Music and Motion Fans!

Remember that Friday, February 6th is the next opportunity to see the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Gari Stein join up with tuba player Fritz Kaenzig for dancing and enjoying classical music with your young child at the Downtown Library at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

Soaring Stories

If you like to listen to stories and watch graceful young dancers, then this program is for you! We are sure there might be a few audience members who feel like soaring along with the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet at the Downtown Library on Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 pm.

What are you reading...?

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UM physicist Timothy McKay will be at the Downtown Library on February 2, 7:00 p.m., to answer Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Astronomy (But Were Afraid to Ask) as part of our series of Ann Arbor Reads events. We asked him what he's currently reading....

"Lately, as I often do, I've been reading about science and its history. I am currently reading two books (there are usually several). One is Ferris' Seeing in the Dark, which I find beautifully written. I am also reading Carl Zimmer's latest Soul Made Flesh, about the discovery of the connection between the brain and human identity. Much of it is about the enlightenment, a fascinating time in the history of science when it seemed possible for individuals, people like Christopher Wren, to know almost everything.

"There are two books I recently finished, both of which I really enjoyed. The first was Crysalis, by Kim Todd. This is a biography of Maria Sybylla Merian, a German woman who lived from around 1650-1720. She was a remarkably modern woman, who left her husband at the age of 45, moved to Surinam, and painted pictures designed to illustrate studies of insect metamorphosis. An amazing person.

2009 It's All Write! Short Story Writing Contest

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It's BACK! Same generous prizes: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100, same Grade Categories: Grades 6-7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, but a different slate of judges and a batch of new short stories submitted up until March 21st.

Guidelines are attached here.

Winning stories from 2008 are available for check out in booklet form or you can read last year's winners online.

Good Luck!

UM Professor of Theatre Leigh Woods Discusses The Upcoming Production of George Kelly's 'The Show Off''

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This Sunday, January 25, Professor Leigh Woods will discuss the upcoming UM Department of Theatre and Drama production of The Show Off by George Kelly. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the play and this production before it begins a four-day run at the Mendelssohn Theater.

Sunday, January 25 | 2-3:30 pm | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

AADL Presents Greg Mortenson at Huron High School

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On Saturday, January 24 at 6 pm, internationally-known humanitarian and adventurer Greg Mortenson will discuss his bestseller Three Cups Of Tea: One Man’s Mission To Promote Peace... One School At A Time at Huron High School auditorium, 2727 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor.

This event is part of the nationwide tour for the new youth and teen versions of the book.

AADL is pleased to be part of Mr. Mortenson's tour, and expects the Huron High School auditorium (the largest venue available on this date) to be filled to capacity.

Seats for this event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. When the auditorium is full, we will post that information on the front page of

Mr. Mortenson's presentation will be taped and available on

Instrument Petting Zoo


It's never too early to start playing an instrument!

String players from Shar Music will demonstrate each instrument in the string family, including violin, viola, cello and bass. Young players (ages 2-5) will have the opportunity to try out the instruments and join in an instrument-making craft project.

Please join us for Instrument Petting Zoo fun on Monday, January 26th, from 10:30-11:30am, at the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room.

Coffeehouse this Friday

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Coffeehouses have been around since the 15th century. They have provided relaxation and diversion for people from Constantinople to New York.

Drop by our AXIS Coffeehouse on Friday night to enjoy some hot drinks along with poetry, monologues, or music.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, January 16 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek

Former anti-war activist to speak at U of M

Remember all the hoopla surrounding Obama's supposed relationship with William Ayers who was involved in a bombing during a Vietnam protest by the Weather Underground in the 1960's? Ayers, currently a professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will be speaking and then reading from the re-publication of his 2001 book, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, Room 100. He will be joined by his wife, law professor Bernadine Dohrn. To read some of Ayer's recent thoughts on education and Obama's cabinet picks, check out his blog.

Film & Discussion: Lost Boys of Sudan

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A film screening and discussion of the Emmy-Nominated documentary Lost Boys of Sudan will be happening Thursday, January 22 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room from 6:30-8:30pm. It's the story of Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. The discussion will be led by Jacob Atem, one of the many Lost Boys, assisted by members of the University of Michigan Community Scholars program. For adults and teens (grades 9 and up), co-sponsored by Michigan Television.

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