Let it Snow!

Snow is on its way, and with it comes plenty of cold-whether fun. From building snowmen to sledding down giant hills, there are lots of great winter activities that can only be done while snow is on the ground. Since the season of snow is almost upon us, I was very excited to stumble upon this book, Snow Play: How to Make Forts & Slides & Winter Campfires, Plus the Coolest Loch Ness Monster and 23 Other Brrrilliant Projects in the Snow by Birgitta Ralston.

If you’re looking for some creative new ways to play in the snow this winter, then this is the book for you. Learn how to make snow ghosts with glowing eyes, marble runs made out of snow, glisten ice charms, and much more. While some of the projects will work great with young children, others require lots of time and special techniques to complete. Fortunately, each project comes with a description of the project’s time frame, difficulty, the type of snow required (fresh, sticky, deep, compressed), the types of tools required, and the number of people needed to complete it.

Robot Zombie Frankenstein!

Yep. And it only gets better from there.

It's a battle royale in this simple picture book when two cute robots try to out-awesome each other. Where will it end? Who will win? What can stop this battle of one-upmanship?

It's probably not what you expect. (Hint: it is round and delicious.)

Check out this adorable and quirky book by author Annette Simon.

I, for one, am hoping there's a sequel.

Holiday Books-to-Movies Releases

Frozen
Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, this family-friendly musical comedy-adventure entertains without the original tale's darkness.

The Wolf of Wall Street
This "morality tale for our time" is adopted from Jordan Belfort's gritty memoir that "dishes up the dirty details of his company and his life - from his days as a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption, and the federal govt. (Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey)

The Book Thief
Based on the 2006 runaway bestseller, and Printz-Honor Award winner, by Australian author Markus Zusak, it is the unforgettable story of the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

The Hunger Games : Catching Fire
"A class-divided postapocalyptic world, teenage gladiators suffering from post-traumatic stress, and a fiery love triangle collide" in the film adaptation based on Suzanne Collins second book in the wildly successful series.

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Parkland is based on author Vincent Bugliosi's book which recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas's Parkland Hospital on November 22, 1963, following a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions that changed their lives and the world.

Therese
Based on Emile Zola's famous novel, Therese Raquin (English translation on order) tells the story of Therese and her lover Laurent who plot to murder Camille, Therese's sickly husband. Set in 1860's Paris, this classic tale of passion, betrayal and tragedy is a tantalizing erotic thriller.

‘Tis the Season for Wintry Crafts!

The days are getting colder and shorter and winter is the perfect time to stay indoors and start some traditional and fun crafts. Whether you’re an experienced knitter or crocheter who wants to learn some new patterns or a beginner, the library has plenty of how-to books to fit your needs. You can’t go wrong with homemade gifts for the holidays (they're also relatively inexpensive!). If you want to make something more interesting than an afghan or a pair of baby booties, you could make some creative pieces of knitted or crocheted art. You could even make something for your pet! If you’re feeling adventurous you could even try embroidery or felting.

National Homemade Bread Day is November 17th!

I was surprised to learn that on November 17th, in two weeks, we get to celebrate National Homemade Bread Day! This special day is a great excuse to learn about baking bread, discover information about its history, and experience the many delicious breads that the local bakeries in Ann Arbor have to offer.

The AADL has tons of great books to help you create delicious homebaked breads in your own kitchen. Check out The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking and Flour Water Salt Yeast: the Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza for tips on how to get started. We also have Gluten-free and Vegan Bread: Artisanal Recipes to Make at Home and many other vegan and gluten-free oriented bread and baking books for those who have dietary restrictions. Beard on Bread has been a favorite of bread bakers since the 1970s and has more than 100 recipes in it, along with illustrations that kids (and adults!) may enjoy.

Of course, “homemade” doesn’t have to mean made in your own home. National Homemade Bread Day can be celebrated with other people’s homemade bread too! Try out Jefferson Market and Cakery for some delectable baked goods and swing by Angelo’s for a slice of their thick homemade raisin bread along with your brunch.

