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FestiFools and AADL: Something New!

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 9:11am by manz

[img_assist|nid=357643|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]Our fellow robots, the time has come to change things up and we at AADL are retiring our robot suits for something new. We want to help keep things fresh for [|FestiFools] fans! This year AADL is hosting [|multiple building workshops] for ALL AGES to help us make two community puppets, and for you to make your own costumes or instruments for the big [|FestiFools] event on Sunday, April 9.

This year we are bringing a big, bright, yellow sun puppet to join in whatever fun the official [|FestiFools] organizers have planned for Ann Arbor! We’ll accompany our GIANT sun on Main Street with all of us decked out in our brightest sunniest YELLOW costumes as we march to fantastic beats. Onlookers will see so much YELLOW parading down Main Street! (Robots are always welcome at [|FestiFools], AADL just isn't hosting workshops to make them.)

We will have opportunities to papier–mâché, paint fabric, make a sunshiney costume with capes and masks, make a drum, and more. We are SO excited to have you join us in helping make [|FestiFools] even more foolish and bright this year!

[|Festifools Workshop: Community Puppet Building] Sunday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00
All ages will work together to help make a GIANT sun puppet that we’ll all march down Main St. at the BIG FestiFools event on Sunday, April 9! It will march alongside a mysterious surprise creature that you will help create in bits and pieces. While you won’t be making your own puppet at this workshop, you’ll have a chance to work together to be a part of something BIGGER that all will see.

[|FestiFools Workshop: Costume Making] Sunday, March 26 from 1:00-3:00
Create your own costume to be worn while marching down Main St. at the BIG FestiFools event on Sunday, April 9! We are bringing a GIANT sun puppet to FestiFools and we need you to be the yellow rays to go with it. We’ll have supplies for capes, wings, hats, masks, and more – many golden yellow supplies to help make us into bright glowing orbs.

[|FestiFools Workshop: Make Instruments with Drummunity] Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1:00-2:00
Lori Fithian of Drummunity will help us make simple percussive instruments.
Meet back up with us on April 9 at the BIG FestiFools event ready to march along playing your instrument while wearing the most yellow sunshiny costume you can come up with. Picture a GIANT yellow sun with many marching alongside beaming with gold and playing music.

[|FestiFools Workshop: March with Drummunity] Sunday, April 2 from 2:15-3:00
Lori Fithian of Drummunity will lead us in making the most of our unique musical instruments, getting us in the FestiFools spirit with a mini march.
Bring your own instrument or come to the instrument-making workshop right before this. Then meet back up with us on April 9 ready to march along in the BIG FestiFools event, playing your instrument while wearing the most foolish yellow costume you can come up with.

[|Meet Up and March Over to FestiFools!] Sunday, April 9 at 3:30pm
Calling all fools! Meet us in the lobby in your most foolish costumes ready to march over to Main Street and join in the FestiFools fun from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. We library fools are all wearing yellow to surround the sun! So dress in yellow, dress in costume, be silly, and bring your instruments! Get ready to make some noise and spread some cheer in downtown Ann Arbor!

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Meet “It’s All Write!” 2017 Judge #2: Cori McCarthy!

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:53pm by BugsAndSlugs


Cori McCarthy, our second Judge for the 2017 [:events/itsallwrite|“It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest] is the author of the much-acclaimed YA novels [b:1468898| Breaking Sky],[b:1489810|You Were Here] and The Color of Rain. Cori's fourth novel, Now A Major Motion Picture, will be released in April 2018.

Cori McCarthy currently lives in Michigan and spends most of her time playing guitar, reading poetry, raising her son, and running a teen writing group. Like many of her characters, she is a member of the LGBTQ community. Cori started writing when she was just 13 years old! Check out [|] to learn all about this talented author, and stay tuned for more information about the “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest 2017 Judges!

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Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Wednesday April 12, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Lanyard Earbuds

Wednesday July 12, 2017: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Fabric-Covered Flower Pots

Saturday June 24, 2017: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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Meet “It’s All Write!” 2017 Judge #1: Cara Chow!

