Local Historian Dale Leslie Discusses Where Notables Lived in A2

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Where Notables Lived in A2 is a fascinating photo-lecture where Dale Leslie shares the residences and backgrounds of several well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor.

Dale R. Leslie is a life-long Ann Arbor resident, former local businessman and U-M alumnus who recalls his mother telling him, "Famous people like visiting Ann Arbor because they can blend with the town's citizens without being noticed."

And Dale adds, "Yes, and some chose to reside here for an extended period."

Included in his talk are:
Harriet Arnow, author of The Dollmaker (lived on a farm on Nixon Road);
W.H. Auden, one of the great poets of the 20th Century (lived at 504 Brooklyn);
Joseph Brodsky, Nobel prize-winning Russian poet and essayist (lived on 308 Wesley);
Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (lived on 1223 Pontiac Trail);
Robert Hayden, the first U.S. Congress African American Poet Laureate (lived at 1201 Gardner);
Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (lived at 411 N. State);
Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (lived on 1314 Broadway).

Dale will also share interesting facts about each of their careers and lives.

Children’s Book Week Event: Local Children’s Author Cindy Shaw Discusses Self-Publishing

Thursday May 7, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Cindy Shaw, graphic designer, illustrator and local author will discuss her path toward self-publishing her children's book Mr. Red's Balloon. The program will be followed by a book signing and books will be for sale.

Labor Market Information: Gateway to Employment

Monday May 11, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Colleen Mallory, Business Services Coordinator at Washtenaw County Michigan Works! discusses how using Labor Market Information can guide you on your career path.

Learn more about:
-Current local job openings and trends
-Regional in-demand occupations and industries
-Education and wage information

Michigan Works! Association was established in 1987 to provide services and support to Michigan’s Workforce Development System. Through the Association, individuals can access timely, relevant professional development opportunities to ensure high-quality programs for all customers.

USA Travel on a Budget

Tuesday May 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

U.S. travel is exciting and diverse. Where to go? Where to stay? How to get there? How to save money? Hostelling International USA Volunteer, Margaret Flannery, will share tips for making the most out of your journey.

College Success for the ADHD Student: Making the Transition from High School

Wednesday May 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up

Most ADHD students have difficulty with the transition from high school to college; in fact, the vast majority drop out of school.

Join ADHD Coach Michael Thompson and learn answers to key questions:

Why do ADHD college students have so much trouble their first year?
Which aspects of their ADHD give them the most problems?
What is the Performance Gap for ADHD Students?
What is the 5-Point Approach for helping students with ADHD?
How does their understanding of ADHD make a huge difference in their performance?
What are the typical strengths of a person with ADHD?
How can an ADHD Coach make the transition to college easier for an ADHD student?

Michael Thompson is an ADHD coach, speaker, and educator. He is president of ADHD Coaching Empowers, a company specializing in helping those with ADHD. He is humorous and spirited as a speaker, delivering high energy, solution-oriented, informative talks.

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

A Town Hall Meeting about Women’s Health and Disability – A University and Community Partnership

Thursday May 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

A joint collaboration between the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and the University of Michigan produced this study on Women's Health and Disability. Women with disabilities shared their personal experiences and point of view about their health and interacting with health care providers. Themes related to personal and societal stereotypes, the need to educate doctors about their disability, needing for more information to make decisions, and environmental barriers reflected their experiences.

We invite the community to give the researchers feedback on the findings of the study and where we should go next. We want to hear from you!

This research partnership was made possible through the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR); the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and the University of Michigan.

Music Expert Linda Baker Discusses Los Lobos

Sunday May 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Grammy Award winners Los Lobos are known for the Mexican-influenced rock that burst them to stardom in 1987, when their covers of “Come On Let’s Go” and the titular track for the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba took over the airwaves.

The band is far more musically versatile than that, however, with a sound that reflects their East L.A. roots and is grounded in rock & roll, R&B and Tejano.

Music executive Linda Baker, Partner/Owner of Mishara Music and former Marketing Manager at Warner Bros. Records will examine at the life, career and music of this legendry band.

This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Theater and held in conjunction with their May 22 Los Lobos concert, which is part of their Legends of Rock & Roll series.

Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Value: the Peony Garden at the Nichols Arboretum

Tuesday May 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden presents a stunning spring display, with over 270 historic cultivated varieties (cultivars) from the nineteenth and early twentieth century representing the best American, Canadian, and European peonies of the era. These fragrant spring beauties are arranged in 27 beds with each full bed containing 30 peonies. When filled to capacity the garden holds nearly 800 peonies and up to 10,000 flowers at peak bloom.

Dr. David C. Michener, Associate Curator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, will discuss the beautiful Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and give an update on the current work in the Garden in preparation for its centennial in 2022.

Smell and Tell: Exotic Woods and Ethereal Exudates in Perfumery

Wednesday May 20, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 & up

The allure of Orientalia is unceasing. Perhaps it is because our desires and passions are liberated by the exotic, which will not permit sublimation. The woody and balsamic categories in perfumery continue to unleash a timeless attraction to scented journeys that beguile the senses. Ingredients like Sandalwood, Guaicwood, Frankincense and Benzoin have their origins in incense, the worshipful art that is the mother of perfumery. Join Michelle Krell Kydd, trained nose in flavors and fragrance, and editor of Glass Petal Smoke for an aromatic trip to the east where the treasures of perfumery await…

Ann Arbor Campus Community Coalition (A2C3) -- Celebrating 10 years of Community Conversations

Thursday May 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Ann Arbor Campus Community Coalition (A2C3) is celebrating 10 years of Community Conversations. The organization has a mission to promote health and wellness by reducing harm from substance use among youth and, over time, reducing substance abuse among adults. Through involvement of a broad-based coalition of community members, A2C3 wants to promote a lifestyle free from abuse of alcohol and other drugs, consequently improving the quality of life on our campus and the community.

Learn how we can work together to address harmful alcohol use in our community and how to build a caring network of resources and support.