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Added to the collection on Sep 09, 2013

Lessons From Tubingen, Germany

This event was held on June 27, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Last summer a delegation of architects, urban planners, and interested citizens visited Tubingen, Germany to learn about Architecture and Sustainable Urban Development, in a trip co-sponsored by Huron Valley AIA and the Tubingen-Ann Arbor Sister City Partnership.

Come see a presentation of trip highlights presented by some of the participants including: Janis Bobrin, Anne Cox, Celeste Novak and Grace Shackman. This event was originally scheduled for April, and had been postponed. Concepts noted included a well-defined and protected historic core complete with a pedestrian zone; sustainability requirements including green roofs and solar collection panels; and the adaptive reuse and infill housing of the building cooperatives. Side trips to Stuttgart and the Swabian Alps were also fun and instructive.

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Added to the collection on Jun 06, 2013

Tilian Farm Development Program

This event was held on March 10, 2013 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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Tilian is a local business incubator, where the businesses are four-season farms! It has helped launch five new successful farms in its first two years of operation.

Learn how Tilian, a 44-acre campus for new farms on Pontiac Trail (just north of the City of Ann Arbor) was formed, about their mission to assist new farmers in starting and establishing farm business during the critical first years, and their "farmer residency" training programs.

Bring your questions and hear how this new initiative helps strengthen the local farming and food movements.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

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Added to the collection on Jun 06, 2013

City Of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums: Planning for Change In Our Community: Transportation Options

This event was held on April 18, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This fourth and final session in a series of monthly discussions centers on transportation options, including the transition to more fuel-efficient modes of transit, such as electric vehicles, and non-motorized planning efforts in the community. Building on the public forums from last year, the 2013 forums will focus on planning for change in the community.

A think tank of local stakeholders, including University of Michigan faculty, representatives from community organizations, and city commissioners, join City of Ann Arbor staff and the public to discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts--past, present and future. The presentations will discuss conditions that are changing in the community and past and potential actions to adapt to change. Each program will also include tips for individual actions that residents may take.

Speakers include: John Hieftje, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor; Erica Briggs, Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition; Nathan Voght, Economic Development Specialist, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development; Eli Cooper, Transportation Programs Manager, City of Ann Arbor; Michael Benham, Strategic Planner, AATA

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Added to the collection on Jun 06, 2013

City Of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums: Planning For Change in Our Community: Diverse Housing

This event was held on March 21, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This third in a series of four discussions (held monthly and ending in April) centers on Diverse Housing, including how to meet the current and future needs of the community with changing housing demographics, such as older residents, a high rental population, and affordability. Building on the public forums from last year, the 2013 forums focus on planning for change in the community.

A think tank of local stakeholders, including University of Michigan faculty, representatives from community organizations, and city commissioners, join City of Ann Arbor staff and the public to discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts--past, present and future. The presentations discuss conditions that are changing in the community and past and potential actions to adapt to change. Each program will also include tips for individual actions that residents may take.

Speakers include: Steve Bredernitz, Bredernitz Professional Services; Eunice Burns, Ann Arbor resident and former Ann Arbor City Council member; Ryan Cowmeadow, HomeShare Coordinator, Housing Bureau for Seniors; Karen Kafantaris, Associate State Director, AARP; and Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, City of Ann Arbor.

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Added to the collection on Jun 06, 2013

City Of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums: Planning for Change in Our Community: Economic Vitality

This event was held on February 13, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This second in a series of four discussions (held monthly and ending in April) centers on Economic Vitality, including opportunities to invest in the local economy and to build a strong sense of place in the community. Building on the public forums from last year, the 2013 forums will focus on planning for change in the community. A think tank of local stakeholders, including University of Michigan faculty, representatives from community organizations, and city commissioners, join City of Ann Arbor staff and the public to discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts--past, present and future.

Speakers for this forum will include: Ingrid Ault, Executive Director, Think Local First; Mary Jo Callan, Director, Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development; Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director and CEO, Michigan Municipal League; Paul Krutko, President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK and Paul Saginaw, Founding Partner, Zingerman's Deli.

The presentations will discuss conditions that are changing in the community and past and potential actions to adapt to change. Each program will also include tips for individual actions that residents may take.

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Added to the collection on Apr 11, 2013

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Michigan Innocence Clinic

This event was held on January 17, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In conjunction with this year's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads which focuses on Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness" - Professor David Moran, Co-directer of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, and student lawyers Shannon Leitner, Susan Shutts, and Klara Stephens, discuss their work identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and their commitment to exonerating innocent individuals and combating injustice.

At the Michigan Innocence Clinic at Michigan Law, clinic students investigate and litigate cases on behalf of prisoners who have new evidence that may establish that they are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted. Unlike many other innocence clinics, which specialize in DNA exonerations, the Michigan Innocence Clinic focuses on innocence cases where there is no biological evidence to be tested.

Innocence Clinic students work on all aspects of the cases, including investigating new evidence, preparing state post-conviction motions, conducting hearings and arguing motions in conjunction with these motions, and filing appeals to the state and federal courts. The Clinic has already exonerated several of its clients since its inception in 2009.

For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, check out the website at aaypsireads.org.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

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Added to the collection on Feb 16, 2013

City Of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums: Planning for Change in Our Community

This event was held on January 9, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This first in a series of four discussions (held monthly and ending in April) centers on Sustainable Systems, including the impacts of current and predicted weather changes in the community and on the City's constructed and natural infrastructure. Building on the public forums from last year, the 2013 forums will focus on planning for change in the community. A think tank of local stakeholders, including University of Michigan faculty, representatives from community organizations, and city commissioners, join City of Ann Arbor staff and the public to discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts--past, present and future.

Tonight's presentations will be given by Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor; Dan Brown, Research Associate, UM Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment; Jen Lawson, Water Quality Manager, City of Ann Arbor; Cresson Slotten, Systems Planning Unit Manager, City of Ann Arbor; Rick Norman, Director of Emergency Management, City of Ann Arbor; and Jason Frenzel, Adopt-A-Stream & Stewardship Coordinator, Huron River Watershed Council. The presentations will discuss conditions that are changing in the community and past and potential actions to adapt to change. Each program will also include tips for individual actions that residents may take. There will be an audience Q&A after the presentations.

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Added to the collection on Feb 16, 2013

Reporting the Election: The Michigan Radio Elections Team

This event was held on October 24, 2012 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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The 2012 election is in its final weeks. What is it like to cover elections from U.S. Presidents to the state legislature to local initiatives? Michigan Radio's Elections Team will discuss the challenges of covering races across Michigan and the speed bumps that occur on the campaign trail for reporters, candidates and politicos.

Panelists include:

- Vincent Duffy, who has been News Director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. He is also the Chair-elect of the Radio-Television-Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession.

- Zoe Clark, who is the producer of the new Michigan Radio talk show Stateside, as well as the co-host of the Friday afternoon segment It's Just Politics on Michigan Radio. She currently produces Morning Edition, Jack Lessenberry's daily essays, and Michigan Radio's local interviews, including those by All Things Considered host Jennifer White and Morning Edition host Christina Shockley.

