Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Dr. Rick Solomon Discusses Autism: The Brain-Mind Connection

Tuesday January 31, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 focuses on the book "Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant" by Daniel Tammet. Find out more about autism in this informative lecture by developmental and behavioral pediatrician Rick Solomon MD.

Dr. Solomon will present the most recent scientific evidence related to autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). He will cover the brain science and genetics of ASDs; demonstrate the diagnostic criteria with video examples; discuss possible causes for the large increase in prevalence, including the controversial relationship between ASD and immunizations/mercury; and overview the evidence for behavioral, developmental, educational and dietary/alternative interventions.

10th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event

Thursday January 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building - 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (Doors open at 6pm).

Focusing on the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book selection "Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant" by Daniel Tammet, this extraordinary evening will feature nationally-known Autism Consultant Dr. Julie Donnelly and (via Skype) Dr. Darold Treffert, one of the world's leading experts on Autistic Savant Syndrome.

Dr. Darold Treffert will discuss Extraordinary Savant Syndrome highlighting recent developments in research on this remarkable condition. He will also discuss and show videos from his interactions with Daniel Tammet (the author of "Born On A Blue Day") and Kim Peek (the original Rain Man).

Dr. Julie A. Donnelly will focus on A Mother's Story: The Account Of Jean-Paul Bovee, her child who was born with classic autism in a time when the advice of medical professionals was to put the child in an institution.

Doors will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to connect with community agencies and representatives who will be staffing information tables in the lobby. Copies of the book will also be for sale.

This is a key event for the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, which this year focuses on the theme of "Language: How We Communicate." Read more about the event here.

Comic Artists Forum With Rob Stenzinger via Skype

Sunday, January 8 | 1:00-3:00 PM | 4th Floor Meeting Room – Downtown Library

Guest artist Rob Stenzinger will show you how to publish your serial comic one page at a time, keep your readers interested, and have it all link together as one big story. In this interactive workshop via Skype, Rob will share comic storytelling techniques, the importance of the dramatic reveal, and why comics are the perfect home for your serial story. We'll even work as a group to chain together a few short comic strips into a serialized comic! Rob is the creator of Art Geek Zoo: The Way of Sound, a music fantasy adventure online, collected in print, and available as an eBook.

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in to draw, learn, share, and network with other cartoonists.

Televised Book Discussion for AA/Ypsi Reads

If you couldn't tune in at the Community Television Network (CTN-Channel 17) last night to watch a broadcast of a book discussion for this year's AA/Ypsi Reads selection, "Born on a Blue Day," then check out other viewing times to catch the show. Or find and view it online.

The book discussion group includes Alyson Lobert from the Ypsilanti District Library, Ira Lax from our very own AADL, Judy Nagle, a writer and retired humanities teacher and Molly Mahony from UM Tanner Philosophy Library. The group discusses "Born on a Blue Day" as an important selection for this year's community read. They talk about the wide-appeal of the book and the insights learned about the autistic-mind. They don't give too much away about the book so you can still enjoy viewing the discussion even if you haven't finished the book yet!

Born on a Blue Day Reading Guide Questions

Reading Guide Questions: In the back of the book, you will find questions already written out for readers. The page is titled “Reading Group Discussion Guide for Born on a Blue Day.”

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 Book Selection

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 has chosen Daniel Tammet's book, Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Extraordinary Mind Of An Autistic Savant for next year's book selection. The three books considered for the finalist were all centered on the theme of "Language: How We Communicate."

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is scheduled to occur January through February 2012. There will be multiple opportunities for the community to become involved. An author appearance has been scheduled to take place at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday evening, January 19 at 7:30 pm.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads committee members have discussed book availability and copies of the title are now being shipped to area bookstores. Both the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ypsilanti District Library own copies of the title and will order more.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Finalists

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has a decade-long history of successful community reads programs which encourage all of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to read one book. University, Library, bookstore and community representatives from both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have now been busily planning Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012.

In 2012, the program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the subject of Language: How We Communicate.

A screening committee has narrowed book choices covering this theme down to three titles:

Eva Hoffman, Lost In Translation: A Life In A New Language. New York: E.P Dutton, 1989.
Susan Schaller, A Man Without Words. New York: Summit Books, 1991.
Daniel Tammet, Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Extraordinary Mind Of An Autistic Savant. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Visit the finalists page and read more about the books. The site also acts as a platform for the public to post comments about which book they would be the most excited for the selection committee to choose. Books are available in our catalog - check them out or place a hold on them!

AADL Productions Podcast: Richard Glaubman

This episode features 2011's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads author, Richard Glaubman. Richard spoke with us about his collaboration with George Dawson on Life is So Good, a chronicle of Dawson's inspired personal journey through the tumultuous 20th century, culminating in his learning to read at the age of 98. Richard talks about his experience developing the book's narrative structure and George's voice, as well as his personal friendship with George and the irresistible effect of his optimism and quiet humanity on everyone he encountered. You can also watch or download a video of Glaubman's presentation when he visited in January.

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Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Event: Literacy Learners Share Their Stories


Tuesday February 15, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The 2011 Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2011 book Life Is So Good is the story of George Dawson, a man who learned to read at age 98. Dawson's story of becoming literate at a late age is truly inspirational. What are the learning stories of local residents - and what are their successes?

Be inspired as a panel of local literacy learners share their experiences. Discover how you can engage in learning that makes life worth living as a learner or volunteer. This event is co-sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.

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

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