Washtenaw Literacy: World in a Basket

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Washtenaw Literacy’s gala benefit “World in a Basket” will be held on the evening of October 1 at WCC’s Morris Lawrence Building. This year's Honorary Host is Devin Scillian. Tickets for “World in a Basket” are $85 & include beverages, strolling supper, and the opportunity to bid on some amazing auction items, such as Dominos Pizza for a year; tickets to a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show and gift baskets of all kinds. Proceeds go directly to Washtenaw Literacy. For ticket information, call (734) 879-1320

Follow a library on Twitter

To tweet or not to tweet, it’s a personal choice. Perhaps you’re one of the millions who are following Lady Gaga or Ashton Kutcher. Or perhaps you're more into following local goodness like the Ann Arbor News or the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

October 1st is Follow a Library Day on Twitter. A day to celebrate libraries and let the Twitterverse know which libraries you love. Do you follow a library on twitter? Your own AADL has a twitter account, if you’re interested in keeping up with us. Or perhaps you’d like to show your love for the Canton Public Library, the Detroit Public Library, the Dexter District Library, or even the New York Public Library. Find your library online and follow it. Nearby libraries often promote their free public events on Twitter, so it’s a quick and easy way to see what’s coming up.

You can follow all the #followalibrary day buzz on their blog. Don’t forget to use #followalibrary as a hash tag! Which libraries do you follow?
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Calling all filmmakers!

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is seeking applications for the 49th annual festival, to be held January 2011-February 2012. The standard deadline for entries is October 4th. All genres, styles, and formats are welcome, but films must have been completed no earlier than 2009. For more details and entry forms, visit AAF’s web site.
Not ready for this year's AAFF? Get some practice through another Ann Arbor film project, the Cinema Nightly Project, which screens local independent films right here at AADL!
If you’re more of a film connoisseur than a filmmaker, you can view a sample of past films in AAFF’s online media archive, check out the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD, or join us for one of the upcoming screenings in our Films and Discussions series.

Help Us Choose the Book for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2011

logologoIt's almost time for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads to begin once again. This year, our selection committee has chosen three finalists for our theme: What Makes Life Worth Living.

The finalists are Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, The Undertaking: Life Studies From The Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch, and Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks.

We have plenty of copies in stock and we appreciate your comments and opinions on which one should be our official selection for the Reads. Check these books out and then let us know which one you think should be chosen by leaving a comment on the book's page on the AA/Ypsi Reads website. The final selection will be announced in October.

You may also join our AA/Ypsi Reads page on Facebook to receive the latest news in your Facebook feed.

Dawn Farm Education Series

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Tonight marks the beginning of the Dawn Farm Education Series for 2010/2011.The topic tonight is Addiction 101, presented by James Balmer, President of Dawn Farm. All programs are from 7:30 to 9:00 PM in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center The series lasts through June 2011. Print a copy of this flier and see the range of topics relating to addiction and recovery that will be presented in the series.

Performance Network: Sonia Flew

A preview of the play Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez is coming up Thursday (Sept. 23) at Performance Network. The story, based on real events, was written by Melinda Lopez. It follows a young girl who in 1960 is among 14,000 children sent from Cuba in Operation Pedro Pan, through her adulthood in America. Ticket information for the show -- which runs through Oct. 17 -- is here.

Michigan Weather: Why so crazy?

Many of us who have lived in Michigan for a while know the old saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it will change." But do we know how it all happens, Michigan weather? I know I don't, which is why I'm intrigued by the author event coming up 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 14 (Tuesday) at U-M Hatcher Library. Paul Gross, author of Extreme Michigan Weather: The Wild World of the Great Lakes State will explain our oppressive heat, harsh snowstorms, and fickle tornadoes. Gross is meteorologist and executive producer of weather at the NBC affiliate WDIV-TV in Detroit, and also consults with Michigan lawyers as a meteorology expert. His book was published by University of Michigan Press.

Susurrus: A play without stage or actors

A promising fall field trip would be Susurrus, running Wed.-Sun. through Oct. 3 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. This creation, named for the sound of wind rustling in trees, was written and directed by David Leddy. It is an adult-themed "genre-defying reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream that weaves snippets of opera and a lesson in bird dissection into a mournful, poignant love story." Participants walk a path, while using headphones to listen to the story. Groups of four people are admitted every 15 minutes. Tickets are $30 in advance at the Michigan League or from the University Musical Society.

September at The Ark

The fall line up at The Ark is looking good! If you’re in the mood for some shows, check out their schedule.

Indie rock favorites, Toad the Wet Sprocket, will be playing on Sept 15, 16. Although the band “broke up,” they are still around playing various gigs for your entertainment. The same week, improv entertainers The Second City, will be performing for two nights as well, on September 17, 18. If you’re up for satire and wit, The Second City is for you.

And of course some local faves like The Chenille Sisters and RFD Boys will be on hand at The Ark in September as well. With a huge line-up listed already, here’s sure to be something for everyone this fall at The Ark!

This Sunday is the Kerrytown Book Festival

Attention book lovers: The seventh annual Kerrytown Bookfest is happening all day on Sunday at the Kerrytown market area.

You can… draw with author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw (of the Ellie McDoodle books), Deb Diesen will read some of her children’s books, join a Michigan lit discussion with local authors such as Bonnie Jo Campbell and Michael Zadoorian, visit the Paranormal Fiction & Poetry discussion, catch a live interview with Caldecott winner David Small, do a kids craft project or two, get in on some bookmaking worshops, and peruse the aisles of book related vendors. Really, there is way too much great stuff going on to list it all, so be sure check the full schedule. Get your book lovin’ on!

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