Generations United?

American society is getting older. As people live longer and families become smaller, relationships among the generations are going through big adjustments. In the depressed economy older people are working longer, which affects young people looking for jobs right out of college. Older adults, living longer healthier lives, want to do more with that precious bequest of time. UM Psychology Professor Toni Antonucci will help us understand these powerful processes at the Downtown Library on Wed., March 23 with her talk “Social Relations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” She may even mention social media along with the other recent agents of change.

Professor Toni Antonucci | Wednesday, March 23 | 7-8:30 pm | Downtown Library MPR

UMS Book Discussion for Teachers: Trickster: Native American Tales

UMS "Reading Culture" Book Clubs for educators expand and build upon ideas within the UMS season of events, using facilitated sessions, as participants explore and express opinions about stimulating books and learn strategies for leading classroom book discussions. The first 30 registrants receive a free copy of the book. Registration is required.

The editor, Matt Dembicki will be the guest speaker for the session on Tuesday, March 15, 4:30 - 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose room of the Downtown library. Matt Dembicki has commissioned 15 Native American storytellers to write trickster tales, allowing them to collaborate with a graphic artist of their choosing . To register for this teacher workshop, call the University Musical Society at 734-615-0122 or email

Downtown Homework Help & Tutoring on a Break this week!

Due to the fact that the University of Michigan is on a break this week there will be no Circle K Drop-In tutoring tonight from 4-8 PM and no Alpha Epsilon Delta Tutoring this Sunday March 6 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Tutoring will resume on Monday March 7 at 4:00 PM at the Downtown Library Youth Corner. For more information about this FREE service and to access and use our online Homework product Brainfuse click here. girlreadinggirlreading

Ladies of the Lights


What was life like for a lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes? Find out when Patricia Majher, author of Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service visits the library on Thurs., Mar. 3, 7-8:30 PM at the Downtown Library.

This most unusual occupation, especially for women, isn't very well-known even though the United States Coast Guard maintains a list of all the women who were employed as lightkeepers calling them "trailblazers."

In addition to being a fine author, Patricia is also editor of Michigan History Magazine which is published by the Historical Society of Michigan. The Historical Society of Michigan is dedicated to preserve, protect, interpret and celebrate the rich and diverse history of our state

Periodicals on Disabilities

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Current and back issues of the monthly periodicals PN and NM can be found at the Downtown Library. PN is published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, DC. NM New Mobilitiy: LIfe Beyond Wheels is published by No Limits Communications Inc. in Horsham, PA. The articles cover transportation, education, travel, physical and psychological challenges and a wide variety of lifestyle topics. Both are award winners for their content and their contemporary look. If you would like to put a hold on a back issue and send it to any Ann Arbor District Library branch, just call 734-327-4200 and ask for Periodicals.

Get Ready to Laugh!

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It's still winter. Let's warm things up with a day of laughter. Doug Scheer will be at AADL on Thursday, February 24 for two shows sure to liven things up. He will be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and Downtown for a show at 7:00 p.m. He will be doing his Laugh Factory show - with wacky jokes, off-the-wall games, insane contests, and even a few magical surprises.

The Laugh Factory | Thursday, February 24 | 2pm at the Pittsfield Branch and 7pm at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

February Gaming Weekend

Spend your winter vacation with us. This month is showcasing some newer games Wii Play, Madden 2011, and PS Move.

Film & Discussion: Fresh

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Offering us sustainable alternatives to eating better foods, FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing the way we produce and purchase our food. FRESH features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, former pro-basketball player and founder of the non-profit organization Growing Power. Joining him are sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin along with Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore's Dilemma. Directing the film Ana Joanes is a Swiss-born documentary filmmaker who in this film helps us believe that our individual actions do matter. This film series is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students. Hope you can join us!

Thursday, February 17, 6:30-8:30 PM, Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, Grade 9-Adult

826MI Robot Workshop! Sunday Feb. 13!

Kids and Teens in grades 4-12 are invited to attend this hands-on junk-yard awesome robot making workshop! The robots are coming! The robot wizard from Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair will show you how to create your own amazing robot. You may even get to use some of the Better Bot's Repair Co. products, including Positronic Brains, (Replacement) Robot Larynxes, and Grasping Appendages (two varieties!). We'll provide the robot supplies and you provide the inspiration! Volunteers from the fantabulous non-profit 826MI will be presenting this workshop.

Join us Sunday, February 13 from 1:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library! No registration is required for this FREE event! robotsrobots

Film & Discussion: Flow


Flow (not rated) is Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with a focus on politics, pollution, and human rights. Beyond identifying the problem, Flow also gives a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis.

This film is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program. A discussion will be led following the film. Please join us Thursday, January 27, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room. Grade 9-Adult.

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