Shortage of Caregivers for Elderly

At the same time AARP The Magazine has named Ann Arbor America's Healthiest Hometown for its great access to health services, the Journal of the AMA and AARP Bulletin say that the rest of the country is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians and geriatricians. If you want to know why this is happening and what can be done to change it, join us for Who Will Care for Us When We Age? a talk by Caroline Blaum, M.D., of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center; Tues., Sept. 16, 7-8:30 pm, Downtown Library.

Chess origins and happenings

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The most widely accepted scenario is that chess derived from a game played in India around 600 AD called Chaturanga. The game made its way into Persia around 700 AD, where it was named Shatranj. The Persian word “shah”, meaning king, is thought to be the origin of the English name “Chess” and the phrase shah mat, meaning the king is ambushed, is the origin for the word "checkmate".

See if you can “shah mat” this Sunday, September 14 at Chesstastic. This open play opportunity will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.

Baby Bits - BOXES

Pack up the babies, and grab the grandparents, 'cuz everyone comes....!! BABY PLAYGROUPS for 0-24 months begin this week. We'll do "Boxes" at Malletts Creek and Traverwood. You can check out more books with boxes as follows:
Birthday Box; Not A Box; Harry's Box; Big Brown Box. We will do Sitting In My Box during Playgroup.

Dancin' in the barn

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Put on your dancing shoes this Saturday and head out to Dexter to hear Billy King & the Idylls, a popular local band led by guitarist/songwriter King whose music blends folk, pop, bluegrass, swing, and rock. The dancing is followed by a bonfire. Proceeds go to the Washtenaw Land Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving farmland in the county. The dance will be held at 11300 Island Lake Rd., (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). Park next door at Ruhlig's Farm Market. $10 (couples, $15; family, $20) suggested donation. 223-2321, 302-LAND.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

A Boy and His Dog


This one is a keeper. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ranks with the best debut novels and there are so many stories within the story, so many themes, so many ideas to discuss that you simply must register for the Cover to Cover book discussion on Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful new Traverwood Branch. NYT, Kirkus, PW all rave. Library Journal sums it up: "An excruciatingly captivating read…Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable."

Aging Gracefully

Coming into Our Years is a gathering at Pittsfield Branch on Sept. 8, 7-8:30 pm, where Jeanne Mackey, MSW, will use song and discussion to recognize and celebrate the opportunities of aging for men and women. AADL has a rich collection of books and other materials full of insight about this topic and the many arts related to it. Just do a keyword search of aging at for a listing with reviews.

Write Your Life Story

In eight two-hour weekly sessions facilitator Sally Haines will get you started writing about experiences in your life that you’ve wanted to document for yourself or for others. A memoir can come from the most common activities, like raising your children, family meals, running a business, learning a skill, moving to a new town, or taking a trip. Even if you never thought of yourself as a writer, Sally will open doors into the process. The first session of Reconstructing Life Stories is Thursday, Sept. 11, 1-3 pm, so register online, or call 734-327-4560.

Story Jamboree

The first Downtown preschool storytime of the fall will begin on a silly, sleepy note with Go To Sleep Gecko and other tales of grumpy creatures who can’t get any sleep. Join us for stories, songs and other surprises beginning Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at the Downtown Library Youth Department Story Corner!

The Global Jazz Trio Visits The Ark

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Detroit jazz musicians, The Global Jazz Trio, bring their jazz jams to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, September 8 at 8pm. Band member Mark Hershberger describes their music as “a world influenced jazz that combines African, Latin, Asian and European influences with traditional jazz and funk to form a global jazz for all people.” Cool! Check out The Ark’s website for details and ticket information.

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