Automotive Expert David E. Davis Visits AADL

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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.

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

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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

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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

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