Academy Award-Nominated Documentary About Hurricane Katrina: 'Trouble The Water'

Trouble the WaterTrouble the Water

On the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s fourth anniversary, we will hold a special screening of Trouble The Water at the Downtown Library on Friday, August 28, 7pm. The film seamlessly integrates home movie footage with archival news segments and cinéma vérité footage to document a journey of remarkable people surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary.

Food Gatherers Needs You!

trucktruck

The pantry at Food Gatherers is running extremely low on canned goods and other non-perishable foods due to record numbers of hungry families, children and seniors in the area. Food Gatherers regularly provides enough food for more than 7,500 meals a day in Washtenaw County. Please consider donating some non-perishable canned and dry goods that are unopened, in good condition and not expired. Any item is appreciated, but there are many requests for high-protein items, cereal, kid-friendly foods, baby formula, soups, stews, and canned meat/fish. You can drop off goods at the Food Gatherers warehouse or at the People's Food Co-op. The Food Gatherers can also help you organize a food drive at your workplace!

Parkour & Freerunning : The Art of Movement

parkourparkour

Parkour is the art of moving through your environment using only your body and the surroundings to propel yourself. On Saturday, August 15, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center located at 2960 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, Mike Metze, leader of the UM Parkour Club, will discuss the sport and then offer a live demonstration with Parkour experts at the adjacent County Farm Park! This event is geared to adults and teens (grades 6 and up).

Take a hike@ Furstenberg Nature Area

FurstenbergFurstenberg

Join us for a nature walk with the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff. View native plants and trees, and learn about the ecological restoration going on at this site. Meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road, across from Huron High School.

Thursday, August 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM | All Ages

Chesstastic

chesschess

We're playing Chess for all ages and all levels this Sunday, August 9, at Traverwood from 1-4pm. Whether it's Chess Tactics for Champions or Chess Fundamentals all are welcome.

Documentary about the making of the Traverwood Branch now online

Up From AshesUp From Ashes


826Michigan books for you

thanksandhavefunthanksandhavefun

The library owns a few books put out by 826Michigan (the fabulous local non-profit that offers tutoring and workshops, and supports writing endeavors for kids age 6-18.) They have many books that are samples and collections of students’ work, highlighting the best and brightest of writing talent that will knock your socks off. True Stories and Tall Tales culminates a year’s worth of work at Ypsilanti’s Childs Elementary School and features histories, fantasies, and other such silliness written by the students, while lead by 826Michigan volunteers.

Another book written by 826Michigan students, and other 826 chapters across the country, is Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. Which is essentially just that: a collection of letters written by kids and addressed to President Obama. Some are funny, some are heartfelt, all are worth reading.

If you’re looking for more works put out by 826, or some McSweeney’s titles, or want to hear more about what they do there, check out the shelves at the Liberty Street Robot Repair and Supply Shop at 115 E. Liberty.

Free Pottery Class for People with Disabilities

potterypottery

The University of Michigan School of Art and Design and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are jointly offering a class on working with clay for people with disabilities September 21 through December 7. Classes take place Mondays from 2 to 4 pm at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. The classes are free, and no tools or prior experience is necessary. Space is limited to 20 people who must make a firm commitment. To join, contact Carolyn Grawi at cgrawi@aacil.org or 734-971-0277 x. 16.

Help For Young Parents & Pregnant Teens

wraparound logowraparound logo

Life can be tough out there if you are a parent under the age of 21 or a pregnant teenager. Add to that being homeless or aging out of (or still in) foster care and things can seem hopeless. Fortunately a new grant to serve this group of young people is available in our community. Services are available to resolve immediate needs as well as future planning.To refer a teen parent who is at risk, contact Catherine Kabira, Wraparound Facilitator at 734-929-6509 or ckabira@emich.edu.

Celebrate the AA Farmers Market

A 90th birthday celebration for the venerable Ann Arbor Farmers' Market is Saturday Aug. 8. Stop by for gelato, music, birthday cake, and kids' activities. Vendors and market goers will tell stories at the Oral History Booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To get excited about market history, see The Farmers’ Market Bounces Back and Reinventing the Farmers' Market in Ann Arbor Observer: Then and Now, a rich collection of more than 100 articles recently archived by AADL.

Syndicate content