The Lens of Impressionism @ the UMMA

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The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850–1874 opens at the UMMA October 10, 2009.

This exhibition (as well as the accompanying catalog) is a captivating exploration of the impetus of early Impressionism along the coast of Normandy. The invention of the camera and the development of early fine art photography will be seen as the specific catalysts that brought about a new approach to painting.

Paintings, photographs, and drawings by some of the most treasured artists in the Western canon—Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet among them—as well as pioneering photographers such as Gustave Le Gray and Henri Le Secq will be showcased.

"Inspired by the scenic Normandy coast of France, these works—including representations of beach scenes, seascapes, fishing villages, resorts, and the region’s pastoral beauty—will be brought together with archival materials related to early tourism and regional expressions of French nationalism from popular culture for an innovative examination of the impact of the then-new medium of photography on ideas of image making, the recording of passing time, the capacities of painting, and the rise of Impressionism itself. "

Organized by UMMA, the exhibition will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art after closing in Ann Arbor on January 3, 2010. Check program schedule for docent-led tours.

Investing in Abilities Month in Michigan 2009

Governor Jennifer Granholm has proclaimed October 2009 to be Investing in Abilities Month in our state. This recognizes the important contribution every one of us makes to the quality of life in Michigan. Ann Arbor District Library offers equal access and a wide range of materials, classes and programming for everyone. We are also proud to manage the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. From Oct. 19-31 Investing in Abilities Week at the University of Michigan offers a good opportunity to learn how important the arts are for all of us.

New Classes in November!

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Learn how to burn DVDs with your photo slideshows and videos in iDVD. Optional: Bring your USB flash drive loaded with your pictures and videos and your own writable DVD. Tuesday November 10, 2009: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Curious about the iPhone? Bring your iPhone with you or just sit back and watch our demonstration. Tuesday November 24, 2009: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

Learn iPhoto and iTunes on Saturday October 17th

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Learn how to use iPhoto on your Mac to edit your photos and create photo albums and slideshows.
Saturday October 17, 2009: 9:15 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You don't have to have an iPod to attend the iPod Fever class, anyone is welcome to learn about iTunes and iPod on a mac!
Saturday October 17, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

Assistive Technology at AADL

The Downtown Library has a new dedicated area of assistive technology devices that are available for anyone with a visual or learning disability, including a Kurzweil 1000 scanning station and JAWS text-to-speech software, a Braille embosser, a closed circuit reader and magnifiers at all public desks. Public computers at Malletts Creek, Traverwood, West and Downtown Youth have JAWS, and a function that enlarges type is on all public computers. Assistive technology trainer, Nick Wilcox, is ready to help walk-in patrons on the second floor at the Downtown Library from 2-6pm on Tuesdays or by requesting an appointment at WLBPD: 734-327-4224.

AADL Productions Podcast: Carol Mull and the Underground Railroad

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A few days ago we spoke with Carol Mull, a local historian of the Underground Railroad. Carol talked about her upcoming book on the Underground Railroad in Michigan and her work with the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. She also spoke about some of the gems she found in The Signal of Liberty, a 19th century abolitionist newspaper published in Ann Arbor. On Saturday, October 17, Carol will be on hand at the launch event for The Signal of Liberty online. A related bus tour of local stops on the Underground Railroad will take place Sunday, October 18 at 2:00.

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Packard Health West Opening Soon!

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Now West-siders can reap the benefit of the Packard Health Clinic closer to home. Celebrate the Grand Opening of Packard Health West at the corner of Dexter & Maple on October 23rd. There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at noon as well as Blood Pressure Screening & Sports Physicals from 3-5. Prizes too! Print this flier for a chance to win in an hourly drawing. Please bring a can of food to donate to Food Gatherers, too!

Secrets of the Library: Brainfuse Online Tutoring

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With the school year well underway, now is the perfect time to check out Brainfuse, the online tutoring service offering free help any day of the week from 2 – 11pm. Brainfuse allows your student to chat live online with trained instructors for real-time assistance, no appointment is necessary. Every tutor has a specialty area and is trained in online teaching techniques to help explain the tough subjects for grades 3 and up. Available in Spanish and English. Click here to get started or take Brainfuse for a test drive at one of our upcoming sessions in the Malletts Creek computer lab.

ASPARAGUS! Stalking the American Life

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On Thursday, October 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose room, the Library will present Asparagus!, the award-winning documentary film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The 53 minute film (not rated) tells the story of Oceana County, Michigan, whose residents built their identity and economic survival on asparagus, but now find themselves struggling to save their beloved 'roots.' This event, for adults and teens (grades 9 and up), is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program, where students strive to model an ideal community in terms of friendship, responsibility, and diversity. ASPARAGUS! Stalking the American Life is a featured part of the Michigan Eats Exhibit at Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing now through November 2009. Discussions will be led by the film's co-director, Anne de Mare.

National Depression Screening Day

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Thursday, October 8 is National Depression Screening Day. The University of Michigan's Institute for Human Adjustment and the U-M Depression Center are partnering with Rackham Graduate School to offer free, confidential mental health screenings. These screenings are completely free and open to any member of the community; no affiliation with the University of Michigan is required. No appointment is necessary for this event.

The confidential screenings will take place at two locations on campus: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the U-M Psychological Clinic, 530 Church Street, East Hall, Suite 2463 and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Rackham Graduate School Building at 915 East Washington Street. If you have any questions, please call the Psychological Clinic at 734-764-3471.

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