging issues of religious diversity in Fremont, California, a city transformed by new immigration. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists have gone from being strangers to neighbors in this American city.

This event is part of the University-Community Social and Environmental Film and Discussion Series sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and AADL.

Representing Native Americans

Stereotypes of Native Americans have evolved over the centuries of European occupation of the Americas. Images linked with this thinking have influenced segments of life such as sports, education, language, film and religion. Why do we persist in viewing Native Americans in such limited terms? Please join us at the Downtown Library (4th floor) on Sat., Nov. 14, 2-4 pm for Representing Native Americans, where a panel of cultural leaders will spark some conversation about this complex issue.

Frank Talk About Sending Your Kid To College


Sending your child to college can be an enormous challenge. What is it really like? Bring your questions about the process to this program at the Downtown Library on Tuesday evening at 7pm, where Community High counselor John Boshoven will moderate a panel of local mothers - all of whom have had children in college - for a frank and informative discussion.

Dance Performance for Day of the Dead


The Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel will perform at the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 2:00-2:45pm in celebration of Day of the Dead. The exciting dances and authentic costumes will be a thrill to see! The performance is in celebration of The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), a holiday that commemorates the wonderful memories of our lost loved ones. The holiday is often observed with bright colors, memorial displays for those we have lost, and yummy confections. Similar holidays are celebrated throughout the world.


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