U-M authors tackle germs, epidemics

Heads up for a fascinating conversation between U-M faculty members Laura Kasischke, poet and novelist, and medical historian Howard Markel at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University. These prominent writers will "reflect on how their research methods, narrative styles, and sense of themselves as authors challenge our knowledge and sentiments about diseases and ourselves." Kasischke’s latest novel, In a Perfect World, is set in a time when Phoenix Flu is ravaging the country. Markel has written books including When Germs Travel. The event is presented by the Author’s Forum, a collaboration of the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival. Learn more here.



Register for Ebook and learn how to use your Ann Arbor District Library membership to connect to the Michigan Library Consortium to download eBooks, Audiobooks and Video.

Monday January 25, 2010: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

iLearn: iDVD & iPhone


Drop by the downtown library this Friday, January 15th to learn about iDVD and iPhone.

iDVD - bring some digital photos with you on a memory stick and your favorite music cd and we'll show you how to create a DVD slideshow with music using iTunes, iPhoto and iDVD. If you don't have your own photos, that's O.K., we'll have some digital photos for you to use.

iPhone - you don't have to have an iPhone to come to this class... but curiosity is required. We'll demonstrate the features of the iPhone and answer questions like: What's the difference between an iPhone and an iTouch? What's a cellular data network? What's the difference between model 3G and the 3Gs?

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

Film & Discussion : The Water Front

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Who determines the future of shared public resources? Water is the liquid gold of the 21st century. While corporations urge local governments to privatize municipal water, communities are organizing to ensure affordable access to this life sustaining resource. The Water Front is the story of the community of Highland Park, Michigan, and a grassroots campaign to defend affordable water as a human right. Residents of Highland Park have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized.

This film program is cosponsored by the U M Michigan Community Scholars Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students after the screening.

January 21, Thursday, Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, 6:30-8:30 PM, Grade 9-Adult

Tunes at the hospital

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Among the many great free musical events and series in this town is the "Gifts of Arts" program at the University of Michigan Medical Center which includes musical performances and art exhibits. This Thursday, January 14 at 12:10 p.m., the Royal Garden Trio will be performing in the hospital's main lobby. The trio plays vintage swing reminiscent of 30's style jazz. The trio is composed of Brian Delaney on guitar, Tom Bogardus on tenor guitar and clarinet and Mike Karoub on cello. If you want to listen beforehand, we have their cds in our collection.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

We’ll give a nod to our tiny but clever furry friends with some mousey stories at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

Need Support in Your Job Search?


The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding weekly Job Talk Career Development Workshops every Thursday, starting January 14, from 10 am to 12 pm. Join others currently searching for jobs to discuss the challenges of unemployment, get new ideas to help you on your way, and get news, tips, and networking skills to help you land a job. Come support and be supported! To sign-up, contact Julia@aacil.org or (734) 971-0277 ext. 21.

Automotive Expert David E. Davis Visits AADL


Join us on Saturday, January 16, in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room as David E. Davis discusses the 2010 Auto Show And The Future Of Michigan’s Auto Industry as a part of the 2010 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Series on Michigan.

Davis is an automotive journalist and magazine publisher. His experience within the automotive industry includes work as a race car driver, factory worker, car salesman, writer, and publisher. He is the founder of Automobile Magazine and Time magazine called Davis the "dean of automotive journalists."

At the event Davis will discuss trends to look for at this year’s auto show, Michigan’s role in the future of the industry, and his own history and accomplishments within the field.

Preserving Your Photographic Heritage

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How can you preserve and protect precious photographs so that memories may last for future generations? Learn how to protect your personal mementos with local experts. Dianna Samuelson of the Bentley Historical Library will explain how to preserve and restore photographs, while George Borel Jr. of Huron Camera Shop will give information on what can be done digitally to repair photos. Get a head start by checking out these books on photography and some on digital preservation.

Join us Wednesday January 13, 2010: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room for Preserving Your Photographic Heritage.

Performance Network is doing K2

The mountain K2, on the border between China and Pakistan, is the second highest on earth, behind Mount Everest. If you read one of our books about the mountain, you will understand why it is considered deadlier than Everest. Maybe that's why I'm dying to see Performance Network's production of Patrick Meyers' "K2" which is being staged through Feb. 7. The theater has been converted to a thrust-stage, and the performance promises high excitement and drama around the story of two men stranded on the mountain -- with no supplies and a storm approaching. Read a preview or order tickets.

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