To Park or Not to Park

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Is not the question. It’s how, when, and where. Join City of Ann Arbor officials for a Public Parking Strategy meeting on Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. at Community High School. Bring your ideas for parking possibilities in Treetown for City Council consideration and action in June.

Gary Snyder

Today, May 8 is the birthday of poet, Gary Snyder who was born in San Francisco in 1930. When he was a student, he worked as a logger, a forest ranger and a seaman. All of these experiences informed his life as a poet, drawing on his closeness to nature, concern for the environment and a respect for the primal forces that affect humanity. He first started writing while working on a trail crew in Yosemite National Park. Snyder also spent eight years in a Zen Buddhist monastery in Japan where he developed his love for solitude and all it could teach him. His poetry is characterized by its spareness and contemplative quality and use of work, family and nature as metaphors for more universal themes. Here is one that examines the origins of poetry:

How Poetry Comes to Me

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays

Gas Prices Go for Broke

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Getting the best deal on gas has never been more important and the MSN Local Gas Prices database will let you comparison shop without wasting fuel. If the “it could always be worse” argument helps, put in a San Francisco zip code (94102) after you’ve checked out Washtenaw County prices. The AAA Fuel Cost Calculator lets you determine how much your next road trip will cost. Michigan travel looks better and better.

Glorious gardens

To inspire you as you dig in the dirt, here are two new garden books. 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die is a grand tour of some of the most elegant and interesting gardens in the world including ones everyone knows like Central Park but more exotic ones as well like the Bagh-e-Eram in Iran or the Brook Cottage Garden in England. Seventy photographers, hoticulturalists and writers assembled this volume and it's a beauty.

A new trend in gardening that also has a positive enviromental impact is the rain garden.

"New" stickers on foreign language books make browsing easier!

Effective immediately, all new foreign language books at all branches will have "NEW" stickers on them. These stickers are the same as the "NEW" stickers on other books with new and the month/year it was received. These "NEW" stickers are put on to make browsing the foreign language collection easier and make locating new titles easier. If you have any suggestions or comments on the foreign language collection, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

The Play Ground

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The Play Ground has seen outstanding films at the Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival for five years and we are thrilled that the new season is beginning on Sunday, May 6 and continuing through Thursday at the Michigan Theater, showing a whopping 19 films The event is one of five (the others are in Commerce Township, Flint, Birmingham and Windsor) that constitute the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival. One goal of Ann Arbor's Jewish Community Center is to transmit Jewish education and Jewish identity and Jewish learning through film. Another goal should be to deliver great entertainment. Mission accomplished.

The Play Ground

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Cynthia Rylant has written more than 60 children's books since her first book was published in 1982. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including a Newbery Medal. She writes both picture books and novels for older readers but her most popular characters of all are Henry and Mudge. Lucky us-they are coming in "in person" to the Michigan Theater. In this production Henry has just moved and can't find a playmate. Luckily, he's got Mudge - a big, slobbery, 180-pound, canine buddy, with whom he can explore the neighborhood in this musical adventure.

Michigan Theater, NOT JUST FOR KIDS SERIES, Sunday, May 20. Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

In The Beginning

Sharpe's Tiger is historically the first novel in the Richard Sharpe series, written by Bernard Cornwell. In 1799, as a private, Sharpe enters Seringapatam in India, trying to rescue a captured colonel from the Tipu. Sharpe leaves the city a sergeant and a very wealthy man.

New Joan Blos Book to be Celebrated

A book release party for the new young adult novel Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California, 1850-1852, by Ann Arborite Joan Blos is coming up 7 p.m. Wednesday May 16 at Shaman Drum Bookshop. The book completes a geographical trilogy started with A Gathering of Days, which won a Newbery Medal, and continued with Brothers of the Heart.

Want a read with nonstop action?

On New Earth where violence has been banned for generations conflicts are settled in the fantasy computer game Epic. Getting ahead in the real world means winning in the gaming world--and everyone plays. The unjust treatment of his parents by the Central Allocations committee, which ruthlessly rules the planet, sets teenager Erik and his friends on a perilous mission to challenge the committee and put an end to Epic.

Author Kostick was a designer for the world's first live fantasy role-playing game in England, and his expertise is evident in this gripping first novel. Clip up for the read of your life!

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