2009 Short Story Teen Writing Contest WINNERS!

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CONGRATULATIONS and applause to all 216 teens who used their creativity, talent and courage and entered this year's short story writing contest. Below are listed the top three winning writers in the 3 grade categories:
(stay tuned for the list of finalists and bio's of this year's judges. . .)

MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNERS:
1st Place - Christy Choi - "Stynkchro Boy"
2nd Place - Christina Bartson - "Four Rolls of Toilet Paper"
3rd Place - Hannah Clague - "Brothers, Calendars, and Lies"

Air handlers have arrived downtown

Get ready to feel more comfortable when using the downtown library.

Our contractors have a portable crane set up on the city parking lot next to the library. They have just about finished removing the old air handlers from the building, depositing the pieces in a large roll-off container in the parking lot. The parts had to come out of the basement through a large pit on the north side of building that provides access to the basement through wide double-doors--intended for just such purposes. Those two pieces of equipment have been heating and cooling the building since it was originally constructed in the 1950s; the new units are expected to do a better job.

The library had a total of five air handlers, but the others are of more recent vintage.

An Enduring Gift of Art

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If you have visited the Traverwood Branch, it is likely that you would have admired the still life painting near the program/playroom. It is the work of longtime U-M professor Mignonette Cheng who died April 23rd at the age of 76. (See news article). The painting is a gift of the Ladies Library Association.

A gifted artist, a respected educator and a gracious individual, Professor Cheng will be greatly missed. You can see more online images of her recent work and check out her Watercolors of Italy (the catalog from her one-woman show at the University of Michigan Museum of Art ) in the library's collection.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. in Ann Arbor.

Free Computer and TV Recycling at Pioneer High School May 5

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Dig out your old computer systems, monitors, speakers, printers, cell phones, televisions and modems and take them to the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Parking lot (Map) this Saturday, May 5th, from 9am-2pm.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative at the U of M are co-sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event in cooperation with Apple Computers.

For a complete list of accepted materials go to ClimateSavers@M.

All equipment collected will be destroyed and recycled in the U.S. in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.

getDowntown Commuter Challenge

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For the month of May, employees at all Library branches will be participating in the getDowntown Commuter Challenge. The month-long Challenge pits Ann Arbor area businesses against each other in a friendly competition to encourage their employees to use sustainable transportation for their commute. This month, participating Library employees will be walking, biking, carpooling and taking the bus to work. Click here to find out more about the Challenge.

Fifty Years of Books and Authors

Since about 1958, a lively local book group -- under the umbrella of the U-M Faculty Women's Club -- has been reading favorite books and meeting to discuss them. Several years ago members hosted Peter Ho Davies, and last night, Michael Byers, author of Long for this World, who even received a copy of the group's 1958-2009 reading list to take home with him. For an idea of this group's tastes, visit LibraryThing.

'A Performance Poetica' by Jeff Kass

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Don't miss an opportunity to hear Jeff Kass, one of Ann Arbor's most amazing poets, who also teaches creative writing at Pioneer High School and does workshops at the Neutral Zone. The Stages Theater Company presents, "Wrestle the Great Fear" a 'Performance Poetica' written and performed by Jeff Kass, directed by Ben Cohen and music from the Macpodz.

Wednesday, April 29th @ 7:00 pm, in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater (in the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.) All tickets $5 and can be purchased at the door.

University of Michigan and Tart Cherries

Dr. Sara Warber of University of Michigan Integrative Medicine researched the benefits of eating tart cherries and found that the Antioxidants may help with heart disease and inflammation. This is one of the topics discussed at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans.

Read more about Michigan cherries and check out a consumer's guide to dietary supplements and alternative medicines.

And here's a story about cherries for the kids.

Earth Day in Ann Arbor

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Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day in Tree Town. Catch the Recycled Materials Art Show at the ReUse Center or drink a toast to Project Grow at Arbor Brewing Company.

The Leslie Science and Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 26, with educational displays, hands-on activities, live animal presentations, storytelling and sing-alongs. Join the All Species Parade dressed as your favorite endangered plant or animal. Call 997-1553 or visit the Leslie Science Center's website for more information.

El día los ninos/El día de los libros

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Dance to Tumbao Bravo’s awesome Cuban jazz beat. Check out Ypsilanti District Library’s fantastic collection of books in Spanish. Snack on tortilla chips, make sunbursts to hang in the window, bracelets, and flags from your favorite country. El Día is for the whole familia to enjoy together! It all begins at 1:30 pm at the Whittaker Branch of YDL on Sunday, April 26th. Vamanos!!

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