For those of you who haven't yet trashed your VCRs

The Morocco Experience

An exciting deviation from the average travel documentary, this Lonely Planet production attempts to recreate the overall tone of their popular guidebooks and website. Hosted by an adventurous back-packer, we get to see first-hand what it's like to hitch-hike on a mountain farm truck, barter services and goods at the local markets, accept invitations from locals to join them for home-cooked meals, and even ride a camel. Throughout his journey, our host speaks with many fellow travelers representing a wide range of cultures, male and female, young and old. This is a terrific source for when planning a Moroccan escape, and an even better source when you just need a 47 minute escape in the comfort of your own home. The Morocco Experience is vicarious living at its finest.

'Let's Talk Mosaics!!' Lecture and Exhibit

Mosaic Rachel

Thursday, May 4 7:00-8:30pm Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Have you seen the incredible mosiac show Mosaics: Moments Captured In Glass By The Mosaic Sphere Studio on the 3rd Floor of the Downtown Library? If you're into mosaics on any level, be sure to attend this exhibit AND the accompanying lecture 'Let's Talk Mosaics' by instructor Yulia Hanansen. Her talk will discuss different periods in mosaic making, including modern American mosaics.

Music and Motion for Kids

Gari Stein M and M program B

Kids ages 2-6 (and their grown-ups) get the exciting chance to listen as cellist Eric Amidon and pianist Kathryn Goodson from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra play a G Major suite by Bach, an E Minor fugue by Brahms, The Swan by Saint Saens, Romanian Folk Dance by Bartok, and Voice of the Whale by Crumb! Does it get any better than this? Yes; they will get to move around the big room to all of it with Gari Stein! It's a great way to learn to listen and move to great classical music with folks who really know their notes. Two half-hour sessions on Friday morning, May 5; 9:30 and 10:30.

DT Otakon: InuYasha Festival!

Anime Inu Yasha

Wednesday, MAY 10, 1-5pm DT/MP

Mark your calendar! There's a day off of school, so come in to the Downtown Library May 10th and play InuYasha: Feudal Combat, watch episodes of the anime, and take part in Anime quiz contests for random stuff! And there will be brownies. ^_^

Cosplay Contest and DDR Expo APRIL 20!

Anime Convention

Thursday April 20, 6:30-8:30pm Downtown Multipurpose Room

Its the 2nd Annual Cosplay Contest! Come dressed at your favorite anime, manga or video game character to win prizes, or come just to see the show and dance to those fabulous J-pop tracks.

Costumes will be judged based on enthusiasm, knowledge of your character, costume quality and execution.

Preparing Yourself for College

Bring your questions about what the first year of college is like, as Professor David Schoem talks about his new book College Knowledge: 101 Tips for the College-Bound Student. Topics like leaving home, getting to know yourself, new friends, roommates and faculty, figuring out finances, time management, expanding social boundaries, and enjoying campus life are just a few of the many possible topics for discussion. As you examine the past year or look to the future, this program, on Monday Feb. 6, 7-8:30 pm, will interest you.

Dr. W. Scott Westerman Jr. to Speak on No Child Left Behind

Dr. Westerman

Dr. Westerman will speak Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-purpose Room. Please come to learn about the No Child Left Behind Act.

For further reflections on this legislation, consult these books:

America’s Failing Schools: How Parents and Educators Can Cope with No Child Left Behind by W. James Popham
Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World by J. P. Comer
Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools edited by Deborah Meier and George Wood
Saving Our Schools: the Case for Public Education: Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” edited by Ken Goodman
What Every Teacher Should Know about No Child Left Behind by Nathan Essex

Louder Than Thunder

Communications consultant and motivational speaker Carol Dunitz's most recent book, Louder Than Thunder: A Business Parable, focuses on the importance of listening for managers and leaders, but is also relevant to all kinds of interpersonal communication. The author will present her ideas on communication at the Library's next "Sunday Edition" program on Sunday, November 13 at the Downtown Library at 2:00 p.m. Dunitz, who has degrees in English, Speech and Theater, has been active in advertising, public relations and speech writing. Her presentations are lively entertainments complete with costumes and music. More information about the author and the book can be found at the following web site.

Eat Meat?

Ever wonder what's in your meat or where it comes from? Read Mad Cowboy : Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat, by Howard F. Lyman with Glen Merzer and find out!

Amazon.com says: "Persuasive, straightforward, and full of the down-home good humor and optimism of a son of the soil, Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet -- for the good of the planet and the health of us all."

Super Smash and Kart Tournaments: This Weekend!

AADL-GT Pad Logo
AADL-GT: Ann Arbor District Library Game Tournaments

The action heats up this weekend, with our first-ever Open Super Smash Bros: Melee tournament, inviting all players ages 13 and up to come and fight against the best SSB:M players in the area for a shot at giftcard prizes: $40 for 1st place, $30 for 2nd, and $20 for 3rd. Doors open Friday night at 6:00 PM in the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room, and the Tournament will start after 6:30. The format will be 2 or 3 stock, 4-player battles, with all items and stages enabled, earning points for wins, with the highest scorers moving on to elimination brackets. Registration is now open.

Then, on Saturday, we've got AADL-GT Round 3, from Noon - 5 PM at the Downtown Library, including Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart Single-player and Team Events. Doors open at 11:30, and Preregistration is open now. Winners of each event advance to the Sur-Prize round,, where they'll play a MYSTERY GAME to determine who will take home the $70, $50, and $30 gift cards.

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