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Introduction to Theremini

Monday January 29, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 6 - Adult

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Happy Birthday Gustav Klimt!


Today is artist [|Gustav Klimt’s] 155th birthday! What better way to celebrate, than to appreciate some of his incredible work. We have a selection of his paintings in our art print collection available to check out, including my favorite, and one of his most popular pieces, [|The Kiss]. The Kiss is a glowing portrait of two lovers in a tight embrace, painted using oil paints and layers of gold leaf - actual gold that has been hammered down into thin, delicate sheets used for gilding.

Also available for check out is [|The Woman in Gold], a 2014 film starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, that tells the story of Klimt’s famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen by Nazi’s during the second World War, and Adele's niece, Maria Altmann's decade long fight to reclaim the precious artwork. To read more about the true story, you can check out [|The Lady in Gold], or for a fictionalized version, be sure to read the novel [|Stolen Beauty].

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LGBTQ+ Support Groups

[|SafeHouse Center] provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. Beginning this Spring, SafeHouse will be offering support groups for those that identify as LGBTQIA who are experiencing intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault.

Some areas of focus will include:

 LGBT-specific domestic violence and sexual assault information
 Learning coping strategies
 Safety-planning (trans-friendly tool)
 Identifying healthy relationships
 Self-esteem
 Self-care

If you have other questions or would like to register for this free group, please contact Adrienne at or 734-973-0242 ext. 205. Don't forget to look through previously assembled [|Public Lists] focused towards LGBT interests. [img_assist|nid=359463|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=74]

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Check out a telescope, see a comet

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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is flying over Earth's North Pole this week. Although it's not quite visible to the naked eye, backyard astronomers can find it fairly easily as it's near the bowl of the Big Dipper. ([|Here's a map] to help locate its position.)

Why is it green? According to, "Like many comets, 41P has a verdant hue because its atmosphere contains diatomic carbon (C2)--a substance that glows green in the near vacuum of space. Comet 41P is not only approaching Earth, but also the sun. April 12th is the date of perihelion (minimum distance from the sun). This means we are catching the comet just as solar heating is furiously searing its icy core. The green atmosphere should be well puffed up by streamers of vaporizing gas."

Check out [b:1406969|one of our Orion Starblast telescopes today] so you're ready when the rain stops and the skies clear up.

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New to the Tools Collection: Guitars, Basses, and Amplifiers!


If you’ve perused the Tools collection in the past year or so, you may have noticed from time to time our electric guitar and electric bass, and wondered if you could bring one of these super cool instruments home with you. Well, wonder no more! New to our Tools collection as of today, we are offering not only the instruments you’ve spent time jamming on at our demo stations, but also some really nifty 3/4 scale acoustic guitars! Holy cow!

Combined with our extensive guitar pedal collection, a wide variety of cables, and yes, even amplifiers, the possibilities for reaching musical nirvana are endless! The guitars and basses can be checked out for one week at a time, and similar to other Tools in the collection, are first come first serve. Whether you’re a beginner looking to dip your feet into the world of rock and/or roll, or you’re a seasoned professional serenading the masses for the night up at The Ark, AADL has you covered.

So is the soul of Jimi Hendrix inside of you, begging to share your six string wizardry with the world? Do you find that your right hand has an insatiable need to slap and pop four steel strings, like you’re Flea, Geddy Lee, or Victor Wooten? Is the next hit folk song to be used in car commercials bouncing around your brain? If you answered yes to any of these seemingly preposterous questions, it’s about time you dropped by the Tools collection, and unleash the shredder in you!

Here are links to our fabulous new additions:

[b:1504156|Electric Guitar]
[b:1504157|Bass Guitar]
[b:1504158|Acoustic Guitar]
[b:1475852|Mobile Cube - Stereo Vocal/Synthesizer/Guitar Amplifier]
[b:1476279|Micro Cube Bass RX - Bass Guitar/Synthesizer Amplifier]
[b:1476053|Micro Cube GX Amplifier]

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Kid Bits - 10 NEW themes in STORIES To GO collection for 2016 !!


