NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Kickoff Party

Saturday, October 27 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Traverwood Branch

If you've ever thought about writing a novel, here's your inspiration: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

Join us for the big Kick-off Party, hosted by the local NaNo liaison Eric Foldenauer! This event includes refreshments - so come and enjoy and get your creative juices flowing as we begin this extraordinary month! Meet other local writers to inspire you to face the challenge!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a non-profit event that encourages teens and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel during the month of November. Participants begin writing on November 1 with the goal of writing 50,000 word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

NaNoWriMo writing sessions will be held at Traverwood Branch during November – but get a head start and celebrate with this great kick-off party.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

Families Fall into this Glorious Season!

Whether you enjoy Autumn by the water, the forest, the ice, on Main Street or at the Farmer’s Market, you must surely check out the Halloween storytimes at AADL!

Controlled Burns in Ann Arbor’s Natural Areas

Wednesday, October 10 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Library | Multipurpose Rom

Prescribed or controlled burning is a technique sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration. Fire is a natural part of both forest and grassland ecology and controlled fire can be a tool for foresters. Controlled burning also stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

The Autumn 2012 Burn Season is upon us! Join us as the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation staff discusses what controlled burns are and why they are used in Ann Arbor's natural areas. This presentation is recommended for anyone interested in helping with burns, as well as anyone simply interested in learning more about why and how they are conducted.

Local Mystery Book Store Celebrates Anniversary with Visiting Authors


Mystery bookstore, Aunt Agatha's is celebrating their 20th Anniversary by having 15 authors visit their store on Fourth Ave. Aunt Agatha's will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4-7pm, feature cake and drinks as well as the opportunity to meet the authors.

A few of the guest authors include:
Alyse Carlson, author of The Azalea Assault
Sarah Zettel, award-winning author of mystery and sci fi books and Ypsilanti native
Steve Hamilton, author of the Alex McKnight series
And many more.

For the full schedule of authors and more information, check Aunt Agatha's Event Page.

A2Y Chamber of Commerce and WWBA Job Fair

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber and West Washtenaw Business Association are sponsoring a job fair on October 17, 2012. The job fair will take place at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris J. Lawrence Building between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This job fair is an effort by the WWBA and A2Y Chamber to stimulate the economy in Southeastern Michigan, make local employers successful and get the unemployed and under-employed back to work. A few of the participating companies include Northwestern Mutual, Select Ride, Michigan Ladder, Macy's, Michigan Office Solutions, and Zingerman's. Job seekers are advised to come ready to meet with potential employers and should bring multiple copies of their resume.

Write Michigan! -- Statewide Short Story Contest

Short story writers, grab your laptops for the first annual Write Michigan Contest
presented by Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music.

Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice and Judges' Choice.
Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press in both print and eBook format.

Entries accepted September 4 – November 30, 2012

One story per author
Maximum story length: 3000 words
Entry fee: $10.00 for 18 and older
(free for 17 and younger)
Contest open to Michigan residents only
See complete contest guidelines

The Write Michigan Contest has an entry deadline of November 30, 2012.
Winners will be announced by the first of February and celebrated on March 19, 2013 at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

A great opportunity for aspiring writers!

Community Event: Open House at the UM 3DLab, October 9


Tuesday October 9, 2012: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- University of Michigan North Campus, Duderstadt Center, Room 1365 First Floor

The UM3D Lab provides the University of Michigan community with access to high-end technologies and professional expertise on the topics of Rapid Prototyping, 3D Scanning, Advanced Visualization, Motion Capture, and more! On Tuesday, October 9, they'll be opening up their Lab to the larger Ann Arbor community. Drop in and see some of the most cutting edge equipment, right across town at the University of Michigan's North Campus.

The event will run from 12 pm to 6 pm at the Duderstadt Center on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. For more information, please visit [here|http://um3d.dc.umich.edu/].

The "Ypsi Flea" is happening this Sunday, Sept 23rd

With television shows such as American Pickers becoming increasingly popular, people across the country are realizing that the old saying is still true, "one man's junk is another man's treasure!" From flea markets to garage sales, thrifting culture is now more popular than ever, and America is on the hunt!

Once every blue moon, it is known that some folks over in Ann Arbor's neighboring city of Ypsilanti throw together a community event - "The Ypsi Flea" - that combines local vendors featuring everything from used clothing and records to crafty things and live music.

The Ypsi Flea will be happening this Sunday, September 23rd from 12pm-8pm, and will be held at Woodruff's at 36 East Cross Street in Ypsilanti.

Come out and hunt for some treasures of your own, or just to enjoy some live local music; either way, the event is free, all ages and held in the name of fun and community expansion!

Michigan Park and Read Runs Through Oct. 1

The Michigan Park and Read program runs through Oct. 1, so why not take advantage of the fall weather? To check out a pass, visit any AADL location with your library card. Your Park and Read pass allows you to avoid paying the Recreation Passport entry fee into Michigan state parks and recreation areas. In Southeast Michigan the list includes Pinckney Recreation Area, Maybury State Park, and Waterloo Recreation Area. Passes are also good at 11 museums and historic sites, including Mann House and Walker Tavern. You can use your pass during daytime hours for seven days from checkout. Some parks loan hammocks, in case you'd like to stretch out and read a good book or magazine you may want to check out. Very tempting!

Free Community Flu Shot Clinic

Are you or a member of your family at increased risk of getting the flu or experiencing flu-related complications? If so, you may want to receive a flu shot. The University of Michigan Health System will have an open flu shot clinic on Thursday September 27 from 1:00-6:0 PM at the West Willow Community Resource Center. If you are unable to make it that day, perhaps you'll find another option in Washtenaw County here. If you would like to know more about Influenza, take a look at our select sites. These are websites vetted for you by our aadl staff, and are very informative.

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