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

Kids in Motion with Classical Music

Once again, you and some very lucky young children have two chances this Friday morning, April 24, (9:30 & 10:30) to listen and step to wonderful classical music. Kathryn Goodson and Eric Amidon will play piano and cello as Gari Stein leads you in listening, dancing and swaying to the beautiful music and a story. The program is a partnership with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and is always a great way to have fun learning at the Library!

Morningstar Investment Database Computer Training Class

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Four spots are still available for the Morningstar Investment Database Class being held at the Downtown Library Computer Training Center on Wednesday, April 29th from 4-5 pm.

Keep that promise you made on April 15th to get a handle on your investments by learning how to use the Morningstar Database—ranked by Barron’s and Forbes as one of the top investing sites. Now, more than ever, it pays to have solid, unbiased information to make investment decisions. Register online or by calling 327-4555.

Do We Have the Courage to Talk About Race?


Join us for the first in a series of conversations led by the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) on the subject of race. Local educators Thomas Hoetger of Detroit Public Schools and Dr. Robert W. Simmons III, of Eastern Michigan University will lead a spirited discussion on Tuesday, April 21, 7 – 8:30pm at the Downtown Branch.

Learning is a Family Thing: Reading Together

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The first in a series of four interactive sessions is focused on Reading Together and will be held at the Downtown AADL on Sun., Apr. 19, 2-4 PM. Get some tips on reading to your children and learn how you can help them succeed at school. This event features sessions for parents, activities for kids 3 & up, refreshments and a book to take home for your family library! Upcoming sessions include family health, finances and workplace literacy skills.

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