Film & Discussion: Refusing to be Enemies

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Refusing to be Enemies - The Zeitouna Story profiles a self-formed group of six Arab and six Jewish women in the Ann Arbor area, who call themselves Zeitouna, the Arab word for olive tree. Filmmaker Laurie White, a founding member of the group, documents the special bond which grows between the members of her Zeitouna dialogue group as they share cultural food and personal narratives.

A post-film discussion will include members of Zeitouna.

Thursday, February 12 | 6:30-8:30 PM Downtown, Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 9-Adult

The films are cosponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and Michigan Television

The Youngest Candidate film viewing at Michigan Theater


On February 11 at 7:00 pm, the Neutral Zone will be hosting a film viewing at the Michigan Theater. The Youngest Candidate follows four teens from different parts of the US as they run for local elected public office. After winning Best First Time Documentary Filmmaker Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in July 2008, the film was screened at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO in August 2008. Between September 7th and November 4th 2008, The Youngest Candidate has been screened at 21 college campuses in 10 states, to encourage youth to register to vote. This event is free. Donations are accepted and a portion will benefit the Neutral Zone.

Discover your family history with help from AADL


Curious about your family history, but don't know where or how to get started? If this sounds like you, then we invite you to attend our program, Genealogy for Beginners, Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library. Our staff will demonstrate how to search for historical records in databases, Ancestry and HeritageQuest, as well as how to use various genealogical websites. They will also share tips on how to begin the research process. If you have never conducted genealogical research before and want to know how to get started, then this is the class for you.

Chesstastic this Sunday at Traverwood

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Woody at Howell’s Nature Center and Punxsutawney Phil are staying put in their holes for another six weeks of winter. However, with Sunday’s forecast of 40+ degrees, you just might want to come out of your hole for some chess.

Whether you know a little or a lot about chess drop by for a game or two.

Chesstastic | Sunday, February 8 | 1-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

Feb. 5th Morningstar Part 2 Class Canceled; Rescheduled For Feb. 25th at 7pm


The February 5th class on Morningstar has been canceled and rescheduled for registered participants for Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!


Do you like sharing your poetry, playing games, or just eating snacks and hanging out with friends? If so, you'd like our AXIS Coffeehouse at the Malletts Creek Branch this Friday 6:30-8:00pm.

Looking for places to share your poems or writing in the meantime? Try the Neutral Zone's Volume, creative writing for teens, or 826 Michigan. Want to get published? The library carries copies of The Writer's Market and The Poet's Market, indispensable directories of agents and publishers for any serious writer.

Ark fundraiser this weekend

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There are still some tickets available to the annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival which is the the Ark's main fundraising event. Saturday's show is sold out but Friday's line-up looks great too, especially for those who like bluegrass music. Headliners include The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Carolina Chocolate Drops, both old-time string bands. Tickets are available at Herb David Guitar Studio and at Ticketmaster.

Job Interviewing Skills

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The Ann Arbor District Library is offering two programs at the Downtown Library that will assist you in improving your interviewing skills. Neither program requires registration, just come as you are!

February 11th, 10-11 a.m.: Manpower, experts with over 60 years of experience in the employment services industry, will be on hand to give you interviewing tips, and the all important interviewing do’s and don’ts.

February 18th, 10-11 a.m.: Dr. George Watts, Managing Partner of AST Management, an internationally known executive coaching firm, will conduct a seminar designed to polish your interviewing skills that will give you the confidence to walk into any situation!

Don’t miss these two job skills programs that are here to help one and all!!!

History Bits - Abraham Lincoln

Birthdays and Presidents and Inauguration mentions .... Abraham Lincoln is a name that shows up with all. Read about Mr. Lincoln's life:
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
Abe Lincoln Remembers
Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days 1809-1837
Lincoln Shot! A President's Life Remembered

We will make paper log cabins on Saturday, February 7, at Malletts Creek, starting at 1:00 pm, with clean-up by 2:30 pm. This is a K-5 grade craft, and may require sustained parent participation for K-2 grade ages.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Timothy Ferris

On Thurs., Jan. 29, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads author Timothy Ferris will speak at 7:30 pm at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. The author of Seeing in the Dark will talk about the contributions of amateurs in the field of astronomy, both in the past and today, and share his thoughts on the universe around us. Ferris has won numerous awards for his astronomical writing, including being a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has also created several PBS documentaries, including one based on Seeing in the Dark.

Join our online discussion of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads title today to get warmed up for the talk.

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