Discussing the Future of the Book

At this time next week (Saturday, October 10th, 9:30-4:45) a discussion about the future of the book will be in full swing in the Clements Library. Students from the University of Michigan's chapter of the Special Libraries Association will be hosting the 3 panel event, which will include AADL's own Eli Neiburger.

With the future of information creation, storage, and dissemination being such a popular and immense topic, nationally known authors like David Weinberger (Everything is Miscellaneous) and Clay Shirky (Here Comes Everybody) have been able to create full careers. But it is also a topic important to the local community, reflected by the University of Michigan's participation in the Google Books Search, the closing of the Ann Arbor News and the closing of the Shaman Drum bookstore.

Check out the full list of panelists and their bios. If you decide to join in the discussion next week registration is recommended.future of the bookfuture of the book

(Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled

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The exhibition (Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled on view now through December 6, 2009 @ UMMA, features Richard Barnes's series of photographs Animal Logic (catalog on order) that examines the role the museum plays in our understanding of ourselves through the acts of collecting, preservation, and display. Images from this large body of work include photographs of the collections from the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Comparative Anatomy in Paris, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the California Academy of Science. (Un)Natural History focuses primarily on the natural history museum and by extension collecting institutions in general, providing a kind of behind-the-scenes look at museum practice and display.

This exhibition coincides with the University of Michigan LSA Theme Semester Meaningful Objects: Museums and the Academy.

Is NOW a Good time for you to Volunteer?

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Interested in making a lasting mark in the life of a non-reader or English Language Learner? Washtenaw Literacy is looking for one-on-one tutors. Volunteer training begins Thursday October 1st and will occur on the following 4 Mondays & Thursdays: 10/5, 10/8, 10/12 & 10/15. Training sessions will be held at 5585 Interface Drive behind Creekside Grill. Or go to Washtenaw Literacy for their training schedule and other information.

Bilal's Stand

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On Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, AADL presents the film Bilal's Stand at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. This film focuses on the life of a Detroit high-school senior, Bilal, and his family's long-owned taxi stand - the source of all activity and income for the family for the last sixty years. Does Bilal take a chance at college or continue with his family business? After secretly submitting a college application and taking up ice carving in order to win a scholarship, he is forced to decide. This film is based on the true story of writer/director Sultan Sharrief, who will lead a discussion of the film with producer & UM Professor Terri Sarris. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

The HomeGrown Festival is this Saturday!

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Ann Arbor’s Homegrown Festival is headed to the Kerrytown market on Saturday, September 12, from 5-10pm. The festival’s website boasts, “The HomeGrown Festival celebrates local food and community and seeks to focus broad mainstream attention on the community-wide benefits (and pleasure!) of eating from our own foodshed.”

In addition to the wonderful food vendors who will be there, there will also be a number of other activities to partake in, including tomato tasting, a beer garden, chef demos, kids’ activities, non-profit booths, and live music. Sounds like good times! Admission is free, food is available for purchase.

Ann Arbor has such a wonderful community with great support in local food efforts. (Think Slow Food Huron Valley.) Celebrate wonderful food and wonderful Michigan farms at this event!

AADL Productions Podcast: Madcat Ruth

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Peter "Madcat" Ruth, a world-class harmonica player who's lived and played in Ann Arbor for over 30 years, celebrated his 60th birthday last April. We had the privilege of talking with Madcat about his varied career, which included lessons from Chicago blues harmonica legend Big Walter Horton; touring with Dave Brubeck; inventing the Madcat harmonica microphone; and winning a Grammy for his solo performance in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Madcat also reminisces about playing the many lost music venues in Ann Arbor and treats us with his signature harmonica rendition of "Take Five".

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Ann Arbor's first Mini Maker Faire: This Saturday!

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Have you heard about Maker Faire? It's an amazing set of festivals started by Dale Dougherty, founder of O'Reilly Media and publisher of Make Magazine. Maker Faire started in the Bay Area as a place that geeks, crafters, tinkerers, machinists, laser dorks, artists, diet coke and mentos performance artists, and more could come together and just see each others stuff for a few days. The idea has spread to Austin, the UK, Africa, and now is coming to Ann Arbor. The first ever Ann Arbor 2009 Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 29th, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds in Saline, from 10 to 5 PM, and it's free for all ages. There will be space balloons, rocket telemetry, robots, a vortex cannon, homemade synthesizers, soldering lessons, screen print your own tshirt, and so on; all kinds of great stuff. This is a great beginning to a major movement, and it will certainly be a great time for all involved. Make time for Maker Faire this Saturday; you won't regret it!

Paws in the Park

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Attention dog owners and dog lovers: this Saturday and Sunday (8/22 and 8/23) from 9am to 5pm at Heritage Park, in Canton, bring your pup to Paws in the Park, a new event featuring the Purina Incredible Dog Team from America's Got Talent 4, Ultimate Air Dog, Rock n' Roll K9's, and much more. Be sure to check out the entire weekend schedule for more exciting events. This dog owner is especially looking forward to the Best Trick Contest and the Wiener Race, but maybe a bit unsure about the Best Kisser Contest. Can't make it this weekend? Check out Agility Training and Enjoying Dog Agility from the AADL for more information on training your dog for performing agility events.

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

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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!

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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!

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