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Welcome to the AADL's Download of the Day

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 4:09pm by richretyi

AADL Download of the Day

The AADL's Download of the Day is our chance to highlight one piece of the AADL collection each day that you can get FREE with your Ann Arbor District Library card. Music, movies, ebooks, arts & crafts, access to databases, and so much more.

 

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Learning to Sew | Book Download

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 8:59am by lindseyl

Learning to Sew

Kids and adults can learn to sew using this informative book! Includes detailed instructions for stitches and techniques, plus patterns for beginner-friendly projects that allow readers to practice new skills. 

Download the book!

 

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We Share Our Blood | Music Download

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 11:00am by lindseyl

A close up shot of two figures embracing

We Share Our Blood is Ouri’s first Ghostly International release, exploring our tendency to blend, whether motivated by rivalry, fusion, or strangeness. This is a solo endeavor for Ouri. The drum breaks are crisp and raw, the bass lines are overpowering. The voice and appealing harmonies balance the whole adventure. 

Listen to the album!

 

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A Book of Bridges | Book Download

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:50am by lindseyl

A colorful illustration of an aerial view of a neighborhood.

Bridges come in all kinds of forms, from towering suspension to humble stone. This book visits many kinds of bridges, exploring them as something that brings people together. This sweet story is perfect for the budding architect, as well as readers who have loved ones who live far away.

Read the book!

 

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Blue-Tail Fly | Book Download

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 9:29am by lindseyl

Black and white photo of Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis’ collection examines the demands of war, protest, and resistance on “outsiders” playing the role of the blue-tail fly in history. She focuses her poetic lens on the period from the Mexican American War to the Civil War, providing rich historical exploration. 

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For All the Marbles | Podcast Download

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:41am by lindseyl

Marcellus Scott, 13, Marbles Champ

The Ann Arbor Stories podcast takes you to the spring of 1936, as hundreds of kids compete in the Ann Arbor Daily News Marbles Tournament. The winner gets an all expenses paid trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to compete in the Western Finals and have a shot at advancing to the National Marbles Tournament. This is the story of Ann Arbor champ, Marcellus Scott. 

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Tasabasaba | Music Download

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 7:47am by lindseyl

Tasabasaba by To Life

On this album, To Life fuses North African, Middle Eastern, and contemporary techniques to create unique and absorbing experiences. The album has been described as “Funky World Global.” 

Listen to the album!

 

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Body of Work: Whitney Houston | Podcast Download

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:28am by lindseyl

Whitney Houston sings into a microphone

Listen to a discussion about Whitney Houston’s work! Our hosts talk about all the ways her songs have been the soundtrack to their lives.

Listen to the podcast!

 

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Quality Snacks | Book Download

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 9:33am by lindseyl

A snack wrapper labelled Quality Snacks

Fifteen stories in which characters enact the paradox in the concept of a quality snack: the dream of transforming the mundane into something extraordinary. Andy Mozina’s narratives feature dynamic characters driven by ambition, fear, and love. 

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The Storytellers of AADL: Amanda Schott | Podcast Download 

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 8:44am by lindseyl

Amanda holds a chicken puppet

Anne interviews Amanda Schott, well-known AADL storyteller! She discusses the storytellers in her family, her lifelong love of reading, and the materials that help her tell stories. She also explains the difference between a book and a story! 

Listen to the interview!

 

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Detroit’s Eastern Market: A Guide | Book Download

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 9:01am by lindseyl

Detroit's Eastern Market

This expansive edition is part history, part guidebook, and part cookbook! Authors Lois Johnson and Margaret Thomas record stories and personal accounts from families who have worked and shopped at the market for as many as four generations. The book contains over 100 pages of recipes, including 17 that are brand new for this edition. 

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The Right Kind of Nothing | Music Download

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 8:57am by lindseyl

Felt scraps on a brown background

Guitarists Brad Laner and Christopher Willits join forces to craft an absorbing sound experience. The album’s wide-ranging sonic palette is a combination of Laner’s signature guitar sound and Willits flair for both the delicate and the abrasive.

