Local Event: Check Out 11 Homes

If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do the weekend of Oct. 4-5, check out the Remodelers Home Tour, put on by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw Remodelers Council. Hours are Saturday 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday noon – 6 pm; cost is $10 per adult. Here at the library we have lots of good information about remodeling.

African Royalty Visits AADL

Wednesday, September 24, AADL hosted two very prestigious visitors from Ghana. Nana Afia Adoma II, Queen of Antoa-Krobo in the Asnate Kingdom and Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III, Chief of the Treasury in the Asante Kingdom were at the Downtown Library discussing African culture.

They spoke, through a translator, about their customs and traditions, such as how their royal garments are made, sharing that garment patterns hold special meaning. It can take weeks to weave the cloth.

They also explained that drumming is an integral part of the culture and that drumming is used as a form of communication.

The Royal couple will be back to the Downtown AADL on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm to discuss Royal instruments and West African Music.

The event was cosponsored by the U-M Center for World Performance Studies and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

Barnes & Noble: Nonfiction Book Club

The Nonfiction Book Club at Barnes & Noble in Ann Arbor will discuss the book The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball on Monday Sept. 15 at 7 pm. The book is the author's memoir about working with her husband to set up a CSA (community supported agriculture) cooperative farm on Lake Champlain in New York. Barnes & Noble is located in Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, near the intersection of Huron Parkway and Washtenaw Avenue. Library Journal compares this book with other titles including Ree Drummond's book The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. All are welcome at the upcoming meeting of the Barnes & Noble Nonfiction Book Club.

Start Saving Now!

Here's a tip to help you start saving money on your energy and water bills. If you're a home-owning DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? Up to 75 new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads and the peace of mind that you are doing what you can to save the planet. And cash.

Career Fairs

Fall is a time of change, and maybe for you that means a new career. The AADL has a Job Search Tool Kit to help you learn more about different careers, research salaries and find local job postings.

If you're interested in looking for a new position or want to learn more about branching out into a completely new sector, head down to the Morris Lawrence building at Washtenaw Community College. Starting this month, the WCC Career Services Department will be hosting a series of career fairs.

Upcoming career fairs are as follows:

Retail & Supply Chain: September 16th, 1-4 p.m.

I.T.: September 30th, 1-4 p.m.

Health Care: October 15th, 1-4 p.m.

Advanced Manufacturing: February 11th, 1-4 p.m.

Spring Fair: March 19th, 1-4 p.m.

Not a current student? No problem! Attendance and registration are free to all interested participants! Simply go to the website and create a registration account to learn more about events.

Ann Arbor | Ypsilanti Reads

It's that time again! The communities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti join literary forces to read and discuss one book. The 2015 theme is A Very Good Read .

We are down to two finalists, We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

The judges want your feedback, which book should be the one that Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti reads? Read them and share your opinion by visiting the Finalist page, then click on the link that takes you to the book's page, and tell us what you think. Both titles are available for AADL cardholders to borrow. The Finalist will be selected in October.

You can listen to an interview with Ruta Sepetys the author of last year's Read winner, Between Shades of Gray, when she visited AADL. You can also visit the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads website to find out more about the program.

How Can Parents Really Talk with Their Children About Divorce?

Tuesday October 7, 2014: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Hatcher Graduate Library: Gallery in Room 100,

This lecture will explore why parents and children tend to drift apart in the aftermath of divorce and will offer concrete suggestions for how parents can initiate meaningful conversations with their children so they can stay connected as they navigate the many challenges of divorce.

Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who practices in Ann Arbor, has worked with hundreds of divorcing families. His book, Divorce and Loss: Helping Adults and Children Mourn When a Marriage Comes Apart, was published in May 2014.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the University of Michigan Library.

New Volunteer Center is now open at VolunteerWashtenaw.org!

The new Volunteer Center is now open at www.VolunteerWashtenaw.org! This virtual Volunteer Center will connect people interested in volunteering with local nonprofits that rely on volunteers to achieve their mission. More than 65 agencies have listed more than 160 needs and counting on the new site. The site will accommodate individuals as well as groups, and will be provided at no cost.

The new Volunteer Center website makes it easy for people to find opportunities to serve. At the new VolunteerWashtenaw.org, volunteers can:

·Search the volunteer needs by scrolling through the full list or you can narrow it down to suit your preferences; key word search, interest area categories (such as education or senior citizens), by court-ordered appropriate, activity type (such as construction or mentoring), one-time needs, ongoing needs, group opportunities, distance, date, and more.

·Explore agencies that are doing amazing work in our community, from human services to animals to the environment to the arts. Learn more about what they do, where they're located and what needs they have.

·Easily sign-up for volunteer opportunities online.

·Become a fan of agencies or update interests in their profiles to receive notifications of new volunteer needs.

·Invite and register a group for a volunteer opportunity.

·Log volunteer hours to keep track of work for school or civic resume

·Share opportunities via email or social media at the click of a button.

·See other nonprofit needs: in-kind donations, advocacy and employment

·Browse Community Events that are happening in Washtenaw County.

It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free! And to add to the fun and celebration of the launch, enter to win a Zingerman’s Gift Card now through Oct 1! Read more about the launch contest online.

If you have questions about volunteerwashtenaw.org, call 734.971.8200 or email volunteer@uwwashtenaw.org.

It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

Head on down to Dawn Farm's Fantastic 41st Anniversary Jamboree on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Admission and all activities are free! This is a great family activity with hayrides, pony rides, and a children’s tent, too. Visit the working farm or bid on unique items in both silent and live auctions. Funds raised from the auctions will help support critical addiction services for individuals who need help and lack resources. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call 734-485-8725 or email Megan at mrodgers@dawnfarm.org.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up MonthSeptember is National Library Card Sign-Up MonthSeptember is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Give yourself or your child one of the greatest gifts you can give: Free Knowledge!

AADL is full of books to read and explore, graphic novels and magazines to escape into, and movies and music to transport your imagination to new places. But that is not all! We have a growing collection of unusual stuff to borrow which includes music tools, home tools, games, art prints, telescopes, and activity passes for many statewide attractions, to name a few.

AADL also offers services like homework support and resources for job-seekers and small business entrepreneurs. There are also on-going, drop-in ESL conversational groups.

Getting a library card is a rite of passage; many adults have never forgotten when they first received "the keys to the castle" as a child. Maya Angelou, a great supporter of public libraries once said, "The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library." And if you are an adult without an AADL card, remember, it's never too late! Stop into any location to get your card, there is no fee if you live within Ann Arbor District Library boundaries. To see the details of what you will need to bring, click here.

We would love see pictures of new cardholders with their cards. Tweet them to @aadl or share them on Instragram at @aadlgram and use the hashtag #MyFirstAADLCard.

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