English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016 Author Event: Cristina Henriquez, Author of "The Book Of Unknown Americans: A Novel"

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

The award-winning novel The Book Of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez is the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016. The community is invited to read and discuss this stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

The author, Cristina Henriquez, will make a special appearance at Washtenaw Community College on Tuesday, February 23 to discuss “The Book Of Unknown Americans.” Doors will open and 6 PM. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Henríquez is also the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.

The Book Of Unknown Americans centers on fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera, who sustains a terrible injury. Her family leaves behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risks everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved.

Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is coordinated by several area organizations, including the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Nicola’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Literati Bookstore, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, and many others.

For more information and resources related to Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, please visit the program's website at aareads.org

Photo credit(at left): Michael Lionstar

Teens, Stress and Depression

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Experiencing sadness, anxiety, and moodiness during adolescence is common if not the norm. This is expected given that adolescence is often a highly stressful period that involves multiple biological and psycho-social changes. However, while most teens “survive” their adolescence unscathed, over 10% of teens develop clinical depression or severe anxiety disorders, which can be chronic and highly impairing.

How do we know if a teen is simply going through a “moody” phase or is instead displaying signs of a more concerning mental health problem? Why do some teens seem to be resilient to the stress of adolescence while others struggle?

Dr. Nestor Lopez-Duran, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, and a leading researcher in adolescence stress and depression, will discuss factors that increase the risk for depression during adolescence, how to identify early signs of teen depression, and what to do if you suspect that your teen may be depressed.

This program is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Detox the Safe and Healthy Way

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Discover how you can naturally detoxify your whole body. Learn the safest and most effective way to "clean house" and start feeling lighter and better.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher, and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and from her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor.

This event is co-sponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday February 24, 2016: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Baby Playgroups

Wednesday February 24, 2016: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday February 24, 2016: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday February 24, 2016: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for grades K–12

Need help with homework? Students in grades K–12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary — just drop by!

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday February 24, 2016: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday February 24, 2016: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.