Film & Discussion: KING CORN

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Recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation's most powerful crop. They find that America's most subsidized crop has become the staple of its cheapest - and most troubling - foods. Watch the film and join the post-discussion led by UM Community Scholars. Cosponsored by Michigan Television and University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Check here for background to the making of the film or get the scoop on taking the eating challenge. Can you go a month without eating corn? Probably not. Thursday, September 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room

Free RENT!!

Free rent! You see this on signs outside apartment complexes, all the time. Tomorrow evening, come to the Downtown Library's Multi-Purpose Room for free Rent of a different kind.

As part of its 25th Anniversary season, the University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre is thrilled to be one of the first regional companies to produce the theatrical phenomenon musical Rent by Jonathan Larson.

Join us at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, September 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm as Mark Madama, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (and the director of the upcoming UM production) discusses Rent and the reasons why it has become such an important part of musical theater history. He will also describe the upcoming UM production and, as a special treat, cast members will perform selections from the musical (which begins its run on October 16)

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

And if tomorrow's presentation isn't quite enough Rent for you, check out these Rent-related items in the Library's collection.

Shortage of Caregivers for Elderly

At the same time AARP The Magazine has named Ann Arbor America's Healthiest Hometown for its great access to health services, the Journal of the AMA and AARP Bulletin say that the rest of the country is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians and geriatricians. If you want to know why this is happening and what can be done to change it, join us for Who Will Care for Us When We Age? a talk by Caroline Blaum, M.D., of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center; Tues., Sept. 16, 7-8:30 pm, Downtown Library.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

Write Your Life Story

In eight two-hour weekly sessions facilitator Sally Haines will get you started writing about experiences in your life that you’ve wanted to document for yourself or for others. A memoir can come from the most common activities, like raising your children, family meals, running a business, learning a skill, moving to a new town, or taking a trip. Even if you never thought of yourself as a writer, Sally will open doors into the process. The first session of Reconstructing Life Stories is Thursday, Sept. 11, 1-3 pm, so register online, or call 734-327-4560.

Story Jamboree

The first Downtown preschool storytime of the fall will begin on a silly, sleepy note with Go To Sleep Gecko and other tales of grumpy creatures who can’t get any sleep. Join us for stories, songs and other surprises beginning Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at the Downtown Library Youth Department Story Corner!

Author Jim Benton event for kids is FULL

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While we are very excited about New York Times Bestselling author, Jim Benton's, 2:00 PM appearance tomorrow for kids in grades K-5 we are also sorry to report that this program is now FULL. We are unable to take any additional registrations at this time. However, our new FALL calendar events for kids is now out - pick-up your copy of JUMP today at any AADL location. Jim Benton is the author of the Dear Dumb Diary series and the Franny K. Stein series.

DuMouchelles Fine Arts Auctioneers and Estate Appraisal Visits the AADL

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If you have the Elgin Marbles, Joan Walker DuMochelle will appraise them as priceless, then tell you that Greece wants them back!

Do you have an old thing lying around that you've always wondered "What the heck is that and how much is it worth?"

What an exciting Wednesday night (August 20th from 7-8:30 p.m at the downtown branch) the AADL has in store for you!

Ms. DuMochelle will give a brief lecture about the appraisal and auction business, fine arts and the DuMochelle Art Galleries Company.

After the brief lecture Ms. DuMochelle will appraise and give a little history about items that patrons bring in.

Who knows what fabulous treasures will be uncovered?

Explore the subject further with Buying and Selling Antiques, Kovels' Know Your Antiques and The Elgin Affair.

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Tell Me a Story- The Wide World of Stories and Tales

From anime, to comic strips, to printmaking, and making books, discover how stories are told through art and how you can create stories and books with your own art. This week the library will be featuring Caldecott Award Winning Books and a variety of guides on comics, illustration, and book design techniques. These can be found on the pillar directly to the right of the new books shelf. Come sharpen your pencils and your art skills! Are you the next Caldecott winner?

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Medieval Times

Creativity Campers, and any other kids who think it's a shame they weren't born in a time of lords and ladies, knights, and castles, can come to the Downtown Library's youth department and find books on the back of the new shelf that will transport them back to the middle-ages!

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