Doin' Up Downtown

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More fun than you can throw a rake at and you don't even have to bring your own. The City of Ann Arbor will provide the tools, free parking at the Library Lot, pizza and more at Downtown Cleanup Day this Saturday, May 19th. Meet up at Liberty Plaza at 9:00 a.m. and help beautify our bodacious downtown.

Jerry Falwell Dead at 73

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One of the most controversial religious leaders in our country's history died Tuesday. Agree or disagree, Falwell always had an opinion about all things social, political and theological. See what Jerry Falwell had to say and what others said about him...not always the same thing. Read the CNN obituary.

The Best Of Youth

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Best Of Youth is a wonderful Italian film that tells the tale of two Italian brothers' lives. The film setting starts out in the 1960s and follows the brothers through the next 40 years of their lives. This film encompasses every aspect of themselves and the world they live in including; politics, love, passion, family, hope, regret, death, loss, and searching. This movie is particularly wonderful because the characters could be us or anyone we know. The sincerity of this film is brought even more to heart via the wonderful acting performances throughout the movie. This movie begs the question, "Why isn't anyone in America making films like this???"
The official FFG rating for this movie is an 8.

The lives of others

May 16 is Biographers Day, the anniversary of the meeting in London on May 16, 1763 between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Boswell is one of the first
writers to be known primarily as a biographer and his work, Life of Samuel Johnson, is regarded as a model of biographical writing. It is also a testament to his fortitude in pursuing Johnson who was known for his biting wit and sullen nature as evidenced by this characteristic quote: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

Orchid Lovers to Meet at Matthei Botanical Gardens

Orchid lovers might wish to attend the next meeting of the Ann Arbor Orchid Society at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road. Eric Christensen, author and expert on vandaceous and Peruvian orchids, orchid taxonomy and orchid culture will speak on South American Slipper orchids and their habitats. Orchid plants will be for sale and there will be a silent auction and raffle. For information call (734)663-0756.

Kid Bits - 2nd-4th Grade Reads

Youth Librarians have been making school visits to announce Summer Reading starts when school stops in June!
Here are two recommended books for kids in grades 2-4.
In Star Jumper: Journal Of A Cardboard Genius, Alex can make ANYTHING if he can just figure out how to get enough cardboard boxes and duct tape.
In The Homework Machine, Brenton is a 5th grade software ace and figures out how to make his computer do homework. It will even print in his handwriting. The teacher notices that class homework assignments have all become A+. Hmmmm.... She needs to FIGURE IT OUT!

Colby Buzzell wins 2007 Blooker Prize

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Colby Buzzell, author of the stunningly honest and brutally funny My War: Killing Time in Iraq, has won the 2nd annual Blooker Prize, given to honor the wealth of high quality writing originating on the web in blogs and websites, that is then turned into book form. Buzzell went from slacker to solder at age 26, and ended up serving a tour of duty in Iraq as an Army machine gunner.

Buzzell’s award is particularly ironic, given yesterday’s news from the Pentagon. U.S. troops’ access to YouTube and MySpace (among 11 other websites) will be denied, in an effort to control the flow of reporting by active duty troops on the battlefield to the world at large. Not surprisingly, the perspective of the boots on the ground often diverges from the official press releases.

For more information about this year’s Blooker short list, go to this previous blog on the Library’s website.

Rurouni Kenshin @ Animanga Club, Thursday, May 17th

Join us this Thursday @ the Malletts Creek branch from 7:00 to 8:30 as we travel back to Meiji-era Japan with the Rurouni Kenshin anime and manga. We'll be watching episodes of the anime, courtesy of Media Blasters, and doing a fun trivia quiz (with small prizes for the winners!). Not a fan of Kenshin? Do you think Peacemaker Kurogane or Kaze Hikaru has better swordfighting action? Come anyways! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan--and give us your ideas for summer events. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

Genealogy Workshop at Washtenaw Community College

If you're just starting a family history project or if you have already had some experience in conducting genealogy research, a special workshop offered by the Richard W. Bailey Library at Washtenaw Community College should be of interest to you. 'Tracing Your Roots: Do You Really Know Who You Are?' will be held on Friday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at the Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building on the WCC campus.
Featured speakers include Wally & Doris Patrick [LDS Ann Arbor Area Family History Library]; Kris Rzepczynski [Library of Michigan]; and Bobbie Snow
[longtime genealogical researcher]. Topics included are: Genealogy Resources, Census Records, Vital Records, Immigrant Ancestors, African-American Genealogy and Internet Genealogy Resources. The workshop is free of charge. Those interested should register by June 1 by calling (734)973-3379 or by email: lrosser@wccnet.edu.

Who is this "Cerberus Capital Management," anyway?

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With DaimlerChrysler's recent sale of the Chrysler Group to Cerberus Capital Management, you may have been left with the same question I was: who on earth is Cerberus Capital Management?

Fortunately, AADL's fearless research databases (available on the research page) can help us out. The Business and Company Resource Center provides quick access to summaries, financial data, management information, and articles on thousands of companies, including Cerberus Capital Management. Check it out!

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