Italian Festival!

This Sunday, March 29th, we will have a true celebration of Italian culture at the Downtown Library from 2-3:30 pm. All ages are invited to join Francesco Cavallini for lovely mandolin and accordion music. Francesco’s student, the renowned Julian Pavone, or The World’s Youngest Drummer, as he is known throughout the nation, will also be joining us. Silvio’s Organic Pizza will provide a delicious taste and we will get all sticky making venetian carnival masks with feathers, sparkles and glue.

The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race


How did the Detroit Observatory come to be? And why is it located in Ann Arbor and not Detroit? On Sunday, March 29, 2 to 3:30pm at the Pittsfield Branch, Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss how the observatory was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States.

The Play Ground

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Did you know that The Detroit Observatory may have been responsible for "launching the U-M on the path to greatness?" Henry Tappan, the first president of the university, thought that an astronomical observatory would help "change the wilderness into fruitful fields." It was finished in 1854 on a site that was then considered "way out in the country." On Sunday, Karen Wight, Project Coordinator of The Detroit Observatory, will bring us back to 19th Century Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. March 29, Pittsfield Branch, 2pm.

Everyone Has To Eat

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Everyone Has To Eat is one of many Open Space Technology (OST) events happening on the UM Campus this week. Local Food Summit members are eager to continue discussing local food matters in Washtenaw County. Everyone Has to Eat "is for anyone interested in discussing a wide range of topics related to local food production, consumption, preservation, sustainability, and justice.” The agenda for the meeting will be set by those participating. Bring ideas, questions, techniques, strategies, and answers. Bring your ears, wisdom, heart and mind for this important dialog.

Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30-10pm | 1024 Dana Bldg School of Natural Resources & Environment UM Central Campus

This weekend, try comic opera


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


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!


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.

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