"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.

The Lens of Impressionism @ the UMMA


The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850–1874 opens at the UMMA October 10, 2009.

This exhibition (as well as the accompanying catalog) is a captivating exploration of the impetus of early Impressionism along the coast of Normandy. The invention of the camera and the development of early fine art photography will be seen as the specific catalysts that brought about a new approach to painting.

Paintings, photographs, and drawings by some of the most treasured artists in the Western canon—Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet among them—as well as pioneering photographers such as Gustave Le Gray and Henri Le Secq will be showcased.

"Inspired by the scenic Normandy coast of France, these works—including representations of beach scenes, seascapes, fishing villages, resorts, and the region’s pastoral beauty—will be brought together with archival materials related to early tourism and regional expressions of French nationalism from popular culture for an innovative examination of the impact of the then-new medium of photography on ideas of image making, the recording of passing time, the capacities of painting, and the rise of Impressionism itself. "

Organized by UMMA, the exhibition will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art after closing in Ann Arbor on January 3, 2010. Check program schedule for docent-led tours.

New Classes in November!


Learn how to burn DVDs with your photo slideshows and videos in iDVD. Optional: Bring your USB flash drive loaded with your pictures and videos and your own writable DVD. Tuesday November 10, 2009: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Curious about the iPhone? Bring your iPhone with you or just sit back and watch our demonstration. Tuesday November 24, 2009: 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!

Learn iPhoto and iTunes on Saturday October 17th


Learn how to use iPhoto on your Mac to edit your photos and create photo albums and slideshows.
Saturday October 17, 2009: 9:15 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You don't have to have an iPod to attend the iPod Fever class, anyone is welcome to learn about iTunes and iPod on a mac!
Saturday October 17, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

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

See you in class!

AADL Productions Podcast: Carol Mull and the Underground Railroad

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A few days ago we spoke with Carol Mull, a local historian of the Underground Railroad. Carol talked about her upcoming book on the Underground Railroad in Michigan and her work with the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. She also spoke about some of the gems she found in The Signal of Liberty, a 19th century abolitionist newspaper published in Ann Arbor. On Saturday, October 17, Carol will be on hand at the launch event for The Signal of Liberty online. A related bus tour of local stops on the Underground Railroad will take place Sunday, October 18 at 2:00.

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Investing in Ability Week


Join the University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Health System and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, for 12 days of celebrating arts and abilities! Event subjects include understanding autism, service dogs, adaptive technology and more! Click here for a calendar of events. All events are free and everyone is welcome. If accommodations are needed, please contact disability@umich.edu.

Networking Alert!!!


Ever wondered about how to make job networking sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor work for you? Come to the Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown) 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th to hear Paula Wishart from the University of Michigan Career Center discuss the keys to understanding networking. Then learn about the most successful popular social networking tools and how to use them effectively for job hunting. No registration required; meets in the Multi-Purpose Room located on the lower level.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

You will meet the most colorful tree and a spunky girl on a magical journey at next week’s autumn storytimes on Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am at the Downtown Library.

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