Show & Tell for Grownups

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May 10, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Do you have a special item at home that you would like to share with others? Something that has a particular story that is meaningful to you – or something that reveals a bit about Ann Arbor’s past? We all remember bringing a treasured possession to school and telling our friends why we love it so much. As adults, we have many more treasures today. Consider a photo or letter, a family heirloom, an object from a job or trip, an ancient artifact, a work of art, new or old, that has meaning to you. It’s the story that counts.

Each participant for this event took five minutes to tell the story behind the object. There’s no reading or performing; this is amateur storytelling.

Show & Tell events for adults are sweeping the nation, with recent publicity of the trend in the Wall Street Journal. Described as The Moth Radio Hour meets Antiques Roadshow, these events focus on connecting people through their personal histories.

The local organizers—Janet Ogle-Mater, Chuck Newman, and Stephanie Kadel Taras—are members of the Association of Personal Historians, which promotes Show & Tells in May to celebrate Personal History Awareness Month. Dozens of communities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia hosted Show & Tell events for grown-ups in May.

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56:10
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Bill Morris

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August 13, 2014

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Martin talks to Bill Morris about his long-in-the-works new book Motor City Burning.

From the critically acclaimed author of Motor City, Detroit comes alive in a powerful and thrilling novel set amidst the chaos of the race riots and the serenity of Opening Day.

Bill Morris is currently a staff writer with the online literary magazine The Millions, and his writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Bill grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City.

The interview was recorded on August 13, 2014.

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Ann Arbor District Library
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17:29
 

Child in a Strange Country Or Why is Helen Keller At the Water Pump The Only Person Who Was Blind That Most Americans Know?

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May 4, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Micheal A. Hudson, Museum Director at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky explores major advances made in learning and literacy for folks who are blind or visually impaired since 1784, and introduces a few interesting characters that most people do not know about.

Micheal has been the museum director at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind since 2005. He holds an M.A. in the History of Technology from the University of Delaware and spent the first eighteen years of his professional life working in collections and exhibits at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

This was one of several related events held in conjunction with the Downtown Library exhibit Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, which was on display in the lobby of the Downtown Library and on the Third Floor from Friday, May 2 – Wednesday, June 25.

If you know someone who has vision loss, find out more about the services offered through Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled@AADL.

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Ann Arbor District Library
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50:56
 

AADL Talks To Ruta Sepetys

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January 21, 2014

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In this episode, we talk with author of 2014 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads title Between Shades of Gray, the story of a Lithuanian family's persecution at the hands of Soviet Russia in the midst of World War II.

Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. The nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia disappeared from maps in 1941 and did not reappear until 1990. As this is a story seldom told, Ruta wanted to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers, Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee. Between Shades of Gray, her first novel, was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 40 countries.

Between Shades Of Gray, her the 2011 debut novel, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Carnegie Medal Nominee, and the winner of the Golden Kite Award, as well as the recipient of a multitude of national and international awards. Based on survivor stories of the genocide of Baltic people, it has become an international bestseller and translated into more than 27 languages.

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Ann Arbor Tales: The History of Beer in Ann Arbor

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June 23, 2014 at Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown

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Host Rich Retyi and local beer historian David Bardallis delve into the history of beer in and around Ann Arbor. From Ann Arbor's German roots to tales of haunted breweries, the two wind their way through a "hoppy history" of our town, including some stories that didn't make it into Bardallis's book, Ann Arbor Beer.

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Ann Arbor District Library
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38:40
 

Malletts Creek Branch 10th Anniversary

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March, 2014

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A lot has happened at the library in the last ten years!

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Malletts Creek Branch, AADL has assembled a short film of highlights. From new branch openings to website advances to collection additions to awards received to memorable programs and appearances, 10 Years Since Malletts Creek will give you a taste of what's gone before and the kinds of things to expect in the future.

And don't forget the all-day celebration at Malletts Creek on Saturday, March 22!

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Ann Arbor District Library
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00:04:44
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Vivek Tiwary

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December 10, 2013

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In this episode, Martin talks to Broadway theater producer Vivek Tiwary about his latest project, a graphic novel entitled The Fifth Beatle, which recently reached the #1 spot on the New York Times best-sellers list. The Fifth Beatle tells the story of Brian Epstein, the Liverpool record shop owner who discovered and then managed the Beatles from 1961 until his untimely death in 1967. Tiwary will also write and produce a feature film based on his book, due out in 2015.

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00:21:21
 

AADL Talks to Bill Minutaglio About His Book "Dallas 1963"

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January 27, 2014

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In Dallas 1963, author Bill Minutaglio paints a picture of the environment in Dallas in the early 1960s and how a vivid cast of personalities fit together leading up to the tragic event.

You can also view or download Bill's October 20, 2013 lecture at the Library.

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Ann Arbor District Library
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00:31:22
 

Bill Minutaglio Discusses His New Book, Dallas 1963

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October 20, 2013 at the Downtown Library

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Award-winning author Bill Minutaglio discusses his just-released book Dallas 1963: Patriots, Traitors, and the Assassination of JFK in time to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bill and his co-author, Steven L. Davis, have written a chilling account of the city that would become infamous for the assassination of a president. "Dallas 1963" is a clear-eyed work of history that avoids speculation and theory, instead focusing on the group of radicals, reactionaries, and extremists that coalesced in Dallas leading up to–and during–the Kennedy presidency. The book presents a clear and revelatory look at the tragedy that transformed America.

Bill has written commemorative essays for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the assassination of President Kennedy. He has been interviewed by Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Charlie Rose, and Terry Gross, and has been featured on The Today Show, Nightline, NPR, BBC and in several documentaries. He is a Clinical Professor of Journalism, and Fellow to the Collier Chair, at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Ann Arbor District Library
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01:28:01
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