The Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now

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This Wednesday, June 24, we'll be launching Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now, a new site with searching and browsing access to over 130 full-text articles on local history written for the Ann Arbor Observer over the past three decades by local historian and author, Grace Shackman. Stop by for a demonstration of the site, refreshments, and a lively discussion by Grace and Observer editor, John Hilton, at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown lower level Multi-Purpose Room.

A Jump Roping Blast

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Bring your ropes and rhymes to Jump Roping Blast for a jumpin' good time! We have Chinese, Double-Dutch and standard jump ropes to share. Rain? We'll jump inside. If you need some visuals to help inspire or check out some fancy footwork ahead of time, check out Jump In a movie that tells the story of a young boxer who discovers jump roping while training.

Tuesday, June 23 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

Smoothie Sensation - Now at Pittsfield Branch

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Blend away the boredom and create delicious fruity concoctions at this hands-on workshop for grades 6 - 12! Join us on Tuesday, June 30, 7pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

Take a Hike! @Lakewood Nature Area

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Tonight at 7pm, join the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff in a botanical walk through Lakewood Nature Area. Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake. This event is held in conjunction with the summer reading program, Local Motion, which encourages the use of local neighborhoods, gyms, recreational facilities and outdoor areas to move and get fit!

International Wine Judge Ron Sober Discusses Wine: Snobbery Not Necessary

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Wine is just a drink, so why is there such pomp and circumstance (and snobbery) surrounding it? Tonight at 7pm at the Downtown Library, Ron Sober, a local resident and international wine judge, is going to take the wine snobs to task by breaking the old paradigms that surround this humble beverage.

July Computer Classes

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The July computer class schedule is available! July classes not offered in June:
Introduction to Google Documents - Introduction to Firefox Add-Ons - World Wide Web Tools - File Management - iPod Fever

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

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.

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