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.

City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Sustainable Buildings

Thursday January 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Come join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series.

The series will include four events (held monthly and ending in April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework (www.a2gov.org/sustainability).

The first event in the series centers on Sustainable Buildings and includes a discussion of how to increase efficiency of new and existing building and projects underway in the community.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.
The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Sustainable Building discussion include:
• Christopher Taylor, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor
• John Beeson, Architect, Resident, and Commissioner for the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission
• Jason Bing, Healthy Buildings Director, Ecology Center
• Nate Geisler, Energy Programs Analyst, City of Ann Arbor
• Knox Cameron, Principal Marketing Specialist Residential Programs - Energy Efficiency, DTE Energy

Details of this series will be posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s website at: www.a2gov.org/sustainability/Pages/SustainableAnnArborForum.aspx.

Bat Festival: Stellaluna author is coming!

Mark your calendars for Sept. 27, when the 13th annual Great Lakes Bat Festival will happen 10 am - 5 pm at Washtenaw Community College. This festival is presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Among authors and speakers will be Janell Cannon, who wrote and illustrated the classic picture book Stellaluna. The festival offers families a chance to learn about the fascinating world of bats. Check it out!

Nicola's Books: Meet Julie Lawson Timmer

If you're wanting to meet Ann Arbor-based author Julie Lawson Timmer, she'll be signing books at Nicolas Books in Westgate Shopping Center on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Her debut novel is Five Days Left. From the publisher's description: "Mara is a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and mother. Struggling with a devastating illness, she has set herself five days to make the ultimate decision for her family. Scott lives a thousand miles away, and is a foster parent to a troubled eight-year-old. Scott is facing his own five day countdown until his beloved foster son is returned to his biological mother. The two connect through an online forum, and find a friendship to help guide them through the most difficult, and momentous, week of their lives. . . "

Artisans and Herbs and Food Trucks, oh my!

The Food Truck movement has taken over the U.S., and Ann Arbor is gettin’ in on the action! Head down to the Wednesday evening Ann Arbor Farmers Market on September 3rd for this seasons' second food truck rally, and get a taste of some local, mobile munchies.

Missed out so far on the food truck craze? AADL has insights on how to get your own mobile business started, as well as books from chefs like Roy Choi, who is best known for changing the food truck game. Looking to stay local? Tune in to a great interview with Michigan native and Top Chef winner Kristin Kish, along with cookbooks from local restaurateur Eve Aronoff.

A Sober Shindig for All

The U/M Students for Recovery present “Old Hollywood Recovery Dance 2014” – a sober end-of-summer dance with an opportunity to dress up, dance, and flaunt how fabulous you are. The theme is OLD HOLLYWOOD, so dress up in formal attire, and be ready to dance and have a CLASSIC TIME. This event has free admission and is open to the community – all ages are welcome. This fun fete will be held at the Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 South State Street on Friday, August 22, 9pm-Midnight. This is a substance-free event, and attendees are asked to be respectful of those who want to have a fun, sober experience.

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