Foreign language books at the Downtown library

Many people don't realize this, but on the 3rd floor at the downtown library, there is a larger collection of foreign language books than at the branch libraries. The languages are the same but the selection is much larger. So go on up to the 3rd floor and check out our wide selection of foreign language books.

Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Kannada, Panjabi, Malayam, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil, Urdu, German, Arabic, French, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian are all represented in the Ann Arbor District Library's foreign language collection.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions or if there is a language that is not listed that you would like the library to have materials in, please contact stantont@aadl.org

Cosplay Contest, DDR & Naruto!

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Don't forget to break out your best in anime, manga, videogame character finery to enter the Cosplay Contest this Thursday, August 2 @ 7:00 PM at the Downtown Library. Prizes will be given in 2 categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 - in the form of gift certificates to Wizzywig in the amounts of $35, $25 and $15 respectively. Play DDR in character or come and watch the contest and play DDR.

Mark your calendar for the final Animanga Club of the summer on Monday, August 13 | 2:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library. Make an authentic Naruto headband eat food/drink and have a chance to win cool Naruto merch and a $10 Wizzywig gift certificate based on your Naruto knowledge...

Rock out for Harry Potter's Birthday!

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Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday in style by rocking out with the bands Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. The Downtown library is turning our William St. parking lot into a rockin' stage on Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8 PM. An incorrect date has been printed in the local Ann Arbor newspaper, so make sure you don't show up with your party hat a day early!!

Celebrate Our History! Opening Reception for the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit

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Wednesday July 25, 2007: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

All are invited to an opening reception for the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit. The reception will honor past and current staff, Boards of Directors, Friends of the AADL and the public for their support during the half-century of the Downtown Library's existence. Enjoy light refreshments and the music of classical guitarist Matthew Ardizzone as you view this historical exhibit, on display in the lower level display cases from July 18 - August 30. Celebrate our history!

Using archival photographs, Library memorabilia and historical text, this exhibit, created by AADL staff, highlights the changes the Downtown Library has undergone during its half-century history. Milestones are displayed decade by decade in this special exhibit, from the construction of the Downtown location, through two major building renovations, the introduction of personal computers and the Internet, to the current branch expansion program.

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Do you know a three letter word for "the sound of water hitting a hot pan" or "what both Humpty Dumpty and Miss Muffet did?" If you're dying to find out the strategies of some of the most most adept and lovable crossword puzzle addicts, come to the Downtown branch tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. to watch Wordplay, the movie about the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament run by New York Times crossword master, Will Shortz. The film will be introduced by Firefly Club owner, jazz singer and fellow word lover, Susan Chastain who welcomes people to the club every Wednesday to play Scrabble.

Graffiti Art Contest

The 5th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest will be held Friday, July 20, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, at the Downtown Library's Staff Parking Lot.
We'll provide the paint, supplies, paint boards, and easels. The top three winners will receive gift certifcates for art supplies from Michigan Book & Supply.

Guitar Hero, DDR, Super Smash Bros. and More: It's a tournament weekend!

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Yeah, sure, so it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend; sunny, mid-70's, all that crap. All the more reason to sequester yourself in a library basement and play videogames all weekend, right?

RIGHT!

That's right, it's our last off-season tournament weekend, and we've got an awesome lineup of events planned that's got something for everyone in the cool recesses of the basement of the Downtown Library. First, on Friday night, 6/29, from 6:00 - 8:45, we'll have a cool combo event as we host simultaneous all-ages tournaments in Guitar Hero II and Pikmin 2, with separate prizes for the winners of each. Enter one or both competitions, and rock out while you attempt to out-marshal your opponents with your legions of Pikmin in one of the GameCube's most underappreciated battle modes.

Two Wheel Tango BIKE Experts!

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Two Wheel Tango has recently been named the best bike store in Ann Arbor by many local publications. Check out their website for cool gear, cycling events, and bike maintenance classes.
They will be at the Downtown Library from 12 - 1pm on June 23rd. Check out gear, see a demo on quick and easy bike repairs, and ask questions from our local bike experts at the Two Wheel Tango.
A couple cycling books you might be interested in, Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist Handbook or the Complete Bike Book

Jonestown Film Cancelled

Due to today's closure of the Downtown Library, the event featuring the film "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Downtown Library will Open Wednesday at 1:00 PM

The Downtown library will re-open today, Wednesday, June 7 at 1:00 PM. All programs and events scheduled for this afternoon and evening will occur as planned.

Holds ready for pickup on Tuesday and Wednesday will be extended until Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

Fines will not accrue on items returned in dropboxes Downtown while the Library was closed.

This closure was a significant inconvenience for many, and we do apologize.

We are very happy to be able to open the doors today!

Josie

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