Hot Shots: Career Connections at Melange

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Looking for a job? Here's an opportunity to meet face to face with local employers. On Tuesday, March 29, from 5-7pm Ann Arbor SPARK is hosting Hot Shots: Career Connections at Melange, an opportunity for you to mingle with growing, innovative companies in a fun and relaxed environment. There is no cost, but prior registration is required. Remember to bring your resume and dress for success!

Storytime! At the UMMA?!

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On Saturday, March 26th and again on Saturday, April 16th, children ages 4-7 are invited to hear a story at the University of Michigan Museum of Art! Student guides from the University will read stories related to the art in the gallery, with kids welcome to participate and respond! Storytimes start at 11am. Parents must accompany children, and older siblings may accompany the group. Meet at the museum information desk! For the UMMA event listing and contact information, click here.

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!

Beyond the Want Ads: Creative Networking Strategies

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Do you feel like you're "stuck" in your job search? On Tuesday, March 8, from 1pm to 2:30pm JFS Career Services is hosting Beyond the Want Ads: Creative Networking Strategies, a workshop that will help you continue on the search for the career that is right for you. There is no cost, but prior registration is required as space is limited. To register, contact Lori Preis at (734) 769-0209 or lori@jfsannarbor.com

"Lastingness: The Art of Old Age"

Authors Nicholas Delbanco and Keith Taylor will discuss their book "Lastingness: The Art of Old Age" at the University of Michigan's Hatcher Graduate Library on March 9th, 5:00-7:00pm as part of the University's ongoing Author's Forum.

Library Journal's 2010 review of "Lastingness" describes the book as a "study of geniuses-as they aged-in the fields of literature, music, and the visual arts. Delbanco focuses on the fascinating question of why some people's creative talents flourish with age, while others' fade. He explores and explains our general societal conflict about our elders and the question of when to expect them to step aside. His profiles include Claude Monet, Giuseppe Verdi, W.B. Yeats, and Alice Neal, among others, all of whom lived until 70 or older and remained productive."

Nicholas Delbanco is a Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. Keith Taylor is a writer and poet and coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at U of M. The discussion is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book sale and signing. The event will take place in the Gallery in Room 100 at the Hatcher Graduate Library.

Book Clubs To Go!

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Are you looking to join a book club, start a book club, or find a new book for your existing book club to read? Check out AADL’s Book Clubs To Go!

We have over 100 titles to choose from, both fiction and non-fiction, in ready made kits, ready for your to check out. There are classics like The Bell Jar and The Great Gatsby, and newer titles like The Audacity of Hope and Never Let Me Go. Book Clubs To Go check out for six weeks, are now available at all the branches, and if what you want isn’t available, you can place a hold on it. You form the group, we supply the books, it’s that easy!

Each kit comes in a zippered canvas tote and includes:

• 10 copies of the featured book
• 1 copy of the movie on DVD if available
• Summary information and reviews of the title(s)
• An author biography
• A list of suggested discussion questions and read-alikes
• Tips for book groups on how to select discussion titles
• Book club resources; web sites and print

American Council of the Blind Radio

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Blind and sighted people from many walks of life and a variety of backgrounds regularly tune into American Council of the Blind (ACB) radio to listen to broadcasting that showcases and nurtures the creativity and talents of the blind/low vision community from many parts of the world. You can tune into ACB Radio using free software on your computer. Most media players will work (and may already be installed on your computer) but if you do not have a compatible player you can download one from the ACB. Take a look at the schedule, see what's coming up that's interesting to you, and tune in!

Affordable Office Documents

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Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

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Have you ever wondered how your local Emergency Medical System works? Join the 2011 Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy! The free 8-week program will guide you in exploration of Huron Valley Ambulance operations, including the 9-1-1 Call Center. You'll view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certification, hear guest speakers from fire and police departments, and more! The program will take place on Wednesday evenings from February 16 to April 6. For questions or to register, call Jason Trojan at (734) 477-6781 or email jtrojan@hva.org.

Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass!

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Looking for some indoor fun this winter? Come to any of our branches and check out a Museum Adventure Pass! There are over 30 museums you can visit, and the passes admit 2 or 4 depending on where you're headed. Why not take a look around the corner at the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History? Exhibits include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and a Planetarium. Have fun, learn, and stay warm all at the same time!

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