826michigan Hosts Writing Workshop with Author V.V. Ganeshananthan


Are you a fiction writer? Have you ever wondered about the writing techniques of a journalist? Well, now is your chance to get your questions about journalism answered! 826michigan’s “How to Write Like I Do” writing workshops presents: The Reported Imagination: Journalism Techniques for Fiction Writers. Heading up this workshop is none other than V.V. Ganeshananthan, Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and author of the critically acclaimed 2008 novel, Love Marriage. Topics of discussion will include how fiction writers can use journalism techniques, such as interviewing and arduous editing, in their craft.

This fun event is for adults only, and takes place on Saturday, February 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 826michigan. Participants will be treated to Zingerman’s coffee and pastries.

Cost for this event is $25 per participant. However, 826Michigan is running a Bring-a-Friend special that allows you to purchase two tickets for $40! All proceeds from the event go to support 826michigan’s free creative writing program for youth ages 6-18 in Washtenaw County. So, get out your pen and paper or computer, and come join V.V. Ganeshananthan in a discussion about incorporating journalism techniques in your fiction writing!

Date: February 4, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: 826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost: $25 for 1 person
$40 for 2 people (the Bring-a-Friend special)
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

Finding Grant Funding For Community Nonprofits

Monday December 12, 2011: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community nonprofit organization? Join us for this workshop - which has been so popular that we are offering it for a third time - in a lecture format with plenty of available seating.

Returning to the AADL, Karen Downing, the Foundations and Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan, will discuss and demonstrate the various web-based funding databases currently available. She will illustrate search strategies and discuss how to match sponsor and nonprofit priorities. Resources to help with proposal writing will also be addressed in this informative session.

There is no registration for this event - which will have plenty of seating for all!

Meijer Simply Give Food Pantry Drive

Join Food Gatherers in the fight against hunger this weekend at the Ann Arbor Saline & Carpenter Meijer store locations. Participate by purchasing donation cards to be given to Food Gatherers as Meijer gift cards!

Next Week In Booklists

Significant Dates for the Week of September 25 to October 1

Sunday September 25: Kick off Banned Books Week by reading some Banned Books.

Monday September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day

Tuesday September 27: Ancestor Appreciation Day

Wednesday September 28: Rosh Hashanah

Thursday September 29: National Coffee Day

Friday September 30: Ask A Stupid Question Day

Saturday October 1: First day of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

Always remember that every day is a celebration!

2011 What About You Walk

On Saturday, September 24, in Gallup Park, you are welcome to participate in a 5K and 1 mile walk/run. Proceeds will be disbursed by the United Way of Washtenaw County to the charity of your choice. Enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities, entertainment, and prizes. The event will also include a Charity Expo and Health and Wellness Fair. A free lunch will be provided by Damon’s Grill. For more information, visit what about you walk or rules & information.

Registration begins 9:00 AM
5K Run & 1 Mile Run at 10:00 AM
5K Walk & 1 Mile Walk at 10:30 AM

Write a Song for a Kid in Need

The Songs of Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized songs for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges, free of charge.They’re looking for volunteer songwriters (must be professional quality) to write and record songs for children and teens facing tough medical, physical, or emotional challenges. Over 15 years these efforts have produced 22,000 songs, a truly remarkable gift to these families.

Here’s how it works: You are sent a child’s profile sheet filled out by a parent or other caregiver that describes special interests, hobbies, favorite things, family members, friends, pets, favorite music style(s), and such. This profile sheet also spells all names phonetically so you are assured of getting them just right. You write a great song that has the child’s name featured in the chorus and that mentions all the items on the profile sheet. You make a tasty recording of the song and email an mp3 and lyric sheet to Songs of Love Foundation within 21 days. Songs of Love makes a CD with a nice label and an insert with the lyrics and mails it to the family. That’s the only use of the song unless Songs of Love chooses to use the song for promotional or fundraising purposes later. The song and sound recording belong to Songs of Love. What you get is the immense satisfaction of doing a really good deed.

Finding Grant Funding For Community Non-Profits

KDowning 2KDowning 2

Wednesday, July 13, 2011: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

*Registration required: Register Now

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community non-profit organization? Help your non-profit by attending this hands-on workshop!

Discover the online resources that can assist you in getting operating and programmatic grants for your non-profit. Additionally, there will be discussion about matching sponsor and nonprofit priorities and resources to help with proposal writing.

Karen Downing, the Foundations and Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan, and French Studies librarian, Jennifer Bonnet will discuss various web-based funding databases currently available, illustrate search strategies and give you time to look for funding for your own organization.

Registration is required for this session. Register online at aadl.org, in person at any location or by calling 327-4555.

Médecins Sans Frontières

msf in haitimsf in haitiWhat would you do if your child was on the edge of death and you had no way to contact a doctor? What would you do if a natural disaster or war had left you and your neighbors injured and homeless?

Médecins Sans Frontières (known in the U.S. as Doctors Without Borders) is an international medical humanitarian organization devoted to supporting and aiding people in lands crippled by poverty, violence or catastrophic events. They have brought medical aid and public health services to places such as Rwanda, Kosovo, the Congo region, and Haiti. MSF was created in 1971 and has been saving lives all around the world ever since.

Dr. James Orbinski is a well known humanitarian activist and a former President of MSF. He accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on the organization’s behalf. His book, An Imperfect Offering, recounts his experiences in Somalia and Rwanda, while asking tough questions about one's responsibilities to the suffering. Triage is a documentary that follows Dr. Orbinski as he returns to Africa. This powerful film questions the ability of one individual to effect change in the face of political forces we cannot control. Triage “celebrates the best in the human spirit while staring unblinkingly at the worst.”

For several perspectives of what it is like to enter a crisis zone to save lives, see Writing On The Edge: Great Contemporary Writers On The Front Line Of Crisis, a collection of essays from 14 different authors.

The Photographer is an award winning account of one man’s journey into Afghanistan with MSF during its war with the Soviet Union. This moving graphic novel uses photographs taken during the journey to help the reader understand the mental and emotional pressures felt by the author.

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders is a recently released Oscar-nominated documentary focusing not on the work of MSF, but on the lives of doctors and volunteers who have chosen to live in the most dangerous places on Earth and devote themselves to helping the needy. The film has not been released on DVD yet, but I look forward to seeing it in AADL’s collection soon.

REACHing Kids

Peace Neighborhood CenterPeace Neighborhood Center

Trying to teach your child to reach out to other and become more social? Peace Neighborhood Center has an afternoon program for kids in kindergarten – 5th grade called REACH which involves creativity and learning social skills. If you have the time to be a mentor or tutor for this kind of program or would like to make a donation to help keep this kind of programming alive in our community, Peace Neighborhood Center could be a part of your future.

Syndicate content