ExpressSOS: Conduct Your Secretary of State Business Online!

Did you know that Michigan residents can save time by conducting Secretary of State business online? You can complete many transactions online that previously required visiting a branch office, including renewing or replacing standard state driver's licenses and ID cards, changing an address, or ordering multiple copies of vehicle registrations and titles. All you need is internet access to visit ExpressSOS!

C-SPAN In A2!

C-SPAN is in town this week exploring Ann Arbor's Literary Culture!

AADL Director Josie Parker highlighted the Library's contributions to the local literary scene at the Tuesday, October 22 opening press conference, held at Literati Bookstore. Joining her were C-SPAN Producer Deborah Lamb: Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kerr; Literati Bookstore Owner Hilary Gustafson; Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Vice President for Government Relations Andy LaBarre; Comcast's Director of Community Investment Maria Holmes; and a distinguished audience of local writers, teachers and community and cultural leaders.

Coverage of C-SPAN's Ann Arbor visit will be aired on November 16 & 17 on C-SPAN's Book TV and American History TV.

Easy English News

AADL carries the Easy English News at all of our locations. This publication is written at a 3rd or 4th grade reading level but with newsworthy topics of interest to adults. If you know anyone who is learning English, this publication is very useful to read. Their website has a lot of handy information, too. You'll find them in the periodicals section downtown or by the newspapers at the branches.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Affordable Care Act....

Last month the Washtenaw Health Plan and Washtenaw Health Initiative, Care Net, hosted a training "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Affordable Care Act but Were Afraid to Ask". Due to high interest, this training was filmed and is now being made available to the public! The training was several hours in length, but has been broken up into segments so you can pick and choose the information most pertinent to you:

ACA: Overview and History (1:36:51)
Presented by Marianne Udow-Phillips, Center for Health Care Research & Training

ACA: Understanding the Marketplace and the Benefit Choices (1:24:41)
Presented by Phillip Bergquist, Michigan Primary Care Association

Outreach to the Uninsured (29:34)
Presented by Michael Radtke, Enroll America

Key Things to Know about Timelines (39:56)
Presented by Ruth Kraut, Washtenaw Health Plan

Enrollment Planning at UMHS and SJMHS (14:19)
Presented by Karen Harold, University of Michigan Health System, and
Tammy Stryker, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Enrollment: Tricks and Techniques (59:34)
Presented by Krista Nordberg, Washtenaw Health Plan

Wild Swan Fundraiser

For decades now The Wild Swan Theater has graced the library with performances of Frog and Toad, Pooh Stories,Owl’s Winter and more. This Sunday at 1:00 pm at The Ark, the whole community is turning out for a fundraiser to support Wild Swan. What could be a better recipe for fun than Gemini, Joe Reilly, David Mosher and the Chenille Sisters in the pot? Wow! Check out The Ark’s schedule for all the details!

Blind Americans Equality Day 2013

From the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House comes a Presidential Proclamation- today is Blind Americans Equality Day 2013. Originally named White Cane Safety Day in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, this day is a national observance in the United States. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the importance of full access and opportunity.

Chesstastic Sunday, October 20 at Traverwood

Chesstastic | Sunday, October 20 | 1:00-4:00 p.m. | Traverwood Branch | Kindergarten-Adult

“Chess is life” – Bobby Fischer

Come and play one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages! Chess sets are provided.

Pediatric Support Group for Parents and Families of Children with Eye Disease and Visual Impairment


The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center is hosting a pediatric support group for parents and families of children with eye disease and visual impairment on Saturday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This support group is open to all parents and families of children with eye disease and visual impairment. The meeting is free but registration is required. Bring your questions! In addition to presentations, the program includes time for group discussion and Q&A sessions. Childcare and a continental breakfast will be provided. Parking is free. For more information please contact: Karen Norman at 734.764.4163.

Film & Discussion: Where Soldiers Come From

Tuesday October 22, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

Winner of a 2011 Emmy and the Independent Spirit Award, "Where Soldiers Come From" follows the lives of northern Michigan best friends, Dominic and Cole, and other recent high school graduates as they join the National Guard and are eventually sent to Afghanistan.

The young men quickly realize their carefree days are over as they spend their time sweeping for roadside bombs. Repeated bombs blowing up around their convoys lead to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms. They have all become increasingly disillusioned about their mission.

The challenges really begin to surface when they return to their families and communities in Michigan. "Where Soldiers Come From" looks beyond the guns and policies of an ongoing war to tell a human story about family, friendship, and community and how they all change when people go off to fight.

Film director Heather Courtney will lead the discussion following the film.

This event is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars' Program.

NPR in Town and at the Library

Did you know that you can access some of your favorite NPR shows and their related materials through the library? The AADL has full episodes of This American Life and A Prairie Home Companion as well as excerpts from some of the more famous segments of the shows all on CD. These are great to listen to at home or in the car, and most are appropriate for all ages. The library also has a collection of CDs called I Heard It on NPR, which showcase some of the more popular singers and musicians that have appeared over the years on the radio station.

Garrison Keiller, the host of A Prairie Home Companion, has also written several novels about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, which he often references in the show. These include Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and Lake Wobegon, Summer 1956, among others, all of which you can find at the AADL.

In addition, the NPR show Radiolab, hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is on live tour this fall, and is stopping next week at the Michigan Theater here in Ann Arbor! You can listen to recordings of previous Radiolab shows on their website, and there are plenty of tickets still available through their site for the live show on October 7, 2013.

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