- Rick Pluta, who has been the Managing Editor and State Capitol bureau chief since 1996. His beats include the Legislature and courts, as well as environmental and legal issues. Pluta has covered the Michigan Capitol since 1987. His radio work has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Marketplace Money, Justice Talking, and Soundprint.

Do not miss this special discussion, co-sponsored by Michigan Radio and The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Added to the collection on Feb 01, 2013

Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program

This event was held on November 7, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join representatives from the City of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt program and landowners involved with the program for a dynamic discussion on land conservation, farming and why land conservation is important.

During this event, a variety of landowners (both long-time and new farmers) will discuss their farms, farming rewards and challenges; why they chose to protect their land and how the Greenbelt Program has helped to keep farming viable in the Ann Arbor area.

Representatives from the City of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program will also cover how the program is working with landowners in the Greenbelt District to protect the agriculture and natural resources in the area for future generations. As of February 2012, the Greenbelt has expended funds to protect 27 working farms through the purchase of development rights and 3 open space parks, in collaboration with Washtenaw Natural Area Preservation Program. Collectively, these properties comprise over 3,500 acres protected using Greenbelt funds.

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Added to the collection on Feb 01, 2013

Camera Collector Bob Kelly Discusses The History Of The Argus Camera Company And Helps To Launch AADL's Argus Digital Archive

This event was held on October 26, 2012 at Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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Delve into Ann Arbor's fascinating history as AADL unveils a new digital local history archive (available at aadl.org after this event) featuring decades of news and photos tracing the rise and decline of Argus Cameras, a very important early manufacturer in Ann Arbor.

This event will include an introduction to the Argus online archive; a discussion of the history of Argus and its place in the community by Bob Kelly; and post-presentation refreshments.

Bob Kelly has been collecting and researching Argus for over 30 years and is one of the founding members of the Argus Collectors Group.

Founded in the Depression, Argus Cameras employed, at its height, 1300 workers and occupied two city blocks on 4th Street. The first camera rolled off the assembly line in 1936. The Argus Model A camera was so popular, it sold 30,000 units by Montgomery Ward within the first week.

Step back in time and learn more about this important early Ann Arbor business.

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Added to the collection on Nov 07, 2012

US Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center

This event was held on September 19, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center will discuss their research that takes place on the Great Lakes, including deep-water science, invasive species, coastal ecosystems, restoration ecology, and environmental health.

Speakers include: Dr. David Warner (USGS Deepwater Science Program); Dr. Bruce Manny (Restoration of Fish Spawning Habitat in the Huron-Erie Corridor); Joseph Baustian (Reconnecting Coastal Wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin to Improve Ecosystem Functioning); David Galbraith (Forecasting Invasive Phragmites Expansion in the Great Lakes Coastal Zone)

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, The Great Lakes Science Center exists to meet the Nation's need for scientific information for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting living resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. The Center has biological stations and research vessels located throughout the Great Lakes Basin and is the only federal agency that has a large research vessel (70 ft.+) operating on all five Great Lakes! This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2012

Story Collider: Where Science And Storytelling Combine! at Live!

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Brian Wecht & Company return with another edition of Story Collider - best described as "This American Life meets NOVA!" This special edition of Story Collider will be held at Live! located at 102 S. First Street (on the corner of First and Huron).

Story Collider is an evening of entertaining, personal stories about science. Presenters tell their stories--from the hilarious to the poignant--about how science impacted their lives in a relaxed, fun setting. Based in New York, Story Collider wants to know people's stories about science. Their monthly live shows and other projects bring together scientists, comedians, librarians, and other disreputable types to tell true, personal stories of times when, for good or ill, science happened.

Storytellers for this time include:
-Ryan Burns, electronics engineer, founder and host of Ignite Ann Arbor, and president of the board of A2Geeks
-Jonathan Cohen, computer scientist and filmmaker
-Madeline Huberth, musician and acoustics student
-Christopher Roussi, senior research scientist at Michigan Tech University
-Aaron Santos, physicist and author
-Danielle Schultz, organic chemist

The last AADL session for Story Collider was packed...so arrive early! Find out more about Story Collider at storycollider.org

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2012

Motawi Tileworks 20th Anniversary with Nawal Motawi

This event was held on July 26, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Motawi Tileworks is a 20-year-old Ann Arbor-based artisan tile manufacturer and retailer that has won local and national awards for both its tile and its workplace culture. Owner and founder Nawal Motawi started out in 1992 with a dream and a booth at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market. Today, she presides over a 30-person staff in a 12,000 square foot studio that produces over $2 million in annual sales. Nawal will discuss the history of Motawi Tileworks and the design process.

This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown AADL exhibit, Motawi in the Making: The History and Science Behind The Art, on display July 25 - September 5.

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Added to the collection on Jun 23, 2012

Ann Arbor District Library Board Community Forums: Providing Information & Seeking Public Input On the Future of the Downtown Library

This event was held on June 20, 2012 at Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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Ann Arbor District Library Board will hold three community forums to allow Library staff to provide information about the challenge and opportunities presented by the Downtown Library, offer tours of the current facilities, and provide the opportunity for community input.

Forums will be offered on Saturday, June 9 (10:00 am to noon); Tuesday, June 12 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm); and on Wednesday, June 20 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).

The Library Board is considering placing a bond proposal on the November ballot to address the challenges of the Downtown Library. Before making a decision, the Board wishes to offer interested citizens a chance to ask questions and give their feedback. Those unable to attend can send comments or questions to downtown@aadl.org.

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Added to the collection on Jun 15, 2012

Ann Arbor District Library Board Community Forums: Providing Information & Seeking Public Input On the Future of the Downtown Library

This event was held on June 12, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ann Arbor District Library Board will hold three community forums to allow Library staff to provide information about the challenge and opportunities presented by the Downtown Library, offer tours of the current facilities, and provide the opportunity for community input.

Forums will be offered on Saturday, June 9 (10:00 am to noon); Tuesday, June 12 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm); and on Wednesday, June 20 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).

The Library Board is considering placing a bond proposal on the November ballot to address the challenges of the Downtown Library. Before making a decision, the Board wishes to offer interested citizens a chance to ask questions and give their feedback. Those unable to attend can send comments or questions to downtown@aadl.org.

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Added to the collection on Jun 11, 2012

Ann Arbor District Library Board Community Forums: Providing Information & Seeking Public Input On the Future of the Downtown Library

This event was held on June 9, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ann Arbor District Library Board will hold three community forums to allow Library staff to provide information about the challenge and opportunities presented by the Downtown Library, offer tours of the current facilities, and provide the opportunity for community input.

Forums will be offered on Saturday, June 9 (10:00 am to noon); Tuesday, June 12 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm); and on Wednesday, June 20 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).

