AADL Productions Podcast: John Hilton, editor of The Ann Arbor Observer

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Last month, we had the privilege of talking with Ann Arbor Observer editor, John Hilton, about the origins and development of the Observer, how Ann Arbor has changed over the past three decades, and the current state of the newspaper industry. John also recently joined us along with local historian and author Grace Shackman to talk about Ann Arbor history and help us launch an online collection of local history articles from the Observer dating back to 1982. You can read all of Grace's articles from the Observer online now in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

(Due to technical difficulties, the quality of the audio isn't quite what it should be, but please listen in as John has many interesting things to say about Ann Arbor!)

The Photowalk and Twitter

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If I were to utter the word "Twitter", you will most probably quite certain be put off. What with all the barrage of 'twitter', 'tweets', 'tweeps', 'tweetups' and other lingo floating around. I managed to see CBS cover it too. The hype is definitely overkill but there are good stories to come out of this too.

The Photowalk is one such story. A simple 'tweet'(text message) out to my network on Twitter had the message picked up by Eli Neiburger (@ulotrichous) at AADL. After a brief meeting at AADL, the wheels began rolling and today I can't be happier. That is the power of social networking to me. The ability to reach out to somebody I don't know but may have common interests with. This has only increased the appeal of Twitter for me. Whereas in Facebook, I 'friend' people who I've actually met in real life, the case with Twitter is the opposite.

Today the amazing team at AADL has finally made my dream of a photowalk in Ann Arbor a reality. The opportunity to interact with people who enjoy photography is boundless. If you've ever been to Cafe Zola, be sure to check out the work of Myra Klarman from 'Top of the Park' last summer. The brilliant portrait photographer will be present as a panelist at the Photowalk. And so will be Leisa Thompson, whose sports photography features on Mlive.com and Michael C. Myers of the 'legendary' Ann Arbor Crappy Camera Club.

The event details are available for your network preference on: Yelp, Upcoming, Facebook and right here on AADL. Please tell everyone you know and bring more people to this event!

Computer Classes on Saturday, June 20th

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Join us this Saturday, June 20th for free computer classes at the library!

Facebook 101: Malletts Creek 10 am - 12 pm
Craigslist: Traverwood 1 pm - 3 pm

Click here to learn more about the computer classes offered in June.

Register online, call 734-327-4555 or visit any AADL location to register.
See you in class!

Culture of Struggle, Culture of Faith: A Juneteenth Event Featuring LaRon Williams

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Join celebrated storyteller LaRon Williams at Traverwood on Friday June 19 at 6pm as he commemorates Juneteenth, the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S. Browse our collection of Juneteenth books here, including Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth, which deals with the holiday and its traditions.

Metroparks, Recreation, and The Quality of Community Life With Robert Marans, Metro Parks Commissioner

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On Wednesday, June 17, at the Downtown Library at 7pm, Professor Robert Marans, President of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Commissioner of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, will discuss his current research about the impact of the built and natural environments on metroparks throughout southeastern Michigan. This event is held in conjunction with the Library’s summer reading program, Local Motion - which encourages the use of local neighborhoods and outdoor areas to move and get fit!

June's Gaming Weekend with Street Fighter IV and Boom Blox Bash Party

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There is so much going on this month that you don't want to miss so check out aadl.org/june. This month's off-season gaming tournements are awesome. We've got a Street Fighter IV Tournament, and a Boom Blox Bash Party Tournament with EA PRIZES! And don't forget to check out Gundam Fest on Saturday June 20 from 1pm-4pm at the Downtown Library or The Return of PokeMonday June 22 1pm-5pm at the Downtown Library.

Street Fighter IV
on Friday 6/19 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Downtown Library

The game that started it all is back and bigger than ever. Try your hand in a big-screen, arcade stick single-elimination tournament. FIGHT!!
-Prizes: 1st - $40 Target gift card, 2nd - $30 Target gift card, 3rd - $20 Target gift card
-Smash open play will also be included this evening.

Boom Blox Bash Party
on Sunday 6/21 from 1pm-3:30pm at the Downtown Library

The sequel to the smash hit Boom Blox is finally out! Thanks to Electronic Arts, you can play the new Boom Blox Bash Party in our first Boom Blox tournament.
-a chance to win a copy of the game.
-Beginners welcome.

GUNDAM FEST

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, the Legendary Anime metaseries that redefined the Mecha Genre forever and has spawned countless series, movies, games, manga, and model kits, began 30 years ago this summer. To celebrate 30 years of unstoppable giant robot awesomeness, AADL is building what just might be the finest collection of Gundam stuff in the USA. TV series, movies, music CDs, manga, even books studying the impact of the Gundam Phenomena on our culture, and we're releasing it all to the public at GUNDAM FEST! On Saturday, June 20th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Downtown Library you can watch Gundam Movies, compete in Gundam Battle Videogame tournaments, read Gundam books and manga, and use YOUR library card to TAKE IT ALL HOME. AADL takes Gundam seriously, and if you're not already a Gundam Otaku, here's your chance to start at the beginning and discover every last bit of amazing content that the various Gundam universes have to offer. Don't miss it!

The Return of PokeMonday

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The PL2 - Public Library Pokemon League Season starts again with PokeMondays! PokeMondays will be held at a different branch every week. We'll have Battle Revolution and Union Room Tournaments with prizes for the overall top finishers including a $30 gift card to Target for 1st place and a $15 gift card for 2nd place. Bring your Nintendo DS and copy of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl or Platinum and get ready to battle.

June 22 - July 27 1pm-5pm

*Please note that the event on Monday, July 13 is at the Traverwood branch.

Read more to see where the next PokeMonday is being held.

Top of the Park 2009

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Top of the Park kicks off this evening at 6:30pm. Tonights entertainment includes opening act Fubar, Nomo, and After Dark at TOP featuring DJ Special K. Bands play every evening and movies show Sunday through Thursdays at dusk (10 pm). Some of the movies featured this year include: Iron Man, Twilight, Quantum of Solace, Airplane!, Forbidden Kingdom, and The Sound of Music: Sing-a-long Edition.

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website. For a printable Calendar, click here.

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

Don't forget to check out the performaces at our Mainstage as well. Artist/Comedians that are performing at the Power Center include: Ahn Trio, Los Lobos, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs till July 5th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

Take a hike @ Lakewood Nature Area

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Join us for a botanical walk at this lovely 7-acre park on the west side of town. Your guide will be one of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation staff members. Hike up and down the hills blanketed by oak-hickory woodlands; enjoy views of streams and ravines cutting through the park. Bring your camera and take a photo to submit in the Natural Area Preservation’s 4th Annual Photo Contest.

Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake, rain or shine.

Thursday, June 18 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Lakewood Nature Area | All Ages

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