Enjoy your homemade feasting!

Chesstastic on Sunday, November 10 at Traverwood

Sunday, November 10 | 1-4 PM | Traverwood Branch | Gr. K-Adult

Come and play one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages! Chess sets (and snacks) are provided.

Coming up in the “world” of chess is the 2013 SportsAccord World Mind Games held December 12-18 in Beijing. Chess along with other mind games. Check the list of players who will compete.

Birding By Ear and Beyond Interpretive Program "Hunters of the Sky"

You are invited to attend an exclusive interpretive program called "Hunters of the Sky" this Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor! To register for this event, please e-mail Amy Shepherd amyshep4@gmail.com. Registration is free, thanks to a special donation from the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club! Drop-ins are also welcome.

Along with investigating this extraordinary center for nature programming there will also be an exclusive interpretive program called “Hunters of the Sky," presented by nationally acclaimed Birding By Ear and Beyond program director, Donna Posont, a Student Naturalist, at the University of Michigan Dearborn. This will be a unique opportunity for blind participants, as well as their sighted friends and family, to get up close and personal with the protected raptors that live at the Lesley Science Center. The program will last about an hour, but there will be time before and after to explore the facility on your own.

This event is sponsored in part by the University of Michigan Dearborn; National Federation of the Blind of Michigan; Ann Arbor Host Lions Club; and Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

The Monuments Men

One of the most anticipated movies this fall is The Monuments Men, based on the book The Monuments Men : Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel.

The Monuments Men, a group of men and women from thirteen nations, most of them volunteers, who were museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists. These mostly middle-aged family men, walked away from successful careers into the epicenter of the war, risking—and some losing—their lives. They raced against time in order to save the world’s greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi regime.

A little known fact is that one of these brave men lived among us quietly for decades - Charles Sawyer, a member of the Roberts Commission, established by President Roosevelt on June 23, 1943, charged with promoting the preservation of cultural properties in war areas, provided this mission did not interfere with military operations. Professor Sawyer was the Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art from 1957-1972.

The Charles Sawyer Center for Museum Studies at the University of Michigan Museum of Art was founded in his honor in 2003. “Charlie” Sawyer passed away after a brief illness on February 25, 2005. Here are the Old News articles on Charles Sawyer.

Halloween at the Library!

Halloween is a great holiday for all ages to celebrate, and the AADL has excellent resources to help you make this Halloween especially fun! Browse in our Halloween section to find books like Tricks and Treats: The Ultimate Halloween Book, A Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Decorations an Destinations, and Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living.

Check out our music collection to find Halloween CDs to help set the scene for a Halloween party or to play while kids get ready for trick-or-treating. We have Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween, Andrew Gold’s Halloween Howls, 57 Kids Greatest Halloween Songs, Games and Stories, and many other Halloween-themed CDs.

We have tons of Halloween picture books for kids in our youth Holiday section, and we have a number of youth-oriented Halloween events this year, too. There will be two Halloween Parties on October 31st downtown, from 9:30 to 10:00AM and from 10:30 to 11:00AM, and a Halloween Story Time at our Pittsfield Branch that evening from 7:00 to 7:30PM, where kids will be able to hear Halloween stories and make a craft. Come celebrate with us!

100 Great Children's Books | 100 Years

Our friends at the New York Public Library have compiled a list of 100 children’s books that have long been considered classics and are still very much in demand. Out of all these titles you are bound to find some of your favorites as well as discover some new ones. A few books on the list include…

Charlotte’s Web: When the runt of the litter's life is spared, Wilbur the pig doubts life could get much better. However he becomes inconsolable when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner. Only friendship and a crazy scheme can save him.

Esperanza Rising: Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California. It is here where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

The Story of Ferdinand: A true classic with a timeless message, this is a story about a docile bull who would rather smell flowers than engage in the bullfights in Madrid.

The Phantom Tollbooth: This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey.

Check out the complete list here.

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