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Zine Workshop

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Consumer Reports Online

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:04am


[|Consumer Reports] database is now available to search online at the library or wherever you have access to the Internet, you just login to your online account. You can read reviews and ratings on products, cars, and various services as well as articles from current and past magazine issues (starting in 2012, located at the bottom of the page). So when you are in the market to buy a new washing machine, for example, just type that term in the search box at the top of the page and press enter. You will get ratings, recommendations, a buying guide, and a comparison of the top rated products.

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Magazine Shelf: Anorak

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 11:12am


[|Anorak: The Happy Mag for Kids] is one beautiful magazine, with its lush illustrations and thick pages! It began in 2006 and is published in London four times a year, and is aimed at children age 6 and up. Each issue has a theme – such as magic, cats and dogs, history, writing, adventure, to name a few. Topics in the issues include books, travel, film, stories and comics to read, games and more.

The magazine also has a cute [|website] with a blog and other fun! Would also be great for adults who are into pretty magazines.

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Magazines at AADL

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:04am


AADL Reference and Magazine collections at the Downtown Library have recently relocated to the third floor, along with brand new carpeting, comfortable reading chairs and several large tables with chairs. This is a great time to view the new space and browse the classic glossies and some eye-popping newer magazines. Awaiting you are treasures like [t:The Intelligent Optimist], [t:Interweave Knits], [t:Hyphen], [t:The Instrumentalist], [t:ARTNEWS], [t:American Archeology] and [t:Howler]. Or [t:The Advocate], [t:The Black Scholar], [t:Latina] or [t:Michigan Gardener] might pique your interest. So if you want to see what's new in periodicals, visit AADL soon. All but the current issue may be checked out for two weeks, and you can put a copy on hold for pick-up at any branch through your AADL My Account.

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February is Black History Month

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:08pm

[img_assist|nid=311589|title=Signal of Liberty|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=133]The best way to celebrate and honor Black History Month is to delve into history. What better place to do that than the Library?

This February, AADL has several events and resources to help you mark Black History Month by honoring those who came before, their traditions, and our hopes for the future.
April Ryan, a 30-year journalism veteran, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House has just released a new book, [|The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America], a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of race relations as it relates to the White House. [|She will be at the Downtown Library] on Monday, February 16 at 7 pm to discuss the book, her career, the three presidents she’s covered, and her experiences.

The Sankofa Ensemble takes their name from a word that means “to retrieve the goodness from the past”. They will teach us about the traditions of Ghanaian and West African music and play authentic instruments from Ghana. Families will especially enjoy being able to get up and dance to the music, and learning more about traditional African dancing. [|The Sankofa Ensemble will perform] on Saturday, February 21 at 2 pm in the Downtown Library’s Multi-Purpose Room.

The last very special Black History Month event features the relatives of a prominent Civil Rights figure: Rosa Parks. Sheila McCauley Keys is Rosa Parks’ niece, and she and her siblings grew up very closely with their aunt when she moved to Detroit. They have recently released a new book of memories of their aunt, [|Our Auntie Rosa: the Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons], and [|Sheila will visit the Downtown Library] on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 pm. She will talk about her new book and her Auntie Rosa, and she will take questions from the audience.

Of course, libraries are fantastic resources for more than just events. Here at AADL, we have the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County’s [|Living Oral History Videos]. These are recorded interviews with local African-Americans discussing what they witnessed and experienced and their perspectives relating to race, gender, education, equality, faith, housing, employment, community building activities, and social infrastructure in our area. These amazing videos show what a historical resource our own people are, and make learning about history as easy as a conversation with your grandparents.

Newspapers are also great historical resources. AADL has digitized copies of local abolitionist newspaper [|Signal of Liberty] which was started in April 1841 and published almost every week from an office on Broadway Street in Ann Arbor. Issues featured local and national news, anti-slavery poems, interviews with emancipated slaves, minutes from anti-slavery meetings, and stories by abolitionists about helping people escape from slavery. Reading these articles helps us to understand issues surrounding slavery, why people opposed this dark part of our past, and how ordinary people participated in the fight for freedom.

