Join us for evening computer classes in September!

All evening classes begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm.
World Wide Web Tools at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 1
PowerPoint Basics at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 8
Microsoft Word Basics at Traverwood Thursday, September 10
Create a PowerPoint Presentation at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 15 at Traverwood Thursday, September 17
Microsoft Excel Basics at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 22
Microsoft Word Tools & More at Traverwood Thursday, September 24
Intermediate Excel at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 29
Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555. See you in class!

Come learn about a new technique for your health and well-being

On Wednesday, September 9th at 7 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, we will host a program lead by local resident Michelle Obrecht about the Alexander Technique, a set of practices for improving health and well-being. I had never heard of the technique, so I asked Michelle to provide a description, and she wrote:

"The Alexander Technique is a 100-year old process of postural re-education designed to promote self-awareness and enhance well-being. Most of us are completely unaware of the many unconscious habits we have that result in spinal compression and restricted breathing. Alexander Technique provides a specific formula that helps us shed self-defeating postural habits and replace them with habits of elongation and expansion. Most people think of posture as something rigid and held; on the contrary, Alexander work teaches that good posture is simply an attunement with the balance that nature has
intrinsically provided us."

When I asked her what equipment she will need, she said "I'll just need a straight-backed chair."

It sounds interesting and like something we can do in our own homes. Come check it out!

Storytimes & Playgroups Are Back!

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After a short summer break, Storytimes and Playgroups return on September 8 to Traverwood, Pittsfield, Malletts Creek and Downtown. Playgroups consist of fifteen minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs followed by open playtime for babies up to 2 years old. Storytimes are open to children 2 - 5 years old. The complete listing of times and locations can be found on our Events page. Come join us for stories and fun!

Local Author Jacqui Robbins to Visit Library

Join us Thursday night, September 3, 2009 at the Pittsfield Branch when local author Jacqui Robbins visits to present her new book Two of a Kind. This picture book is a school story about finding your place in the crowd.
The story is perfect for every elementary school student about to start the new school year.

This title, as well as the author's first book, The New Girl . . . And Me will be on sale at the program, courtesy of Nicola's Books. Ms. Robbins will be signing books. Books signed by the author make great gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Holistic Health Fair


Community Collaborative Outreach Gift Board, a nonprofit organization whose primary function is to improve the lives of the citizens of the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, is hosting a holistic health fair on Saturday, August 29, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The fair will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Community Church of God located at 565 Jefferson Avenue in Ypsilanti and will address issues relating to health, education, children, veterans, seniors, and finance. This will be a great family event with light refreshments, prizes, and trinkets. There will truly be something for everyone!

Ann Arbor's first Mini Maker Faire: This Saturday!

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Have you heard about Maker Faire? It's an amazing set of festivals started by Dale Dougherty, founder of O'Reilly Media and publisher of Make Magazine. Maker Faire started in the Bay Area as a place that geeks, crafters, tinkerers, machinists, laser dorks, artists, diet coke and mentos performance artists, and more could come together and just see each others stuff for a few days. The idea has spread to Austin, the UK, Africa, and now is coming to Ann Arbor. The first ever Ann Arbor 2009 Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 29th, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds in Saline, from 10 to 5 PM, and it's free for all ages. There will be space balloons, rocket telemetry, robots, a vortex cannon, homemade synthesizers, soldering lessons, screen print your own tshirt, and so on; all kinds of great stuff. This is a great beginning to a major movement, and it will certainly be a great time for all involved. Make time for Maker Faire this Saturday; you won't regret it!

The Challenges of Attention Deficit Disorder discussed by Dr. Richard Linsk

Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD) is currently a topic of wide discussion, concern and some controversy. There are many questions regarding the nature of the disorder, how it effects children, and what kinds of treatment, medication, and alternative therapies are available.

On Tuesday, August 25th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, Dr. Richard Linsk will give a talk addressing ADD and these concerns.

Dr. Richard Linsk, a Board Certified Pediatrician, currently practices in Ann Arbor, focusing on the use of diet and nuitritional supplements, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of various disorders, included ADD, ADHD, allergies, and behavioral problems. Dr. Linsk was a resided at the University of Michigan and practiced in the UM Primary Care Pediatrics on the faculty for ten years.

The Downtown Library is located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. For more information call 327-4555.

T-shirts for 826michigan


For one day only, Wednesday, August 26 (8/26, get it?), is offering a special T-shirt to benefit local nonprofit 826michigan. Created specifically by renowned graphic novelist and cartoonist Chris Ware and featuring the robot from Ware's hugely popular graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, the shirt's design is a closely held secret until release. The shirts cost $10 and every shirt sold on August 26 benefits 826michigan.

826michigan is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center serving 2000 local students at their downtown Ann Arbor location as well as at numerous classrooms, community centers and elsewhere. Their free programs are based on the understanding that writing is important for every child and that one-on-one attention is key to building academic skills and confidence in the classroom and beyond.

Walks with Brenda Bentley


Plan to join Riverwalks Ann Arbor author Brenda Bentley for educational walks around the city this fall. On Thursdays Sept. 3 and Sept. 17, she will lead “Citywalk” a vigorous one-hour exercise loop over varied terrain, starting at 10 a.m. outside Washtenaw County's Meri Lou Murray Recreaction Center on Washtenaw Avenue. Or try a “Riverwalk,” a vigorous one-hour (or longer) hike and history tour from high ground, down to the river, and back by a different route, on Saturdays Sept. 5 and Sept. 19. On Sept. 5, the walk starts at 3 p.m. at the base of Burton Tower (Ingalls Mall), and on Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. at the base of Lurie Tower (North Campus Commons). Walks cost $10 and group size is limited. Register by email More information, 945-9804.

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary About Hurricane Katrina: 'Trouble The Water'

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On the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s fourth anniversary, we will hold a special screening of Trouble The Water at the Downtown Library on Friday, August 28, 7pm. The film seamlessly integrates home movie footage with archival news segments and cinéma vérité footage to document a journey of remarkable people surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary.

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