El Dia de los Ninos

El Dia de los Niños is a national celebration of children and books for all ages. We are delighted to join our friends at the Ypsilanti District Library and have a very busy & fun day planned! Come out on Sunday, April 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm to the Ypsilanti District Library. You can stamp your passport, make Worry dolls, go on a scavenger hunt, create maracas & Latin American flags. That's not all! The Xitlalic Folkloric Dancers will join us again & the Mariachi Mexico 2000 will end it with a bang. We are also excited to have some delicious chips from the Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory and sweets to share, too! We look forward to seeing YOU there!

April is Fair Housing Month!

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The Federal Fair Housing Act protects citizens against discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, disability, familial status, religion, and sex. Housing discrimination often comes with “a smile and a handshake.” While commonly experienced, discrimination can be subtle, friendly and often difficult to pin down. The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan works to ensure that citizens are living where they would like and not where others say they should. If you have any reason to believe that you have been the victim of housing discrimination, you can call the Fair Housing Center at (877) 979-FAIR to discuss the situation.

Storytime! At the UMMA?!

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On Saturday, March 26th and again on Saturday, April 16th, children ages 4-7 are invited to hear a story at the University of Michigan Museum of Art! Student guides from the University will read stories related to the art in the gallery, with kids welcome to participate and respond! Storytimes start at 11am. Parents must accompany children, and older siblings may accompany the group. Meet at the museum information desk! For the UMMA event listing and contact information, click here.

U-M Taubman College Presents "The Future of History"

A conference organized by the U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is coming up April 1-2 in Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St. "The Future of History" will bring together theorists, designers, practitioners and historians to discuss how architecture has played a role in history, and also how history interprets architecture. The gathering begins April 1 at 4:30 pm, with doors open at 4:15 pm. On April 2, doors open at 8 am. Presentations and hosted conversations are free and public.

AADL Productions Podcast: Donald Harrison on the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival

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In this episode, Donald Harrison, executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, talks about what we can look forward to in the upcoming 49th Festival, March 22-27, 2011. Donald highlights several of the programs this year, including some of the free public events, family events, special programs and opening night celebrations. He also talks a little about the jury process and what we have to look forward to when the AAFF celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

The Library has set up a discount code for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the Safe As Milk (Ages 6+) program on Saturday, March 26 at 11:15am at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets and use the discount code AAFF49AADL.

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Grown Ups Need Stories Too!

Storytellers Josie Barnes Parker and Laura Pershin Raynor, joined by musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller will surely entertain on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. We hope that our stories and songs spark listeners’ memories and we’ll be hanging out after the program to hear some. If you just have to hear more, the Jackson StoryFest is right around the corner!

The Woman I Am: Storytelling and Music for Adults | Thursday, March 31 | 7 pm | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Exhibition: Modernism at Risk/Michigan Matters

The exhibition Modernism at Risk/Michigan Matters continues through April 20 in the Taubman College Liberty Annex, 305 W. Liberty St. This exhibition was organized by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the World Monuments Fund. The initiative is aimed at addressing threats facing great works of modern architecture around the world.

Free Pap Test Screening

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Are you are 21 years or older? Has it been two or more years since you last had a pap test? If you meet this criteria here's something you should know: The University of Michigan Health System is offering a free screening at the Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults. Cervical Cancer has no symptoms at its earliest stages. That's why screenings are so important. This test takes 10 minutes and may save your life! Registration is required, so please call: 1-800-865-1125.

For Beginning Readers One and All!

Do you remember how it felt to learn to read? I can still remember that struggle and then the magic that ensued. I loved to read to my dog. He was such a patient and understanding listener! Now every child has that opportunity. Beginning Saturday, April 2 at 10 am at the Traverwood Branch, any child can drop in to read to a pooch! And these R.E.A.D canines really know how to listen!

Author Lois Lowry Lecturing at Rackham Auditorium

Noted children's author Lois Lowry will be lecturing at U of M's Rackham Auditorium on March 31st, 2011 from 4 to 5pm! Lowry's work includes the Newberry Award winning novels "Number The Stars" (1990) and "The Giver" (1994). Her work is well known for addressing challenging topics such as the Holocaust, racism, and death. A booksale will be held before and after the lecture. Seating is free and open to the public, but will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For the University of Michigan event listing, click here.

To browse the AADL's collection of material by Lois Lowry, click here!

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