Controlled Burns in Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday Feb. 25th | Traverwood | 7:00-8:30 PM | adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Forest fires are usually a bad thing -- when they aren't meant to happen! However, many Natural Area Preservation organizations around the country use a method called controlled burning to actually help the land. Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration and stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

The Natural Area Preservation of Ann Arbor will visit the Traverwood branch of the AADL to further explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with the burns or those who just want to learn more about them.

To learn more about the forests of Michigan, check out these great books in the AADL collection:
- Trees of Michigan: field guide
- Roadside guide to Michigan plants, trees, and flowers: an ecological approach
- Trees of Michigan, including tall shrubs
- Trees of Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes
- Michigan trees: a guide to the trees of the Great Lakes Region

Huron Valley Ambulance is Recruiting for a Volunteer Team

HVA is pleased to announce the formation of the Huron Valley Ambulance Volunteer Team. HVA is looking for citizens interested in training for a variety of volunteer positions. You can train to be a medical first responder at community events or to assist with community education/awareness programs and administrative tasks.

An Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Emergent Health Partners - 1200 State Circle, Ann Arbor. Meeting attendees will receive information about our volunteer teams - Medical First Responders, Community Relations and Administrative Support.

HVA will also be offering FREE training for medical first responders. The eight week training program starts on May 6. Classes meet on Tuesday/Thursday from 6 to 10:30 pm and three Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Upon completion, you may take the State exam to be certified as a Medical First Responder. Free training will also be provided for citizens interested in community education and administrative support volunteer positions.

Click here to register for the information meeting or call 734-477-6331 for more information.

University of Michigan Prison Creative Arts Project Book Release

The University of Michigan Prison Creative Arts Project is celebrating the release of The Sky is on Fire, After All: Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Volume 6. An annual collection of Michigan's best creative writing, PCAP’s Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing seeks to showcase the talent and diversity of the writers within the state’s correctional facilities. The review features writing from both beginning and experienced writers - writing that comes from the heart, and that is unique, well-crafted, and lively. The book release and reading will be held on March 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Michigan Union Pendelton Room. Come for the prose and poetry, and enjoy light refreshments and coffee.

A Blog About Blogs

If the only AADL blogs you read are those on the home page, you may be missing out on items you'd enjoy. The blogs page offers categories to better pinpoint your particular interest whether it be AADL-GT for gaming, Axis for teens and tweens, books, magazines, audio, or video.

Library Director Josie Parker has a director's blog and there are blogs covering the community, AADL software development, local history and more.

You can subscribe to all of these pages through an RSS Feed found at the bottom left of each page so you need never miss out on the items you'd enjoy again.

Winter magic! Jeff Wawrzaszek is doing two shows

With Ann Arbor schools on break next week, you may want to check out two magic shows with magician Jeff Wawrzaszek on Tuesday Feb. 18. An afternoon show is at 2 pm at the Downtown Library and an evening show is at 7 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. This event is for preschool - 5th grade. You can check out Wawrzaszek's website here. At AADL we have lots of books on performing magic.

Free Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Symposium

Are you interested in learning more about patient-centered health research and strategies for building partnerships with community-based health organizations? Do you participate in research and have in interest in sharing your findings with members of the community? The 2014 OPIS Symposium: Partnerships for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research welcomes all participants to the free symposium to engage in this worthwhile conversation about health in our community.

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 26th from 8:00 am - 3:45 pm in the Dining Hall of the North Campus Research Complex at the University of Michigan. The program is free, but registration is required. Follow this link to learn more about the Keynote Speakers and the Agenda.

Game Start Festival: Saturday, March 1st at Menlo Innovations

Curious about making games? Know any kids or teens who aspire to be future game-makers?

Local organization GameStart is throwing a party at Menlo Innovations (505 East Liberty LL500, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Saturday, March 1st, 10am-2pm and everyone is invited! GameStart is an organization that offers classes using games to inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming.

For their event on March 1st, they'll have games to play and give a preview of their upcoming classes for this year, including: Game Mechanics and Design, Minecraft Programming, Computer Animation, and Video Editing. Although there is a fee for many of their classes, this event is free and open to all (and particularly recommended for students in grades 3-8).

AADL will be there with a table of fun stuff, along with other guests from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Maker Works, Backyard Brains, AHA! and the Youth Arts Alliance. Stop in to check things out and celebrate the power of interactive learning!

Later that day, 3-5pm, the GameStart staff will also be offering a no-fee class on Storytelling with Computer Animation at the downtown AADL!

Support for Adults with ADHD

Are you or a loved one affected with Adult Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder? If so, you may be interested in joining a local discussion group for information or support. This group meets from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the WISD Teaching and Learning Center each month. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 18th from 7:00-8:30 pm. The meeting will include resources, an opportunity to share experiences and ideas. The following week, February 25, the group hosts speaker Sally Palaian, Ph.D with a talk titled: "Shame Free Money Management for Individuals with AD/HD". For more information contact: AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

Performance Network: Venus in Fur

Performance Netowrk Theatre -- in downtown Ann Arbor at 120 E. Huron -- will show Venus in Fur, a sex comedy by David Ives Feb. 27 - April 6. The Performance Network website describes the play as "A Sexy New Play from Broadway . . . Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochist tale Venus in Fur. Into the audition room walks a vulgar and distraught actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material. As the two work through the script, the lines between play and reality blur, entering into an increasingly serious battle of submission and domination that only one of them can win." Previews are February 27 – March 6. Opening Night: is March 7. Ticket information is here.

Play the Theremin!

It is the only musical instrument that you play without touching it. Invented in 1920 by Leon Theremin, the Theremin's distinctive "otherworldly" electronic sound infuses such famous movie soundtracks as the original The Day the Earth Stood Still and Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. (A cousin of the Theremin, the Electro-Theremin creates "that sound" on The Beach Boys' Good Vibrations.) And if you watched the most recent season of the FX show American Horror Story: Coven, one of the witches on the show, Myrtle, played by the formidable and fantastic, Frances Conroy, played the Theramin on the show a few times. Wonder if you can play the instrument yourself? AADL is now offering a Moog Etherwave Theremin for checkout as part of the Music Tools collection, complete with User's Guide and the "Mastering the Theremin" DVD. Music Tools can be checked out for a week, are not renewable and not requestable. You can find them on the shelves next to the Downtown Library Circulation Desk.

Learn more about Leon Theremin's unusual life in the documentary Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey and explore other electronic instruments in the Music Tools collection such as the Stylophone and the Monotron.

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