Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

After reading Rainbow Rowell’s Printz Honor winning teen novel Eleanor & Park and falling in love with it, I was very excited about what was next from her. I then ate up the next teen novel Fangirl, even though it didn’t taste quite the same as Eleanor & Park. While waiting for another teen book by her I went back and grabbed her adult novel, Attachments – and it was a delightful read.

In Attachments it’s 1999 and Lincoln’s job as “internet security officer” is to monitor company email, reading and flagging any inappropriate work emails being sent. He gets caught up in reading email conversations between Beth and Jennifer. They talk about life as best girlfriends should, sharing many intimate details. He knows he should flag the emails and turn them in, but he can’t – he has to continue reading their saga. Lincoln falls for Beth through reading these emails, which are just hilarious. (I want to hang out with Beth and Jennifer and laugh at their quips.) But how will Lincoln ever be able to meet Beth in person and not mention that he’s been reading about her life and that he feels like he knows her?

Oh, does Rowell write some funny dialog! I really enjoyed the alternating format of reading Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges laced with chapters about Lincoln’s life – living with his mother, playing Dungeons & Dragons, joining a gym, and reconnecting with a college buddy in order to force social interactions on his awkward self. It's a great summer read, even for those not into love stories.

Next up from Rowell is Landline, and she’s also collaborating on writing two graphic novels, according to her wonderfully designed website.

Hello World: Command Line for Kids

Thursday August 21, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Want to get started with computer programming? Get to know command line basics with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

Hello World: Command Line for Kids

Thursday July 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3 - 5

Want to get started with computer programming? Get to know command line basics with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event will be repeated on Thursday, August 21 at the Downtown Library at 6 pm.

Manufacturama

Sunday August 10, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and the manufacture multiple copies!

The focus will be on using conductive paint to create your simple circuit product!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Manufacturama - NEW LOCATION

Sunday July 13, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to Pittsfield Branch..

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and then manufacture multiple copies!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section. This event will be repeated on Sunday, August 10 at 2 pm.

Game Start Festival: Saturday, March 1st at Menlo Innovations

Curious about making games? Know any kids or teens who aspire to be future game-makers?

Local organization GameStart is throwing a party at Menlo Innovations (505 East Liberty LL500, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Saturday, March 1st, 10am-2pm and everyone is invited! GameStart is an organization that offers classes using games to inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming.

For their event on March 1st, they'll have games to play and give a preview of their upcoming classes for this year, including: Game Mechanics and Design, Minecraft Programming, Computer Animation, and Video Editing. Although there is a fee for many of their classes, this event is free and open to all (and particularly recommended for students in grades 3-8).

AADL will be there with a table of fun stuff, along with other guests from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Maker Works, Backyard Brains, AHA! and the Youth Arts Alliance. Stop in to check things out and celebrate the power of interactive learning!

Later that day, 3-5pm, the GameStart staff will also be offering a no-fee class on Storytelling with Computer Animation at the downtown AADL!

Binary Keychains - NEW LOCATION

Tuesday August 12, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 3 to adult

Make a cool keychain that spells your name in binary code!

Binary code is a system that computers use to interpret language and characters using only 0 and 1. For this craft, we'll convert the sequences of 0s and 1s to colored beads for an amazing keychain!

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the Pittsfield Branch.

Creating Video Games: Art and Animation

Saturday May 3, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for teens (grades 5 and up) and adults

Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff.

Design and animate your own video game character!  Use professional video  game development software to bring your character to life inside a video game world.   No prior experience necessary.

Creating Video Games: Programming

Saturday April 26, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and grade 5 and up

Dig into the world of computer programming for video games! Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff! Program and play your own game using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!

Creating Video Games: Level Design

Saturday April 19, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and grade 5 and up

Bring your dream game levels to life by learning the tools used in real video game development studios. The GameStart staff will lead a workshop on how to create and play your own levels using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!

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