Home Care & Hospice Periodical

AADL (Downtown) now subscribes to Caring, a monthly magazine published by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Its focus is home health care, hospice, and supportive services. Every issue in 2009 will feature one of the top chronic diseases, including how to understand the major challenges and provide quality in-home services. The January issue focuses on Diabetes, with articles about self-management education, working with nurse practitioners, dilated eye exams to prevent diabetic retinopathy, and more.

Film & Discussion: Refusing to be Enemies

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Refusing to be Enemies - The Zeitouna Story profiles a self-formed group of six Arab and six Jewish women in the Ann Arbor area, who call themselves Zeitouna, the Arab word for olive tree. Filmmaker Laurie White, a founding member of the group, documents the special bond which grows between the members of her Zeitouna dialogue group as they share cultural food and personal narratives.

A post-film discussion will include members of Zeitouna.

Thursday, February 12 | 6:30-8:30 PM Downtown, Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 9-Adult

The films are cosponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and Michigan Television

Discover your family history with help from AADL

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Curious about your family history, but don't know where or how to get started? If this sounds like you, then we invite you to attend our program, Genealogy for Beginners, Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library. Our staff will demonstrate how to search for historical records in databases, Ancestry and HeritageQuest, as well as how to use various genealogical websites. They will also share tips on how to begin the research process. If you have never conducted genealogical research before and want to know how to get started, then this is the class for you.

Feb. 5th Morningstar Part 2 Class Canceled; Rescheduled For Feb. 25th at 7pm

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The February 5th class on Morningstar has been canceled and rescheduled for registered participants for Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm.

Youth Department Freedom Quilt

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February is Black History Month. Come in and celebrate at the Downtown Library Youth Department. Paper quilt patches will be available to color and hang on the Youth Department’s wall.

Freedom Quilts were quilts with encoded messages that helped slaves find their way North to freedom. Although the significance and role the quilts played in the Underground Railroad is debated by scholars and historians, the stories of the quilts are still an important part of African-American history. Read more about Freedom Quilts in Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, The Secret to Freedom by Marcia Vaughn and Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson.

Job Interviewing Skills

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The Ann Arbor District Library is offering two programs at the Downtown Library that will assist you in improving your interviewing skills. Neither program requires registration, just come as you are!

February 11th, 10-11 a.m.: Manpower, experts with over 60 years of experience in the employment services industry, will be on hand to give you interviewing tips, and the all important interviewing do’s and don’ts.

February 18th, 10-11 a.m.: Dr. George Watts, Managing Partner of AST Management, an internationally known executive coaching firm, will conduct a seminar designed to polish your interviewing skills that will give you the confidence to walk into any situation!

Don’t miss these two job skills programs that are here to help one and all!!!

Music and Motion Fans!

Remember that Friday, February 6th is the next opportunity to see the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Gari Stein join up with tuba player Fritz Kaenzig for dancing and enjoying classical music with your young child at the Downtown Library at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

Soaring Stories

If you like to listen to stories and watch graceful young dancers, then this program is for you! We are sure there might be a few audience members who feel like soaring along with the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet at the Downtown Library on Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 pm.

UM Professor of Theatre Leigh Woods Discusses The Upcoming Production of George Kelly's 'The Show Off''

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This Sunday, January 25, Professor Leigh Woods will discuss the upcoming UM Department of Theatre and Drama production of The Show Off by George Kelly. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the play and this production before it begins a four-day run at the Mendelssohn Theater.

Sunday, January 25 | 2-3:30 pm | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Instrument Petting Zoo

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It's never too early to start playing an instrument!

String players from Shar Music will demonstrate each instrument in the string family, including violin, viola, cello and bass. Young players (ages 2-5) will have the opportunity to try out the instruments and join in an instrument-making craft project.

Please join us for Instrument Petting Zoo fun on Monday, January 26th, from 10:30-11:30am, at the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room.

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