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Memories of Tubingen

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June 2, 2015 at Malletts Creek Branch

Since 1965, Ann Arbor has established six sister city relationships. Tubingen, the first community invited to be a sister city, was compared to Ann Arbor by someone who had lived in both places “like twins raised in different countries. There is the university, the students, the river, the mills.”

On December 9, 1965, the official charter of the Tubingen and Ann Arbor partnership was presented to City Council, followed by a concert of Christmas carols sung in German by Ann Arbor High School students. Visits between the two areas started as soon as the decision was finalized. This event brought together several participants from both countries in this long-standing partnership to reminisce about the cities' 50-year relationship.

Speakers include:
• Ute Bechdorf, Director of the Deutsch-Amerikan Institute of Tubingen;
• Carolyn Melchers, local resident who, as a young Pioneer High School German teacher went on an early trip to Tubingen and met the man who would become her husband;
• Josie Parker, Library Director;
• Marianne Rauer, who moved to Ann Arbor from Germany after WWII and who has been very involved in the Sister City Program;
• Grace Shackman, local Ann Arbor historian;
• Ingrid Sheldon, Former Mayor of Ann Arbor

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LEGO Connection

Sunday May 31, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5 with an adult.

Get connected with other LEGO-minded people and build cool things during this open LEGO play. AADL will supply the LEGOs, so leave your supply at home!

Although your LEGO creation must be left here, it may be photographed for our LEGO Look Book.

CANCELLED - Music Expert Linda Baker Discusses Los Lobos

Sunday May 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Los Lobos lecture with Linda Baker has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Meet the Cirque Mechanics

Tuesday June 16, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Hill Auditorium Plaza

Join us for a Q and A with Chris Lashua, Artistic Director for the Cirque Mechanics. Learn more about this artistic troupe and their acrobats and cyclists and discover how they construct their mind blowing machines!

Founded by BMX rider, acrobat and mechanical wiz Chris Lashua,Cirque Mechanics shows are inspired by steampunk culture. Instead of a post-apocalyptic world of steam-powered machines, here the contraptions are powered by people and pedals.

This Q & A will be held at Hill Auditorium Plaza and precedes the Cirque Mechanics' 6:00 pm performance.

At 6:00 pm, Ann Arbor Summer Festival will present the large-scale performance of Cirque Mechanics: The Gantry Bike at Hill Auditorium Plaza. Get a glimpse of this amazing troupe before they take the Summer Fest stage!

Super Seniors: Independent, Engaged, Connected

Tuesday July 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event will be recorded

Want to be a “super senior”? If you are approaching the senior years, or have an aging parent, here is a wonderful opportunity to learn and discuss several complex issues that seniors are facing: Independent and Assisted Living, Estate Planning, and Rehabilitation.

Join us as four local experts discuss these issues and offer answers to your questions:

• Assisted Living -Beth Conway, Sales & Business Development Consultant with StoryPoint Senior Living.
Beth has been involved in senior living for several years with special dedication to Assisted Living and Memory Care. She is an active committee member with the Alzheimer's association and truly feels that research is getting close to help stop the progression of the disease. She is an activist for seniors and enjoys being able to help and educate them on all options that are available for their wellbeing.

• Estate Planning - Kyra Sims, Attorney Legacy Law
Kyra was particularly drawn to the Estate Planning practice area as a result of her father being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Witnessing firsthand the negative effects that result from not having a comprehensive plan in place motivates her to go the extra mile for our clients. By working at Legacy Law Center, she is able to aid individuals in making complex and meaningful decisions for themselves and their families. Kyra is an Ann Arbor native who received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she attended Howard University School of Law where she received her J.D. She is currently an active member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

• Independent Living - Debbie Adams, Director American House Carpenter
Debbie has been the Director of American House Carpenter for seven years. She enjoys both the residents and their families. She has been an advocate for seniors in many roles and has a background as a rehab social worker, activities director, and as a caregiver. The aging process is often complex and sometimes scary, and she believes it is her role to offer each senior an opportunity to experience joy, understanding, and solutions and to honor their beautiful human spirit.

• Rehabilitation - Courtney Hayes, Heartland Admissions Coordinator
Courtney is an Eastern Michigan graduate majoring in Marketing and Communications. She started her journey with Heartland Health Care Center a little over four years ago. She enjoys being an advocate for patients and has watched patients who she never thought would walk again, walk out Heartland’s doors and return home to their lives.

Buzzed Bee: A Grown-Up Spelling Bee at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday May 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults

Are you a spelling geek who likes the taste of victory? Did losing your middle school spelling bee on the word "broccoli" leave you demanding a do-over? Buzzed Bee is your chance to conquer some words, prove your 5th grade teacher wrong, and do it like an adult--in a bar! Buzzed Bee will combine some of that nostalgic middle-school spelling bee vibe with a super-fun, laid-back atmosphere, the option of beer, and the guarantee that each round will get more and more ridiculous. And, of course, we'll offer way better prizes than the "Super Speller!" sticker you'd have gotten in the 5th grade.

Doors open and sign-up starts at 6:30 and the spelling starts at 7:00! Space for participation is limited, so if you want a spot in the bee, come early!

Needle Felted Creatures

Saturday August 22, 2015: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 & up

Learn the basics of sculptural needle felting. Create your own creature friend using sharp barbed needles, wool roving, and a foam block. This program will require patience and focus.

Make Your Own Drop Spindle (and Learn To Spin Yarn!)

Tuesday August 4, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 & up

Have you ever wondered how to make yarn? Have you seen someone spinning yarn and wanted to give it a whirl? Come learn with us!

Drop spinning is an ancient craft that uses simple materials to make a spindle that spins sheep's wool or other fibers into yarn. At this event, participants will make their own drop spindle using doweling and recycled CDs and will also learn the basics of how to spin using their new drop spindle.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday August 20, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “ the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

National Library Week Event: Let's Put On A Play! Celebrating 85 Years of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

Monday April 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Did you know that Gilda Radner got her start on the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre stage? Or that Brynn O’Malley, the star of Broadway’s new musical Honeymoon In Vegas, won local awards for her Ann Arbor Civic Theatre performances as Maria in The Sound Of Music and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music?

Take a musical step back in local theater history as AADL unveils its digital archive of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre with an evening of music, memories and performances by the beloved local theater company.

The evening includes reminisces from local Ann Arbor Civic Theatre celebrities: musical performances from Follies, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls; previews from upcoming productions of Rent and 101 Dalmatians; a digital look at past productions, and the official announcement of A2CT’s 2015-2016 season. Refreshments will be served.

Musical performers include Anne Bauman, Glenn Bugala, Amanda Burch, Jennifer Goltz, Caitlin Rowe, Kathy Waugh, the cast of Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of Rent and the young actors from the A2CT’s Junior Theater production of 101 Dalmatians. Laurie Atwood, Nancy Heusel and Chris Tabaczka-Hover will also offer poignant and amusing memories of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s past.

AADL will unveil their new website detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company, including over 1,000 reviews and photographs from the Ann Arbor News, a chronology of past programs, and hundreds of photos and posters from the Civic Theatre's archive.

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