2010 Michigan Library MLK Symposium

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Push tells the story of Precious Jones, 16, illiterate, and pregnant by her own father, who meets a teacher who will guide her to a better life and a chance at redemption. Push is the source of the highly acclaimed movie, Precious.

Following the lecture and discussion will be a book signing.

For more information, please visit The University of Michigan Library's MLK Symposium site.

Chesstastic this Sunday at Traverwood


Sunday, January 10 | 1:00 to 4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All levels are welcome!

If you're a beginner I'd start here, The Story of Chess. It's a beautiful book, providing an illustrated story of the creation of chess, with the mechanics of the game explained page by page, by the artist and illustrator, Horacio Cardo. Moving on, you might try Kings of New York : a Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, & Geniuses Who Make up America's Top High School Chess Team.

Whether you're a beginner or a master, drop by for a game or two.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop


The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding a two-part Resume and Cover Letter Career Development Workshop on Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13 from 10am to 12pm each day. In these workshops, you'll learn how to effectively tell an employer you can do the job, understand what employers look for, and make your resume look professional and polished. To register, contact julia@aacil.org or call (734) 971-0277 ext. 21.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Coyote and Wolf get into all kinds of mischief at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week. We are kicking off the winter storytime season with two of our favorite characters!

The Three Fires Confederacy: Native Americans of Michigan

Learn about the three historic Native American groups in Michigan: Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Ottawa at a talk by Margaret Noori on Wed., Jan. 6 at the Downtown Library. As we begin the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010, we look at the early residents who speak the Anishinaabe language and formed a unique identity on the beautiful waters of Chigaming and the land of Michigan. What is the impact of their early culture on Michigan today? Where are the federally recognized Indian reservations and how is the language being passed on today?

Join us to learn more about the history of Michigan's Native American cultures at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 6 at the Downtown Library.

AXIS Coffehouse Returns

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Rejoice, poets and poetry fans! AXIS Coffehouse returns from winter break this Friday, January 8th at 6:30 pm, with more books, more snacks and more fine forgiveness coupons than ever before.

For those of you who are new to the program, AXIS Coffeehouse is space where you can hang out and share poetry in a comfortable and laid-back environment. Read your own work, or someone else's, and you get free goodies, including $5 fine forgiveness coupons!

So, whether you're new to AXIS Coffehouse or not, come on down to Malletts Creek this Friday for an evening of poetry and fun. Feel free to bring a friend.

Test Taking 101 with Kaplan Experts

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Approach ACT or SAT test day with confidence! Kaplan instructors will lay out strategies for preparing for the tests and guide you through some questions, showing how to arrive at the correct answer.

Test Taking 101 | Wednesday, January 13 | 7-8 PM | Pittsfield | Grades 9-12

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia


On Sunday, January 10, from 11:00am - 12:30pm at the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services will continue their "Caregiver Conversations" group, a monthly drop-in educational and support group for adult children in a variety of caregiving roles for their aging parents. This conversation is titled "Caring for a Loved One with Dementia." The group holds a potluck brunch at the meeting. RSVP to Abbie at 769-0209 or abbie@jfsannarbor.org.

Writer from Ann Arbor, Cherry Cheva visits AADL

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Cherry Cheva is from Ann Arbor and a grad of Huron High. She's currently working as a writer/producer on Fox's hit TV show Family Guy, and this is after attending law school and majoring in psychology at Yale. She is the author of two novels, She's So Money, a lighthearted look at the senior year of high school, and Duplikate where seventeen year old Kate, stressed with college apps and finals, finds her double when she wakes up one morning.

Cherry will discuss writing and her experiences with Family Guy and the TV industry. A drawing will be held for two prizes-- a copy of Duplikate and the latest Family Guy DVD. Books will be on sale, courtesy of Nicola's Books, and a book signing to follow the program.

Tuesday, December 29 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Library | 343 S. Fifth Ave.| Grade 9-Adult

Video of Helen Thomas at the Michigan Theater Now Available

If you weren't one of the 1,100 people who joined us at the Michigan Theater last month for Helen Thomas' talk and book signing, you can now view our video of the program here. Our podcast featuring her reflections on presidents past and present, thoughts on the state of journalism, and feelings about how America has changed in her nearly 75 years of reporting is available here.

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