Alzheimer's and You

Many people wonder whether and when Alzheimer’s Disease could impact you or a loved one. What are the causes, and are there things you can do to prevent or postpone its onset? On Feb. 14, Kenneth Langa, M.D., Ph.D., UM Dept. of Internal Medicine, will explore the current research on Alzheimer’s Disease from around the world to help us understand the risks and the remedies for this big concern as one ages. So come with questions and join the discussion. Cosponsored by UM Geriatrics Center.

Monday, February 14 | Malletts Creek | 7-8:30 pm | Dr. Kenneth Langa

AXIS Coffeehouse Goes on Vacation

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Hello fellow poetry fans! This Friday will be the last AXIS Coffeehouse session before we take a two-week break. AXIS Coffeehouse plans to spend the break on the beach in a sunny, tropical locale, and will return on March 4 for our pre-summer session -- featuring special guests Sandy Ryder of the Wild Swan Theater and local author Keith Hood! Check in for updates! The time is Friday, 6:30-8. The place is Malletts Creek. See you there.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, February 11 | 6:30-8pm | Malletts Creek Branch

Live at AXIS Coffeehouse...

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This Friday from 6:30 to 8 at Mallett's Creek, our friend Scott Beal will return to AXIS Coffeehouse to share his poems and his poetry-writing tips. When Scott is not writing for AnnArbor.com, he can be found at 826 Michigan, the Neutral Zone, and generally anywhere poetry is taking place. Scott's last visit was great fun, so come check out this one!

Eldercare Mediation: You Are Not Alone

For the first time in history, this generation will devote more time to taking care of their parents than they did in raising their own children. One support organization, Children of Aging Parents, estimates that 54 million Americans are now involved in this type of care. We are not well prepared for these responsibilities, but we do our best. Eldercare mediators Zena Zumeta and Susan Butterwick will talk about ways to begin these important conversations.

Eldercare Mediation and Family Decision Making | Sunday, Feb. 6 | 2-3:30 pm | Malletts Creek

Roger Chard: A Self-Determined Life

Roger Chard is totally blind. He recently retired from a twenty-two year career as a real estate attorney in Ann Arbor. Among his many achievements are awards in high school and college debate and in downhill skiing. He has performed as a baritone vocal soloist and presented recitals with other musicians in small and large venues. He will speak on how self-determination helped him create a life worth living. This amply reflects the theme of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2011, depicted in the book Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman.

Wed., January 26 | Malletts Creek Branch | 2:00-3:30 pm

AXIS Coffehouse Presents....

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This Friday AXIS Coffeehouse will be even cooler than it normally is due to the appearance of special guest Jeff Kass! Jeff Kass -- who can often be found at the Neutral Zone -- will present some of his awesome work, and give some suggestions for writing and performing poetry. The time: Jan. 21st 6:30-8. The place: Malletts Creek branch. Don't miss it!

Elevator Table at Malletts Creek

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In addition to the computer stations available in our Downtown Assistive Technology Lab, there are now two computer stations at the Malletts Creek branch that are located on top of an adjustable elevator table meant to accommodate an individual in a wheel chair or who may otherwise require a station at an alternate height. The table moves up or down by a remote control that's connected to the end of the table just below the table top. If you need to use a computer station on the elevator table, please feel free to let staff know.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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AXIS Coffeehouse time! The poetry lovefest returns January 7th from 6:30-8 at Mallett's Creek in the program room. Read poems, write poems, and share your favorite books. Bring a poem to read out loud and get all sorts of goodies, including $5 fine forgiveness cards. Don't miss it!

AADL Bags Make Great Holiday Gift Wrap

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This year, consider wrapping your holiday gifts in something their recipients can actually use: an attractive, reusable AADL tote bag.

These little numbers come in black, emblazoned on one side with our fetching teal logo. They look pretty sharp when coordinated with a contrasting color of tissue paper (I'm liking blue, red and silver). Oh, and did I mention they're only $1?

Wow your friends and family this holiday season with your eco-friendliness and discerning sense of style! Our totes are roomy enough to hold your holiday gifts, as well as groceries for years to come. AADL totes are for sale at the circulation desks of all branches of the library. This year, wrap in the gift that keeps on giving!

Celebrate the Winter Solstice!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 is the shortest day of the year. But that's no reason to stay in your pajamas all day. Come to the Malletts Creek Branch at 2:00 p.m. and make some winter decorations to brighten up your house. This program is for children preschool through 5th grade. All supplies will be provided.

For more information about the winter solstice, look here.

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