Guests at the 2015 ConTroll YA conference will be Kate Bassett, Tracy Biler, Ellen Hopkins, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska.

ConTroll YA young adult literature convention announces 2015 author lineup

The organizers of ConTroll YA, the second annual young adult literature conference at the Adrian District Library, have announced this year’s author lineup. Returning authors Kate Bassett, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska will be joined by two new guests: Tracy Bilen, the author of “Watch Your Back” and “What She Left Behind,” and Ellen Hopkins, the New York Times-bestselling author of “Crank,” “Glass” and more. The guests were announced last night on ConTroll YA’s Twitter account. The convention will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Adrian District Library. Continue Reading

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Adrian library’s Teen Read program to host Doctor Who event

The Adrian District Library is hosting a “Doctor Who” party on Friday, July 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. for students in grades 6-12. The program is part of the summer Teen Read events at the library. The program will include a Doctor Who trivia game, themed crafts and refreshments, and viewing of an episode of the longrunning British sci-fi series about a time-travelling humanoid alien. While fans of the series are especially encouraged to attend, it is not necessary to know anything about the series to enjoy the program. Registration is requested. The library is located at 143 E. Maumee St. Continue Reading


“Geocaching 101″ at the Adrian District Library

The Adrian District Library is hosting a “Geocaching 101” event at the library for all ages on Saturday, June 27. The event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” from 9:30 to 10 a.m. followed by a “Geocaching 101” presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will learn everything they need to know to find their first geocache. After the presentation, novice geocachers can team up with more experienced geocachers to head outdoors to look for nearby caches. Participants are asked to enter through the Breakin’ Away Café entrance off of East Maumee Street. The café will be open at 9 a.m. and have coffee drinks and baked goods available to purchase. Continue Reading

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“Arsenal of Democracy” author to speak at Adrian District Library

The author of “The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and the Epic Quest to Arm an America at War” will visit the Adrian District Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4. A.J. Baime’s book tells the story of how the Ford Motor Company went from making cars to producing the airplanes that would mean the difference between winning and losing World War II. Baime is visiting the Adrian library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2015 Michigan Notable Authors Tour. Authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2015 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state during the tour. “It’s a literary treat to have A.J. Baime in our community, sharing his captivating work with our friends and neighbors in such an open, accessible way,” said Shirley Ehnis, director of the Adrian District Library. Continue Reading

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Adrian library proposal passes with 54% of the vote

The Adrian District Library millage proposal, which will establish Adrian’s downtown library as an independent entity funded by a 2.5-mill property tax levy, has passed by a margin of 1,303 votes to 1,090. Following is a breakdown of the vote by precinct:


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Family Calendar: Week of April 27, 2015

Here’s our Family Calendar for the coming week, featuring family-oriented or kid-friendly activities around the area. Do you have something you’d like to submit for this feature? Please email! Open art studio time: Lenawee’s Heart and Soul will offer open studio time for kids ages 18 months to 7 years, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday. The cost is $5 per child. Continue Reading

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ASO and local libraries present “A giraffe, a bassoon and the music of the moon”

Here’s a tagline that’s hard to resist — “A giraffe, a bassoon, and the music of the moon.” That’s the title of the next installment of Music Moves Me, an interactive concert for preschoolers next weekend at the Adrian and Tecumseh libraries. Both concerts will be on Saturday, May 2. The times are 10:30 a.m. at the Adrian District Library and 1 p.m. at the Tecumseh District Library. Music Moves me features musicians from the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and is funded by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The program will feature short solo selections by ASO bassoonist Jim Westhoff and pianist Beverly Ratcliffe. Continue Reading

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Two events planned to help families with their budgets

The Adrian District Library and Community Action Agency are planning two events this week to help families learn more about managing their household finances. In recognition of Money Smart Week, which is April 18-25, the events are:

Budgeting Basics: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Foreclosure Prevention: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. Both presentations will take place at the Adrian District Library, 143 E. Maumee St. For more information, call 517-265-2265. Continue Reading

Adrian library seeks applicants for teen volunteer corps

The Adrian District Library is currently taking applications for its Volunteen program for students who will be in grades 7-12 next fall. This summer’s volunteer program begins June 8 and continues for nine weeks. Volunteers will work from two to four hours per week and may help run the summer reading program, assist at weekly storytimes, prepare crafts, work on the computer or work on special projects. No experience is necessary, but parent’s permission is required. There will be a Volunteen orientation at the library on Monday, June 1, at 4 p.m.

Applications are available upstairs in the Youth Services Department of the library or on this page. Continue Reading

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Sixteen authors to attend event at Adrian District Library

The Adrian District Library will host 16 authors from around the region on Saturday, March 28. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The genres include children’s, tween, teen and adult books. The authors slated to attend the fair are Dan Cherry, Clark Cothern, Dawn Flemington, Jennifer Friess, Andy Lockwood, Patti Keno, Benjamin J. Nichols, Lindsey Sanford, T.L. Schwartz, Sister Pat Schnapp, Edward Skinner, Jasmine Shea Townsend, Valorie Veld, Janice Whelan, Philip Wigent and Elle Wright. For more information, go to Continue Reading