City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Sustainable Buildings

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

This event will be recorded

Come join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series.

The series will include four events (held monthly and ending in April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework (www.a2gov.org/sustainability).

The first event in the series centers on Sustainable Buildings and includes a discussion of how to increase efficiency of new and existing building and projects underway in the community.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.
The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Sustainable Building discussion include:
• Christopher Taylor, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor
• John Beeson, Architect, Resident, and Commissioner for the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission
• Jason Bing, Healthy Buildings Director, Ecology Center
• Nate Geisler, Energy Programs Analyst, City of Ann Arbor
• Knox Cameron, Principal Marketing Specialist Residential Programs - Energy Efficiency, DTE Energy

Details of this series will be posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s website at: www.a2gov.org/sustainability/Pages/SustainableAnnArborForum.aspx.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: A Tale For The Time Being

Thursday January 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

AADL staff will lead a discussion of "A Tale For The Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki, the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015.

A brilliant, unforgettable novel, "A Tale For the Time Being" is an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Published in 2014, the novel won the Medici Book Club Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Author Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS.

"A Tale For the Time Being" begins with Nao, a sixteen-year-old in Tokyo who has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century.

A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet another character, Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
Copies of the book are available at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library and area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, visit the Reads website at aaypsireads.org.

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 24, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 4 - 8

The University of Michigan student group F.E.M.M.E.S (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging events for young students interested in learning more about S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments. One or more of the following hands-on activities will be available:

• Squishy Circuits (using Play-Doh and LED lights to demonstrate electrical circuits)
• States of Matter demo (make Oobleck out of corn starch and water and make Silly Putty out of borax and glue)
• DNA (made of marshmallows and toothpicks) as well as a ribosome-RNA-protein relay
• Magnetism demonstration
• Acid/Base demonstration

The U-M F.E.M.M.E.S. group is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence in women of all ages.

Preschool Expo at Palmer Commons

Sunday January 25, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Palmer Commons

This event is intended for parents and caregivers

Looking for a preschool?

The annual Preschool Expo brings representatives from area preschools to one location, on one date. Explore your options and find the best preschool for your child.

Free parking is available across the street from Palmer Commons, located on the U-M Campus at 100 Washtenaw Ave.

This event is sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative, Child Care Network and the U-M Work/Life Resource Center.