The Library Board is considering placing a bond proposal on the November ballot to address the challenges of the Downtown Library. Before making a decision, the Board wishes to offer interested citizens a chance to ask questions and give their feedback. Those unable to attend can send comments or questions to downtown@aadl.org.

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Added to the collection on Jun 08, 2012

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Community

This event was held on April 12, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This final in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor focuses on Community and includes discussion on housing, economic development, public safety, recreation, outreach, civic engagement, and stewardship of community resources. The presentation will examine past successes and challenges, and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

Panelists for this event include, from the City: Jennifer Hall, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Housing Commission; Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager; John Seto, Deputy Police Chief; and Cheryl Saam, Recreation Facilities Supervisor. The panel will also include Richard Norton, Chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Program; Cheryl Elliott, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; and Julie Grand, Chair of the Park Advisory Commission.

Details of this series are posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report at www.a2gov.org/soe.

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Added to the collection on May 07, 2012

Privatization Of Government Services

This event was held on February 27, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Privatization of services is a growing trend in today's government. But, what factors should be identified when considering privatizing departments or functions? What policy issues should be considered in connection with transferring these departments/functions to a company within the private sector?

The League of Women Voters is currently undertaking a study of privatization to examine these issues as well addressing the community impact and strategies to ensure transparency and accountability.

Join the League as they host this community forum, which features panelists: 1st Ward Ann Arbor City Council Member - Sabra Briere; Former Washtenaw County Administrator - Bob Guenzel; Ann Arbor Public School Board Member - Susan Baskett; and Lois Richardson who serves as mayor pro tem of the city of Ypsilanti and is in her third term on the city council.

This event is cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

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Added to the collection on Apr 06, 2012

50 Years Of The Ann Arbor Film Festival: Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive @ AADL Launch

This event was held on February 3, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is celebrating its 50th year - and AADL is excited to unveil its new digital archive, chronicling the Festival's history. Join Donald Harrison, AAFF Executive Director, and other voices from the Festival's past as they share behind-the-scenes stories from the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America!

This event features the premiere of AADL's digital archive of the Festival, which will provide online access to posters and program guides from the Festival's half century of film exhibition history. The evening will conclude with light refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with Film Fest fans.

THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ARCHIVE @ AADL This website will document the history of the Ann Arbor Film Fest and its 50 years of experimental cinema. Festival programs, photographs, promotional materials, and behind-the-scenes documents from the Festival's half-century history will be featured.

Original interviews with festival organizers and participants from over the years and media coverage of the event including articles from the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Sun will paint a portrait of the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.

Join us for a look in the past and an introduction to this valuable online collection!

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Added to the collection on Apr 06, 2012

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Climate and Energy

This event was held on March 8, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This third in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor focuses on a community Climate Action Plan to address greenhouse gas emissions. The forum is an opportunity to learn and contribute towards the developing Climate Action Plan, and discuss solutions that can reduce emissions in the community. The presentations will look at past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

The City has long been recognized for forward reaching energy initiatives like LED lighting, solar power, and energy efficiency improvements at its facilities, and Mayor John Hieftje's Energy Challenge sets ambitious goals for green energy and reduced emissions. See how the community at large plays a role in Ann Arbor's response to a warming climate, and help articulate a vision for a prosperous, cleaner energy future.

Panelists for this event include, from the City: John Hieftje, Mayor; Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator; and Nathan Geisler, Energy Programs Associate, Energy Office. The panel also includes Larissa Larsen, UM Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning; Monica Patel of the Ecology Center; Jenny Oorbeck, Communities Division Manager, Clean Energy Coalition; Wayne Appleyard, Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission and Terry Alexander, Executive Director of the Office of Campus Sustainability at University of Michigan.

Please note that on March 29th from 6pm to 8pm in the 4th floor meeting room of the Downtown Library, the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public meeting to discuss a set of draft overarching sustainability goals developed from existing plans and goals by commissioners from each of the key sustainability commissions and a team of city staff. The public meeting will build on the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and the City of Ann Arbor and provide an opportunity for attendees to share comments on the draft set of sustainability goals.

Details of this series are posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report at www.a2gov.org/soe.

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Added to the collection on Mar 09, 2012

Being Homeless In Washtenaw County: A Panel Discussion With The Washtenaw Housing Alliance

This event was held on February 13, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Disturbing facts on homelessness in Washtenaw County: 2, 756 people will experience homelessness within a year in the county; 26% of these are families; 41 people in the county in any given week become homeless.

Join service and housing providers across the community as they discuss the current state of homelessness in Washtenaw County, the innovative partnerships that have been created to address the need, and the next steps needed to end homelessness in our community.

The Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA) is a unique coalition of 28 non-profit organizations that serve those experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness. The WHA and its member agencies have created a collaboration that harnesses the commitment, energy and resources of a major hospital system, the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, three major institutions of higher education, the private sector and the community at large to end homelessness in Washtenaw County.

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Added to the collection on Mar 05, 2012

UMS Panel Discussion: Why Renegade?

This event was held on November 14, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Renegade: a rebel, someone who breaks with customs - and the idea behind the University Musical Society's 10-week, 10-performance winter series focusing on innovation and experimentation in the performing arts. This focus examines thought-leaders and game-changers in the performing arts and include performances that are part of the UMS International Theater Series, Choral Union Series, Divine Voices, Dance Series, and the Chamber Arts Series.

But why are renegades so important to the arts? Join us as UMS Artistic Programming Director Michael Kondziolka and a panel of special guests lead a conversation about the significance of artistic renegades and UMS's important "Renegade" series. This event is co-sponsored by the University Musical Society and the U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Added to the collection on Mar 05, 2012

Story Collider: Where Science And Storytelling Combine! at The BTB Cantina!

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Brian Wecht & Co. return with another edition of Story Collider - best described as "This American Life meets NOVA"! This special edition of Story Collider will be held at the BTB Cantina - located above Goodtime Charley's at 1140 S. University Ave.

Story Collider is an evening of entertaining, personal stories about science. Presenters tell their stories--from the hilarious to the poignant--about how science impacted their lives in a relaxed, fun setting.

This event is co-sponsored by Open.Michigan, a University of Michigan initiative housed in the Office of Enabling Technologies at the Medical School. Open Michigan is dedicated to increasing knowledge dissemination across the higher education community through encouraging a culture of sharing.

The last AADL session for Story Collider was packed...so arrive early! Find out more about Story Collider at storycollider.org.

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Added to the collection on Mar 05, 2012

City Of Ann Arbor Community Sustainability Discussion: Land Use And Access

This event was held on February 9, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This second in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor, centers on Land Use And Access and includes discussion on infrastructure, transportation, built environment, public spaces, and land use.

Panelists include Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager; Joe Grengs, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning; Susan Pollay, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director; Eli Cooper, Transportation Programs Manager; Jeff Kahan, City Planner; Ginny Trocchio, Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program; and Evan Pratt, Ann Arbor Planning Commission.

