This weekend, try comic opera

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Check out Albert Herring, which opens today at Mendelssohn Theatre. The music in this three-act comic chamber opera is by Benjamin Britten, one of England’s best known composers. The libretto is by Eric Crozier. The U-M production was wittily previewed last month by the director, U-M Professor Robert Swedberg, in an appearance at our Pittsfield branch.. Read a preview of the show at Mlive.

Learn More About Social Security

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Are you overwhelmed with the amount of information on the Social Security website? If so, register for the upcoming Social Security online workshop on Wednesday March, 25, 7 to 8:30 pm at Malletts Creek to learn how to confidently navigate the confusing terrain of Social Security programs. Make sure to come with questions for the Q&A session that will follow the hands-on workshop.

PreK Bits - STORYTIMES are Ba-a-ack !

Welcome BACK to PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES and BABY PLAYGROUPS @ the LIBRARIES this week. Look up Days and Branches to attend one near you. They are in the JUMP Brochure, and on the Library website.
Join us! "The more the Merrier", we always say.

Film Showing - "On the Line"

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Winner of the 2008 Silver Telly Award in the social issues category, On the Line, will be shown Downtown, 4th Floor Meeting Room (Grades 9-Adult) 6:30-8:30pm on March 19/Thursday.

The discussion to follow will be led by UM students and other local residents who have participated in protests at the School of the Americas.

Cosponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and Michigan Television.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Betty Ford!

Next month former First Lady Betty Ford will turn 91, and to help us all anticipate that, her former assistant press secretary will appear at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at the University of Michigan. Patti Matson will talk about “Betty Ford: Strength in a Package Marked Fragile” on March 31 (Tuesday), at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Ford is the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and a Congressional Gold Medal recipient. You can see wonderful images of her life in our AP Images database.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!

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March 20th is the 171st birthday of the Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen! And what better way to celebrate the birthday of a famous poet than by reading some poetry or maybe even a play? So come join us this Friday at the Malletts Creek Branch from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Michael Flynn's Ferrofluid Magnetoscope

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Try it yourself! Control powerful magnets and levitate a puddle of ferrofluid in this amazing hands-on exhibit in the Downtown Library lobby. The exhibit will be on display for through March 18. To learn more about Michael Flynn's work, visit www.FunExhibits.com.

Library patron Sean Patrick visited a few days ago and made this high quality film of the magnetoscope, set to the music of his local band, In Braille. We love it when our patrons are inspired by the Library!

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.

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