Whatever part of history you are interested in, your library is a resource for research, learning, and commemorating.

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In-season cooking

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:06pm

[img_assist|nid=264985|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]Now is the perfect time to take advantage of all the fresh produce available from local grocery stores, farmers markets and maybe even from your own back yard! For many, the biggest question is how to prepare all your yummies once you get them home. At the Ann Arbor District Library you can find a bounty of fresh produce cookbooks that might give you new ideas on how to cook old favorites or help you find new favorites to add into your daily menu. In Susie Middleton’s [b:1365446|cookbook] Fast, Fresh & Green you’ll find simple recipes that will teach you how to turn out delicious vegetable side dishes in under 30 minutes. On a side note, don’t expect a vegetarian recipe book when checking this one out as the chef uses pork in a few dishes. Of course, you can almost always modify recipes to meet your dietary needs.

If it's vegetarian recipes you’re looking for you can check out issues of the [b:1108902 |magazine] Vegetarian Times. Vegetarian Times is a monthly magazine published nine times a year (three double issues) that is chock-full of healthy recipes geared for cooking with in-season produce. In addition to the tantalizing recipes each issues offers product recommendations, as well as great tips for making your cooking experience easier.

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Amazing Magazines!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:58am


Whether you call them periodicals, zines or just plain magazines you will find some cool selections in the [|aadl magazine collection] which, except for the current issue, can be put on hold with [|your library card] and borrowed for two weeks. Titles like [b:1423684|Michigan Riparian], [b:1423683|Pointe], [b:1422878|Bee Culture], [b:1450676|Brick Journal], [b:1390720|Treasures], [b:1101393|Babybug], [b:1257951|Cheng Ming], [b:1277719|Scrapbooking & Beyond], [b:1448212|G.I. jobs], or a multitude of popular glossies can be browsed at the library or at That’s also where you can click on [|Research] and use the General Reference Center Gold database for magazines that we no longer carry. No matter what you call them, AADL has a magazine for everyone!

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Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:01pm


I became a fan of [a:Ehrenreich, Barbara|Barbara Ehrenreich] after reading her 2001 book [t:Nickel and dimed: On (not) Getting by in America|Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America]. Her latest book, [t:Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything|Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything] is currently at the top of my to-read list, based on a review I just read in the April issue of the monthly journal [|BookPage]. Ehrenreich, a scientist who has described herself as a "fourth-generation atheist," is a leading thinker and fabulous writer. Her book, a blend of memoir and metaphysical reflection, is reviewed under the headline "An atheist reconsiders the human 'situation.'" In the book, Ehrenreich writes about her childhood quest to find answers to universal questions such as "Why are we here?" As a middle-aged woman, she revisits her childhood mission and tells BookPage that yes, she believes that she has risen to the challenge made by her 1958 self, "What have you learned since you wrote this?" You can pick up a free copy of BookPage at any library location. You can place a hold on Living with a Wild God [t:Living with a wild god|here]. There currently are 24 requests on 5 copies.

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Click Magazine: At the Library

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:30pm


The new February issue of [b:1146162|Click Magazine] for kids has a ton of fascinating information about libraries and books! Read the text of an interview with [a:Shannon, David, 1959-|David Shannon], author of [b:1151590|No, David!] and [b:1232317|Alice the Fairy], learn about the history of books and making paper, and how to ask a librarian for help. You can also see photos of different libraries around the world, including biblioburros, bookmobiles, portable libraries on elephants and trailers, and even libraries hidden inside telephone booths. You can learn how to make your own book (even one with flaps and pockets!) and photocopy and use the story starter game in the back. Feeling too snowed in to come to the library?

Visit the Click Magazine website to hear [|audio recordings] of magazine features, [|watch a video] on block printing, or play a [|Sort the Books] game.

Click [k:@callnum youth magazine|here] to find more magazines for kids at AADL!