Learning Differences: What's in a Name or Label and How to Move Beyond It

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Has your child dealt with learning differences in the classroom? If so, learn more at this panel discussion at the Downtown Library, Monday, March 9, 7 - 8:30pm. Linda J. Spector, M.Ed Learning Specialist at Ann Arbor Academy will moderate the discussion with a panel of experts, plus a student and parent.

2009 Ann Arbor Women Artists' Exhibition and Discussion

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In conjunction with their Annual Spring exhibition (which will be on display at the Downtown Library through mid-April), the Ann Arbor Women Artists and the Library will present a lecture/reception at the Downtown Library on Friday March 6, 2009, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the juror for this exhibition, local arts educator Ellen Wilt. The winners of the 2009 Ann Arbor Women Artists’ Exhibit will be announced and Ms. Wilt will use the art as a focal point as she leads the audience in a community discussion.

The Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative: A Community Discussion Led By MPRI Staff

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Prisoner re-entry is the process of leaving prison or jail and returning to society. Join us on Thursday March 5, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library to learn more about this important topic for community discussion with a panel of returning citizens and professionals from the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative. Among the panelists for this evening presentation will be Mary King, MPRI Community Coordinator for Washtenaw County.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Discover a Universe of Robots!

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Have you ever seen a robot, made a robot, been a robot? If so, you might want to come see the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor Area Robotics Club demonstrate the wonder of robots this Sunday, March 8th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the Downtown Multi-Purpose room! Discover the Universe. Discover robots!

(And remember daylight savings time! Spring forward and see robots!)

A ferrofluid Magnetoscope at the AADL? Come check it out!

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Control powerful magnets and levitate a puddle of ferrofluid in this new hands-on exhibit by inventor, Michael Flynn. Ferrofluid is a nano-engineered oil containing magnetic particles that are only 5 nanometers in diameter. Rapid advancements in nanotechnology are harnessing many other surprising properties from nanoscale physics for use in our normal, full-scale experience. You can learn more about this exhibit at www.FunExhibits.com, and during the month of March you come see it in action at the Downtown AADL!

Eat Your Books and Read Your Vegetables!

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Join us at the Downtown Library on Friday, February 27th at 7:00 pm to sing along with Mr. Seley's popular songs for five year olds and up, such as “You’re So Wonderful (You Should Live In A Castle)”, “Best Friend (The Dog Song)”, and “Eat Your Books (And Read Your Vegetables)”.

Creature Teachers

Meet the creature teachers from Copper Leaf Crossing and a live alligator as well! On Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 pm five year olds and up should come early to the Downtown Library, since wildlife programs at the library attract kids like bees to honey!

An Afternoon with Season Four Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard

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When season four Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard visits the Downtown Library on March 15, 2- 3:30pm, she will put on a cooking demonstration and discuss her time on the show and experience in the Chicago restaurant scene. Stephanie, who is the first woman to win the competition, has always enjoyed cooking, but as a young student thought her career should be business-related. In pursuit of a non-food career, she attended the University of Michigan. Ultimately, she couldn’t deny her interest in food, so she decided that after earning her degree in Sociology she would go forward and attend culinary school. After hearing her speak, maybe you will be inspired to check out our extensive collection of cookbooks and try your own hand at some dishes worthy of Top Chef.

World Travel 101

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The Michigan Council of Hostelling International will be in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Downtown Library on Wednesday February 18, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm to offer tips and resources for travelers getting ready for their first trip or travelers eager to save money. After the program, make sure to check out our selection of travel books to plan your next trip; the Let's Go series is a favorite.

Underground Railroad Display

Enjoy colorful creations by Judy Schmidt of Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild fame who incorporated the Monkey Wrench, Flying Geese, Bear Paw and other designs into her beautiful quilts. Stop by the glass case in the Downtown Youth Department to see books about the Underground Railroad and the much discussed Quilt Code and then check out Karen Simpson's lovely quilts on the far wall of the Youth Department. Maybe they will inspire you to color a quilt design of your own and hang it beside hers!

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