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!

Foreign language books at the Downtown library

Many people don't realize this, but on the 3rd floor at the downtown library, there is a larger collection of foreign language books than at the branch libraries. The languages are the same but the selection is much larger. So go on up to the 3rd floor and check out our wide selection of foreign language books.

Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Kannada, Panjabi, Malayam, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil, Urdu, German, Arabic, French, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian are all represented in the Ann Arbor District Library's foreign language collection.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions or if there is a language that is not listed that you would like the library to have materials in, please contact stantont@aadl.org

More new Spanish children's books at the library!

There are new children's books in Spanish in the foreign language collection at the library. There are new books at every branch and the selection varies. Take the time to browse the shelves at each branch and look for the new stickers on books. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Apártate de Mississipi! por Cornelia Funke
By the popular German author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider
Matias y los imposibles
A children's book by Peruvian author and winner of the 2006 Alfaguara Prize, Santiago Roncagliolo.
El cartero que se convirtió en carta
See the results as the village postman tells a friendly witch how envious he is of the letters he carries as they can travel and he cannot.
Clifford: Huevos de pascua
A Spanish translation of Clifford and the Big Egg Hunt. More Clifford books in Spanish coming soon.

New Spanish Children's Books!

There are new children's books in Spanish in the foreign language collection at the library. There are new books at every branch and the selection varies. Take the time to browse the shelves at each branch and look for the new stickers on books. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

A selection of new children's books:

Nochecita por Yuyi Morales
Beautiful pastel-like illustrations.
El jardin del dragon purpura por Carole Wilkinson
Translation of Dragonkeeper, 2004 winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year award.
Es dia de feria, Ambar Dorado por Paula Danziger
A translation of "It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown", part of the popular Amber Brown series.
Juan Ramon Jimenez: Dónde cantan los pájaros que cantan?

Rock out for Harry Potter's Birthday!

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Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday in style by rocking out with the bands Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. The Downtown library is turning our William St. parking lot into a rockin' stage on Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8 PM. An incorrect date has been printed in the local Ann Arbor newspaper, so make sure you don't show up with your party hat a day early!!

The Great Michigan Read

The Great Michigan Read is a new program for the Michigan Humanities Council.

It is a community reading program for the entire state, focusing on a single literary masterpiece. The 2007 pick is The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway.

The selection committee cited The Nick Adams Stories as "a literary masterpiece literally made in Michigan. The author, Ernest Hemingway, spent the majority of his first 22 summers in Northern Michigan. These experiences played an essential role in his development as one of the world’s most significant writer”.

In a series of linked coming-of-age stories, a young man grapples with the complexities of adulthood, including war, death, marriage, and family.

Find out how to participate among the 100 community partners in the state, and in Ann Arbor. There is even a self-directed tour of Hemingway's old haunts.

Pickin' Rocks

My family and I just got back from vacation. My son has an assignment for the up coming school year, collect 30 different rocks. What better way to accomplish this than picking rocks on the shores of Lake Michigan. Fortunately, authors Bruce Mueller and Kevin Gauthier with a great book on the subject, the Lake Michigan Rock Picker's Guide. With the book, my son was able to identify many of the rocks himself. Our next trip north, we'll visit Mr. Mueller's rock shop again, C & M Rock Shop in Honor, Michigan. Mr. Mueller will even autograph the book if you have your own copy.

New Spanish books for adults (translated fiction)

New popular fiction translated into Spanish. Any questions, comments or suggestions on Spanish language materials or any foreign language materials, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Cell por Stephen King
A translation of King's popular novel in which a single pulse transmitted through every operating cell phone on the planet turns people everywhere into inhuman killing machines, and civilization grinds to a halt in a terrifying riot of violence. It falls to a small group of survivors to turn the tables and take back the streets--or die trying.
Laberinto de sueno y angustia por Atiq Rahimi
Translated directly from Persian, Rahimi is the Afghan author and producer of the novella and subsequent film "Earth and Ashes".
Tiempo de matar por Lisa Gardner
Translated from English "The Killing Hour", a novel by popular mystery and suspense writer Lisa Gardner.

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