Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity

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Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Downtown Library/MPR, the film, 'Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity' will be shown, followed by a discussion with Director, Ellie Pierce, from the Harvard Pluralism Project.

This film explores the complex and challenging issues of religious diversity in Fremont, California, a city transformed by new immigration. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists have gone from being strangers to neighbors in this American city.

This event is part of the University-Community Social and Environmental Film and Discussion Series sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and AADL.

Representing Native Americans

Stereotypes of Native Americans have evolved over the centuries of European occupation of the Americas. Images linked with this thinking have influenced segments of life such as sports, education, language, film and religion. Why do we persist in viewing Native Americans in such limited terms? Please join us at the Downtown Library (4th floor) on Sat., Nov. 14, 2-4 pm for Representing Native Americans, where a panel of cultural leaders will spark some conversation about this complex issue.

Frank Talk About Sending Your Kid To College

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Sending your child to college can be an enormous challenge. What is it really like? Bring your questions about the process to this program at the Downtown Library on Tuesday evening at 7pm, where Community High counselor John Boshoven will moderate a panel of local mothers - all of whom have had children in college - for a frank and informative discussion.

Dance Performance for Day of the Dead

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The Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel will perform at the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 2:00-2:45pm in celebration of Day of the Dead. The exciting dances and authentic costumes will be a thrill to see! The performance is in celebration of The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), a holiday that commemorates the wonderful memories of our lost loved ones. The holiday is often observed with bright colors, memorial displays for those we have lost, and yummy confections. Similar holidays are celebrated throughout the world.

SPECIAL NOTE: DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND - AN ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN ADDED AND WILL OCCUR FROM 3:30 - 4:15 PM ON SUNDAY.

Morningstar Investment Research Database

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Learn how to use the Morningstar investment research database to track, analyze and make intelligent decisions about your investments on Monday, November 2 from 4-6pm at the Downtown Library. One of the most trusted names in the investment industry, Barron's and Forbes rank Morningstar among the top investing sites. This workshop will feature a one hour overview of this important resource, conducted by Morningstar expert Lars Wasvick via teleconference. This will be followed by a hands-on session where attendees may apply what they learned to make full use of this comprehensive database. Registration is required and individuals may register online at Register for Morningstar or by calling 327-4555 or by visiting any Library location.

Halloween Party

You will never see a cuter bunch of witches, ghosts, black cats, and other outrageous costumed creatures than at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, October 30th for storytimes at 9:30 and 10:30 am. After storytime head to Main Street for Trick-or-Treat heaven!

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.

Networking Alert!!!

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Ever wondered about how to make job networking sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor work for you? Come to the Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown) 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th to hear Paula Wishart from the University of Michigan Career Center discuss the keys to understanding networking. Then learn about the most successful popular social networking tools and how to use them effectively for job hunting. No registration required; meets in the Multi-Purpose Room located on the lower level.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

You will meet the most colorful tree and a spunky girl on a magical journey at next week’s autumn storytimes on Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am at the Downtown Library.

Learn About The Lute From World-Renowned Lutenist Ronn McFarlane

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In the Renaissance era, the lute was the most popular instrument in the Western world. It was the instrument of kings and queens, playing the sublime music of great composers and accompanying the words of Shakespeare's plays. Ronn McFarlane is largely responsible for bringing the transcendent charm and timeless quality of the lute into the modern musical mainstream. Hear his talk on this fascinating instrument this Saturday at the Downtown Library. Please note that this event has been moved to the 4th Floor Meeting Room.

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