How To Write Like I Do at 826michigan

826michigan will host Stephen Elliott, author of seven books, reading from his just-released true crime novel, The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder, on Thursday, October 29, at 7 pm on 115 East Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. This free event kicks off their fall adult workshop series “How To Write Like I Do” that begins on Saturday, October 31st, from 1-4 pm, when Stephen Elliott will present: Writing from Experience. Attendees will discuss how to use their own lives as jumping points and framing devices for their stories.

To register for a workshop or learn more about future sessions with graphic novelist Jim Ottaviani or Jeff Meyers, lead film critic at the Metro Times, visit 826michigan here. Coffee and Zingerman’s treats are included in the $60 for a single workshop fee, or $50 per workshop fee for those signing up for multiple workshops.

Dance Performance for Day of the Dead


The Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel will perform at the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 2:00-2:45pm in celebration of Day of the Dead. The exciting dances and authentic costumes will be a thrill to see! The performance is in celebration of The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), a holiday that commemorates the wonderful memories of our lost loved ones. The holiday is often observed with bright colors, memorial displays for those we have lost, and yummy confections. Similar holidays are celebrated throughout the world.


Richard LeSeur discusses Christine Brewer, An American Soprano -- this Sunday!


Ann Arbor music specialist Richard LeSueur will again offer his expertise and insight for a lecture on Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer and the wide variety of music she will perform at her November 1st recital at Hill Auditorium as part of the University Musical Society series. Musical examples will be played to highlight Brewer's works in both opera and recital. Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage, as well as a sought-after recording artist. The event will take place Sunday, October 25, from 3:00-4:30 in the AADLfreespace at the Main Library.

Morningstar Investment Research Database

Learn how to use the Morningstar investment research database to track, analyze and make intelligent decisions about your investments on Monday, November 2 from 4-6pm at the Downtown Library. One of the most trusted names in the investment industry, Barron's and Forbes rank Morningstar among the top investing sites. This workshop will feature a one hour overview of this important resource, conducted by Morningstar expert Lars Wasvick via teleconference. This will be followed by a hands-on session where attendees may apply what they learned to make full use of this comprehensive database. Registration is required and individuals may register online at Register for Morningstar or by calling 327-4555 or by visiting any Library location.

Halloween Party

You will never see a cuter bunch of witches, ghosts, black cats, and other outrageous costumed creatures than at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, October 30th for storytimes at 9:30 and 10:30 am. After storytime head to Main Street for Trick-or-Treat heaven!

Halloween Fun!

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 4:00 p.m for some Halloween fun. We will make Halloween crafts that you'll be able to use as decorations for your own events on Saturday. Pumpkins, spider webs, or masks will be made in all degrees of scariness. Creating masterpieces is hard work. Cider and donuts will help keep the energy up.

This program is for preschoolers up to 5th grade. All supplies will be provided. Come for Halloween Masks and Other Scary Things and get ready for your wicked weekend!

Jazz it up this Sunday

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This Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.. The First Unitarian Universalist Church presents its annual "Ragtime Bash." Enjoy piano ragtime and traditional jazz, boogie-woogie and blues. This popular show includes acclaimed ragtime historian Mike Montgomery, local ragtime vocalist Kerry Price, renowned early-jazz pianist, James Dapogny, jazz vocalist and singer, Susan Chastain, Detroit pianist Richard Berry, and pianist John Milan. First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. at Ellsworth. Tickets $15 in advance at Nicola's Books and at the door.

"WRITE Here . . . in our Own Backyard"


The Ann Arbor Book Festival will present the Fall Writer's Conference on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Pioneer High. The $95 fee includes coffee, three sessions, lunch, and a participant reading time; fulltime students age 17 and older may register for $50. Among accomplished, locally-based authors leading sessions will be Susan Hutton, Michael Byers, Scott Beal, Jeff Kass, Eileen Pollack, and Keith Taylor. To read about these writers and their work -- and to register for the conference -- click here.

Job Fair at St. Francis of Assisi


This Thursday, October 22, St. Francis of Assisi in Ann Arbor will be holding a job fair from 4 to 8 pm. The fair is open to all job seekers and will include retraining and educational opportunities, resume review, job search tips, and hiring employers from around our region. For more information, contact Scott Wright at the St. Francis Social Ministry office (734-821-2121). St. Francis is located at 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Teen Read Week 2009!

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Read Beyond Reality @ your library®! October 18-24. Check out materials to change your world, take yourself somewhere unlike your world, or just read for the fun of it! In support of Teen Read Week, readergirlz hosts author chats with many Teens’ Top Ten Nominees for 2009. Teens are also visiting the YALSA website to vote for their favorite books from a list of the nominees. Cool program choices at AADL this week are, the Tonks and the Aurors concert on Tuesday, the 20th, downtown; Find Funding for a College Education on Wednesday, the 21st at Pittsfield; Duct Tape Redux on Thursday, the 22nd at Pittsfield; Nigerian Gele Head Wrapping Workshop, Saturday, the 24th at Traverwood; and finally Jim Ottaviani, author of 'T-Minus: The Race to the Moon will be talking about his graphic novel - there will be books on sale for the signing. For complete information about these events check out the Teen Read Week page.

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