Audio Description Track on DVD!

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. Some are even available by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

Ann Arbor Film Festival: Films, Archives, DVDs

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is next week! I love this time of year. So many films to see in just a few days time. Have you been hawking over the schedule and taking notes of what you’d like to see? Be ready, as the fun begins gala-style on Tuesday, March 19 and runs through Sunday, March 24.

Established in 1963, The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, and we are lucky to have it in our own backyard. The 51st annual festival is bringing some wonderful experimental films to the Michigan Theater, and a visit from Ken Burns is also on deck!

Fore more film fodder, be sure to check out the Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive, accessible online. You’ll have full access to old photos, flyers, articles, festival programs, and interviews from past festivals. Meanwhile, to view some of the films of past festivals, check out these collections available at AADL:

Time Pieces: 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival, DVD collection, Volume 1

Unexplored territories: 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival, DVD collection, Volume 2

48th Ann Arbor Film Festival, DVD collection, Volume 3

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research 2013 Community Engagement Symposium

The Ann Arbor District Library is proud to be a part of the upcoming Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research 2013 Community Engagement Symposium, taking place Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. All events take place at the University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex.

The purpose of MICHR's Annual Community Engagement Symposium is to enhance collaboration between researchers and community-based, nonprofit, and governmental organizations interested or engaged in clinical and health research. Academic and community partners will have opportunities to network, share their research and experience, and develop skills to become engaged and effective partners.

This theme of this year’s symposium The Power of Partnerships: Improving Research and Health Outcomes will focus on the importance of community involvement and leadership in the research process and how both communities and researchers benefit from partnership approaches. This event is FREE and open to the public with registration. For all the details, and to register, visit the event website.

Free Cervical Cancer Screening

The University of Michigan Health System will offer free Pap screenings on Saturday March 23 at the Briarwood building 2 U-M Briarwood Center for Women, Children, & Young Adults, Suite B, 400 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the U-M Cancer Answer Line at 800-865-1125.The U-M Health System Cervical Cancer Screening Project will serve women over 21 who have not had a Pap test in the last three years and do not have health insurance that covers Pap tests. For more resources about cancer take a look at our compilation of select sites for health.

NLS Magazines Transition to Digital Format

In early 2013, the National Library Service will discontinue production of magazines on cassette and will instead begin circulating magazines on digital cartridges similar to those used for books. The color of the magazine cartridges will be blue and their cases will be maroon. If you are currently subscribed to magazines on cassette, you should expect no interruption to your subscription service. However, there will be changes to the service we'd like you to be prepared for. Unlike with cassettes, it will be required that you return your magazine cartridge in order to receive your next month's subscription(s). ALL of your magazine subscriptions will be loaded onto a single digital cartridge. To navigate from one magazine to another, you will need to use the "bookshelf" function on your Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM). Instructions on how to use this function will be the first item to play when you insert a magazine cartridge. You can refer to the following article, "The Bookshelf: Navigating More Than One Book or Magazine" in the Winter 2013 newsletter. Instructions are also available on www.wlbpd.aadl.org under "BARD". If you are currently receiving magazines you have not subscribed to, or that you no longer wish to receive, please contact us so we may update your account. If you have a Standard DTBM and would like to upgrade to an Advanced DTBM, which provides greater navigation, including setting bookmarks when navigating through books and magazines, please let us know by calling (734) 327-4224, or emailing wlbpd@aadl.org.

Imagine Community Winter Party

Sunday, February 17 @ Hathway's Hideaway 6:45 - 9:00 pm.
Join the Imagine Community organization for a Winter celebration! Imagine Community hosts daytime programs at the Delonis Center on Fridays and Saturdays with the goal to increase solidarity between homed and homeless people by providing space and materials for people to work and create together.

Performance Network: Good People

Performance Network will show Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire Feb. 21 through March 31. David Wolber directs this Michigan Premiere of a 2011 Tony Nominee for Best Play. The PN website describes the play as "a touching and funny look at American's great economic divide." Ticket information is here. Lindsay-Abaire also wrote Rabbit Hole which was made into a 2011 movie.

Dine Out for Literacy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Enjoy a meal at the Quarter Bistro and the restaurant will donate 20% of your tab to Washtenaw Literacy. This offer is also available on all take out orders.

Speaking of Washtenaw Literacy, did you know about the tutoring events @ AADL?

Enjoy these library materials on the topic of literacy:
My afternoons with Margueritte
Read, rhyme, and romp : early literacy skills and activities for librarians, teachers, and parents
Teaching adult literacy : principles and practice
Get them talking! : an ESL tutoring guide

Dental Screening Day!

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On Saturday, February 2nd, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the Washtenaw District Dental Society will be providing a free Dental Screening day. This is happening on the 2nd Floor Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and will close after the first 100 participants have registered. Children ages 5-12 years welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Preschool Expo

Are you in the market for a preschool? Are you looking for a good place to start your search? Then you should come to the Preschool Expo on January 27th! What is the Preschool Expo? It’s an event that brings representatives from many area preschools to one location, on one date. That way, it’s easy to gather information on preschools and talk with schools in order to find a good fit for your child! This free event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success by Six Great Start Collaborative, Child Care Network, and U-M Work/Life Resource Center. Come explore your options at the Preschool Expo!

Date: Sunday, January 27th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00p.m.
Place: Palmer Commons on the U-M Campus
100 Washtenaw Ave.
(Located at the intersection of Central and Medical Campuses)
Parking: Free parking available in the structure across the street from Palmer Commons

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