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!

Knuckleheads: A New Book for Young Males

Author Jeff Kass -- who teaches English at Pioneer High and is Literary Arts Director at The Neutral Zone -- has penned a new collection of stories, Knuckleheads. The book will be released Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at the Neutral Zone. The book should appeal particularly to young males, in the way that books by Junot Diaz and Lewis Robinson appeal strongly to that audience. Kass hopes his book will "go viral" among young males, particularly those in his classes, and "become a kind of Salinger-esque cult classic for them to treasure."

What's a Gator-Raiser, You Ask?

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The Red Cross provides Gatorade, water, food and other services for both firefighters and victims in times of emergency. The Washtenaw County Red Cross needs you to join them at Busch’s Fresh Food Market to help with local Disaster Relief from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM on March 12, 2011, at their 3rd annual Gator-Raiser. Please consider donating electrolyte-replenishing beverages this week-end!

One on One Tutor Training

Did you know that 12% of residents in Washtenaw County are affected by illiteracy? It is our hope that by increasing public awareness about this widespread issue that YOU would consider making a difference and become a volunteer tutor for Washtenaw Literacy. Upcoming training takes place for 5 Mondays and Thursdays beginning March 21-April 4th from 6:30-9:30 pm. Call 734-879-1320 for more information or click here. Volunteering looks great on a budding résumé. And it feels good to help someone in need. Wash Lit logoWash Lit logo

Two Pulitzer Prize winners expected at Storymakers Dinner May 12

This year's Storymakers Dinner is coming up May 12 at Zingerman's Roadhouse. Special guest will be acclaimed novelist Richard Ford, editor of "Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work," scheduled to come out in April. Ford's Independence Day was the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. And heads up for another Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jeffrey Eugenides, who also is expected to be at the Storymakers Dinner. The event supports 826 Michigan, a non-profit that helps students improve their writing skills.

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