Each of the four monthly sessions will examine past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders (UM faculty, representatives from community organizations, city commissioners, City of Ann Arbor staff and the public). The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

Details of this series are posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report at www.a2gov.org/soe.

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Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

Alex Young, Chef @ Zingerman's Roadhouse & Winner Of The James Beard Award

This event was held on October 15, 2011 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Join us as Alex shares his culinary passions, how he got to where he's at and what his recent win of the James Beard Award has meant for him, Zingerman's and Ann Arbor. He will also bring tasty samples of food!

Zingerman's Roadhouse Chef Alexander Young was born in London. At an early age, his family moved to San Francisco, then, at 17 he moved to New York City. His first cooking job was with a feature film location catering company, catering to such stars at Michael Douglas, Alan Alda, Danny Devito, and Madonna. He later took a job as assistant kitchen manager with the China Grill working under Chef Mako Tenaka, Wolfgang Puck's top chef, then moved on to a position as Executive Sous Chef at the Doral Court Hotel.

In late 1990, Alex accepted a position as Executive Chef at the Ann Arbor Hilton, then traveled the country pursuing his goal of Corporate Executive Chef. He opened the Pittsburg Fish Market for the Hilton Restaurant Group as Regional Executive Chef and also created an upscale American Bistro concept opening in Chicago, IL and Alexandria, VA.

In 1997 a mutual friend introduced Alex to Ari and Paul of Zingerman's. In 2001, they agreed to open a restaurant together. The Roadhouse opened September 15, 2003, and Alex has never looked back.

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Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

City Of Ann Arbor Community Sustainability Discussion: Resource Management

This event was held on January 12, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This first in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor centers on Resource Management and will include discussion on natural areas, waste reduction, recycling, compost, local food systems, water and air quality. Panelists include: Jason Tallant from Natural Area Preservation; Chris Graham, Chair of the Environmental Commission; Kerry Gray, Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Planner; Tom McMurtrie, Solid Waste Coordinator and Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator. Joining the City of Ann Arbor staff will be Richard Norton, Chair of UM's Urban and Regional Planning program and Laura Rubin, Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council.

Each of the four monthly sessions will examine past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders (UM faculty, representatives from community organizations, city commissioners, City of Ann Arbor staff and the public). The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

Details of this series are posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report at www.a2gov.org/soe.

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Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

Culture Jamming: A Long View Back - A Panel Discussion With John And Leni Sinclair, Pun Plamondon, David Fenton, and Genie Parker At The Michigan Union - Pendleton Room

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Panelists John and Leni Sinclair, Pun Plamondon, David Fenton, and Genie Parker--all members of Ann Arbor's White Panthers and Rainbow People's Party--participate in this panel discussion which is part of the of 'Freeing John Sinclair: The Day Legends Came to Town,' a series of events celebrating the launch of AADL's Freeing John Sinclair website (available at aadl.org beginning on Friday, December 9), marking the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally that took place in Ann Arbor on December 10, 1971.

These five panelists were central to many of the actions and ideals surrounding Ann Arbor's late-1960s counter-culture. For this event, they'll reflect on what they called their "total assault on culture" during the late 1960s and early 1970s - what worked, what didn't, and what it means today.

The panel will be moderated by Professor Bruce Conforth of the University of Michigan Program in of American Culture. This special event will be held in Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street on the UM Campus.

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Added to the collection on Nov 15, 2011

Old News: Historic Newspapers in the Digital Age

This event was held on October 21, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join in the celebration as AADL unveils Old News, a new, online product (available at aadl.org after this event) devoted to the digitization of newspapers from Ann Arbor's past. Old News features articles and images from Ann Arbor newspapers including selections from the clippings and photo files of the Ann Arbor News, as well as thousands of issues of Ann Arbor's 19th century newspapers.

This event includes: a discussion of the importance of historic newspapers and digitization entitled- "Newspapers Are Like A Box Of Chocolates: You Never Know What You're Gonna Get" by Frank Boles, Director of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University; an introduction/demo to Old News by AADL staff; and post-presentation refreshments.

Old News gives the public access to thousands of articles and photographs taken from the Ann Arbor News. The first selections to hit Old News are articles and photos from the 1960s, one of Ann Arbor's most vibrant periods. Photos from the 1930s are also there to show what Ann Arbor looked like during the Great Depression. More articles and photos will be added each week to paint a full portrait of Ann Arbor during the American Century.

In addition to the ever-growing collection of materials from the Ann Arbor News documenting the 20th century in Ann Arbor, Old News provides online access to decades of newspapers from the 19th century as well. Browse or search through full issues of the Ann Arbor Argus, Ann Arbor Courier, Ann Arbor Argus-Democrat, Signal of Liberty, and Michigan Liberty Press. Explore over 100,000 articles from 1880-1900 to learn about where Ann Arbor was 125 years ago.

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Added to the collection on Jul 27, 2011

EMU Professor John McCurdy Discusses Ben Franklin's America

This event was held on June 7, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable American, and strongly believed in free expression and a free press, but what kind of world did he live in? This lecture explores what it was like to live in eighteenth-century America. Franklin's Boston, Philadelphia, and London were alive with divisive controversies, racial strife, and constant international tension. But it was also a time of new media, new ideas, and the creation of the American self. Learn what lessons Ben Franklin's America has for us at the dawn of the millennium.

John G. McCurdy is Associate Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches colonial American and the Revolution. He is the author of "Citizen Bachelors: Manhood and the Creation of the United States" (Cornell, 2009). He is a constant if not avid student of Benjamin Franklin.

Held in conjunction with the Downtown Library May 4 - July 8 exhibit, Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World

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Added to the collection on Jul 27, 2011

Tubingen's Mayor For Building and Development Cord Soehlke Discusses Small-Scaled, Mixed, Diverse: The Tubingen Way Of Urban Development

This event was held on June 13, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Learn more about our German Sister City! A strong connection and friendship has existed between Ann Arbor and Tubingen, Germany for nearly half a century. Founded in 1965, this official partnership has been followed by many official and private contacts between the citizens of both cities.

Tubingen's Mayor for Building and Development, Cord Soehlke will bring some of the Tubingen's planning and building successes experiences to Ann Arbor! Cord Soehlke has been part of Tubingen's development projects during the last 14 years and will discuss the city's goals, ideas and experiences

During the last fifteen years, Tubingen has converted many former industrial or military used areas into lively and attractive neighborhoods. The French quarter, the Loretto and the Muhlenviertel are now characterized by a mixed use, a colorful architecture and a high impact of private building groups. For this success the City of Tubingen received numerous awards and distinctions - the German Urban Planning Award 2001 - the European Urban Planning Award 2002 and the National Award for Integrated Urban Development and Building Culture 2009.

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Added to the collection on Jul 25, 2011

Culinary Adventures With Eve Aronoff Of Frita Batidos

This event was held on June 15, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Learn about the culinary journey of Ann Arbor's own Eve Aronoff: her latest venture, Frita Batidos, her time on "Top Chef", and what's next for her. She'll even bring food to taste!

