Stargazers, get ready!

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August with many shooting stars visible each hour. The night of August 12 through dawn of August 13, with a new moon- meaning no moonlight, will be one of the best nights for viewing. Since the shooting stars will seem to be emanating from the constellation Perseus, why not beef up your stargazing skills with a few star maps to make sure you're looking in the right spot. Check these out: Simple stargazing : a first-time skywatcher's guide, Atlas of the night sky, A walk through the heavens : a guide to stars and constellations and their legends, Star maps for beginners, Peterson first guide to astronomy. So grab your blanket and find a good spot to watch the sky!

More new Arabic books!

Here is a selection of new Arabic books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. The selection is different from branch to branch. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Arabic books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

حالة حصار / Ḥālat ḥiṣār by محمود درويش / Maḥmūd Darwīsh
آداب الزفاف في السنة المطهرة / Adāb al-zafāf fī al-sunnah al-muṭahharah
by محمد ناصر الدين الألباني / Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī
عاشقة فى محبرة / ʻĀshiqah fī miḥbarah by غادة السمان / Ghādah al-Sammān
الباذنجانة الزرقاء / al-Bādhinjānah al-zarqāʼ by ميرال الطحاوي / Mīrāl al-Ṭaḥāwī

New Arabic books at the library

Here is a selection of new adult Arabic books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. The selection is different from branch to branch. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Arabic books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

خارج المكان / Kharij al-makaan
Edward Said's biography "Out of Place" translated into Arabic.
طيور الجنوب / Tuyur al janub
"Birds of the South", by Amani Abu al Fadl, a prize winning book about the difficulties of the lives of Arabs in the diaspora after 9/11.
تسكع داخل جرح / Tasakkuʻ dākhil jurh by غادة السمان / Ghada al Samman
جدارية محمود درويش / Jidārīyat Maḥmūd Darwīsh
اجملهن: رواية / Ajmalahunna: riwāyah by عبد السلام العجيلي / Abd al-Salām al-ʻUjaylī

More new Spanish adult books!

Here is a selection of new adult Spanish books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Spanish books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!
Su mejor vida ahora: siete pasos para vivir a su máximo potencial
Spanish translation of "Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential" by pastor Joel Osteen.
Una vida con propósito : para qué estoy aquí en la tierra?
Spanish translation of "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" by the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in California, Rick Warren.
La audacia de la esperanza/The audacity of hope por Barack Obama
Spanish translation of the #1 New York Times Bestseller by U.S. presidential candidate and Illinois senator Barack Obama

New Spanish books for adults!

Here is a selection of new adult Spanish books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Spanish books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!
La fortuna de Matilda Turpin por Álvaro Pombo
Winner of the 2006 Premio Planeta, Alvaro Pombo's novel is a forceful novel about dealing with loss, grief and family. The main character, Juan Campos, a retired philosophy professor, deals with the mixed legacy of his late wife, Matilda Turpin, a spirited businesswoman who died suddenly, leaving behind three children and Antonio and Emilia, a couple who has been the family's servants and friends for decades.
La dama azul por Javier Sierra

More new German books for adults at the library

Here are more new adult German books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. The selection is different at each branch. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about German books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

Militärmusik by Wladimir Kaminer
Macht nichts: eine kleine Trilogie des Todes by Elfriede Jelinek
Vergangenheitsschuld und gegenwärtiges Recht by Bernhard Schlink
Mein liebster Feind : Essays, Reden, Miniaturen by Robert Schindel
Nachtrandspuren: Gedichte by Jose F.A. Oliver
Der Hof im Spiegel: Erzählungen by Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Mozarts Friseur by Wolf Wondratschek
Er oder Ich by Sten Nadolny

New Adult German Books

There are a selection of new German books for adults at every branch of the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. The selection is different at each branch. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about German books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

Der Geliebte der Mutter by Urs Widmer
Miemandsland by Utta Danella
Fünf-Sterne-Kerle inklusive by Gaby Hauptmann
Hereroby Gerhard Seyfried
Nero Corleone: eine Katzengeschichte by Elke Heidenreich
Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit by Sten Nadolny
Das Unerfreuliche zuerst by Sibylle Berg

2nd Annual LEGO Contest Winners!

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The 2nd Annual LEGO contest was yet again a blast! We had 110 entries in five categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Entries ranged from a "Lego Cafe" where you can get ice cream sandwiches, to two fire breathing dragons, to sunken treasure ships and Star Wars episodes with a fan-fiction story to go along... Families and friends packed the room and waited with baited breath for the winners to be announced! And the winners are:

5th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Prints are on Display

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Art Prints are on display from the 5th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest, held on July 20th at the downtown library. 50 artists turned out on a windy art fair day to paint a spontaneous piece of art.
1st Place - Andrea Herrero - "Untitled"
2nd Place - Tyler Vane - "The Shadow of the Sun"
3rd Place - Mina Hirzel & Nika Olzewski - "Bunny's Honey"
Titles overall ranged from "An Alaskan Wilderness" to "Hope is Green" to "Inspired"

Come check out these works of art at the downtown Library's 3rd floor gallery space and in the Multi-Purpose Room. The exhibit will last until August 31st.

Thanks to Jerzy Drozd a local published graphic artist, who judged this year's contest.

Life is sweeter with blackberry cobbler

What better way to improve upon a gorgeous summer day, then to have a nice helping of blackberry cobbler, accompanied perhaps with a large scoop of icecream! Check out this deliciously fun article on NPR for a good recipe and head to the farmer's market for some fruit!

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