Ten Thousand Villages And The Fair Trade Movement

Tuesday September 16, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Did you know that the global fair trade movement began with the founding of Ten Thousand Villages more than 60 years ago? Pioneering businesswoman Edna Ruth Byler was struck by the overwhelming poverty she witnessed during a 1946 trip to Puerto Rico and was moved to take action. She ignited a global movement to eradicate poverty through market-based solutions. For the next 30 years, Byler worked tirelessly to connect entrepreneurs in developing countries with market opportunities in North America. From humble beginnings, Ten Thousand Villages has now grown to a global network of social entrepreneurs working to empower and provide economic opportunities to artisans in developing countries.

Come meet Bill Henderson, store manager, and founding member Norene Kanagy. They will share fair trade principles, the history, and mission and tell the local history of the formation of the Ten Thousand Villages store at 303 S. Main St., Ann Arbor.

What You Need to Know Before Going to College

Tuesday September 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 - Adult

Are you applying to college or are you a parent assisting your child with developing education priorities? Tony Tsai of the U-M Medical School will discuss how to develop a personalized learning agenda for college. Find out how you can navigate your learning in a self-directed way to get the most out of your college experience.

UMjobs.org

Wednesday September 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Training Center

Join a specialist from the University of Michigan Human Resources office, to learn how to search and apply for jobs at U-M.

For more information and resources on applying for jobs, check out AADL's Job Search Toolkit!

Bright Nights Community Forum:The Impact of Academic Stress on Student Mental Health

Tuesday September 30, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Some level of stress is a part of everyone’s life, but almost 40 percent of parents say their high-school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school, according to an NPR poll conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. In most cases, that stress is from academics, not social issues or bullying, the poll found. Teenagers say they're suffering, too. A study by the American Psychological Association found that nearly half of all teens — 45 percent — said they were stressed by school pressures.

“Everyday stress” is a normal reaction to a variety of situations that we encounter in the real world, and can even be beneficial, motivating us to accomplish a task, or to avoid a situation that might be harmful. However chronic stress can lead to long-term health issues, affecting both physical and mental health – and can also negatively impact school performance, extracurricular activities, and relationships with family and friends. While it’s not possible to completely remove all of the stress from our lives, the good news is that there are strategies that students (and their parents!) can use to help manage their stress and improve academic performance.

To learn more about the impact of academic stress on student mental health, including strategies to prevent and manage stress, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “The Impact of Academic Stress on Student Mental Health” on Tuesday, September 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD, Research Investigator in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will give a brief overview presentation outlining the connections between stress, anxiety and depression, and providing useful strategies to help relieve stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Kate Fitzgerald, MD, Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Amy McLoughlin, EdM, Counselor at Skyline High School; and Tom Atkins, MD, a private practice clinician in Ann Arbor.

Bright Nights is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website at www.depressioncenter.org, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or meyerpa@umich.edu

Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ari Weinzweig believes that a key aspect of managing ourselves is acknowledging the power of belief - and how much, whether we realize it or not, our beliefs impact our lives and our futures.

In this talk, the CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses will take a look at how our beliefs play out in our day to day workplace experiences and how we and our workplaces are impacted by our beliefs. Ari will discuss how what we believe about ourselves, our organization, our coworkers, our boss, the work that we do and our ability to do it will significantly alter the outcomes we get in what we do, and how, wittingly or unwittingly, we go to great lengths to reinforce our beliefs.

Weinzweig has been distilling the lessons learned from that journey into a series of what will eventually be 6 books. The third, and most recent of the Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading series, "A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Managing Ourselves," turns inwards and examines the impact that our selves have on our businesses.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

This lecture is in partnership with U-M Council for Disability Concerns 2014 Investing in Ability Week theme Addiction as Disability.

College Night: Solving the College Admissions Puzzle

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 to adult.

Applying to college? This event is for you: AADL's 8th annual College Night with the co-authors of "Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing." Learn how to reduce your stress and increase your chances for success from the three experts of collegeadmissionsadvisors.com.

Community High's college prep counselor John Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W. will help you understand how to find the college that fits; Essay Coaching founder Debbie Merion, M.S.W, M.F.A. explains how to write a winning college application essay, and Managing Your Mind principal Geri Markel Ph.D. will provide tips about how to score your highest on tests such as the ACT and SAT, all to be followed by Q and A. Books will be for sale.

How Can Parents Really Talk with Their Children About Divorce?

Tuesday October 7, 2014: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Hatcher Graduate Library: Gallery in Room 100,

This lecture will explore why parents and children tend to drift apart in the aftermath of divorce and will offer concrete suggestions for how parents can initiate meaningful conversations with their children so they can stay connected as they navigate the many challenges of divorce.

Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who practices in Ann Arbor, has worked with hundreds of divorcing families. His book, Divorce and Loss: Helping Adults and Children Mourn When a Marriage Comes Apart, was published in May 2014.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the University of Michigan Library.

How To Advocate For Your Child With ADHD And Other Special Needs At School

Tuesday October 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Debora Blake, J.D. and Director of ACCESS Education, Advocacy and Consultation will instruct parents of children with ADHD how best to advocate for their children at school. She will give the audience a basic overview with plenty of time for questions and answers.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Washtenaw County.

A Glimpse into the Royal Instruments and Music of West Africa

Wednesday October 8, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL is proud to welcome two members of African Royalty who will offer their perspectives on the music and culture of their country in this special lecture, cosponsored by AADL, the U-M Center for World Performance Studies and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.
Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene or Chief of the Treasury in the Asante Kingdom) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen of Antoa-Krobo in the Asante Kingdom) will discuss African Akan and Asante music and culture.

This lecture is part of a month-long artist residency sponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies. Part of their residency is to assist U-M faculty on a weekly basis with the "Music of Africa" and "Visual Cultures of Africa" classes. This lecture will open these classroom discussions to the public.

Knowing & Managing Native & Invasive Plants in Ann Arbor

Wednesday October 8, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

William Kirst, will share his tips for managing native & invasive plants. The why, when and how of his methods will be explained with anecdotes and photos, along with opportunities for you to share what works for you! This event is co-sponsored by AADL and the Ann Arbor Garden Club.

A Plant Biology graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, William Kirst is creator of Eco By Design & former Park Naturalist in Ann Arbor.