AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.
Saturday March 11, 2017: 2:00pm to
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade K - Adult
Saturday April 22, 2017: 2:00pm to
Traverwood Branch: Program Room
Grade 6 - Adult
Fri, 01/13/2017 - 1:59pm by PizzaPuppy
The new movie [http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/hidden-figures|Hidden Figures] is in theaters now, and is already generating positive reviews and a plethora of award nominations. This amazing true story, first published as [b:1496469| Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race] by Margot Lee Shetterly, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of extraordinarily talented and dedicated African American female mathematicians, whose calculations launched John Glenn into Earth's orbit and won the space race. These "human computers" used slide rules, pencils, and adding machines to perform the advanced mathematics needed to calculate trajectories, launch windows, and navigational charts in case of electrical failures, among others. These brave women faced adversity through sexism and segregation, but persevere through it all to become key players in evolution of NASA and space exploration. This amazing story is also available on [b:1499766| audiobook] and [b:1499982|Large Print].
Author Margot Lee Shetterly will be speaking at Rackham Auditorium on January 24th from 4-8:15 PM. More information is available [http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/cal/events/2017/january/iamnothidden|here].
Looking to learn more about the phenomenal women scientists that propelled us into space? Check out [b:1490344| Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars] (also available [b:1496442|here] in Large Print. Or learn more about the many women who have since traveled to outer space through items such as [b:1215047| Promised the Moon], [b:1335692| Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream], and [b:1348684| Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander] (an especially interesting nonfiction movie that follows Commander Pam Melroy and her crew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery). We also have books about women inventors, such as [b:1262497| Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women].
Also check out our resources regarding two very famous pioneering female astronauts: Mae Jemison and Sally Ride. Books on Sally Ride for an adult audience include [b:1480733| this photobiography] and [b:1452149|Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space]. [b:1486458| To the Stars], [b:1460437| Sally Ride: Life on a Mission], and [b:1460762|Who Was Sally Ride?] are all intended for kids interested in learning more about Sally Ride. We also have many resources on Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space, such as [b:1468226| this biography], [b:1498844| You Should Meet Mae Jemison] or [b:1460746| Mae Jemison, Awesome Astronaut!]. You can even read books written by the astronaut herself, such as [b:1460718| The 100 Year Starship].
Just into space? We have lots for you to check out here at the library, such as [b:1468041| Eyewitness Space Exploration], or the [b:1315327| Astronaut Handbook]. [b:1261850| The Dream is Alive] is a fascinating DVD that uncovers life on a space station, and witnesses the first space walk performed by an American woman. We also have a [:node/347117|Library Space Camp] program for kids coming on Thursday, April 6th at the Downtown branch, where you can learn all about what makes a successful astronaut and complete cool space activities.
Saturday May 13, 2017: 10:00am to
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Sunday April 9, 2017: 3:00pm to
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room
Saturday March 11, 2017: 10:00am to
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:30pm by krayla
Come one, come all for the amazing, spectacular, once-every-year-without-fail [http://www.aadl.org/events/contests|WRITING CONTESTS] hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library! Starting on Monday, January 16, kids can enter the [http://www.aadl.org/events/writeon|3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest] and teens in grades 6-12 can send works of flash fiction or short stories to the [http://www.aadl.org/events/itsallwrite|"It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest]. Guidelines and writing resources are currently available for both contests, so get out your pencils, your keyboards, your quills, or your styli, because it's about to get EPIC.