Why Ann Arbor needs a photowalk?

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... and Why you should be there?

Since this is my first post on the AADL blog, I contemplated on what would be the best way to catch your attention. And that was all I came up with. Instead, lets talk about the idea of a photowalk.

Describing the photowalk is as simple as breaking the words apart. Walking is a part of our daily routines. And for some, photography is too. The simple act of walking brings us in contact with what we see around us. Try and carry a camera, the next time you're taking a coffee break and see if you end up capturing a city about its way.

Capturing the place I am in gives me the feeling of a visual connection with it. I stop slightly longer to observe it but the wait is all but a drop in the ocean. I'm now slightly more aware of the intricacies of the city, I've come to love. Walk down East Liberty Street, venture down the Alley of Art and ponder at the verse by Carl Sandburg. See if you can make any sense of it or just enjoy the pure reasoning of having a beautiful verse hidden from sight.

Molecules the Musical

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Encouraging kids to consider careers in science has never been this fun! Check out Molecules the Musical at the Power Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of University of Michigan on June 5, 6, and 7. The show combines music, dance, and multimedia elements to create a one-act show that will inspire students and engage their curiosity about the scientific world.

Panel Discussion: Biobanking - Where Do We Stand?

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On Thursday May 21, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library, Susan King and George Lambrides will host the last of four forums on the topic of biobanking. Guest panelists will review topics from the other forums and will give participants the opportunity to examine lingering questions, concerns, hopes, and anxieties about this rapidly developing approach to genetic research.

Flower Gardening with Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck

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On Thursday, May 21, 7pm at the Pittsfield Branch, learn valuable flower gardening tips from Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck, member of the American Horticulture Society.

2009 Short Story Teen Writing Contest WINNERS!

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CONGRATULATIONS and applause to all 216 teens who used their creativity, talent and courage and entered this year's short story writing contest. Below are listed the top three winning writers in the 3 grade categories:
(stay tuned for the list of finalists and bio's of this year's judges. . .)

MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNERS:
1st Place - Christy Choi - "Stynkchro Boy"
2nd Place - Christina Bartson - "Four Rolls of Toilet Paper"
3rd Place - Hannah Clague - "Brothers, Calendars, and Lies"

Learning is a Family Thing!

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Come on out to the downtown library this Sunday at 2:00 for Learning is a Family Thing, a series of programs designed to enhance life skills for everyone in the family. This session will be focusing on health- keeping your family healthy through nutrition, exercise, and education. There will be activities for all ages, as well as prizes, raffles, and giveaways. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Youth Employment Program

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Are you between the ages of 14 and 24? Are you unemployed? Are you looking for a better job? The Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program provides employers with youth workers and short-term employees. Youth may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer months with the goal of learning about the world of work, building on their individual strengths and incorporating youth development principles. If you are enthusiastic about not just earning some money this summer but building your resume with good work experience, you can find out when the next orientation is at summerjobs@washtenaw.org or by calling (734) 481-2517 and asking for Youth Services.

Calling All World War II Military Personnel

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On Wednesday, May 27th a very special event is planned for all World War II military personnel at the Yankee Air Museum at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mi. Map

All Michigan's "Greatest Generation" World War II veterans are invited for a historic group photo on the tarmac of the Yankee Air Museum with the B-17 bomber 'Yankee Lady" as the backdrop.

You are asked to bring a 5x7 photo of yourself from your time in the military. Casual dress is fine, as is full military attire or wearing your military unit's cap.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a reception and the photograph will be taken at 2 p.m.
All participating veterans will receive a copy of this historic group photo.

Author Gary D. Schmidt Discusses His Teen Novels And Announces The Winners Of The 2009 Teen Short Story Contest

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Join us in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League on Saturday, May 16 as teen fiction writer Gary D. Schmidt discusses the craft of writing and announces the 2009 winners of the "It's All Write" teen short story writing contest. This year, over 200 area students participated, making it one of the most competitive ever! This event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, is a highlight of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

The Spirit of Tea

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Learn more about the history of the most widely consumed beverage in the world (after water) when author Frank Hadley Murphy comes to the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm to discuss his book The Spirit Of Tea. Ann Arbor’s own Tea Haus will be there, with samples of tea to try, and the event will include a book signing with books on sale, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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