Chef Eve Aronoff was born in New York and raised in East Lansing, Michigan. A graduate of Brandeis University, she attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and graduated with diplomas in French Cuisine and Wine and Spirits in 1999. Eve has worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years- progressing from prep cook to line cook, from sous chef to chef de cuisine and executive chef.

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Added to the collection on May 01, 2011

Explore The Quirky, Incredible World Of Adult Fans Of LEGO With Jonathan Bender, Author Of "LEGO: A Love Story"

This event was held on March 18, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that make them so hard for everyone to put down?

Join as for a fun filled evening as Jonathan relates the LEGO adventures and discusses his new book "LEGO: A Love Story." The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender set out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participated in challenges at fan conventions, searched for the largest private collection in the United States, and visited LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he found his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor--to have a child. His two worlds intertwined as he awaited the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises--and a happy ending.

Ann Arbor also features prominently in the story, as Ann Arbor's own BRICK BASH was one of the first events Bender attended as he was getting back into LEGO. Bender's back for BRICK BASH 2011, which is Saturday, 3/19 at WCC!

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

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Added to the collection on Apr 12, 2011

Story Collider: Where SCIENCE And HILARITY Combine!

This event was held on March 11, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Story Collider is an evening of entertaining, personal stories about science, from the hilarious to the poignant. Come be a part of the first Story Collider event outside of NYC as particle physicists Brian Wecht and Ben Lillie, with collaborator Carter Edwards, as well as local presenters (including AADL's own Laura Pershin Raynor), tell their stories about how science impacted their lives in a relaxed, fun setting. Find out more at storycollider.org

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Added to the collection on Mar 25, 2011

Our Water, Our Future: A Local Panel

This event was held on March 22, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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March 22 is World Water Day. As clean drinking water becomes increasingly hard to find in many places around the globe, it makes sense to look closely at our local water supply and to consider the issues that may affect it in the future

Join us for this special discussion (originally scheduled for February) as Professor Mike Wiley of the UM School of Natural Resources moderates a panel of local water experts, who will discuss the challenges facing our local water systems and what their organizations are doing to plan for the future. Issues affecting the future management of storm, drinking, ground, surface, and wastewater will be discussed.

Panelists include: Harry Sheehan, Senior Environmental Manager, Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Council (storm water); Molly Wade, Unit Manager, Water Treatment Services, City of Ann Arbor (drinking water); Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor (ground water); Laura Rubin, Executive Director, Huron River Watershed Council (surface water); Earle Kenzie, Unit Manager, Waste Water Treatment Services, City of Ann Arbor (waste water)

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's Winter 2011 LSA Theme Semester on Water.

The City of Ann Arbor has provided this CLARIFICATION TO PANEL Q&A DISCUSSION:

"The City has never detected 1,4 dioxane at the City’s drinking water intake.

Low levels of 1,4 Dioxane have been measured in the water leaving the wastewater plant NOT in any drinking water source.

A jar test study completed several years ago indicates that the water plant may be able to remove very low levels of 1,4, dioxane."

For questions about this, contact Molly Wade at 734-794-6426 or mwade@a2gov.org

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2010

Behind The Scenes: Filmmakers Christopher and Michael Farah Discuss Their Film, 'Answer This'

This event was held on October 4, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Get a sneak peek at a new Ann Arbor-based film and an inside look at the craft of making a major motion picture when producer/director Michael Farah and writer/director Christopher Farah discuss their new film, "Answer This." In addition to Hollywood actors Chris Gorham (Ugly Betty) and Evan Jones (8 Mile), the movie stars local professor and local celebrity Ralph Williams.

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Added to the collection on Oct 22, 2010

Making it Happen in Ann Arbor: Local Makers Discuss Their Projects And Businesses

This event was held on July 5, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This year's Summer Reading program theme is Make It Happen - encouraging everyone to DIY (Do It Yourself) and celebrate arts, crafts, science projects and the DIY mindset. Makers are people who make things, for fun, for science, or for a living, and Ann Arbor is a great town for makers. Hear several 5-minute talks from local makers about their projects, from the geeky to the freaky, and find out about what cool stuff is being made in the garages, basements, and workshops of our community.

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Added to the collection on Oct 22, 2010

Ignite Second Stage: Early Mechanical Televisions With Suzanne Fischer, Curator Of Technology At The Henry Ford

This event was held on July 14, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ignite Ann Arbor is a biannual event that brings passionate people from throughout our community on stage to present 20 slides in 5 minutes about their interests. At Ignite Second Stage @ AADL, some of the best Ignite Ann Arbor presenters are invited to AADL to give an expanded version of their talk.

Television before World War II? In the 1920s and 30s, film and radio entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic were inventing ways to transmit "movies by radio." This talk will explore the technology, people and infrastructure of mechanical television, focusing on the work of John Logie Baird, Charles Francis Jenkins and Hollis Baird, and the reasons that mechanical television never made it big.

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Added to the collection on Sep 01, 2010

Underground Railroad Historian Carol Mull Introduces The Library's New Online Product 'Signal Of Liberty' And Discusses The Underground Railroad

This event was held on October 17, 2009 at Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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Step back into history as Underground Railroad Historian Carol Mull introduces the Library's new online product, Signal Of Liberty - a digitized version of a weekly abolitionist newspaper published in Ann Arbor between 1841 and 1848. Users will be able to browse issues of the paper and it will be full-text searchable on aadl.org. This project is part of the Making of Ann Arbor partnership with the Bentley Historical Library and the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Services. Refreshments will be served at this kick-off event, which will include a demo of this new historical resource and a discussion of the Underground Railroad by this prominent local historian and author. Carol teaches and lectures extensively on the Underground Railroad and has written a book on its history in Michigan, due to be published Spring, 2010.

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Added to the collection on Jul 14, 2010

Local Small Businesses: How Did They Start?

This event was held on June 2, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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If you want to know more about your local neighborhood business, are curious about how a business gets started, or want advice on how to start your own business from people who have found success - this is the event for you.

The panel will include several business owners - including: Scott Huckestein- Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Ann Arbor; Kevin Riley- New Chelsea Market, Chelsea; Breanne Stuart- Home Watch Caregivers, Ann Arbor. Each panel member will give a summary of how they got their ideas, followed through with them, and where there business is now. They will discuss their struggles and triumphs and also what effect the difficult economy has had on them. There will be ample time for audience questions.

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Added to the collection on Jul 14, 2010

The Ann Arbor Connector Public Information Meeting: What Could The Future Hold For Transit Options In Ann Arbor?

This event was held on June 8, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Ann Arbor Connector Feasibility Study is one step in the planning process where several local organizations are working collaboratively, thinking and planning for our future transportation systems. The Study Management Committee includes representatives from the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Transit Authority, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the University of Michigan.

This public information session will highlight the various transit technologies that may be feasible for the greater Ann Arbor area including bus, bus rapid transit, streetcars, light rail transit and personal rapid transit technologies. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions of the project team, who will be available following the formal presentation.

