There's Still Time. . .March 20th Entry Deadline for Short Story Contest

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Go ahead and put those finishing touches on your Short Story (minimum of 4 pages,
maximum of 10). The LAST day to turn in your story is March 20th/Friday by 9pm at closing time or, if you're emailing us your entry, you have until midnight! You can email your stories to allwrite@aadl.org
Guidelines are here. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12. "It's All Write!" features $1500 in prizes to be distributed among nine lucky winners. You can read the winning stories from last year. Click here.
Good Luck!!

Enchanted Spring, Fairies, Cicely Mary Barker & The Matthei Conservatory!

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We're all ready to get outside, but it's still a little too cold - so take your coat off and visit the Matthei Conservatory for the lovely, fun and springy Enchanted Spring Display celebrating Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies. Find fairies hidden in the conservatory, smell the hyacinth, dapple amongst the daffodils and other gorgeous spring bulbs all over the conservatory, and make a fairy sachet! Or make your own fairy container garden, and start some seeds for your own garden. This special display runs through March 31, for complete information on the display click here. And for complete details about the Matthei Conservatory including hours/location click here. On Wednesdays the Conservatory is open until 8:00 PM and admission is FREE! And don't forget that AADL has many of Cicely Mary Barker's Books Finally, make sure you visit the downtown library fairy door too!

Stories, songs of Latino women

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Celebrate Women's History Month by attending a concert by Grupo Sur, a band led by Uruguayan singer, Cristina Burgueno. They explore different musical traditions, some folk, some popular, all representing the rich cultural traditions of women from Latin America. The concert is this Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

The Universe As Seen Through The Pioneer High School Argus Planetarium

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Steve Schaffer, longtime Director of the Argus Planetarium, will lead viewers through a compelling presentation inside the oldest known public school planetarium in continuous operation in the US. This event is held in conjunction with The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, which, this year focuses on the theme The Universe: Yours To Discover. Presentations will be held at 11:00 am and then again at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 14 at Pioneer High School.

Tales of the Tango With Tango Expert Mabel Rodriguez

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It’s time to learn about the Tango! On Friday, March 13, 7:00 to 8:30pm, at the Downtown Library, Tango expert Mabel Rodriguez will discuss this fascinating dance and its history, complete with live Tango demonstrations.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!

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It's another Friday the 13th! But don't despair, there's safety in numbers. Come hang out with us this Friday, March 13th 6:30 -8:00 PM at the Malletts Creek Branch Library and hope the upcoming St. Patrick's Day luck cancels out the day.

What will you read? How about your story for the library's short story contest It's All Write! The due date is March 20th. Don't miss your chance for awesome cash prizes!

Learning Differences: What's in a Name or Label and How to Move Beyond It

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Has your child dealt with learning differences in the classroom? If so, learn more at this panel discussion at the Downtown Library, Monday, March 9, 7 - 8:30pm. Linda J. Spector, M.Ed Learning Specialist at Ann Arbor Academy will moderate the discussion with a panel of experts, plus a student and parent.

"Feast for the Senses"

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Spend an enjoyable evening at Canterbury House, a campus ministry housed at 721 E. Huron St. Canterbury House offers a great concert series open to the general public. This Friday, March 6, they will offer "A Feast of the Senses" which includes among other sensory delights, music by Laurel Premo who plays a variety of folk instruments and sings, her music drawn from Celtic, American and Scandinavian traditions. Also performing will be "Pear and the Pepper, a jazz band and Dry County, formerly Dry County Boys, an indie rock group. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 or $5 for students and seniors.

2009 Ann Arbor Women Artists' Exhibition and Discussion

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In conjunction with their Annual Spring exhibition (which will be on display at the Downtown Library through mid-April), the Ann Arbor Women Artists and the Library will present a lecture/reception at the Downtown Library on Friday March 6, 2009, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the juror for this exhibition, local arts educator Ellen Wilt. The winners of the 2009 Ann Arbor Women Artists’ Exhibit will be announced and Ms. Wilt will use the art as a focal point as she leads the audience in a community discussion.

The Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative: A Community Discussion Led By MPRI Staff

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Prisoner re-entry is the process of leaving prison or jail and returning to society. Join us on Thursday March 5, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library to learn more about this important topic for community discussion with a panel of returning citizens and professionals from the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative. Among the panelists for this evening presentation will be Mary King, MPRI Community Coordinator for Washtenaw County.

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