Fifth Avenue Fun!

Shouldn’t bear be home by now? Could he be out in the storm? We are bearly hanging in there at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week as big bumbling bears get into all kinds of trouble.

Monster Road

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Monster Road is the winner of 5 best documentary awards including one from the Ann Arbor Film Festival. This 2004 biographical documentary gives the viewer a peek into the world of clay animator Bruce Bickford. The documentary is a portrait of Bruce's life and obsession with claymation. He is a cult figure who worked for Frank Zappa. Much of his work has been described as, "fast-moving, fluid-like transformations of human figures and disfigured faces into odd beasts on surreal structural settings with impressive camera effects." So if you like animation, and you like documentaries this is a must see!

New Orleans Photo Exhibit

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Check out the photo show on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library this month. Like many eager volunteers from around the country, Emma Raynor decided to move down to New Orleans for a few months and help with rebuilding. She had never visited NOLA before the storm. She fell in love with the city as it was, and her show represents a new generation of young adults who are exploring and discovering New Orleans in the raw post-Katrina phase. Ok, I should admit right here that I am the photographer’s proud Mom, who just happens to work at the library, but I know these photos are a tribute to an amazing place! While you're here, check out Patricia Smith’s inspiring poetry collection about Katrina.

Caring for Your Parents

Do you find yourself in a situation where you are suddenly a caregiver to an elderly or disabled parent? Do you have questions about this new role in your life? We have DVDs that might help answer all those questions for you. Check out our Caring for your parents:The Complete AARP Guide, or Caring for your parents:The complete family guide. Having some of your questions answered might make this time of your life go more smoothly and peacefully.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

We are going bananas next week at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library. A journey to Grandpa’s with a single banana turns into quite an adventure. So does the fall down the hole into mouse country in the Roly Poly Rice Ball!

Title Month-by-month gardening in Michigan: what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year

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Just because it is August does not mean your gardening has to be done for the year! Check out our book Month-by-month gardening in Michigan: what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year. This book, written by Fizzell, James A., includes gardening directions on a monthly basis that include: The most effective planting techniques to use in your garden, How and when to prune, The best season to fertilize your lawn, Transplanting techniques, and Generalized care of eleven different plant categories. This book also includes twelve monthly calendars for each plant category that makes it easy for the reader to find the appropriate gardening advice. So, take control of your garden and landscaping all twelve months of the year today!

The Challenges of Attention Deficit Disorder discussed by Dr. Richard Linsk

Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD) is currently a topic of wide discussion, concern and some controversy. There are many questions regarding the nature of the disorder, how it effects children, and what kinds of treatment, medication, and alternative therapies are available.

On Tuesday, August 25th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, Dr. Richard Linsk will give a talk addressing ADD and these concerns.

Dr. Richard Linsk, a Board Certified Pediatrician, currently practices in Ann Arbor, focusing on the use of diet and nuitritional supplements, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of various disorders, included ADD, ADHD, allergies, and behavioral problems. Dr. Linsk was a resided at the University of Michigan and practiced in the UM Primary Care Pediatrics on the faculty for ten years.

The Downtown Library is located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. For more information call 327-4555.

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary About Hurricane Katrina: 'Trouble The Water'

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On the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s fourth anniversary, we will hold a special screening of Trouble The Water at the Downtown Library on Friday, August 28, 7pm. The film seamlessly integrates home movie footage with archival news segments and cinéma vérité footage to document a journey of remarkable people surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary.

Adventures in Movement Moved to Downtown Library

Due to the unexpected maintenance situation at the Traverwood Branch, the Mon., Aug. 10 youth program 'Adventures in Movement' will be relocated to the Downtown Library. The event will be held 2-3 PM, and is for Grades K-3.

Don't be a victim to Fraud!

The Better Business Bureau has realeased a DVD titled Know fraud:don't be a victim to show us all how NOT to fall prey to common schemes of fraud. In this Dvd you will learn about common telemarketing and mail frauds. You will learn why these scams work, and how con artist pick their potential victims. This Dvd will discuss all the red flags to look for when dealing with the public so you can be on the lookout for fraud.

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