Be a Deer and Join Us!

David Small and Sarah Stewart are coming to the Downtown library this weekend—are you prepared? Brush up on their charming blend of timeless watercolor illustrations and heartwarming tales of books, plants and… antlers? My personal favorite of the bunch, Imogene’s Antlers follows the resilient main character through her daily routine with a spontaneously acquired pair of antlers. Both written and illustrated by David Small, the delightfully matter-of-fact text juxtaposes hysterically with the images of Imogene’s unusual predicament. If you don’t happen to get a copy in time, never fear—Nicola’s Books will be on-hand at the event.

Urban Fairies Move into the Downtown Library!

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It was only a matter of time....Local fairy expert Jonathan B. Wright discovered yesterday that some Urban Fairies have moved into the Downtown library, creating a lovely reading room of their own in--where else?--the Folklore and Fairy Tale collection in the Youth department on the first floor. Jonathan has already updated the tourable fairy door map and explained why the fairy chairs have duck feet. We simply must greet our new residents with a reception on Sunday November 26 at 2:00 pm in the Youth Department downtown. There will be an official welcome by Josie Parker, a story, treats and other surprises!

Downtown Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytime at the Downtown library will take place twice on Tuesday morning for the next six-week session starting November 7 and ending December 12. Two storytimes on Tuesday will go on into the Winter session, from January to April. Take a whirl around the fish tank and say hello to Porky the Puffer Fish. Then join us for storytime from 10-10:30 am or from 11-11:30 am.

Animanga Club Vintage Night!

Spend your Friday night watching Anime, and playing DDR. October 20th from 7-8:30pm, we will be celebrating Vintage Night in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library. On the docket so far are Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road. Give a shout out for your favorite oldies but goodies and we can watch them. There will be a DVD and a VCR player set up, so there will be no discrimination of technology. Plus, the laminator is coming out to make all your best manga drawings into cool bookmarks and signs to decorate your bedroom.

Do you want to be Made?!

Do you want to be Made?!
Come kick off Teen Read Week with Huron High student Dylan Wood talking about his experiences as the star of the reality show MTV Made. Dylan will show clips, share what really happens behind the scenes, and answer questions from the audience. Join Dylan Tuesday October 17th 7:00-8:30 pm in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library, and see if he still wants to be a fashion designer. For more information about this and other Teen Events check out the latest AXIS magazine!

9/11 Exhibit Opens At AADL

What were YOU doing on the tragic date of September 11, 2001? This year marks the 5th anniversary of that eventful date in American history.

As a memorial to that day, and to the many lives that were lost, the Library announces New York, September 11th by Magnum Photographers, a stunning exhibition, on national tour, of 40 photographs from the world renowned photographic cooperative, Magnum Photos.

Previously shown only at the New York Historical Society in 2001, months after the attacks, the exhibit will be on view through Wednesday, October 11 in the Downtown Library’s Multi-Purpose Room, lower level glass case exhibit area and Third Floor Exhibit spaces. The Ann Arbor District Library is the first stop on the national tour of this powerful exhibit.

A companion book New York September 11 is also available at the Library.

Mario Kart, Super Smash, and All-Ages DDR: it's a Tournament Weekend!

It's August, and you know what that means... the AADL-GT Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season Opener! It'll be the centerpiece of a weekend of tournaments that starts off Friday Night, 8/18, with an All-Ages Dance Dance Revolution Tournament from 6-9 PM in the Downtown Library's Multipurpose room. Prizes for Beginning and Advanced players, and all ages, from kids to teens to parents, welcome! We'll then start the GT Season Saturday, 8/19, at Noon in the Multipurpose Room with Team and Single Player Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart Events for grades 6-12! Each event will award $40, $30 or $20 giftcards to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place players or teams. Please note that this event is planned to be broadcast live on CTN, comcast channel 18, so all players must have a signed release form on file. If you've brought one before, you don't need a new one, but all new players must bring a signed form to play!

Also, we've got a Mario Kart Tournament for Kids, Grades 1-5 on Sunday, 8/20, from 1-4 PM including prizes. Post a comment here if you have any questions, or register online for these events. Walk-ins are welcome, but be on time to be sure to get a spot in the tournament. Good luck, everyone, and we'll see you next weekend!

Cosplay Contest and DDR Expo

Fruits Basket: Tohru Freaks
Tohru Freaking Out. Nuff said.

Come to the 3rd Annual Cosplay Contest at the AADL this Wednesday, August 2, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room . Dress up as your favorite anime, manga or videogame character and compete for prizes. First, Second and Third place winners will win gift certificates to Wizzy Wig. Judging will be based on a combination of knowledge of your character, costume quality and character enthusiasm. Dance on our Cobalt Flux pads in character or come to watch the contest and play DDR.

Claymation is Calling

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You like to play with epoxy, wire cutters and clay. Or you're a painfully patient type who wants to spend YEARS filming a puppet frame-by-frame for the fame and glory that Will Vinton and Nick Park revel in. Or maybe you just like to try new things and get free food. Regardless the Claymation Workshop will be an awesome afternoon. Brad Patullo worked on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch and the PJs with Vinton - and he's a really cool guy. WHEN: Saturday August 12, 2006: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (yes, it's really 5 hours - but pizza and drinks will keep you going). WHERE? Downtown. Space is limited and you HAVE to register - just call 327-8301 and you're golden - well, unless you call too late and it's filled. Don't snooze.

Animanga Club: Cosplay Prep!

Come to the Downtown library Multipurpose room this Saturday, July 29th, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, for last minute touches on your cosplay costume. Cosplay expert Darcy from Wizzywig will be available to help with your costume and show us how to make cat collars and cat ears. DDR will be set up and of course, Pocky will be provided. See you there!

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