ATTENTION Parents, Teachers, and Child Care Providers !
NEW sets are ready for YOU !

STORIES To GO are themed sets of materials ... especially designed for use with Preschool and young Elementary children ages 2-7.
Each set includes 6-10 books, 1-2 DVDs, and an Activity Folder with suggested finger plays, songs, crafts, etc. related to the theme.
Just grab a theme and go.

10 NEW Themes for 2016 are available NOW. Here they are:
[b:1494510|ANN ARBOR] for introducing and exploring our community.
[b:1494135|FAIRIES] for those who enjoy the local fairy doors.
[b:1494509|BIG MACHINES] for those with a passion for wheels and work.
[b:1494136|SIZE and MEASUREMENT: Math Readiness].
[b:1494081|OUTER SPACE] for those who like to explore the universe.
[b:1494511|BABY SIGNS] for people learning signing with their babies.
[b:1494133|FEELINGS] for exploring different types of young drama.
[b:1494137|LIBRARIES] ... and sharing.
[b:1494080|SEEDS To PLANTS] for early science discovery.
[b:1494512|MONSTERS] for those who want to explore Monsters !

You can browse the rest of the themes in STORIES To GO

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New Games!

[cover_image]|b14949957[/cover_image]It is summer! Time to get outside… and play with tools from the AADL [*?search_format=r&sort=catalog_newest|Tools Collection]! Which includes new oversize [|games] just in time for playing with in the great outdoors!

Simply put, the [b:1494995|Rainbow Mini Golf] set looks amazing. I mean, rainbow putters?! It has everything you need to get that hole in one.

If you like to keep the action in the air instead of on the ground… [b:1494996|Mini Badminton] is worth a twirl! Place it on a table and be ready to play. Both new games are so new and amazing requests can’t be placed on them just yet, so keep your eyes peeled! And be sure to check out all other great [*?search_format=r&sort=catalog_newest|tools] in the collection!

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Digitize Your Photo Collection with a Portable Scanner!


The [b:1470629|Magic Wand Portable Scanner] is just one of many great [:tools|Tools] at the Ann Arbor District Library that you can check out with your library card.

With its easy to use functions this scanner is great for scanning large amounts of photos in minutes. Insert 4x6, 5x8 or 8x10 prints into the auto feeder and the scanner will do the rest. And anything larger can be scanned by hand; just detach the scanner from the docking station and you're instantly mobile!

Other features include color or monochromatic scan selection, 300/600/1050/1200 DPI scan quality selection and a color display to playback the scanned images. So instead of spending countless hours using a flatbed scanner for your next project use this one instead!

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New Tool: Toppling Dominoes!

[cover_image]|b14904780[/cover_image]One of the new [|games] on the [|Unusual Stuff] shelf are [b:1490478|Toppling Dominoes]! Line them up, knock them down. You can create patterns with the assorted shapes and sizes of these fun dominoes! These are great for all ages. It’s a small manageable bag that just happens to have 1,000 pieces ready for you to build and play with. Put a set on hold! Game on!

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Wayne State University Press E-books Are Here!

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We are extremely pleased to offer e-books from [:go/wsuebooks|Wayne State University Press].

Library patrons can download these e-books (they are in PDF format) after logging in to our website. Enjoy titles such as [:catalog/record/wsu-2385|Coney Detroit] and, find out how Detroit became the coney hotdog capital of the world! Interested in Detroit music history, check out [:catalog/record/wsu-2297|MC5: Sonically Speaking, A Revolution of Rock'n'Roll] or [:catalog/record/wsu-2961|Techno Rebels : The Renegades of Electronic Funk] Or how about some Michigan history, specifically young women, try [:catalog/record/wsu-3654|Great Girls in Michigan History] or the automotive variety, [:catalog/record/wsu-3704|Reuther Brothers : Walter, Roy, and Victor]. Or how about a study on a tv show, like [:catalog/record/wsu-2044|Doctor Who], [:catalog/record/wsu-2247|Deadwood], or the [:catalog/record/wsu-2861|Sopranos], to name a few.

There are more titles to choose from so check out the list [:go/wsuebooks|here] and start downloading today!