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:24pm by BugsAndSlugs


The [:events/itsallwrite|“It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest] of 2017 is wrapping up, and it’s time to introduce the judges! If you're still working on your story, don't worry - submissions will be accepted until midnight on February 24th! Check out the [|Flash Fiction] and [|Short Story] guidelines for more information.

[a:Chow, Cara|Cara Chow], author of the young adult novel [b:1418746|Bitter Melon], was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the Richmond district of San Francisco. Ms. Chow was a 2001 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, and Bitter Melon, her debut novel, made the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2012 [| Best Fiction] list. Cara currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and son.

Stay tuned for more information about the “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest 2017 Judges!

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Only a Few Days Left to Enter the "It's All Write!" Contest!

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 12:45pm by krayla


If you're a writer in grades 6-12, you still have time to send your work to the "It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest! Just copy and paste your [|short story] or work of [|flash fiction] in the [|submission form] by midnight on Friday, February 24. Please send any questions to Kayla at

Happy writing!

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Unbecoming, by Jenny Downham

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 2:35pm by manz


In [b:1489803|Unbecoming], by [|Jenny Downham], we meet three generations of red-headed women, all with their own secrets and stories.

Seventeen year old Katie lives with her uptight mother Caroline and her younger brother, until one day Caroline’s Mother Mary abruptly comes into their lives. Estranged for years, Caroline does not want her mother to come live with them, even though she is suffering from dementia and needs care. As she temporarily stays with the family while social services sorts things out, everyone’s world turn upside down in different ways. On top of caring for her brother, and now her grandmother, Katie struggles to please her mother and keep secret who she’s been kissing. Caroline tries desperately to keep the past in the past and shove Mary away, while Mary tries so hard to remember her past as she wakes up daily wondering who these people are that she’s living with.

Wonderfully crafted, the book mostly stays in present day, but shifts back to Mary’s young adult life. The truth begins to unfold a rich family history of strong women who are either trying to break the rules or trying hard to follow them and keep things quiet and uneventful. Mary will have none of it! She wishes for adventure. If only she could remember.

It is an absolutely touching YA novel and it was a pleasure to spend time with these characters finding their place within their family and in the world. I would love to have a picnic with Mary on the beach.

The [|Stonewall Book Award] is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. This year there was one winner and three honors – one of which was [b:1489803|Unbecoming].

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Blind Date with a Book and Surprise Books for Kids!!

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:00am by PizzaPuppy


Stop by any of the AADL locations for a sweet February surprise!

Adults and teens will find Blind Date with a Book displays, where one can hopefully find the mysterious item of their dreams! Books (and movies!) are wrapped in butcher paper and decorated with hearts in red, pink and purple. They have a short description of what the material inside contains… but you’ll have to check out the item and take it home to unwrap to find out if it’s really meant for you!

Kids aren’t left out either! There are Surprise displays at every location too, where kids will find mystery items decorated with stars and question marks in bright rainbow colors, and wrapped up with only hints written on them to imply what’s inside.

These displays will be up for the entire month of February, so don’t miss your chance to find your match!

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Printz Awards Announced!

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:42am by manz

[img_assist|nid=353544|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=101]This morning many awards were given for excellence in books, video and audio books for children and young adults at the American Library Association’s [|Youth Media Awards]. One the biggies given annually is the [|Michael L. Printz Award], which is given for excellence in literature written for young adults. This year four Printz Honors were named in addition to the winner.


[b:1497910|March: Book Three] by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
The stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. In this graphic novel, congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. (This book also won the Non-fiction, Sibert, and Coretta Scott King Author Awards)


[b:1494581|Asking for It] by Louise O’Neill
It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does.

[b:1491817|The Passion of Dolssa] by Julie Berry
In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an "unnatural woman," and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches--but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

[b:1502497|Scythe] by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

[b:1500371|The Sun is Also a Star] by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

Looking for more [|Printz] winners? Here’s a list of the [|winners] and the [|honors] that have been awarded since 2000.