Black and Blue: a Timeless Lesson

Join us at the Downtown library for AADL's screening of "Black and Blue" on Wednesday January 18th from 7:00-8:30 PM. This is the story of the 1934 game between Michigan and Georgia Tech. When the Yellow Jackets agreed to play the Wolverines in Ann Arbor that season, they insisted on one condition – Willis Ward, the lone African-American player on the U of M team, had to sit out the game. Ward's teammates - especially Gerald Ford, Ward's roommate and a UM lineman - were outraged when U-M officials agreed to the demand. The incident galvanized UM students and the Ann Arbor community, which held loud and vocal protests against the decision.

Willis was later inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Read the article from the May 22, 1981 issue of the Ann Arbor News.

The Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News, established in 1835, was Washtenaw County’s leading newspaper for 174 years. Much of its content is available at Ann Arbor District Library in the microfilm collection, or on the Old News section of our website, but did you know that AADL also has an Ann Arbor News database containing all the issues of the newspaper from July, 2003 onward? It’s true! Browse through the issues day by day, look at an exact date, or search for a particular topic. Check the scores on that game you remember. Print off an obituary, graduation announcement or wedding notice. It’s all there. AADL cardholders can even do all this from the comfort of your own home.

Access to this database is available at every branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, as well as off-site provided you have a valid Ann Arbor District Library card. Log in to your aadl.org account to obtain full access to the Ann Arbor News.

Ann Arbor Architecture Archive

Curious about the history of the homes and buildings around us in Ann Arbor? Be sure to visit our beautiful Ann Arbor Architecture Archive. Packed with a gallery of images and text about Ann Arbor's historic structures, this reference resource includes the full text of Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor, Michigan by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg. Learn about old local breweries that were wiped out by prohibition, the Ann Arborites who had peacocks roaming their lawn in the 1800s, and so much more. For example, every year people from around the globe make pilgrimages to Rocco Desderide's grocery store here in Ann Arbor without even knowing it. If you have visited Zingerman's Deli on Detroit Street, then you've been to Rocco's too. Built back in 1902 by Italian immigrant Rocco Desderide, the iconic brick-veneered building, with bands of corbelled bricks fanning out above arched windows, served as the home of the Desderide grocery and confectionery business until 1921.

To access the Ann Arbor Architecture Archive, you can always go to the research page and select Ann Arbor Architecture Archive from the Ann Arbor category.

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Zoom Zoom Zoom: Watch the Snow Plows Go

Chicago, Schimago. Ann Arbor was first. Track A2 city snowplows as they plow through the streets (when we get snow to plow) at Snow, the new Automatic Vehicle Location web page. Zoom into the city snow route map to see the real-time locations and status of snow plow activity, where the plows are right now and what they are doing. You'll know whether they're salting or plowing and can even find out what kind of truck is being used on any street. So how many miles of plowing are we talking in A2? The city’s street maintenance unit is responsible for snow removal on 358 lane miles of salt route roadway and 10 bridges.

City Of Ann Arbor Community Sustainability Discussion: Resource Management

Thursday January 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This is the first in a series of four monthly discussions that examines natural areas, waste reduction, recycling, compost, local food systems, water and air quality. Panelists include City of Ann Arbor staff members, city commissioners, representatives from community organizations and UM faculty.

Each of the four monthly sessions will examine past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. Read more for details about this series.

For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report to read about Ann Arbor's current environmental goals.

Watching DVDs Over the Holidays?

How about doing us a big favor, as well as a favor for many of our patrons who benefit from watching films with Descriptive Video Service? Check the language settings at the beginning of the DVD menu to see if there is a described narration track, or see if it says "Described Narration" on the label. Then, add a comment to this blog indicating the name of the DVD & I will add it if it's not already on this list. Described narration can be on both youth & adult DVDs. More and more films are being produced with this feature. Some of these DVDs are now available by mail to our WLBPD patrons, too!

Holiday Meals for Community Members

Hope Clinic, located at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti, will be serving free hot meals from 4-5pm on all of the following days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Faith in Action and Our Savior Lutheran Church are sponsoring a Community Christmas Day Dinner at 1515 S. Main St. (next door to the McDonald's) in Chelsea. Dinner begins at 1pm and is open to anyone who would like to attend. To get on the headcount list, call 734-475-3305. Salads, desserts, and volunteers needed.

Holiday Reminders You Don't Usually Think Of: When Will They Pick Up My Garbage?

There are checklists for gifts, for meals, for trips, but the one we rarely remember until the bins are full and the tree has more needles on the floor than on the branches is the exciting and much-anticipated Solid Waste Holiday Checklist from the City of Ann Arbor.

Makes you all warm and fuzzy just reading the title. And this year there is something to really knock the socks off the mantle: Single-family Ann Arbor residents can get rewards for holiday recycling by signing up with Recyclebank.

Trash and recycling will not be picked up on Monday, December 26, 2011, or Monday, January 2, 2012, due to holiday observances. Solid waste collections will be delayed one day both weeks and occur Tuesday through Saturday. Undecorated holiday trees may be dropped off—free and 24/7—in the parking lot adjacent to the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth starting December 15 through January 31, 2012.

Happy Holidays and let's re-use, recycle, and re-gift all year.

Running Through Ann Arbor's History

On a recent run, I found myself at the Island Park trail head to the Cedar Bend Nature Area, across the river from Fuller Park. The parking lot was empty, as were the woods. This was quite the opposite of Nichols Arboretum, where I'd just been. As I explored the roughly ten-foot-wide main trail, along with the steep dirt footpaths cut right into the bluffs, I got the sense that this place was once something quite different. Indeed, that there was a deep history among these old oaks and hairpin turns.

With the guide of two books in the AADL collection -- Pleasant Walks and Drives About Ann Arbor by Judge Noah Cheever, and Riverwalks Ann Arbor by Brenda E. Bentley -- along with the City's parks website, I discovered that my hunch was true.

Cedar Bend is Ann Arbor's oldest park, bought by the (then recently established) Parks Commission in 1905. Cheever describes a grand Boulevard like a "mountain road" that went from (now) Fuller Road to Broadway, which was "a favorite...for students and young people." This Boulevard is now a rutty, densely lined trail, closed to vehicles, that is still quite fun for running and hiking.

Riverwalks and Pleasant Walks describe the then-and-now history of these natural resource gems throughout Ann Arbor, including historic and current maps and photographs. The text from Pleasant Walks is also available to read at the Bentley Historical Library website.

Small Dishes With Chef Brendan McCall of Mani Osteria

Join Chef Brendan McCall of Ann Arbor's Mani Osteria on Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:00 pm ~ 8:30 pm at the Traverwood Branch and learn the secrets of small dishes that pack big flavor and flair. Whether you're preparing for a holiday crowd or an intimate dinner, Chef Brendan's recipes are designed to make cooking fun and flexible with local, seasonal ingredients. Some of the restaurant's most popular dishes are sure to be showcased.

Mani Osteria is independently owned and family friendly, specializing in artisanal pizzas and other creative Italian dishes prepared in wood-burning ovens. The restaurant shares a passion for keeping things simple...using high quality, often locally sourced ingredients.

The name MANI, means 'hands' or 'hand-made' in Italian. An Osteria is an Italian eatery much like a tavern that emphasizes local ingredients, small production wines, and hospitality.

This event is presented in conjunction with Ann Arbor Cooks (cooks.aadl.org) Ann Arbor District Library's online collection of heirloom recipes and cookbooks from Ann Arbor area organizations.

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