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Added to the collection on Jun 18, 2010

Who Is Wynton Marsalis? with Jazz Expert Linda Yohn

This event was held on March 16, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Who is Wynton Marsalis? Jazz expert Linda Yohn will engage participants in an exploration of modern-day legend (and frequent UMS performer) Wynton Marsalis, whose notions of what jazz is and should be resonate alongside his incredible artistry as a musician, bandleader, and composer.

This is the third in a series of 'Who Is' events to be held at the Library, examining great musicians, co-sponsored by the University Musical Society. It is presented in conjunction with March 17 UMS performance of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis at Hill Auditorium.

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Added to the collection on Jun 18, 2010

Petra Kuppers, Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Series, Discusses Her Work To Foster Creative Expression for People With Disabilities

This event was held on April 1, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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UM Associate Professor Petra Kuppers is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Series (a project series set up in 1998 to investigate relationships between technology, identity, a holistic understanding of well-being and community arts), an accomplished author and a community artist. She also has a disability and uses a wheelchair. Petra employs dance, music and poetry to teach groups of students and others, with and without disabilities, to overcome obstacles and build community. This presentation will include videos documenting Petra's creative approach to exploring the barriers experienced by people with disabilities.

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Added to the collection on Jun 18, 2010

Who Is Anton Chekhov?

This event was held on March 22, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Michael Makin and Residential College Drama Lecturer Katherine Mendeloff as they examine Chekhov's role in Russian literature and society and as transformer and innovator of Russian drama. U-M acting students will also perform several scenes from Uncle Vanya featuring costume, live music and other scenic elements, setting the stage for a lively discussion of Chekhov's classic play and the challenges set forth for actors and directors in mounting this production.

This event is presented in conjunction with the University Musical Society production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by the Maly Drama Theater of St. Petersburg at the Power Center March 25-28. The event is also held in collaboration with the U-M Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the U-M Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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Added to the collection on Jun 18, 2010

Who Is Baaba Maal?

This event was held on April 6, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal has been making music for the world to enjoy for nearly two decades. Aside from being a remarkable musician, he is socially conscious and committed to the concerns of families, young people, and the future of Africa. Recent UM graduate Vera Flaig will lead a discussion of where Maal fits in the pantheon of African musicians that have bridged the gap between musical genres and social causes. This event, cosponsored by the University Musical Society, is presented in conjunction with Baaba Maal's April 10 performance at the Michigan Theater.

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Added to the collection on Jun 11, 2010

Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Event: Historic Photographs of Ann Arbor With Local History Experts Wystan Stevens and Kingsbury Marzolf

This event was held on February 21, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join Wystan Stevens, local history buff and Former Kempf House Museum Curator, and Kingsbury Marzolf, retired UM Architecture Professor, for a delightful look back in time as they present photographs from the very rare local history book, Art Work of Washtenaw County, published in 1893. Photos include buildings, Main Street scenes and more. Marzolf and Stevens will provide delightful commentary for each.

This event is co-sponsored by the Washtenaw County Historical Society and is also held in conjunction with Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010, which, this year focuses on the subject of Michigan.

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Added to the collection on Jun 11, 2010

Ignite Second Stage: The Silver Age of American Jewish Music is Happening Now! And You're Missing It!

This event was held on February 28, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Jewish music is exploding. Bands and labels and venues are multiplying. Rock. Hip Hop. Reggae. Punk. Klezmer. Sephardic. Choral. Jazz. Chassidic-Pop. Bible-gum. Beat Box. House. Socialist Yiddish Gothic. Indie. A revolution is happening but we're scattered across a big nation with no common media to connect us....except the net. Will it be enough? Jack Zaientz, an Ann Arbor area research scientist who blogs about contemporary Jewish Music, will introduce you to some of the most amazing new Jewish music that you've never heard.

This Extended Play version of Jack's recent 5 minute Ignite Ann Arbor talk will be loaded with more music, a road-map of the contemporary Jewish Music scene, a case study in social-networking Jewish Music, and the greatest Jewish song you've never heard.

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Added to the collection on Apr 08, 2010

A Sneak Peek Into The Future Of The University Musical Society's Past: 100 Years of Concert Programs And Photographs With UMS President Ken Fischer

This event was held on March 14, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join Ann Arbor District Library staff and University Musical Society President Ken Fischer as AADL launches two new online collections celebrating UMS's concert history. You will see how to browse and search thousands of pages of historical concert programs from the first 100 seasons of the University Musical Society. They will also unveil a growing collection of images that include both performance and rare backstage photographs of celebrated UMS artists over the past century. Refreshments will be served at this kick-off event, which will include a demo of these new online resources (soon available at aadl.org) as well as a talk by UMS President Ken Fisher on the history of UMS and the future of its archives.

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Added to the collection on Mar 24, 2010

Zingerman's Ari Weinzweig Talks Bacon

This event was held on February 16, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Come ready to taste bacon and ask questions when Ari Weinzweig, co-owner of Zingerman's, discusses the role premium ingredients play in making a standout dish, and celebrates his new book, 'Zingerman's Guide To Better Bacon.'

In the book, Ari guides readers on a personal tour of bacon's long and curious history, and brings them right to the smokehouse door of some of his favorite bacon curers in the U.S. Celebrated bacon makers from Wisconsin to Kentucky to Connecticut are featured in this book, where readers will learn not only what makes their bacons so full of flavor, but also, just as importantly, what makes one bacon different from the next. This event will also feature a booksigning. Books will be on sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Feb 19, 2010

Community Discussion:Washtenaw County Jail - Critical Issues

This event was held on November 12, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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What are the most pressing issues of the County Jail? Overcrowding? Transition to the outside world? Come hear from individuals involved with the jail and then offer your own comments at this community forum. The panel of speakers includes Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Prosecutor Brian Mackie, County Commissioner Barbara Bergman, and Christine Negendank, psychiatrist for the Washtenaw County jail diversion program.This community discussion is presented in conjunction with the Ann Arbor League of Women Voters.

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Added to the collection on Dec 16, 2009

'Townies' Dave DeVarti, Coleman Jewett And Geoff Larcom Discuss Growing Up In Ann Arbor

This event was held on October 6, 2009 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Geoff Larcom, Dave DeVarti and Coleman Jewett all grew up in Ann Arbor and each has intricate personal stories about the city and its residents. Come hear about the city as they knew it and how they view changes in Ann Arbor over the decades. Along with the discussion, the Library will show a sampling from 'Picture Ann Arbor' (aadl.org/pictureAnnArbor), the online collection of local photos. Find out what these 'townies' have to say and gain an intimate look at Ann Arbor.

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Added to the collection on Oct 14, 2009

Wizard Rock Concert featuring Remus Lupins with Special Guest Tonks and the Aurors

This event was held on June 14, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! Get your fix a month before the film is released with this afternoon of Wizard Rock with two Harry Potter-themed bands. From Los Angeles, we've got the Remus Lupins and, as an opening act, Ann Arbor's own Tonks and the Aurors.

