Chesstastic

Chess is happening and you should be there! Once a month at the Traverwood branch players gather to play a game or two or three. Chess has been cited by psychologists as an effective way to improve memory function, or you can simply play for the fun of it. There are chess resources galore at the library, whether it's magazines, books, or DVD's you're looking for.

Take a break from the holiday hub-bub and join us at Traverwood for games of chess.

Chess boards are available and games will be played from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 16th.

Classical Bells Holiday Concert

Saturday December 15, 2012: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Classical Bells returns to the Library for their annual concert! The group's primary instrument consists of 68 bronze plus 6 aluminum English handbells, a range of more than six octaves.

This eclectic programming, combined with sensitive musical interpretation, technical skill, informal choreography, and a dash of humor, gives Classical Bells the well-deserved reputation of Michigan's Premier Handbell Ensemble. Check out or place a hold on their albums!

The Best of 2012

If you have read all of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2012, you could certainly find something on 100 Notable Books of 2012.

Here is the NPR Complete List of Best Books of 2012 which includes Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar, Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader.

As the days get shorter and there is just too much to do, try Jane Ciabattari's picks of Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend. For a bit of seasonal reading, there is A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best.

The thoughtful and expert picks in Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012, and the Library Journal 2012 Best of Genre Fiction are always right on. Bear in mind also, The Guardian(UK) Best Books of the Year for some adventurous reading.

On the road this holiday season? Track down one of these Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks, or the The Washington Post Best Audio Books of 2012.

For the ebook readers on your list, here are the current hot titles. They are always available and no gift wrapping necessary.

FOR THE YOUNG READERS IN YOUR LIFE :

Worth another look is NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.

American Library Association's 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults and Top 10 List, the complete list of 2012 Notable Children's Books

The New York Times 100 Notable Children's books covers titles for young adults to picture books.

And who could blame them if they want TOYS? Check out Parenting magazine's Best New Toys 2012 and the Best Wii games for kids.

Asian Fusion Harvest Festival

Join us, along with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and Katie Mashio, for a celebration of rich Asian tradition through storytelling, dancing, and crafts on Sunday, November 18th at 2:00 pm. Chinese harp, Korean and Indian dancers, Japanese origami, mooncake mazes and little Asian snacks will be on the ticket for the whole family!

The Pirates!: Band of Misfits

From the animation studio that brought you Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run is a new high-seas adventure for the whole family!

Based on a book by Gideon Defoe, The Pirates!: Band of Misfits is the story of Pirate Captain and his crew, and their unsuccessful attempts at winning the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. Loot is what they need, and they haven't had the best of luck at getting it, but that all changes when they mistakenly pillage the research ship of Charles Darwin. He doesn't have any loot, either, but he has something better: a plan!

Check it out on DVDor Blu-Ray!

Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week

Did you know that November 11-17th has been deemed Homeless & Hunger Awareness Week? Around the country people are bringing attention to these issues in a variety of ways, from workshops and lectures to simulating homelessness get a better feel for what it's like to not have permanent housing. Last February AADL hosted an interesting panel of homeless serving agencies in Washtenaw County. If you weren't able to attend, we filmed the event and you can watch it at your leisure. One fact that always startles me no matter how often I hear it is that children are often the forgotten faces of homelessness and that Domestic Violence is still the number one cause of homelessness among children. There are homeless children in nearly every elementary school in Washtenaw County, and likely countless kids who go to bed hungry every night. We just want you to be aware of homelessness and hunger in our community.

Magic Carpet Theatre Returns to AADL

The Magic Carpet Theatre returns to AADL for another performance
highlighting classic children's stories.
See Dr. Seuss' popular Horton Hears a Who! and Verna Aardema's African tale Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
and others come to life as live performances.
They will be at the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The show will be in the multi-purpose room in the lower
level.
Bring the whole family to this special event.

Miyabi: Japanese Traditional Music

Everyone is welcome at the Downtown Library to hear traditional Japanese music played by Miyabi on Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-2 pm. Miyabi has been together since 1997 and is comprised of koto (instrument) players (Etsuko Aikawa, Yuko Asano, Harumi Omitsu), piano (Nobuko Kato) and flute (Satoko Fujiwara). The songs they will play are: Rokudan no Shirabe, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, Aki no Kotonoha, Hanaikada, Red Dragonfly, El Condor Pasa and Sarashi fu Tegoto.

It was the Night Before Thanksgiving

It was the day before Thanksgiving, and I was intent on a search, for a free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ypsilanti Free Methodist Church. The flyer tacked to the telephone pole did assert "Come enjoy turkey and the the fixings, including pie for dessert! At 1800 Packard Rd., 4:30-6:30 pm, across from Ypsilanti High athletic fields, the feast will commence. So if you are planning to join us Nov. 21 on Wednesday, call 734-482-2055 to reserve a seat for the number attending. Happy Holidays!

Gordon Korman at AADL!!!!!!!

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Ann Arbor Public School students will get the day off. November 6th is also the day that author Gordon Korman will be coming to the Ann Arbor District Library!

His newest book, Ungifted, was just released in August and he'll be visiting southeast Michigan to talk about it. He'll be at our Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information about Mr. Korman, look here.

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