What Book Would You Have Chosen For the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads?

Life Is So Good: Life is so goodLife Is So Good: Life is so goodThe Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads screening committee reviewed many books before deciding on the official selection of 'Life is So Good.' What book would you have chosen to embody the theme "What Makes Life Worth Living?"

Leave a comment on the wall of our AA/Y Reads Facebook page and let us know your pick!

Boomerang Bonanza and Book Launch!

Okay makers, mark your calendars. Friday is the book release party for local author David Erik Nelson’s latest endeavor, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids. It’s not your average book launch though. In addition to checking out the book and hanging out with the author at this free, family friendly event at the Workantile Exchange, you can also partake in making and throwing boomerangs while enjoying an adult beverage as your kids have fun. The boomerangs are one of the many fun, hands-on projects featured in the book.

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred also features projects such as a simple electric guitar, board games, an oversized joy buzzer, and kites, to name a few. These make-tastic projects are sure to keep kids and parents busy for hours. If you're curious about the projects, ask the author about them!

The Boomerang Bonanza launch party coincides with Main Street’s Midnight Madness, so there’s no excuse not to pop in and get your make on amidst all that shopping and caroling.

Friday, Dec 3 | 6–8pm | Workantile Exchange,118 S. Main St.

Skyline High: A Piece of My Heart

History and drama will be in the spotlight when Skyline performs A Piece of My Heart Nov. 19, 20, and 21. The play by Shirley Lauro tells the true stories of six women sent to serve in the Vietnam War and what they faced when they came home. It has been performed more than 800 times, including a performance in Washington, D.C., when the Statue to Vietnam Nurses was dedicated.

Family Films Series Present @ EMU - Library of the Early Mind

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The Children's Literature Program and the Family Films Series present: Library of the Early Mind, a documentary on children's writers and illustrators. This film is produced by Steve Withrow and Ed Delaney. In this film, Daniel Handler, Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, Lane Smith and other writers and illustrators talk about the art of children's literature and its impact on kids, culture, and ourselves. Skyped Q & A with the director after the viewing.
Saturday, November 20, 2:00 PM, Eastern Michigan University Student Center Auditorium. Questions? Contact Campus Life, 487-3045.

Young Naturalist Awards

Calling all Young Scientists!

Are you curious about nature and life science? Have you ever wanted to conduct experiments and research, just like the grown-up scientists?? Well then the Young Naturalist Awards might be right up your alley!

The Young Naturalist Awards is an annual contest put on by the American Museum of Natural History that encourages young scientists ages 7 to 12 to explore a question they have about natural science, make observations and report their findings on what they discovered. It is an essay contest that is designed like a real scientific study, focusing on the fields of Biology, Ecology, Earth Science and/ or Astronomy.

The deadline for the contest is March 1, 2011. There will be twelve winners selected for the contest, two from each grade. The winners are awarded cash prizes and an expense paid trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the same museum featured in the movie Night at the Museum! They will meet with Museum scientists, take behind-the-scenes tours, and will be honored at an awards ceremony. Their essays will be published on the Museum’s Web site and excerpted in Natural History magazine.

The Ann Arbor District Library has many resources for any Young Scientists looking to enter the contest, including books on studying nature and exploring space and astronomy. We also have the Access Science database available to library patrons, which includes articles, biographies, definitions, images, and more from the online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. The Stapp Nature Area is a great place to observe nature and it is adjacent to our Traverwood Branch.

For more information about the Young Naturalist Awards, including Rules & Regulations, How to Get Started and much more, please visit their Website.

Nov 17: U of M's 2010 Distinguished Innovator of the Year Speaking on Social Media's Impact on Healthcare

Vic StrecherVic Strecher Dr. Vic Strecher, winner of the 2010 University of Michigan Distinguished Innovator of the Year award, will be reprising his talk regarding the impact of social media on modern healthcare this Wednesday, Novemember 17th from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Ford Auditorium.

“The Future of Patient Engagement in the Information Age” draws on Dr. Strecher's experience and expertise on the internet as it affects patients and health care consumers. Dr. Strecher's work has contributed to the creation of the Health Media Research Lab at U of M, in addition to the founding of Health Media Inc. here in Ann Arbor. The public is encouraged to attend this free and highly insightful talk!

Don't forget to check out the AADL's great resources on healtch care issues!

5 Bowls of Oatmeal

826logo826logoHungry yet? Oatmeal may be the perfect, comforting breakfast as we enter another Michigan winter, but I’d like to entice you to brave the chill on Monday, November 22 for the “Scifi Fantasy RomCom Epic Adventure” of a lifetime. Five Bowls of Oatmeal is a festival of one-act plays that are written by 8- to 12-year-old playwrights from 826Michigan, performed by U of M performing arts students, and yes, they all involve oatmeal. Five Bowls starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Mendelssohn Theater at University of Michigan. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance from brownpapertickets.com.

At Performance Network: The Drowsy Chaperone

Performance Network will stage The Drowsy Chaperone Nov. 11 – Dec. 26. Music and lyrics are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Thursday (Nov. 11) is “Pay-What-You-Can,” with a suggested donation of $10. The show -- which pays tribute to American musicals of the Jazz Age -- debuted in 1998 in Toronto and opened on Broadway in 2006. It was given the Tony Award for best book and best score.

'Life Is So Good' Chosen For Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2011

Life Is So Good: Life is so goodLife Is So Good: Life is so goodA selection team composed of community members has chosen Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman as the selection for the 2011 Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads, which will take place in January & February of 2011. The book is the story of George Dawson, who learned to read at age 98.

The theme of this year’s read is What Makes Life Worth Living. There will be an author event with Richard Glaubman (George Dawson passed away in 2001) at Washtenaw Community College in late January. More details about that event will be available in the near future. The other titles under consideration were The Undertaking: Life Studies From The Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch and Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks.

Hairspray: Don't Miss It!

Pioneer High School Theater Guild is staging Hairspray starting Nov. 6, based on the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. All performances are in Schreiber Auditorium at the school. Show times and ticket prices are here.

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