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.

Teen Graffiti Art Contest Entries Now on Display

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All of the entries in the 7th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest are now on display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and Third Floor Exhibit Area through August 30. You can also check out all of the entries in our online gallery from both this year and last year's contests.

During the 2009 Art Fair, teens from across the area gathered in the Downtown Library’s parking lot to try their hand at the art of Graffiti. Each artist was given a 4' x 4' canvas and a variety of colors of spray paint. Come see the end result, on display through the end of the summer.

You on a Diet

Having a hardtime decoding food labels? Need help determining the waist size that is ideal for you? Check out our DVD "You on a Diet" with Dr. Michael Roizen.
He is the author of the New York Times best selling book of the same name. Now you can watch him on DVD, and start making some changes to your lifestyle with his easy to follow tips. He is a popular lecturer, and has made appearances on PBS, Oprah, Today, 20/20, CNN, and Good Morning America. If you are thinking of making lifestyle changes, this DVD is a good place to start!

Palabras Luminosas--Latino Language, Laughter, and Lore

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Magical Rain Theaterworks visits on Sunday, July 26, from 2-3pm in the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room to perform Palabras Luminosas. Palabras Luminosas is a dramatic and fun collection of stories from throughout the Americas with Latino stories of traps and tricksters, animals, food, and the marvelous oddness of everyday life. This is a great program for the whole family--what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

History of Stop-Motion Animation lecture & Claymation Workshop for TEENS!

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History & Development of Stop-Motion Animation With Animator Brad Pattullo
Thursday July 23, 2009: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Professional animator/animation professor Brad Pattullo leads a discussion and screening chronicling the history of stop-motion animation up to recent films like Coraline. Using many film clips, he will share the excellent history of animation on film. Older kids, Teens & Adults are welcome!! This event is FREE and requires no registration.

Landscaping

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Want to make over your yard? Need to freshen up that lawn? Well, check out our DVD series on landscaping hosted by Don Marquardt. There are many Dvds in this series that include Lawns in the Landscape, Landscape Plant Selection, and An Introduction to Landscape Design. Don is a professional lanscape architect with 25 years of experience. He is sure to help get you on the right track with all of your lawn care needs!

Finances

During these financially difficult times, are you asking yourself what the best strategy is for your money? Are you wondering if you should change these investment strategies? Well, never fear, Suze Orman is here!

The library holds the PBS video series of Suze Orman's financial videos. Check out The laws of money, the lessons of life, Owning the power to control your destiny, The road to wealth, or The courage to be rich.

Each video has something to help you become more financially successful and savvy. These valuable money secrets will help in good times and in bad.

7th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest

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Celebrate Art Fair! We'll provide the paint, supplies, canvases and easels. Three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies at Michigan Book and Supply ($75, $50, $25). All art will be in a summer exhibit at AADL. Finished pieces will be judged by local artist, Joanie Newberry. Look here for last year's winners.
Friday, July 17 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM | Downtown/Staff Parking Lot | Grades 6-12

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