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.

Illustrator Derek Anderson at Malletts Creek Branch

Illustrator Derek Anderson will be at the Malletts Creek Branch on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

He's touring to publicize the October 23rd release of his newest work, the illustrations for Jane Yolen's book Waking Dragons.
The prolific Mr. Anderson is best known for his illustrations of author Lauren Thompson's wonderful
Little Quack books and Cynthia Lord's rollicking Happy Birthday, Hamster and Hot Rod Hamster.
Come and enjoy this rare opportunity to meet an accomplished picture book illustrator.
Books will be on sale at the event.

James Bond: Pushing 60 and Still Looking Good

Everyone's favorite suave secret agent, James Bond, is headed back to the big screen with the upcoming release of Skyfall. The new flick stars Daniel Craig in his third outing as Bond, alongside a killer cast including Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem as the newest Bond villain, and Ben Whishaw in his debut as the gadget-master Q. The flick, which continues to dig into Bond's origins as seen previously in 2006's Casino Royale, has been receiving early critical acclaim as one of Agent 007's best. Opening in theaters everywhere November 9, Skyfall happens to come out exactly 50 years after the original Bond movie, Dr. No, which starred Sean Connery in 1962.

But before Skyfall arrives in theaters, AADL's collection offers plenty of ways to celebrate Mr. Bond's big birthday--and another even bigger 007 milestone. WhilJames Bond: Daniel Craig as James Bond.James Bond: Daniel Craig as James Bond.e Bond may be 50 in movie years, he's existed on the printed page for almost 60. Casino Royale, the original Bond story by Ian Fleming, was published in 1953 and is available via the AADL catalog. Fleming went on to write 14 James Bond books. His final one, Octopussy and The Living Daylights, was published in 1966, two years after his death. Fleming's series has been followed by numerous additional Bond books by authors including Jeffery Deaver, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, and Charlie Higson (who wrote the Young Bond series for teens).

And for those looking to get caught up on the movies, AADL has Bond flicks from the original Dr. No to 2008's Quantum of Solace. For true devotees, try the original 1967 film adaptation of Casino Royale, a wacky spoof of spy films with an all-star cast including David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, George Raft, and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Star Wars Reads Day is Saturday October 6!

Mark your calendars and break out your Star Wars finest as we celebrate Star Wars Reads Day.

This is a national event being celebrated in over 1200 libraries and bookstores all over the country! From 1:00 - 5:00 PM at the Downtown Library we have a full slate of Star Wars awesome planned.

To set the scene members of the MI 501st and the Rebel Legion will be here in full costume! With a costume contest @ 4:00 be sure to dress in your Star Wars finest and compete for gift cards!

And whether you dress up or not we will have a Photo Booth on site with Star Wars props so you can take pics of you, your friends & your family celebrating Star Wars! The pics are free to all attendees and in addition to taking home a photo strip the images will be loaded online too!

All day we'll have simple Star Wars crafts and puzzles for younger children set-up in the Youth Story Corner. In the Multi-Purpose Room we'll have more difficult paper crafts for older kids, teens and adults. At 1:30 PM we'll start the Star Wars Trivia Contest on the 4th Floor with cool prizes for the winners! We'll finish the day at 4:00 PM with a Star Wars Costume Contest in the Multi-Purpose room. The judges will determine who did it best and winners will take home Target Gift Cards.

Whether you love Luke, Darth Vader, Jaba or Boba Fett come celebrate reading, get your picture taken & maybe win some prizes!

This event is for ALL AGES!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

In my attempt to find a sitcom that appeals to me and to my 7 year old daughter I revisited The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Remember that show? Mary was the woman who could turn the world on with her smile, she could take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile, as her theme show song so whimsically tells us. The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on CBS in September 1970, and during its seven-year run became one of the most acclaimed television programs ever produced. In the 1970s it stepped away from how woman were traditionally portrayed on television. Mary was a woman who was striking it on her own after a failed two year relationship. In the first episode we find out that Mary is a 30 year old woman who has been living with her boyfriend while putting him through medical school. Shortly after her boyfriend completes medical school Mary leaves the relationship because he refuses to marry her. However, Mary Richards doesn't let this rain on her parade. She packs it up and moves to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she gets a job as an associate producer of a second-rate news show. In addition to touching on the subject of a single woman working for a living, it also touched on controversial subjects like homosexuality, marital problems, divorce and equal pay for women. This show is funny, touching and a whole lot of other things. I find myself laughing out loud with my daughter over some of the great material creators and writers James. L. Brooks and Allan Burns pumped out. I remember as a child looking up to Mary and being in awe of her fantastic hair, studio apartment and Evan-Picone wardrobe. I'm still in awe of Mary, and now some 30+ years later so is my daughter.

The Star Wars Craft Book

This Saturday, October 6 is Star Wars Reads Day! It's a national event and AADL is participating. To gear up for it, why not make some Star Wars crafts? If you're ready to rock your empire, The Star Wars Craft Book as you covered.

The book has projects for the home including magnets, a Jabba the Hutt body pillow, and an Ewok flower vase. There are also science and nature crafts, playtime crafts like a Yoda doll and a General Grievous finger puppet, and of course there are holiday crafts like a Hanukkah Droidel and a Star Wars snow globe. With full color illustrations and instructions, it's time to grab the glue gun and get crafting.

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