Bookshare Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Access to books for education, employment & social inclusion has dramatically increased for people with print disabilities. An early ebook innovator, Bookshare developed a new approach to digital rights management (DRM) which include both electronic fingerprints in the books as well as legal agreements & social pressure. Bookshare's parent company, Benetech is a leading provider of accessible open content and open source tools to improve accessibility. Bookshare started with volunteers digitizing and legally sharing materials over the Internet with others who had qualified print disabilities. To date, over 180 publishers have now contributed over half of the 140,000 titles in the collection. For more information about Bookshare or to see if you or a family member qualify, click here.

Easy English News

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AADL carries the Easy English News at all of our locations. This publication is written at a 3rd or 4th grade reading level but with newsworthy topics of interest to adults. Let all your English Language Learning friends & relatives know about this resource in our collection. Their website is awesome, too!

Thinking of Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

If you are, classes will start soon at Jewish Family Services. This robust curriculum includes class instruction on Preparing for the Citizenship Test, Civics-based English Language Instruction and U.S. Government & History Lessons. Registration begins April 16th. For more information contact Nicole Graham-Lusher, Citizenship Program Coordinator: 734-769-0209 or nicole@jfsannarbor.org.

Law Day 2012

May 1, 2012 is Law Day. This is a day that marks our country's commitment to the rule of law, established first by President Eisenhower in 1958. The Washtenaw County Bar Association is offering up to 20 minutes of free legal advice in two locations on this day for interested advice-seekers: Upstairs of the Ann Arbor Community Center and downstairs of the Ypsilanti District Library-Michigan Avenue. Call 996-3229 between April 16-April 30 to set an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome as time allows that day.

All Aboard the AirRide!

Catching a ride to or from DTW is now easier than ever with AirRide! AirRide, a service of The Ride, offers 12 affordable trips a day from downtown Ann Arbor to Metro Airport. All of their buses are equipped with ADA Compliant wheel chair lifts. For this service, 24-advance registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation, click here. Happy Trails!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poet Laureate Billy Collins

In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, the Ypsilanti District Library is proud to present Poet Billy Collins on Thursday, April 12 at 7 pm at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building. Teens and adults are welcome to attend this special event which is free and open to the public.
Dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in The New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observations on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself. He served two terms as the U.S. Poet Laureate, from 2001-2003, was New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006, and is a regular guest on National Public Radio. He has taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, and Lehman College, City University of New York where he is a distinguished professor.
Collins was born in 1941 in New York City. He earned a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and both an MA and PhD from the University of California-Riverside. Though Collins published throughout the 1980s, it was his fourth book, Questions about Angels (1991) that propelled him into the literary spotlight. Subsequent works garnered comments noting that Collins’s skillful, smooth style and inventive subject matter “helps us feel the mystery of being alive” and “Rarely has anyone written poems that appear so transparent on the surface yet become so ambiguous, thought-provoking, or simply wise once the reader has peered into the depths.”
A few of his major works include: Nine Horses: Poems (2002), The Trouble with Poetry (2005), Ballistics (2008) and Horoscopes for the Dead (2011). Collins has described himself as “reader conscious”—“I have one reader in mind, someone who is in the room with me, and who I’m talking to, and I want to make sure I don’t talk too fast, or too glibly. Usually I try to create a hospitable tone at the beginning of a poem. Stepping from the title to the first lines is like stepping into a canoe. A lot of things can go wrong.”
The site of the reading will be at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium located at 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI.

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Public Discussion

Thursday March 29, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

On March 29th from 6pm to 8pm, the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public meeting to discuss a set of draft overarching sustainability goals developed from existing plans and goals by commissioners from each of the key sustainability commissions and a team of city staff. These goals are an important step in developing Ann Arbor's sustainability framework.

The sustainability goals build on goals already developed through a variety of public processes - from city plans, council resolutions, and the council-approved ten environmental goals. These draft sustainability goals include the three key aspects of sustainability - environment, economy, and equity.

Family Time at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

Saturday, March 31, 2012: 11am @ the Michigan Theater

Does your family enjoy going to the movies? Want to attend a family-friendly event at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival?

AADL is participating in the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival as a community partner for Ages 6+ Films in Competition, taking place Saturday, March 31st @ 11am at the Michigan Theater. If you enter this code - AAFF50AADL - when buying online tickets, you will get $2 off the advance ticket price ($5 standard).

This visually engaging program of 10 films includes animation, music videos, documentaries and a computer-generated 3D film made in 1971. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Video: Being Homeless In Washtenaw County: A Panel Discussion With The Washtenaw Housing Alliance

Did you know that 2,756 people will experience homelessness within a year in Washtenaw county? 26% are families and 41 people in the county in any given week become homeless. Last February, AADL hosted a panel discussion with the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA). Watch the video of the panel discussion and learn about the innovative partnerships that have been created to address the need and the next steps needed to end homelessness in our community.

Notable Author and Beat Poetry Enthusiast Anne Waldman to Visit Ann Arbor

Internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman, co-founded with Allen Ginsberg, the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and is the author of more than 40 books. On April 13th and 14th, Waldman will be visiting Ann Arbor on behalf of the One Pause Poetry Series. The events will take place at METAL, at 220 Felch Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Waldman, active in the Beat Poetry, New York School, and Black Mountain movements, is an integral member of the "Outrider" experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades as writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, and cultural/political activist. Her work is energetic, passionate, panoramic, and fierce at times. Publishers Weekly recently referred to Waldman as "a counter-cultural giant." Waldman will be reading from The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011), a 25-year project in the making.

The schedule for the events is as follows:
April 13, 7-9pm: Reading with Anne Waldman. Reception and book-signing to follow.
April 14, 10:30am-noon: Conversations with Poets: Anne Waldman. One Pause Director Sarah Messer interviews Anne Waldman on her approach to poetry. This interview will be recorded and archived as a part of the One Pause Archive Project.

All readings and conversations are free and open to the public.

One Pause Poetry is part of the nonprofit arts organization Copper Colored Mountain Arts, which serves Southeastern Michigan and is sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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