AADL Video Collection


Added to the collection on Oct 31, 2013

Author Blaine L. Pardoe Discusses His New Book - Murder In Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death Of Daisy Zick

This event was held on August 21, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the infamous Daisy Zick murder, which remains one of the most puzzling unsolved murders in Michigan's history.

On a bitterly cold morning in January 1963, Daisy Zick was brutally murdered in her Battle Creek home. No fewer than three witnesses caught a glimpse of the killer, yet today, it remains one of Michigan's most sensational unsolved crimes. The act of pure savagery rocked not only the community but also the Kellogg Company, where she worked.

Join us as author Blaine Pardoe (recipient of the 2011 State History Award by the Historical Society of Michigan) discusses this shocking crime and his new book "Murder In Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death Of Daisy Zick." This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Blaine offers a new opportunity for readers to help solve this baffling case on its bicentennial. Who were the key suspects? What evidence do the police still have on this five-decades-old cold case? Just how close did this murder come to being solved? Is the killer still alive? These questions and more are masterfully brought to the forefront for true crime fans and armchair detectives.

Blaine Pardoe is an award-winning author of numerous books in the science fiction, military nonfiction, true crime, paranormal and business management genres. Raised outside Battle Creek, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University. He has been a featured speaker at the U.S. National Archives, the United States Navy Museum and the New York Military Affairs Symposium. He currently resides in Virginia outside Washington, D.C.


Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Amy R. Singer, Founder, Editor and Publisher of the Online Knitting Magazine Knitty.com, Leads a No Sheep/Knitty® Knit-in!

This event was held on March 9, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Knitters unite: You know her from her knitty.com online magazine, and now Amy Singer will make a special AADL appearance! Amy will share knitting tips and tales from her infamous blogs and online musings. The event will include a booksigning (Amy’s popular titles include "No Sheep For You" and "Knit Wit"), with books for sale, courtesy of Nicola’s Books. Grab your yarn and arrive early for this one! Cosponsored by Busy Hands

In the fall of 2005, Knitty welcomed its ten-millionth visitor. Online, Knitty is famous for patterns like the thong knit from strings of red licorice (for the Sex and the Knitty issue) and the Clapotis drop-stitch bias knit scarf, seen on shoulders all over the world, and recently named "Pattern of the Year" by Knitter's Review.


Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

From Ewe To You: Farmers and Spinners Share Their Expertise On Wool and Its Local Production

This event was held on February 13, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Three fiber experts, Mary Underwood, Linda Koeppel and Neil Kentner, will share their expertise about producing yarn from the pasture to the finished product. These local spinners and farmers will present a fascinating overview of how fiber animals are raised, what makes a good fleece, and how and why to select various animal fibers for yarns. Learn how our textile-rich community can help you take advantage of locally produced fibers.


Added to the collection on May 30, 2008

National Library Week Special Event: Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses the Art of Knitting and Her New Book 'Things I Learned From Knitting ... whether I wanted to or not'

This event was held on April 11, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL kicks off National Libraray Week with the Yarn Harlot! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee made two spectacular visits to AADL last year, where over 300 knitters at each event heard her comments about knitting and life. She is the best-selling author of At Knit's End, Knitting Rules and other tongue-in-cheek meditations on this obsession with knitting. Stephanie returns to AADL to talk, knit, laugh, and discuss her new book. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Borders.

Not just for knitters, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a humorist for all world-weary parents, friends of knitters, adult children who haven’t yet begun therapy to complain about their upbringing, and those who just like to look at lovely scarves in fuzzy wool. Her award-winning blog, Yarn Harlot (yarnharlot.ca/blog/), chronicles the daily travails of life as she parents, partners, knits... and writes.


