Titanic Centennial Event: Meet a Shipwreck Survivor

It's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Learn about another catastrophic shipwreck, the 1956 collision of the
SS Andrea Doria and the MS Stockholm. Survivor Pierette Domenica Simpson who was nine years old at the time, shares her personal and harrowing account of the event when she visits the Downtown Library on Monday, April 16 at 7 pm.

She is the only survivor in history to write a complete account of the disaster, Alive on the Andrea Doria!: The Greatest Sea Rescue in History. Pierette's new young adult novel is I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria!: The Titanic of the 1950s. Books will be for sale.

National Library Week Concert: Grammy-Winner Peter Madcat Ruth

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Tuesday April 10, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation and is a champion of the long-standing tradition of the one-man band. He sings and plays harmonica, guitar, high-hat, ukulele, jaw harp, banjo, kalimba, penny-whistle and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on.

Madcat's repertoire of songs, which he has written or collected over the last 50 years, is quite eclectic. Blues and American Roots Music songs predominate, but elements of Jazz and World Music are also part of the mix.

Madcat's enthusiasm is unpretentious and contagious. His audiences, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, delight in his performances. Check out or place holds on his albums!

You can also listen to our podcast with Madcat from 2009, where he talks about his career and musical influences...and treats us to his own indelible harmonica rendition of "Take 5."

Beaded Macrame Bracelets

Make a cool bracelet using simple knots and colorful beads. A couple books that may give you some ideas to try at home are New Macrame Contemporary Knotted Jewelry & Accessories or Hemp Jewelry Hope to see you on April 5, Thursday at the Downtown library from 2-3 pm. Grades 6-Adult are welcome.

AADL Staff Picks Goes to the Movies

The Staff Picks shelf is downtown on the first floor. Why not get ready for the holiday weekend with a few movies? Here are a few new for April.

Trekkies: “Interviewing hundreds of devoted fans and such Star Trek cast members as Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Michelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew and Brent Spiner, the film creates an entertaining and endearing portrait of the landmark series that has touched the lives of people around the world. Thumbs Up"—Roger Ebert

Two in the Wave: “Directors Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut changed the face of cinema forever as members of the French New Wave. A present-tense essay that is both time capsule and collage…a powerful reminder of just how exciting that work remains.”—NYT. Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, NYT Critic’s Pick.

Paper Moon: “The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's dad), who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn).—Rotten Tomatoes “Tatum O'Neal creates a character out of thin air, makes us watch her every moment and literally makes the movie work.”—Roger Ebert, Sun Times

Darwin’s Nightmare: “Forty years ago, a voracious predator is introduced into the waters of Tanzania’s Lake Victoria where it quickly extinguishes the entire stock of native fish. Its ecological impact aside, the Nile Perch becomes highly prized for its tender, plump fillets, barely meeting the demand at elegant 4-star restaurants. Harrowing…indispensable…an extraordinary work”—NYT. Winner Venice Film Festival, Best Documentary European Film Awards

Lenny Bruce, Performance Film: “Bursting with an indignation that remains freshly irreverent and blackly funny.”—NYT

UMS Event for Teachers: Soundscapes: Engaged Listening In the Classroom

Led by Susan Key, Program Director of Keeping Score Education at the San Francisco Symphony, educators explore content and strategies for developing listening skills and integrated curricula for K-12. The workshop material is particularly appropriate for social studies, language arts, and environmental science curricula, but also offers specific exercises to help improve any student's focus and attention.

Connected to the UMS presentation of the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks Festival, this workshop for K-12 educators focuses on the life and music of American composer, businessman, and inventor Charles Ives, whose music paints a multi-dimensional portrait of life in early 20th-century America.

Tuesday, March 20, 4:30 - 7:30 PM | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Come Make A Giant FestiFools Bookworm With Us!

Saturday March 17, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

It's almost time for the FestiFools parade, Ann Arbor's annual downtown street party filled with "huge-mongous" papier-mâché puppets, foot stompin' music, roaming robots, and a whole lot of fun. FestiFools is a local organization bringing students and community volunteers together to create unique public art that is free and accessible to everyone.

This year, FestiFools needs your help! Head to the downtown library this Saturday to help put the finishing touches on Barrie, FestiFools' super long Bookworm! Please be ready to get messy and have a good time. Once Barrie is constructed, help us bring him to life at the FestiFools parade on Sunday, April 1.

Need some inspiration? Visit the FestiFools website!

This event is for grades K-5.

Bankruptcy-Not the End of the World: Thurs Feb. 23rd 6:30 pm

What do Thomas Jefferson, PT Barnum, Walt Disney and Henry Ford have in common? If you guessed bankruptcy, you are spot on.

If consumer bankruptcy is something you are considering, come to the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library this Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30pm, and get answers to your questions.

Local Attorney Greg L. Dodd will explain everything about the bankruptcy process including: how it works and how you may qualify; what debts are wiped out and which ones are not; what happens when a house is foreclosed on; what information you need to provide to start a bankruptcy case; the costs of filing bankruptcy; and how bankruptcy affects your credit.

This past January, the American Journal of Medicine released the most recent data available and found that 62% of all bankruptcies filed in 2007 were tied to medical expenses. This shocking data is from before the recession really began to take hold in 2008.

Even with the changes in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, bankruptcy in the U.S. is still an opportunity for a fresh start and not the end of the road. The library has many bankruptcy resources to help navigate these difficult waters.

Wall Street Demystified with Morningstar

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If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of your investments with qualified, unbiased advice take this class! Get independent and trusted stock and mutual fund analysis, research and ratings from Morningstar, the research database with a reputation for tough, independent-minded research that has led to invitations to testify before Congress on various financial issues. Just another of the great services provided to you by the Ann Arbor District Library.

No need to register, just join us Tuesday, February 7, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library: Training Center.

Morningstar experts will give easy instructions on how to use their database. Then, practice what you've learned on our training center computers!

In addition, Morningstar's director of personal finance, Christine Benz has created a 30 Days to Financial Fitness guide. In this user-friendly booklet, she breaks down large financial goals into smaller, more manageable steps, one day at a time.

Sign in to your online Ann Arbor District Library account to access an electronic copy of the Morningstar 30 Days to Financial Fitness at Morningstar Investment Research.

See you next Tuesday!

Author Carole Boston Weatherford comes to Ann Arbor

Award winning author Carole Boston Weatherford is coming to Ann Arbor in honor of Black History Month. This author writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction for children. She will be at the downtown library on Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Ms. Weatherford said her visit to Ann Arbor would " . . . focus
on poetry that celebrates the African-American experience and pays tribute to both famous and unsung heroes and heroines."

Books will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Black and Blue: a Timeless Lesson

Join us at the Downtown library for AADL's screening of "Black and Blue" on Wednesday January 18th from 7:00-8:30 PM. This is the story of the 1934 game between Michigan and Georgia Tech. When the Yellow Jackets agreed to play the Wolverines in Ann Arbor that season, they insisted on one condition – Willis Ward, the lone African-American player on the U of M team, had to sit out the game. Ward's teammates - especially Gerald Ford, Ward's roommate and a UM lineman - were outraged when U-M officials agreed to the demand. The incident galvanized UM students and the Ann Arbor community, which held loud and vocal protests against the decision.

Willis was later inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Read the article from the May 22, 1981 issue of the Ann Arbor News.

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