Upcoming Events

Project M/Super Smash Brothers "Not so" Regulation Throwdown

Looking for a smash? Missing that classic melee gameplay?

Come on Downtown for a twist on our Super Smash Brothers Brawl Throwdown.

Make a Fairy Doll!

Do you just LOVE fairies? We'll show you how to make your own fairy doll.

DIY Decorated Mugs

Store bought mugs not quite your style? We'll show you some techniques to decorate your own.

Circle K Homework Help

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!

Web Design

The staff of GameStart will show you how to build your own web page! This class will introduce design fundamentals as we explore a number of modern multimedia technologies. Learn to consider the user experience for navigation, readability, and more.

Around The World With Jeff Price

Join world traveler Jeff Price as he shares the story of how he said goodbye to his job, sold all his possessions and embarked on a journey that took him around the world. His route included stops in Hawaii, Fiji, Malta, Italy and Portugal, to name a few. As part of his journey he completed the 500 mile pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago through Spain and France where he met fellow travelers from all over the world and forged bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime. Jeff will share stories, pictures and answer questions about his life as a modern day nomad.

Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings By The Saline Painters Guild

Like myths from opposing cultures, the different approaches by the twenty artists in The Saline Painters Guild Exhibit fit their theme of “seemingly unrelated” to a “T”. The paintings in this exhibit include abstracts, landscapes, patterns, still life and portraits executed in oil, acrylic or watercolor on canvas, paper, Yupo and cloth.

When seen for the first time, the paintings do seem entirely unrelated. But when we look beneath the surface we find the connections: they tickle our memories of landscapes we’ve seen before, floral gatherings in a still life and games we might have played on a beach somewhere. Like the signature myths of widely separated cultures, the principle details of these paintings have relationships of which we are hardly aware, until we pause to view the world through the artists’ eyes.

New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

The circulating art print collection at the Ann Arbor District Library makes available original works of art and fine reproductions of paintings, photography, prints and drawings. Artists represented in the collection are global and multicultural in scope. Works selected ranges from the iconic to the eclectic but are always, good examples of the artists’ works.

All art prints in the collection are professionally framed by Format Framing of Ann Arbor. Images of the collection are available in the online catalog. Each library card holder may borrow up to 3 prints, circulating for 8 weeks. Sturdy nylon carrying bags are available for safe and easy transport from our staff at the Circulation Department.

Planes And Trains And Things That Go!: The 2014 Childrens' Book Exhibit By The U-M Special Collections Library

The University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library is happy once again to present an exhibit drawing upon its rich Children’s Literature Collection and Transportation History Collection. This year’s theme is transportation throughout the decades and how it influenced and became part of children’s books. The exhibit includes classics such as The Little Engine That Could while also documenting how authors used this genre to educate children about the changing transportation in the world around them.

The four main areas of the exhibit are "On The Road," "Up In The Air," "Riding the Rails" and "Ships Ahoy!." Each segment is subdivided into two sections, titles that focus on teaching children about a mode of transport, and those featuring tales of travel and adventure in that genre. The majority of the material is from the 20th century with a few examples from earlier and later periods. It should be noted that this is only a sampling from the extensive holdings of such material within the Special Collections Library’s Children’s Literature Collection. These materials and many other related titles are available for viewing in that Library.

Some titles will be readily recognized such a Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Norton Juster’s Phantom Tollbooth, and Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Many others will be new to the viewer. Books in all formats have been included as well, including picture books, board books, chapter books, and pop-up and other mechanic styles. Together they present a solid picture of how development of modern transportation methods has been incorporated into children’s literature through the last 150 years.

This year’s exhibit has been curated by Kathleen Dow, Head, Archives Unit and Curator, Transportation History Collection, and assisted by William A. Gosling, Curator Emeritus, Children’s Literature Collection, Special Collections Library. The exhibit was prepared by Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian and Exhibition Conservator and Marieka Kaye, Conservation Librarian/Book Conservator, Preservation and Conservation Department; with the assistance of Anne Elias and Karmen Beecroft, Collection Services Specialists, Special Collections Library.

An Evening with The Yellow Room Gang

Join us for a special December workshop featuring the celebrated The Yellow Room Gang - which includes acclaimed local musicians.

These accomplished Michigan songwriters have been meeting monthly since 2005. What began as a casual meeting in the brilliant yellow living room of David Tamulevich's Ann Arbor home has evolved into one of the most exciting musical super groups to ever join forces on one stage