Listen to the album!

 

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The Canterbury Tales | Book Download

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:50am by lindseyl

A group of pilgrims on horseback

Chaucer’s extensive collection of stories––written in Middle English––is a masterpiece depicting English life and society in the late 1300s. This edition includes an introduction and summary of Chaucer’s life. 

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Digger and Daisy Go Camping | Book Download

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 1:22pm by lindseyl

Daisy, an illustrated dog, walks through a forest

A pair of siblings go camping in this fun story written for K-1 readers! Author Judy Young uses Digger and Daisy to explore the dynamics of sibling relationships for young children. 

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Tongues | Music Download

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:09pm by lindseyl

Tongue by Amy Denio

Amy Denio populates this album with entertaining songs in English, French, Italian, Czech, Russian, Greek, and her own private language. She plays guitar, bass, alto sax, accordion and more. 

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What Would Madame Defarge Knit? | Pattern Download

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:33am by lindseyl

 

Pencil illustration of three Dickensian women knitting

The book includes 21 patterns inspired by classic characters, each with an accompanying essay! You can also find dyeing instructions and a few crochet patterns within the pages.

Download the patterns!

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This Cursed House | Music Download

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 9:16am by lindseyl

This Cursed House by Canada

Canada, a group of seven Michiganders, recorded this debut in the dead of winter. It’s a cozy arrangement of art-folk featuring a variety of instruments and vocal techniques. 

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Hardscrabble | Book Download

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 8:52am by lindseyl

Illustration of a young girl staring at the big sky

In 1910 twelve-year-old Belle Martin moves with her family to a homestead in Colorado. Hardscrabble is a middle grade book that tells her story, by best-selling author Sandra Dallas. 

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A Doll House | Audiobook Download

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 8:45am by lindseyl

A woman stands silhouetted in a doorway

Actors from L.A. Theatre Works bring Henrik Ibsen’s masterful play to life. Blackmail, love, and hypocrisy make A Doll House an engrossing, lively drama. 

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AADL Reads: Cecile Richards | Podcast Download

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 8:57am by lindseyl

Cecile Richards in front of a turquoise background

In this episode Cecile Richards discusses her book, “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead.” She also talks about some of her own favorite reads! 

Listen to the episode!

 

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The 1619 Project: New York Times Magazine | Magazine Download

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 8:59am by lindseyl

The 1619 Project

This issue contains essays on different aspects of contemporary American life, from mass incarceration to rush-hour traffic, that have their roots in slavery and its aftermath. Each essay takes up a modern phenomenon, familiar to all, and reveals its history. The first, by the staff writer Nikole Hannah Jones (from whose mind this project sprang) provides the intellectual framework for the project and can be read as an introduction. 

Read the Issue!

 

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Viva Mediva | Music Download 

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:12am by lindseyl

An young woman holds the hands of a young man

The tracks on this album are modern arrangements of Medieval songs, featuring medieval and Arabian instruments and a multitude of vocal techniques. 

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Be a Good Dragon | Book Download

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 1:27pm by lindseyl

Be a Good Dragon by Kurt Cyrus

When Enzo the dragon catches a cold his sneezes wreak havoc on the villages around him! What is he supposed to do? This rollicking, rhyming tale teaches kids the importance of covering your mouth when you sneeze.

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Bobbsey Twins at the County Fair | Book Download

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:09am by lindseyl

The Bobbsey twins at the County Fair by Laura Lee Hope

One of the original Bobbsey Twin adventures! Two sets of twins in the same family go to the fair, make a new friend, and apprehend a thief. 

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Stackable Cats | Pattern Download

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 8:49am by lindseyl

Three knitted stuffed cats in a pile

These knitting patterns from Mochimochi Land teach you to make squishable, stackable, knitted cats in three different sizes! It includes instructions for striped cats, calico cats, and siamese cats. 

Download the pattern!