Journalism As Adventure

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As a photographer and journalist for National Geographic Adventure, Tom Clynes has traveled around the world. The UM alumnus and author of Wild Planet returns to familiar turf on Wednesday, January 20 with a stunning visual presentation at the Downtown Library of some of the amazing images he's captured on the job.

Descent Into Board-Dom With Vault of Midnight & The Ann Arbor Go Club

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We're teaming up with the Vault of Midnight for family-friendly board games such as Ticket to Ride, and more Euro-style strategy games! Members from the Ann Arbor Go Club will be here to teach and play the ancient strategy game Go We'll have snacks, too.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 | 1 - 4 PM | Downtown, Multi-Purpose Room | Grade K-Adult

Learn the Tricks and Tips of aadl.org

There's still time to register for our class on aadl.org. If you are available today from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library Training Center, 3rd Floor
*Registration required: Register Now

A roadmap to searching for materials, information, and events on aadl.org. Participants will discover a variety of hidden gems within the site, including: the advantage of using My Account for placing holds, how to navigate the research tab, and how and why to tag items. Basic computer and mouse experience is required. You may register online, at any AADL location, or by calling 734-327-4555.

Film & Discussion : The Water Front

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Who determines the future of shared public resources? Water is the liquid gold of the 21st century. While corporations urge local governments to privatize municipal water, communities are organizing to ensure affordable access to this life sustaining resource. The Water Front is the story of the community of Highland Park, Michigan, and a grassroots campaign to defend affordable water as a human right. Residents of Highland Park have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized.

This film program is cosponsored by the U M Michigan Community Scholars Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students after the screening.

January 21, Thursday, Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, 6:30-8:30 PM, Grade 9-Adult

Fifth Avenue Fun!

We’ll give a nod to our tiny but clever furry friends with some mousey stories at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

Automotive Expert David E. Davis Visits AADL

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Join us on Saturday, January 16, in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room as David E. Davis discusses the 2010 Auto Show And The Future Of Michigan’s Auto Industry as a part of the 2010 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Series on Michigan.

Davis is an automotive journalist and magazine publisher. His experience within the automotive industry includes work as a race car driver, factory worker, car salesman, writer, and publisher. He is the founder of Automobile Magazine and Time magazine called Davis the "dean of automotive journalists."

At the event Davis will discuss trends to look for at this year’s auto show, Michigan’s role in the future of the industry, and his own history and accomplishments within the field.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Coyote and Wolf get into all kinds of mischief at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week. We are kicking off the winter storytime season with two of our favorite characters!

The Three Fires Confederacy: Native Americans of Michigan

Learn about the three historic Native American groups in Michigan: Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Ottawa at a talk by Margaret Noori on Wed., Jan. 6 at the Downtown Library. As we begin the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010, we look at the early residents who speak the Anishinaabe language and formed a unique identity on the beautiful waters of Chigaming and the land of Michigan. What is the impact of their early culture on Michigan today? Where are the federally recognized Indian reservations and how is the language being passed on today?

Join us to learn more about the history of Michigan's Native American cultures at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 6 at the Downtown Library.

Golden Door

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The Golden Door is a 2006 Italian movie directed by Emanuele Crialese. This film was nominated for, and won, the 2006 Silver Lion Venice Film Festival Award. This movie is a romantic drama about immigration to America at the turn of the 20th century. The main character is Salvatore Mancuso. He is a widowed Sicilian peasant, played by Vincenzo Amato. He begins his journey to America, and bravely leaves everything and everyone behind hoping for a better life. On his journey he finds love with a beautiful Englishwoman named Lucy Reed, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Upon their arrival to Ellis Island the couple encounter roadlocks to their freedon they were not anticipating.

Writer from Ann Arbor, Cherry Cheva visits AADL

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Cherry Cheva is from Ann Arbor and a grad of Huron High. She's currently working as a writer/producer on Fox's hit TV show Family Guy, and this is after attending law school and majoring in psychology at Yale. She is the author of two novels, She's So Money, a lighthearted look at the senior year of high school, and Duplikate where seventeen year old Kate, stressed with college apps and finals, finds her double when she wakes up one morning.

Cherry will discuss writing and her experiences with Family Guy and the TV industry. A drawing will be held for two prizes-- a copy of Duplikate and the latest Family Guy DVD. Books will be on sale, courtesy of Nicola's Books, and a book signing to follow the program.

Tuesday, December 29 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Library | 343 S. Fifth Ave.| Grade 9-Adult

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