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!

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.

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