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What's that Lurking in the Shadows?

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Why, the Shadow Art Fair, of course! Held biannually at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, the fair is celebrating its first anniversary this summer. A smashing success, the first event boasted 1,000 visitors, and the second 1,500, all snuggled into the brewery to listen to music, enjoy the libations and buy art. This year, organizers plan to shift the musical acts outdoors, opening up more space inside for vendors and visitors. Not familiar with the indie crafts movement? Check out Bazaar Bizarre and the other cool stuff tagged DIY for some inspiration.

The Myths of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence isn't limited to physical abuse or to women. It takes many forms. The library offers books on the subject and has links on the AADL Favorite Sites to community sources of help such as Huron Valley Community Services. From there you can link to local agencies like SafeHouse Center for information and support. Check out these resources and become more fully aware.

Downtown Historical Street Exhibit On-line

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Are you a local history buff or simply interested in Ann Arbor's early days? Check out the on-line tour of permanent sidewalk exhibits located at sixteen landmark sites in our city. Locate the actual street exhibits by using a map provided on the site. You'll find the on-line tour and a look into the past at http://www.aadl.org/aastreets.

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

Saturday, July 7 is going to be a big day. According to theknot.com, more than twice the usual number of “knottie” weddings (12,000 on a typical July Saturday) are scheduled to take place. And, while couples around the world are snagging a pretty cool anniversary date, an organization called Live Earth plans to hold concerts on seven continents in an effort to combat the global climate crisis. A freshly minted Ann Arbor organization, Aero Global Warming is hosting an official Friend of Live Earth event at Palmer Field this 07/07/07. Check it out—bands will be playing from 1-9, and the event features a plasma screen display of the other concerts taking place all over the world.

Polish your school or job skills this summer

Summer is a good time to learn – and AADL has a great resource to help you: LearningExpressLibrary. This collection of interactive online practice tests and tutorials is designed to help students and adults pass academic and licensing tests. Categories include Advanced Placement, Math Skills, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and SAT Preparation.

Sancho's Scene Goes Online!

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I’ve been trolling the Internet lately, doing research for a new AADL computer class (Ideas? Suggestions? Do share!), and there’s so much going on out there that’s cool, innovative, and fun, it’s enough to make me want to explode! Here’s the scoop on two projects that take advantage of web 2.0 technology.

Take, for instance, Podington Bear. Besides being perhaps the cutest name for a podcast, ever, Podington “makes songs with love and care, giving one to the world every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2007.” That’s 156 songs in a single year! Podington, not to be confused with Padington, also happens to sport an adorable bear logo that I couldn’t help ordering in t-shirt form.

Click "Read More" below for the scoop on Brotherhood 2.0!

Large Group Study Rooms Available Downtown

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Looking for place to gather your book group, hold a study group or have a small committee meeting? Consider the Library! We have two study rooms on the second floor of the Downtown Library that hold eight to ten people. Each has tables on which to spread out your papers and a door to close, keeping your conversations private. We also have study rooms at our Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branches, which hold two, three or even four people if you don't require that much space. All of them are available on a first-come first-served basis and all of them are free!

9th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed-Out Day!

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Looking for something to do this beautiful Saturday (May 5th)? Spend your day from 10-1 PM in the sun removing garlic mustard from Ann Arbor’s nature areas: Argo Park, Bird Hills, and Cedar Bend. A BBQ will follow at Island Park Pavilion after all that hard work from 1:30-5 PM, where the person who bags the most garlic mustard will win a prize! Bring a dish to pass or anything to grill. Burgers, buns, condiments and beverage provided.

Call 996-3266 or check the website for more information and where to meet.

Photo taken by Dr. John Meade, Rutgers

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

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Last chance for Friends books until next fall! The Friends of the AADL will be holding their annual Big Spring Book Sale this weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This end of season event is packed with great deals and chances to rub elbows with your fellow Ann Arbor-ites while buying books half-price (Saturday), or filling a grocery bag with books and records for $4 (Sunday and Monday). So pack the car with sturdy canvas tote bags and head over to the Downtown Library’s lower level to participate in this welcome harbinger of spring!

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