Added to the collection on Apr 08, 2008

Ireland's Fashion-Forward Designer Maggie Jackson Presents Her Latest Designs For Knitted Clothing

This event was held on October 12, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The renowned, award-winning clothing designer from Ireland showcases her knitted clothing line, Maggiknits, and discusses her book, "Maggie's Ireland." She brings a fashion designer's approach to hand knits combining traditional fabrics like Irish linen with denim, mohair and tweed yarns. Enhanced with strips of fabric, even fur, her innovative techniques offer an amazing variety. A booksigning will follow with books available for purchase, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

In 1977, Maggie Jackson was the first fashion designer to set up a design studio in Northern Ireland. A string of awards followed, including the coveted title of Northern Ireland Young "Business and Professional Woman of the Year," the Guinness Special Award for Design Excellence and second place in the 1996 international Mohair Association Competition for the most innovative ladies garment. Recently her achievements have won her a place in the Who's Who in Textiles 2003 publication.


Added to the collection on Apr 07, 2008

Ann Arbor Book Festival Special Appearance: Nancy Pearl, Librarian, Author and Action Figure

This event was held on May 14, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nancy Pearl, retired executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, is the model for, believe it or not, a new librarian action figure. She is also the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason and its sequel, More Book Lust. Ms. Pearl will explain how her love of reading was fostered, how she became an author and why (why?!), she is now an action figure. A booksigning will follow with books (and action figures) available for purchase, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop.

In her two novel guides to finding the right book for the right mood, Nancy Pearl describes, in a humor-filled and engaging manner, her hundred-or-so favorite titles--and why you should read them. In addition to her Book Lust titles, she has penned Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978 - 1998 and Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001. She also reviews books for local and national publications, and speaks to library and community groups full-time. Ms. Pearl reviews books regularly on KUOW, the Seattle affiliate of National Public Radio, as well as Wisconsin and Tulsa public radio stations. Among her many honors and awards are the 2004 Brava Award from Women's University Club in Seattle, the 2003 Humanities Washington Award, the Public Library Association's 2001 Allie Beth Martin Award, the 2004 Louis Shores Greenwood Publishing Group Award for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries; and the 2004 Media and Communications Award from the Ontario, Canada, Library Association. Ms. Pearl also was named the Totem Business and Professional Women's "1998 Woman of Achievement" award and received the 1997 Open Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. In 1998, Library Journal named her Fiction Reviewer of the Year. She received her library degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan.


Added to the collection on Jan 11, 2008

Knitting Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses Her Personal Obsession With Knitting and Her New Book 'Knitting Rules!'

This event was held on July 30, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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If you're a knitter, then you know the Yarn Harlot (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/), whose blogs about knitting, yarns, babies and all (interesting) matters under the sun for some of the most interesting knitting material in cyberspace. In this special event, cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Book Festival, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee comes to the Library to dish and bitch about the joys and perils of playing with sticks and strings. She will also talk about her latest book, 'Knitting Rules!' The event includes a booksigning, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books. In real life, she is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the author of 'The Secret Life of a Knitter' and 'At Knit's End: Meditations For Women Who Knit Too Much.' Her tongue-in-cheek meditations on a personal obsession fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment, are truly down-to-earth witticisms--and not just for women who knit too much. Pearl-McPhee, who lives in Toronto, has also contributed articles and patterns to knitting magazines such as Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Stranded, and Spin Off. Her writing and work is best known through her blog. In 2004, she founded Tricoteuses sans Frontieres (Knitters without Borders), a group dedicated to raising money for the non-profit Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). As of 2006, they have raised over $100,000. In 2006 she started the Knitting Olympics, a competition for knitters to start and finish one project during the timeframe of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Over 4,000 knitters worldwide participated.


Added to the collection on Jan 09, 2008

The Yarn Harlot & Knitting Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses Knitting and Her New Book

This event was held on April 1, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Yarn Harlot makes a return visit to AADL to talk (about everything), knit, and answer your questions! Stephanie's newest book is "Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting." The event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Borders Books and Music.

Stephanie invites knitters of all ages, levels, and persuasions to embark with her on a journey deep into the land populated by those who are obsessed with yarn, needles, and what's on their needles now.

Note: Due to a travel nightmare (which she details in the video), Stephanie was 4 hours late for this event, with the both the multipurpose room and the 4th floor overflow room filled to capacity with knitters and knitbloggers from all over the great lakes! Fortunately, the audience was well-equipped to kill time, and were treated to a few parades from a Festifools-inspired kid's craft program going on upstairs.