Controlled Burns In Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday February 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff will explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with burns or those who are interested in learning more about them.

Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration. Controlled burning stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

'Tis the Season to Hang on to Reason!

Learn why we spend the way we do during these coming months, followed by a discussion of how to find alternative ways to enjoy the holidays. Taught by renowned speaker & local budget guru, Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the University of Michigan Credit Union, these sessions are free and open to the public: Saturday, November 2, 10:00-11:30 AM and Thursday, November 7, 6:00-7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register. Both sessions will be held at the University of Michigan Credit Union, 4440 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, between Wagner and Zeeb Roads.

Birding By Ear and Beyond Interpretive Program "Hunters of the Sky"

You are invited to attend an exclusive interpretive program called "Hunters of the Sky" this Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor! To register for this event, please e-mail Amy Shepherd amyshep4@gmail.com. Registration is free, thanks to a special donation from the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club! Drop-ins are also welcome.

Along with investigating this extraordinary center for nature programming there will also be an exclusive interpretive program called “Hunters of the Sky," presented by nationally acclaimed Birding By Ear and Beyond program director, Donna Posont, a Student Naturalist, at the University of Michigan Dearborn. This will be a unique opportunity for blind participants, as well as their sighted friends and family, to get up close and personal with the protected raptors that live at the Lesley Science Center. The program will last about an hour, but there will be time before and after to explore the facility on your own.

This event is sponsored in part by the University of Michigan Dearborn; National Federation of the Blind of Michigan; Ann Arbor Host Lions Club; and Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

Election Alert: Know Before You Go


Michiganians get to flex their electoral muscle on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the General Election. Want to get a sneak peak at your ballot? Visit michigan.gov/vote for election information, your voting location, absentee voting and much more.

ExpressSOS: Conduct Your Secretary of State Business Online!

Did you know that Michigan residents can save time by conducting Secretary of State business online? You can complete many transactions online that previously required visiting a branch office, including renewing or replacing standard state driver's licenses and ID cards, changing an address, or ordering multiple copies of vehicle registrations and titles. All you need is internet access to visit ExpressSOS!

C-SPAN In A2!

C-SPAN is in town this week exploring Ann Arbor's Literary Culture!

AADL Director Josie Parker highlighted the Library's contributions to the local literary scene at the Tuesday, October 22 opening press conference, held at Literati Bookstore. Joining her were C-SPAN Producer Deborah Lamb: Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kerr; Literati Bookstore Owner Hilary Gustafson; Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Vice President for Government Relations Andy LaBarre; Comcast's Director of Community Investment Maria Holmes; and a distinguished audience of local writers, teachers and community and cultural leaders.

Coverage of C-SPAN's Ann Arbor visit will be aired on November 16 & 17 on C-SPAN's Book TV and American History TV.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Affordable Care Act....

Last month the Washtenaw Health Plan and Washtenaw Health Initiative, Care Net, hosted a training "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Affordable Care Act but Were Afraid to Ask". Due to high interest, this training was filmed and is now being made available to the public! The training was several hours in length, but has been broken up into segments so you can pick and choose the information most pertinent to you:

ACA: Overview and History (1:36:51)
Presented by Marianne Udow-Phillips, Center for Health Care Research & Training

ACA: Understanding the Marketplace and the Benefit Choices (1:24:41)
Presented by Phillip Bergquist, Michigan Primary Care Association

Outreach to the Uninsured (29:34)
Presented by Michael Radtke, Enroll America

Key Things to Know about Timelines (39:56)
Presented by Ruth Kraut, Washtenaw Health Plan

Enrollment Planning at UMHS and SJMHS (14:19)
Presented by Karen Harold, University of Michigan Health System, and
Tammy Stryker, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Enrollment: Tricks and Techniques (59:34)
Presented by Krista Nordberg, Washtenaw Health Plan

Wild Swan Fundraiser

For decades now The Wild Swan Theater has graced the library with performances of Frog and Toad, Pooh Stories,Owl’s Winter and more. This Sunday at 1:00 pm at The Ark, the whole community is turning out for a fundraiser to support Wild Swan. What could be a better recipe for fun than Gemini, Joe Reilly, David Mosher and the Chenille Sisters in the pot? Wow! Check out The Ark’s schedule for all the details!

Blind Americans Equality Day 2013

From the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House comes a Presidential Proclamation- today is Blind Americans Equality Day 2013. Originally named White Cane Safety Day in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, this day is a national observance in the United States. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the importance of full access and opportunity.

Chesstastic Sunday, October 20 at Traverwood

Chesstastic | Sunday, October 20 | 1:00-4:00 p.m. | Traverwood Branch | Kindergarten-Adult

“Chess is life” – Bobby Fischer

Come and play one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages! Chess sets are provided.

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