Exploring Contemporary Disabilitiy Studies

This Friday, April 16, 4-6 pm, Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League, a panel with Anna Kirkland (Women’s Studies), Tobin Siebers (English) and Petra Kuppers (English, Women’s Studies, Dance) will discuss autism, pain and the arts from a disability perspective. This event is sponsored by the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies, which “views people with disabilities not as objects but as producers of knowledge whose common history has generated a wide variety of art, music, literature, and science infused with the experience of disability.”

Living On Less


Trying to save money? Michigan State University Extension is offering a free workshop titled Living On Less on Monday, April 19 from 6 to 9 pm at the Washtenaw County LRC. This workshop will explain how to develop a spending plan, reduce flexible expenses and reduce debt. You need to register by April 15 by calling 734-222-3943.

Ann Arbor Conversations with David Sedaris

The fourth installment of Ann Arbor Conversations will be at the Michigan Theater soon, and features author David Sedaris. This new series wishes for audiences to “experience the ultimate in cultural entertainment,” and past evenings in the series featured Kevin Smith, Anthony Bourdain, and Frank Warren.

The last featured guest, David Sedaris, is in the forefront when it comes to contemporary humor writers. Some of the funniest, laugh out loud pieces I’ve ever read are from this man, and though I’m not a huge fan of audio books, I’ll listen to anything Sedaris as written, as he reads his own books in a fabulous fashion. AADL has a slew of Sedaris books needing a reading. If you’re attending this event, have fun!

Wednesday, April 14 | 7:30pm | Michigan Theater

Dad Bits - Parent Sites to See

Websites especially for Dad's:
Dad's World is dedicated to three main things: celebrate great dads; encourage dads to take the initiative; and be involved.
Fathering Magazine offers magazine tips for men with families.
Father's Forum Online an online resource for "Expectant and New Fathers".
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's website offers numerous resources in support of Parents.
Don't worry. Buffalo's parent resources include Moms TOO.
Bravo! It's a BIG Job!!

Author Gary Paulsen to visit Ann Arbor

Best-selling author Gary Paulsen will be in Ann Arbor on Monday, April 12. He’ll be signing books at Nicola’s Books from 7-8pm promoting his newest novel, Woods Runner. The well loved author has written many books for both children and adults. Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, and Mudshark are stand-outs. paulsenpaulsen

Amazing Brainfuse!


It's 9:00 p.m. Your 8th grade child pulls out her math homework and divulges she 'doesn't get it' and of course, it's due tomorrow. They call it Everyday Math, but you know YOU don't use it every day. There's tears, fear and anxiety as you try to remember what you learned in 8th grade, about a million years ago. Relax, Dad! Have your student visit AADL's new LIVE homework help called Brainfuse. This service is available from 2 pm-11 pm EVERY DAY of the week from home or at AADL sites when we're open! Core subject tutoring is offered for grades 3-12 and it's quick, secure and FUN! Try it TODAY!

About the Computer Classes


Did you know computer classes at the Ann Arbor District Library are available for everybody (whether you have a library card or not), and at no charge? Also, as of April 1, registration is no longer required! Instead, classes are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Computer labs open for class attendees 15 minutes before each class starts.

Click here for the current list of classes.

See you in class!

Rory Freedman & John Salley at VegFest

Number-one New York Times bestselling author Rory Freedman of the popular in-your-face Skinny Bitch diet books and former Detroit Piston John Salley are keynote speakers at this year’s VegFest, an annual vegetarian tastefest presented by VegMichigan. VegFest will be at Ferndale High School on Sunday, April 18th, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event also features over twenty-five area restaurants serving samples of a variety of vegetarian foods, cooking and raw food demonstrations, and children’s activities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.VegFestVegFest

Springing Questions!


Check out the class schedule for April and May.

Do the bird songs in the morning remind you that you have something to say? Learn how to start your own blog for free using Blogger. What's a blog? This couple just made the news for their blog on how to live on a $1 a day diet.

Do you like to take digital photos of Spring flowers? Bring your camera to a Digital Camera 101 class or come to iPhoto, Flickr, or Photoshop Elements 101 to practice editing and sharing your photos using these three very different photo management programs.

Do you like to listen to books while you walk? Come to the Ebook class and learn how to download books from the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.

Registration is not required for classes beginning April 1, 2010. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class start times.

Family Fun Health Fair

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This Saturday, March 27 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm, come to the Ann Arbor Community Center where you can have your Blood Pressure checked; massages; a raffle and other Health Related screenings. Interested in dieting as a family? Check out the F.A.S.T. diet from AADL. And if you can, take the stairs!

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