Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club has over 30 drop-off locations throughout Washtenaw County. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or regular sunglasses too. For information on how AADL serves those with low or no vision, check out the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL!

We're Talking....

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...in English-as-a-Second-Language conversation groups each week at three different AADL locations. AADL's partnership with Washtenaw Literacy provides trained volunteers to help participants become more comfortable speaking English. Groups meet Mondays at the Pittsfield Branch from 1:00-2:30 PM; Wednesdays at the Traverwood Branch from 7:00- 8:30 PM; and Fridays at the Mallets Creek Branch from 1-2:30 PM. Participants do not need to register to take part in these groups and can attend as many as they'd like. If you're interested in learning more about what Washtenaw Literacy has to offer, check out their website or give them a call at (734) 879-1320.

Check out a Telescope!

Did you know the library has telescopes for checkout? If this news tickles your astronomer's fancy, take a look at the Quick Start Comic to see how it works. And check out some viewing tips to see what's in the skies in our area. You can put your name on the Hold list for a two week checkout or, if you can't wait for your name to come up, you may find one in Up For Grabs, a first-come first-served collection with a one week checkout, available at all branches.

And if you missed Comet ISON, don't despair! If ISON survives its pass by the sun on November 28, it'll be back around the other side in December. Look for it near the sun just before sunrise.

Ignite Ann Arbor 8: This Sunday!

If you had just five minutes to spread the word about something that you loved, what would you say? What's the one thing you'd talk about?

This Sunday at 7pm, the eighth edition of Ignite Ann Arbor gathers together sixteen dynamic people eager to share the things that get them fired up.

From learning the ins and outs of the flying trapeze to concocting home-distilled spirits; from pop-up community bike repair to kids generating clean power - the topics Ignite 8 speakers have in store will to intrigue and inspire!

Read up on the lineup, and come out to Blau Auditorium Sunday evening to enjoy a fast-moving trip through sixteen different passions. Attendance to Ignite is free, though registering beforehand is a smart idea to be sure you have a seat.

If you see a topic that catches your eye, let us know in the comment section -- we often bring Ignite speakers to AADL for extended versions of their talks!

Film & Discussion: We Can't Eat Gold

Thursday November 14, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

“How does it feel when your ancestors have been surviving off the same land for thousands of years and then that land is threatened?” Residing about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage the people of Dillingham, Alaska have lived off of caribou and the world’s largest, most spectacular sockeye salmon fishery located in Bristol Bay. But now the proposed Pebble Mine that seeks to extract valuable deposits of gold, copper, and molybdenum threatens that way of life.

The documentary We Can’t Eat Gold, casts light on the sustainable living the people have made off the land and sea. It also gives voice to the concern of the Alaska Native elders and youths not only about the future but also the impacts the exploration of Pebble Mine has already had on the Bristol Bay region’s King Salmon and Caribou populations. With government approval pending will the people’s voice be heard?

Film director Joshua Tucker and producer Giovanna Marcantonio will be on hand to lead the discussion following the viewing of the film.

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

Using Yoga to Fall Asleep

Monday November 18, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Difficulty in falling asleep is an issue for millions of Americans. Sleep loss increases stress hormone levels and blood pressure, glucose intolerance, and variations in heart rate.

Kundalini Yoga instructor Victoria Duranona will guide you through moves designed to help you relax. In addition she will offer Yogic tips for good sleep, suggestions on falling asleep, and nap advice as well as a few herbs that can help with sleep issues.

Dress comfortably and bring some kind of padding (e.g. towel, yoga mat) as you will be seated on the hard floor.

National Homemade Bread Day is November 17th!

I was surprised to learn that on November 17th, in two weeks, we get to celebrate National Homemade Bread Day! This special day is a great excuse to learn about baking bread, discover information about its history, and experience the many delicious breads that the local bakeries in Ann Arbor have to offer.

The AADL has tons of great books to help you create delicious homebaked breads in your own kitchen. Check out The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking and Flour Water Salt Yeast: the Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza for tips on how to get started. We also have Gluten-free and Vegan Bread: Artisanal Recipes to Make at Home and many other vegan and gluten-free oriented bread and baking books for those who have dietary restrictions. Beard on Bread has been a favorite of bread bakers since the 1970s and has more than 100 recipes in it, along with illustrations that kids (and adults!) may enjoy.

Of course, “homemade” doesn’t have to mean made in your own home. National Homemade Bread Day can be celebrated with other people’s homemade bread too! Try out Jefferson Market and Cakery for some delectable baked goods and swing by Angelo’s for a slice of their thick homemade raisin bread along with your brunch.

Enjoy your homemade feasting!

"Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back"

Harilyn Rousso, author of "Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back," will read from her book Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room South, at the University of Michigan. Her appearance is sponsored by a number of groups including Services for Students with Disabilities, Council for Disability Concerns, Women's Studies, Center for Education of Women, the LSA Disability Culture class, and Nicola's Books. Refreshments and Screenline CART services will be provided. Later the same day, the author will participate in a reading and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the U-M School of Social Work. Refreshments and CART services will be provided. People planning to attend the later event should RSVP by emailing Carolyn Grawi at cgrawi@umich.edu.

"Don't Call Me Inspirational" is a collection of essays, poems, and personal memories by the author, who was born with cerebral palsy and now is a psychotherapist, disabilities activist and artist. Her book, published earlier this year, was widely and favorably reviewed. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson wrote in Ms. magazine that it is "less a memoir of endurance than a fine model for feminist development."

Controlled Burns In Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday February 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff will explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with burns or those who are interested in learning more about them.

Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration. Controlled burning stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday July 9, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Washtenaw Literacy's ESL groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

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