Race and Reconciliation: A Community-wide Conversation on Race with Nontombi Naomi Tutu

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Nontombi Naomi Tutu is the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the Office of International Programs at Tennessee State University, and founder of the Tutu Foundation which provides scholarships and support to South African refugees in African countries. She encourages us to "be willing to speak and hear the truth because then we will have our just society."

Friday, November 13, at 7:30pm, Ms. Tutu will share her well-considered thoughts and take questions from the audience at Rackham Auditorium, in the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 915 E Washington St., in Ann Arbor. Her remarks will be preceded by a book-signing in the lobby.

Saturday, November 14, at 7:30pm, landmark documentary Long Night's Journey Into Day will be screened, followed by a panel discussion. The panel, including Ms. Tutu and local Fox 2 News personality Huel Perkins (moderator), will consider the ways in which this intimate film about post-apartheid South Africa and its attempts to heal itself with truth might enlighten Washtenaw County's efforts. The location is the Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron Dr.

Sunday, November 15, Ms. Tutu will share commentary at the 10am service at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E William (corner of S State St), and The Our Own Thing Chorale, conducted by Dr. Willis Patterson, will perform.

Additional information can be found here.

Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity

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Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Downtown Library/MPR, the film, 'Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity' will be shown, followed by a discussion with Director, Ellie Pierce, from the Harvard Pluralism Project.

This film explores the complex and challenging issues of religious diversity in Fremont, California, a city transformed by new immigration. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists have gone from being strangers to neighbors in this American city.

This event is part of the University-Community Social and Environmental Film and Discussion Series sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and AADL.

Dental Health Day

On Dental Health Day, November 14, 2009, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry students and faculty will provide free oral health care services-oral exams, oral cancer screenings, X-rays, and oral hygiene education-to individuals ages 5 and older. Please enter the School of Dentistry (1011 N. University) at the North University Avenue entrance. Parking will be available at the Fletcher Street parking structure.

For questions, please contact the School of Dentistry at (734) 763-6933 or e-mail dentalhealthday@umich.edu

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"Annie Get Your Gun" at Skyline

Skyline High students present Annie Get Your Gun Nov. 13-21. The popular Irving Berlin musical tells a fictional story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley -- the music includes such familiar tunes as "There`s No Business like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." Ticket information is here.

Curious about Blindness?

Do you have kids or family friends who know someone who is visually impaired? I know I was fascinated about the subject as a child. I've run across a couple books lately that would have fit the bill for me. One is "Do You Remember the Color Blue?" And Other Questions Kids Ask about Blindness by Sally Hobart Alexander & although it is somewhat outdated regarding Assistive Technology, the book asks & answers some tough questions to its blind author. The other book, The Black Book of Colors, has descriptions of color based on imagery & illustrations made with raised lines. Both books, as well as our collection of Braille + Print books can make for an interesting family discussion.

Pioneer Theater Guild stages classic musical Oklahoma!

Pioneer High Theater Guild is busy rehearsing Oklahoma! for performances Nov. 7-15. I see on their blog that last month historian Nancy Bryk gave the cast some historical perspective. Ticket info for this fabulous sounding musical is here. All together now: "O-o-o-o-k-lahoma where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain . . ."

YPT presents Wizard of Oz

Young People's Theater presents the classic Wizard of Oz Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 5-8, in U-M's Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. You can view photos of actresses and actors on the YPT website. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for age 18 and younger and 65 and older. Originally released as a motion picture in 1939, the story has inspired creations including the 2009 graphic novel Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Brainfuse: For You to Use

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AADL's access to on-line LIVE tutoring is SWEET! The first page is oh-so simple to navigate. It's available from 2 pm-11 pm EVERY DAY of the week from your home computer & 2 PM till closing time at AADL branches. Use your Account Log in to access the service. Core subject tutoring is offered for grades 3-12 and there's help for adult learners, too. There's also a writing lab & a 24/7 Help portal. Brush up on your subjects before mid-terms or other pesky tests! It's fast, secure & FUN!

Kindergarten Readiness Express

“As it turns out, storytime—the library’s prime early language and literacy experience—is the perfect skill- building activity!” In fact, the experts are saying it helps children and parents get ready for kindergarten. Early childhood librarians, Renea Arnold and Nell Colburn wrote about these benefits of storytime in the September School Library Journal.

Children can develop many skills from storytime including social and emotional skills as well as cognitive thinking and physical development, and even math skills. All of this contributes to the child’s kindergarten readiness.

“Kindergarten teachers… want youngsters to demonstrate curiosity, persistence, and cooperation, and be able to communicate their needs, wants and thoughts verbally.” Arnold and Colburn report.

""During storytime we are constantly providing visual clues for overall themes," explains Laura Raynor, Youth Librarian "We are always asking questions or stopping mid-sentence to have listeners fill in the blanks. In this way, we inspire curiosity and continuous interaction."

Ann Arbor District Library has preschool storytimes for 2-5 year olds. Click here for times and days.

Stop in with your preschooler and see for yourself. "As the children and families sit together, they are involved in a group experience but each individual sees the story differently, which allows for imaginative freedom within a social activity," Raynor said.

More Energy Meters Available!

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Are you curious about how much energy your appliances are using? You can borrow one of our Energy Meters to find out. The City of Ann Arbor has given AADL 7 new meters for our patrons to use. You can borrow these kits for 4 weeks or longer if there are no holds on them. Need to research new appliances? Nothing beats Consumer Reports for unbiased information about products on the market. Even better: You can access this info from home with your aadl log in by going to our Research Page and clicking on Magazine articles!

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