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Added to the collection on Oct 02, 2009

From the Observer to the Web: Then & Now Goes Online

This event was held on June 24, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Ann Arbor District Library and the Ann Arbor Observer are extremely pleased to unveil 'Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now' to the public. Local historian Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Observer editor John Hilton will discuss the history of the Ann Arbor as viewed by the Observer and staff will introduce 'Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now' an online collection of local history articles published in the Ann Arbor Observer over the past three decades. These articles give a rich picture of the various themes, people, and places that make up Ann Arbor. Accompanying the articles is an image gallery with photographs from Ann Arbor's past. Refreshments will be served at this event, which will include a demo of this new historical resource.

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Added to the collection on Oct 02, 2009

Green Energy for the Homeowner, Discussed By Hans Steiner of SolarYpsi

This event was held on August 6, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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How much do YOU know about green energy? If you have taken significant steps to reduce your energy consumption – is there more you can do? At this program, Hans Steiner of Solar/Ypsi will discuss information on going green, current and upcoming incentives, inspiring examples, and much more.

The members of Solar/Ypsi are dedicated to the use of renewable energy sources. This Ypsilanti Solar Project was launched in 2005 when the Ypsilanti Food Co-operative won a grant from the State of Michigan's to install a small, demonstration, solar photovoltaic system on their roof. As part of this initial grant, volunteers have created a traveling educational presentation to explain how solar power works in Michigan. Over a thousand people have attended Solar/Ypsi presentations, which have evolved to include information on other renewable and efficiency measures that provide great returns on investment for the homeowner.

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Added to the collection on Sep 15, 2009

Movie-Making in Ann Arbor: The Producers, Director, Writer and Cinematographer of The New Michigan Based Film 'Trivial Pursuits' Discuss The New Burst Of Film-Making In Michigan

This event was held on August 1, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Michigan is quickly becoming the movie making capital of the Midwest, thanks to the Michigan Film Incentive. Get an inside look at what the movie-making business is all about and why Michigan is such a hot spot for the motion picture industry when the creators of the new film “Trivial Pursuits” talk about their experience shooting a major movie in Ann Arbor. These film-makers will discuss everything that’s gone into the making of the movie: from casting and catering to lighting and locations- and will answer audience questions.

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Added to the collection on Aug 11, 2009

Selling On eBay With Expert Carol Kamm

This event was held on May 19, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Carol Kamm, owner of the eBay consignment store iSold It - The Easy Way to Sell on eBay, will share her eBay expertise at a special presentation during which she will cover: selling basics, what typically sells well, item research, creating a listing, payment options, after the sale, and much more! eBay was founded in 1995 and the very first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. It has grown tremendously since that time, and Carol will offer tips on how to have the most success with the site. iSold It has offered professional online consignment sales to individuals and businesses for nearly four years.

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Added to the collection on Aug 11, 2009

The Business of Game Design With Local Game Developer Brian Spence

This event was held on May 7, 2009 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Learn what it takes to create, design & license board, card and party games with local game designer Brian Spence. Brian has developed over 200 games and licensed 60 games including his most popular, Buzzword (by Patch Products) and Last Word (by Buffalo Games). From the fun and creative side of game design, to the business side of making a prototype and getting Mattel or Hasbro to buy your idea, you'll learn about a little known career path for creative thinkers!

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Added to the collection on Aug 11, 2009

Metroparks, Recreation, and The Quality of Community Life With Robert Marans, Metro Parks Commissioner and UM Professor at the Institute Of Social Research

This event was held on June 17, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Professor Robert Marans will discuss his current research about the impact of the built and natural environments on the quality of life, urban areas, Washtenaw County Parks and the metroparks throughout southeastern Michigan. He is the President of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Commissioner of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority-the governing body responsible for the planning, development and operations of the metroparks throughout Southeastern Michigan. This event is held in conjunction with the Library’s summer reading program, Local Motion - which encourages the use of local neighborhoods, gyms, recreational facilities and outdoor areas to move and get fit!

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Added to the collection on Jul 16, 2009

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads: Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

This event was held on March 29, 2009 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Are you curious about how the 1854 Detroit Observatory came to be – and why it is in Ann Arbor, NOT Detroit? Michigan is not the most likely place to build a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory. However, the Detroit Observatory, named in honor of major donors from Detroit, was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States. Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss the people, the ideas, the technology and the economics that resulted in the creation and preservation of this 19th century observatory. This event is held in conjunction with The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, which, this year focuses on the theme The Universe: Yours To Discover.

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Added to the collection on Jul 16, 2009

Washtenaw County Bike Rides With Author Joel Howell and Ann Arbor Cyclery's Jon Kieft

This event was held on May 6, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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What could be more scenic than a bike ride in Washtenaw County in the Spring? If biking is one of your passions then this is the event for you. Start the season right with two of the most knowledgeable local experts. Joel Howell will present highlights from his book- Washtenaw County Bike Rides: A Guide To Road Rides In And Around Ann Arbor- and Jon Kieft will display new models of many styles of bikes and discuss choosing the right one for your needs. This event will include a book signing and books will be on sale courtesy of Nicola’s Books.

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Added to the collection on Jul 14, 2009

Discover the Secrets of the Farmers Market

This event was held on May 11, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Learn more about Farmers Markets, including the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, just in time for spring. A panel of local “market experts” will be on hand, including: Chef Janea Makowski of Carson’s American Bistro who will explain how she creates meals at Carson’s that are centered on market produce. Eileen Spring, who will discuss Food Gatherers’ amazing gleaning efforts, which collect upwards of 1,000 pounds of produce at the conclusion of each Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Amanda Edmonds, who will tell the story of Growing Hope’s fantastic successes with EBT, or food stamp usage, at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market in 2008. In addition, Molly Notarianni, Ann Arbor Farmers Market Manager, will offer tips on shopping at Farmers Markets and eating seasonally.

There will be plenty of time for questions and community discussion. This event is co-sponsored by Slow Foods Huron Valley, which strives to preserve and cultivate our culinary heritage.

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

Comic Book Academy With Comic Book Artist Jerzy Drozd - Part 6

This event was held on August 5, 2008 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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This is part 6 of a 6 part series that was held July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5 at Malletts Creek.

Here's your chance to create an entire graphic novel, manga or comic book. Comic art professional Jerzy Drozd will guide you as you learn about graphic storytelling, character design, writing the story, penciling the first draft, refining and completing the penciled pages, and inking (or finishing) the pages.

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

Comic Book Academy With Comic Book Artist Jerzy Drozd - Part 5

This event was held on July 29, 2008 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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This is part 5 of a 6 part series that was held July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5 at Malletts Creek.

Here's your chance to create an entire graphic novel, manga or comic book. Comic art professional Jerzy Drozd will guide you as you learn about graphic storytelling, character design, writing the story, penciling the first draft, refining and completing the penciled pages, and inking (or finishing) the pages.

