Ann Arbor Art Fair, The Original, 50th Anniversary Exhibit


On display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room & Lower Level Glass Display Cases, June 2 through July 19.

To celebrate 50 years of originality, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is exhibiting original posters, art, and photographs spanning its first half-century. Visitors to the exhibit can explore the history of the Fair through narrative panels chronicling each decade from its humble beginnings to its place today as one of the most highly regarded art fairs in North America. Included in the exhibit is an original retablo by artist Nicario Jiminez depicting the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Also check out the online collection of images from the history of the Fair that is a part of AADL's pictureAnnArbor collection.

American Institute of Architects Huron Valley 2008 Honor Awards Recipients


On Display at the Downtown Library Third Floor Exhibit Area, June 2 through July 16.

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2008 Honor Awards Program at its annual awards ceremony at the University of Michigan’s League on April 18th, 2008.

Fifteen projects, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area were submitted for consideration by an independent jury. Four of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award. All submissions will be exhibited at several locations throughout the year.

Time For a Garage Sale!

Want to have a garage sale, but not sure where to begin? Check out our helpful DVD Garage Sale Success. This DVD includes over 100 tried and true tips that will help you maximize your garage sale profits. It discusses sale ideas that include; location, items, display methods, marketing, and advertising. If you have never had a garage sale, or want to have an even better one this summer, then check out this DVD. It will set you on the right path toward having the most successful garage sale ever.

One Hour to Better Resumes Seminar and Workshop

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If you would like professional guidance in creating or updating your resume, this is the program for you!

Now is the time to mark your calendars and call 327-4200 to register for a two part program: One Hour to Better Resumes with Michigan Works on Tuesday, June 2nd from 10-11 a.m. in the Downtown Computer Training Center; followed by Resumes: Nuts & Bolts Workshop on Wednesday, June 3rd from 10-11 a.m. in the Downtown Computer Training Center.

Learn from the experts how to create a resume and register on the MichiganWorks! website and how to create and save your resume on e-mail so that you always have access to it. Also explore different resume styles to find the one that best highlights your skills and experience.

Panel Discussion: Biobanking - Where Do We Stand?


On Thursday May 21, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library, Susan King and George Lambrides will host the last of four forums on the topic of biobanking. Guest panelists will review topics from the other forums and will give participants the opportunity to examine lingering questions, concerns, hopes, and anxieties about this rapidly developing approach to genetic research.

More about the new air handlers

Air handler at bottom of the pit: These workers are at the bottom of the pit as a crane lowers a new air handler to basement level. The photographer is inside the basement. Photo by Ken Raynor.Air handler at bottom of the pit: These workers are at the bottom of the pit as a crane lowers a new air handler to basement level. The photographer is inside the basement. Photo by Ken Raynor.

Delivery of the library's new air handlers raised passing interest and even mild titillation among the characteristically blase citizens of this teeming sub-metropolis. For the first time in half a century, patrons on the west side of the downtown branch quaffed un-handled air. Ken Raynor snapped a series of photographs to record the event for posterity.

Learning is a Family Thing!

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Come on out to the downtown library this Sunday at 2:00 for Learning is a Family Thing, a series of programs designed to enhance life skills for everyone in the family. This session will be focusing on health- keeping your family healthy through nutrition, exercise, and education. There will be activities for all ages, as well as prizes, raffles, and giveaways. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Air handlers have arrived downtown

Get ready to feel more comfortable when using the downtown library.

Our contractors have a portable crane set up on the city parking lot next to the library. They have just about finished removing the old air handlers from the building, depositing the pieces in a large roll-off container in the parking lot. The parts had to come out of the basement through a large pit on the north side of building that provides access to the basement through wide double-doors--intended for just such purposes. Those two pieces of equipment have been heating and cooling the building since it was originally constructed in the 1950s; the new units are expected to do a better job.

The library had a total of five air handlers, but the others are of more recent vintage.

Public Gardens of Michigan

Are you a gardening buff? Check out our fabulous book Public Gardens of Michigan. This is a detailed book exploring the public gardens located here in our home state. If you want to plan day trips, and love looking at gardens, this book would be the perfect book for you.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Student Art Exhibit


Each year, the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students in kindergarten through fifth grade art classes will be displayed throughout the Downtown Branch. The current exhibit will be up through May 28. Artwork will be on display at the Downtown Library in the Multi-Purpose Room, Lower Level Glass Display Cases, Third Floor Exhibit Area & Youth Department

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