The Hamiltome is Here!

Hamilton: The Revolution: Hamilton: The RevolutionHamilton: The Revolution: Hamilton: The RevolutionHamilton, the smash-hit Broadway hip-hop musical about Founding Father and America’s first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton (yes, you read that right), has taken the world by storm. Performances are sold out through the end of this year, and celebrities from Busta Rhymes to Madonna all the way up to Dick Cheney and the Obama family have raved about the show.

If you’ve been listening to the Broadway cast soundtrack non-stop since it came out, you probably already know all about Hamiltome, the nickname for the newest book about the musical. Many Broadway shows publish libretti with music, lyrics, and notes about the show, but Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and collaborator Jeremy McCarter have put together something more like a scrapbook. In addition to the traditional libretto, Hamilton: The Revolution features large color photos of the cast, set, and show; plus historical background information, interviews, and footnotes from Miranda and the cast. It was published this week, and you can place a hold on it from AADL!

If you just can’t wait for it, and need to dive deeper into Hamilton and his contemporaries, try one of these:

Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton tops the list of further Hamilton reading, and is in fact the inspiration for the musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda took this 800-page tome on vacation as some nice beach reading, connected with the plight and struggle of a man writing himself out of hard times, and started composing the musical when he got back from vacation. This is the definitive Hamilton biography, a vivid and detailed portrait of a multi-dimensional man who came to a new country and made himself a new man.

Hamilton wrote prolifically, and there’s no better way to understand that than by picking up the 1108-page collection of his writings, which includes letters, speeches, the infamous Reynolds Pamphlet, and all 51 of the Federalist Papers he authored. Flip through, and you might even notice some lines from his actual writing that became lyrics in the show. Be certain to read some of the affectionate letters he wrote to his wife Eliza and the series of letters with Aaron Burr that led to their fateful duel.

After the duel, Aaron Burr would often casually refer to Alexander Hamilton as “my friend Alexander Hamilton, whom I shot.” They were, at the very least, colleagues, and even worked together as attorneys for the defense in America’s first sensational and fully transcribed murder trial. Duel with the Devil, by Paul Collins, shares the scandal of the Manhattan Well Mystery and the trial of suspect Levi Weeks, plus some of the political backstory of the two legendary rivals.

Don’t throw away your shot to learn more about this Founding Father’s fascinating life and career. Placing a hold on one of these books is easy, waiting for it is harder.

President Obama and the First Lady share their favorite books of 2015

In a recent interview with People magazine, President Obama and First Lady Michelle shared their favorite books of 2015. The President chose Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, as his favorite book of the year. Spanning twenty-four years, the acclaimed novel is a fascinating portrait of a marriage, told first from the husband’s perspective and, in the second half, from the wife’s perspective. With elements of Greek Tragedy, Fates and Furies throws fitting themes at the reader; betrayal, passion, forgiveness, and vengeance all interweave themselves throughout the story of Lotto and Mathilde’s relationship, from their courtship, into the glamorous early years of their marriage, through their journey into middle age. Groff’s brilliant idea to paint one picture for readers in the first half of the novel, and then upend it in the second half by switching narrators is a deafening reminder that there are two sides to every story. The book is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

First Lady Michelle Obama also chose a portrait of a marriage for her favorite book of the year: Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir The Light of the World, which details the sudden death of her husband and her ensuing feelings, reactions and experiences. Some of her emotions surprise her: she feels an intense gratitude for the years that she and her husband were able to share together and a renewed devotion to her two young sons. She details her quest for meaning, understanding and acceptance of the tragedy that has befallen her in beautiful prose, seamlessly switching from her typical medium of poetry. “This beautifully written book is for anyone who has loved and lost,” reads the jacket. “It’s about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you—it’s discovering the truth in your life’s journey: the good, the bad and the ugly.”

The Obamas also shared their favorite TV shows and songs from 2015. The First Lady’s favorite song of the year was “Uptown Funk.”

Register to Vote Day @ AADL ~ Tuesday, Sept. 22

Tuesday, September 22nd is National Register to Vote Day and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will assist you in getting registered at the Downtown Library from 10 am- 8 pm.

The next general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2nd and the City Clerk and County Clerk have all the info on the election online. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at Michigan Votes.

City Of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Land Use and Access

Thursday March 3, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The third event in this series centers on Land Use and Access, including discussions about regional transit, sustainability planning in transportation systems, and Ann Arbor’s latest bicycle and pedestrian projects.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question-and-answer session.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Land Use discussion include:

o Moderator, Mayor Chris Taylor;
o Matt Carpenter, CEO of TheRide, will talk about their sustainability plan and “more buses” campaign;
o Eli Cooper, Ann Arbor Transportation Program Manager, will discuss current bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects in Ann Arbor;
o Michael Ford, CEO of the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority, will share information about about the new agency and their Regional Transit Master Plan;
o Sean Reed, Executive Director of Clean Energy Coalition, will discuss ArborBike.

Details of this series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website..

City of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Resource Management

Thursday February 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The second event in this series centers on Resource Management, including discussions about improving Ann Arbor’s waste diversion rate and community-wide efforts to reduce different waste streams.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Resource Management discussion include:

o Roger Bowser, Managing Partner, Zingerman's
o Eileen Spring, President and CEO, Food Gatherers
o Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Specialist, Washtenaw County
o Tracy Artley, Sustainability Programs Coordinator, U-M Plant Building & Grounds Services
o Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor

Details of this series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?

Thursday October 29, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosts this educational Town Hall on redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation. The speaker is Susan Smith, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

In Michigan, the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters and giving the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage. What are the ramifications of partisan-drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Tuesday July 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Tuesday July 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Wednesday June 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

The May 5 State Ballot Proposal: What Is It? What Would It Do?

Tuesday April 7, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosts this discussion of the May 5 Ballot Proposal, “A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.”

Susan Smith, President, League of Women Voters of Michigan, will lead the discussion, which will provide information on the proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution and on new laws that will be triggered if the amendment is approved by the voters. The presentation includes information on how state revenue would be increased and how it would be spent. Pros and cons of passing the legislation will also be discussed.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and this event's cosponsor, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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