What's Happening This Week!

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SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Organization for Bat Conservation visits the Pittsfield Branch on Sunday March 8 at 2:00 pm to present an interactive program for kids featuring bats and other nocturnal creatures. Come face to face with these creatures of the night and learn about their survival tools.

CRAFTS: Adults and teens can learn how to spin yarn when they make their own drop spindle on Saturday March 7 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch and can create felt flowers on Sunday March 8 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Preschoolers can enjoy a morning yoga session on Saturday March 7 at 10:00 am at Pittsfield Branch.

HANDS-ON MINECRAFT WORKSHOP: Kids can learn programming basics while enjoying Minecraft on Saturday March 7 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.


BOOK DISCUSSION: Teachers are invited to participate in the UMS Book Discussion For Teachers on Tuesday March 10 at 4:30 pm in the Downtown Library. This session focuses on The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois.

CRAFT: Kids can enjoy a story and craft based on the book Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin on Monday March 9 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

Award-Winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi Of Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant

Sunday March 15, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Spend the afternoon with internationally-known Chef Takashi Yagihashi.

Over his twenty-five year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded by consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian, and American cuisine.

A native of Mito, Japan, the self-taught Yagihashi was working in a local restaurant when the owner asked him to relocate to the States and work for him there; over the next several years, the young chef worked his way up the culinary ladder throughout Chicago.

In late 2011, Chicago’s Slurping Turtle opened to instantaneous success and received a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Slurping Turtle offers Japanese comfort food, where delicate balance and respect for natural flavors continues to be a hallmark of his cooking style. Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor in Spring 2014.

Takashi published his first cookbook, Takashi’s Noodles, in 2009. When asked what he loves most about cooking, “I love the whole process – from cutting fish to the final plating. The creativity of coming up with a dish combined with the execution of the final product, start to finish, that’s what I like the most.”

Learn more about Chef Takashi Yagihashi, his love for cooking and Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant. This event will include a tasting of some of Chef Yagihashi’s creations and a book signing with books for sale.

It's All Write: The Countdown Begins!

Short story writers, if you haven't written a story for the 2015 It's All Write Teen Short Story Contest, now's the time to get started! The deadline for submission is March 13, which means you have one week in which to write a totally awesome, amazing, incredible, hilarious, jaw-dropping, heart-wrenching, inspired story! Don't have time to write a brand new one? Dust off and spruce up that draft you've got sitting around on your hard drive!

Go to the It's All Write page to find writing guidelines and the submission form.

Happy writing!


Bright Nights Community Forum: Depression During Childbearing Years: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Raising Resilient Children

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February 3, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Research conducted by the University of Michigan Depression Center suggested that as many as one in five pregnant women may experience symptoms of depression during the childbearing years. Many are symptomatic during their pregnancies, and symptoms may continue during their children’s early years.

Kate Rosenblum, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Women & Infants Mental Health Program, and Co-Director of the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic, will give a brief overview of the latest research on perinatal depression, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and raising resilient children. Novel early interventions to improve maternal depression, parenting skills, foster healthy attachment, and maximize a healthy developmental path for children will be explored.

This will be followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with panelists from the U-M Depression Center, including Maria Muzik, M.D., MSc., Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Women and Infants Mental Health Clinic; Lisa Hammer, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, U-M Medical School; and Lulu Zhao, M.D., Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology, U-M Medical School.

For more information on the UM Depression Center, please visit the Depression Center website.

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New Documentaries on DVD

New DVDs and Blu-rays are often hitting the catalog, whether it’s film or television, fiction or nonfiction. The AADL owns a slew of fabulous documentaries, and more documentaries have recently been added. Here’s a full list, with newest additions listed first, and below are a few to get you started:

The sixties
The 1960s was the decade America transformed from a country of conformity to a land of political, cultural, and social liberation. Looking through the lens of television, this production weaves together the events and personalities that influenced and dominated the 1960s in America, sketching a portrait of this remarkable decade that is both entertaining and illuminating.

Fat, sick & nearly dead 2
The second inspirational documentary in the higly successful franchise. This reconnects Joe with his followers from the first film to catch viewers up on how the impact of juicing has changed their lives. With help from friends, family and the medical communit, he not only shows viewers were he is now, but also continues to educate viewers about the critical role that family and community support play in maintaining this healthy lifestyle.

Code Black
In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives an unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic young doctors-in-training as they wrestle with both their ideals and the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system.

The Fidel Castro tapes: The story of the Cuban dictator's turbulent leadership
In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. This chronicles the Cuban leader's ability to maintain control through ongoing tumult in his country, and in his dealings with the United States and the rest of the world.

Parent’s Corner: “Mom, I’m Hungry!”

Kids seem to be hungry all the time. Always wanting a snack or a juice box, even after they’ve just ate. How and what do you feed the kid who wants to eat all day? The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, and on this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from food and nutrition to potty training to time-outs to homework. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.”

Beating the lunch box blues: Fresh ideas for lunches on the go! is found on that shelf, and sounds like a great way to spice up the brown bag lunches if you’re burned out on spreading peanut butter on bread. For more titles, check out this list of great books featuring more fun lunch box ideas.

For additional food ideas and insight on dealing with food challenges, check out Food fights: Winning the Nutritional challenges of parenthood armed with insight, humor and a bottle of ketchup, and Whatever happened to dinner?: Recipes and ideas for family mealtime.

And of course here are even more food titles to help with meal planning and encouraging healthy eating habits.


Bee Awareness: Protecting our Pollinators With Dr. Meghan Milbrath Of Sand Hill Apiaries

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October 20, 2014 at Downtown MPR

What is going on with bees? Honey bees have been all over the media lately with talks of colony collapse and the doom of our food system.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath gives a brief history of bees and beekeeping in the United States, and talks about their current role in Agriculture. She will untangle what we know are the root causes for their decline, and discuss ways that you can become involved to help their plight.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath owns and manages Sand Hill Apiaries, a small beekeeping and queen rearing operation in Munith, MI. She began working with bees with her father over 20 years ago, and has been hooked on bees since. She most recently worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University, studying honey bee disease with renowned bee researcher, Zachary Huang.

This event was cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA).

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New Picture Books With a Twist!

Sometimes new picture books come out that are presented in a nontraditional format. Here are three great examples of books that feature a messy story with interruptions, a story that’s read backwards and upside down, and story with a choose-your-own-ending.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
In this classically cute story by Patrick McDonnell, Louie becomes angry when the story in which he appears is ruined by messes from jelly, peanut butter, finger prints, and other things that do not belong in books. It’s quite funny! In the end he realizes that it’s still a good story – messes and all.

The Story Starts Here:
Little Wolf decides to do things his way, including starting his story at the back of the book instead of the front, wearing pants on his head, and playing piano with his toes. But at some point the book has to turn upside down in order to turn things right side up.

Milo and the Mysterious Island:
Milo wishes to see what’s beyond the horizon and he and the other mice build a raft and set off on a voyage. The book reads as normal, then you get to a point where there are split pages. One set of pages finishes the story with a happy ending, and the other set of pages finishes the story with a sad ending – you get to decide which one you want to read! Or of course you can read both. Written by Marcus Pfister, author of Rainbow Fish.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Friday March 6, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Baby Playgroups

Friday March 6, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday March 6, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Landscapes: Pastel Paintings by Sara Lowell Swanson

Now through March 12, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Curriculum of Color: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor Annual Student Art Exhibition

Now through April 12, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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