Domestic Violence in the Spotlight

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Sponsored by a number of organizations, it is designed to raise awareness of the effort to end violence against women, children and within families. It is estimated that 20% of violent crimes against women are committed by their partners. Locally the effort to support and protect victims is led by the SafeHouse Center. Family violence, spouse abuse, and child abuse are all pervasive problems in American society which need our serious attention. If you are a victim, call the SafeHouse hotline at (734)995-5444 for assistance.

Become A Caped Crusader

Bring your inner superhero to life by creating a secret identity, a super name, and a superpower. Turn out more like Superman or like Captain Underpants when you create your own costume, complete with cape, gadgets and awesome mask. Come in just in time to get your costume ready for Halloween or discover your true super self just for fun!

Surprise Visit @ Pittsfield Storytime

We have a SURPRISE visit @ Pittsfield Branch for Storytime TONIGHT !! Lisa and Tucker Johnson are the author and illustrator of the new children's book All Hallow's Eve. Come to the program, meet them, and hear them read their book ... 7-7:30 pm Thursday evening October 5th, 2006.

Pinhole Photography Exhibition @ Malletts thru October 30

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Stop by Malletts Creek Branch to see some great photos taken this summer by teens who made their own camera out of a paint can. Yes, paint cans! Drop in and learn what pinhole photography is all about.

Beware: The End* is Near!

*of Lemony Snicket

Fittingly, Lemony Snicket, dreadful author that he is, has chosen to end his series chronicling the Baudelaire children with unlucky number thirteen. The Pittsfield Branch will begrudgingly host an event on Sunday, October 8 from 2-4pm featuring lemony food and miserable crafts. Attendees are requested to wear black in recognition of the solemn occurance to take place on Friday, October 13.

The children of Ann Arbor are once again invited (this time in costume) to the Pittsfield Branch on All Hallow's Eve for creepy crafts and crawly Halloween treats—a perfectly unpleasant prelude to Mr. Snicket’s appearance that evening at the Michigan Theater. Following his engagement, Mr. Snicket will sign books at the Borders store across the street.

U-M Health System hosts forum on Health Care Access and Insurance

How can health care costs be controlled and access improved? Find out at public forum on improving access to health care and related health care insurance issues that will be held at the Ford Auditorium at the University of Michigan Hospital [1500 E. Medical Center Drive] on Friday, October 6, 2006 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. "Innovations in Health Care Access: What some states are doing; what Michigan can learn" will feature speakers from Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts and a panel of experts. The program is one in a series in the University of Michigan Forums on Health Policy.

2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Downtown October 9

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Join the next 2nd Tuesday book group and read the short stories of Jeff Parker, writer and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University. Register and pick up your packet of short stories through the Youth Department Downtown (327-8301). The group will meet 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, October 9. Refreshments will be served.

Register Now at all Library Locations for the Cover to Cover Discussion of ‘The Memory Keeper’s Daughter’

Registration begins Monday, October 2 for the discussion of Kim Edwards’ national bestseller. The story spins on a decision Dr. David Henry makes at the birth of his daughter. The lie he lives to keep his decision secret has very different consequences for two families: one is created by it and the other is devastated. The discussion of Edwards’ enthralling book will be held on Thursday, November 16, 7 – 8:30 pm at the downtown Library multi-purpose room and led by AADL staff. The first 15 cardholders to register may check out a new copy of the book.

GLBA Awards

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Trying to avoid the football crowd on Oct. 7th?

Head to the 2006 Great Lakes Booksellers Association Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Directions).

Check out the schedule of events; and author appearances, which include big names such as Chris Bohjalian, Brian Freeman, Kathe Koja, Joyce Maynard, Ridley Pearson, Julia Spencer-Fleming; and many regional/local favorites.

If you happen to be free on Friday, Oct. 6th, it will be worth your while to check in at the luncheon where the 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards will be presented to:

Katrina Kittle, for The Kindness of Strangers, (Fiction)
Paul Clemens, for Made in Detroit, (General Non-Fiction)
Elisha Cooper, for A Good Night Walk, (Children)

Founded in 1995, the awards honor the year’s brightest and most deserving books about America’s heartland; recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region. Past Winners.

Let me tell you a dirty little librarian secret – publishers will be throwing advance readers at you down every isle – you could very well pick up a FREE prepublication Jane Smiley, Jonathan Lethem, Nelson DeMille, Walter Mosley, just to name a few. (There is an admission charge to the Exhibits).

Gold Mine for Teachers at the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History

If you are looking for fun and educational field trips for your class, check into what the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History has to offer. There are guided tours exploring how fossils form and the cultures of Native Americans indigenous to the Michigan area. The museum also has planetarium shows, with shows specific for a wide age range of students. Located on the museum website are links to teacher and student resources with scavenger hunts and crossword puzzles, as well as the schedule of current program offerings.

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