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

Comic Book Academy With Comic Book Artist Jerzy Drozd - Part 4

This event was held on July 22, 2008 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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This is part 4 of a 6 part series that was held July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5 at Malletts Creek.

Here's your chance to create an entire graphic novel, manga or comic book. Comic art professional Jerzy Drozd will guide you as you learn about graphic storytelling, character design, writing the story, penciling the first draft, refining and completing the penciled pages, and inking (or finishing) the pages.

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

Comic Book Academy With Comic Book Artist Jerzy Drozd - Part 3

This event was held on July 15, 2008 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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This is part 3 of a 6 part series that was held July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5 at Malletts Creek.

Here's your chance to create an entire graphic novel, manga or comic book. Comic art professional Jerzy Drozd will guide you as you learn about graphic storytelling, character design, writing the story, penciling the first draft, refining and completing the penciled pages, and inking (or finishing) the pages.

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

AADL-GT Super Smash Double Dash Grand Championships

This event was held on December 20, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The hottest tournament in town concludes with the Grand Championships – to be televised on CTN. The Grand Prizes will be awarded for Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart Double Dash team and single player events. Visit the AXIS blog at axis.aadl.org for constant updates.

Didn’t qualify for the Grand Championships during the season? Come right at noon for the Wildcard Tournament and one last shot at making it into the big show!

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

AADL-GT Smash Kart: Round 4

This event was held on November 29, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The hottest tournament in town continues each month at the Downtown Library! Prizes will be awarded for Super Smash Brothers Melee and Mario Kart Double Dash team and single player events, with the Grand Championship in December! Form your own 4- to 5-person clan and battle your way to fame and glory. Visit the AXIS blog at axis.aadl.org for constant updates.

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Added to the collection on May 26, 2009

National Library Week Director's Event: Local Historian Grace Shackman Discusses Why Is Tubingen Our Sister City?

This event was held on April 14, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Each year, Library Director Josie Barnes Parker chooses a current topic of interest as the director’s program for National Library Week. This year’s event features local historian Grace Shackman who will examine the relationship of Ann Arbor and its German sister city, Tübingen. Grace will explain Ann Arbor’s historically strong German roots and discuss why a sister city pact with Tübingen made sense – it is a university town in the southern part of Germany where most of Ann Arbor’s Germans came from. Tübingen is even as near to Stuttgart (where most of Germany’s cars are made) as we are to Detroit. Since 1965, Tübingen and Ann Arbor citizens have lived in each other’s homes, traveled together, celebrated achievements, and mourned losses together. Today Ann Arbor has seven sister cities and Tübingen has eight, but they continue to be each other’s only American-European partner. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor - Tübingen Sister City Relationship.

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Added to the collection on May 15, 2009

The Art of Tribal Tattoo with Leo Zulueta

This event was held on February 20, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Do not miss this opportunity to meet one of the masters of the tribal tattoo! Known as the father of modern tribal tattooing, Leo is the owner of tattoo studio Spiral Tattoo in Ann Arbor. He'll show us some of his work, share his expertise, and talk about the process of getting a tattoo.

Leo began tattooing in 1981 in San Francisco, under the direction of Don Ed Hardy, who encouraged Leo’s collecting of imagery relating to traditional tattooing from around the world. After designing many neo-tribal tattoos in the 1990's and becoming a world-wide phenomenon overnight, Leo has now opened the eyes of many people to the intrinsic art of the tribal tattoo.

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Added to the collection on Apr 28, 2009

The Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative: A Community Discussion Led By MPRI Staff

This event was held on March 5, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Five years ago, Michigan's corrections crisis became a major public policy issue. The prison population was growing rapidly, as were the costs to taxpayers. Thousands of prisoners were returning to their communities on parole after completing their sentences - with unacceptable and sometimes dangerous results: nearly half were back in prison within two years. Today, the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative is transforming corrections practices and policies. Join us to learn more about this important topic for community discussion and involvement. A panel of returning citizens will speak about their experiences transitioning back into the community alongside MPRI professionals who will discuss the initiative and its many benefits. Among the panelists for this evening presentation will be Mary King, MPRI Community Coordinator for Washtenaw County.

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Added to the collection on Apr 28, 2009

UM Assistant Professor David Doris Discusses Art of Southwestern Nigeria: Faces and Fragments - The Moral Image in Yoruba Culture

This event was held on February 11, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In honor of Black History Month, David T. Doris will explore the stunning art of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria who have produced some of Africa’s most graceful works of art, objects, and images. In Yoruba, an image, like a proverb, is a trigger of conscience, calling the viewer to interpret and identify with the powerful legacies of the past. This presentation will examine the mechanics of such visual engagement by introducing Yoruba conceptions of the person, and of the image as àwòrán, “that which we look at and remember.”

David T. Doris, PhD, UM Asst. Prof., Dept. of the History of Art and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, and has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Getty Research Institute. His book, Vigilant Things: The Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria, is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press.

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Added to the collection on Apr 28, 2009

The Art of Gourmet Pizza Making with Cottage Inn Experts

This event was held on February 25, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us for an evening of pizza tasting with experts from Ann Arbor’s own Cottage Inn! Get some pizza history, hear tales of recipe-making, learn what makes a good crust, and much more.

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Added to the collection on Mar 27, 2009

2nd Annual GT Awards and Grudge Banquet

This event was held on December 22, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Come for open play, People’s Choice Awards, Hall of Fame inductions and the end-of-season wrap-up. This event will include score-settling match-ups between the players you most want to see battle it out, and will also include token awards for distinctive achievements throughout the season. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Salsarita's Fresh Cantina.

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Added to the collection on Jan 31, 2009

Ghost Hunting & Paranormal Investigations with The SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society

This event was held on October 30, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society is an award-winning professional research group based in Lansing, with years of experience helping those who might be experiencing, or have questions about, possible paranormal activity in their homes or businesses. Director Brad Mikulka will discuss ghostly investigations, demonstrate equipment, share some actual investigation stories of ghostly encounters, and bring samples of evidence captured (sound recordings, photos, videos).

Since 1996, The SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society has assisted individuals with hauntings. They conduct investigations utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, as well as psychic investigators.

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Added to the collection on Jan 06, 2009

The Art of Movement: Freerunner Levi Meeuwenberg & Co-Founders of the UM Parkour Club Present Parkour & Freerunning

This event was held on September 26, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Levi Meeuwenberg, a competitor on G4's "American Ninja Challenge" and "Ninja Warrior," returns to AADL, this time joined by Travis Graves and Mike Friedman, co-founders of the UM Parkour Club. Come learn more about parkour and freerunning, the exciting new disciplines that turn everyday objects in the city, into an obstacle course. Parkour is the art of moving through your environment using only your body and the surroundings to propel yourself. It can include running, jumping, climbing, even crawling, if that is the most suitable movement for the situation.

Ann Arbor resident and Traverse City native Levi Meeuwenberg has been a stunt double in KSwiss and Mountain Dew commercials. He has also appeared in the pilot episode of the TV show "Chuck" and performed freerunning in Madonna's 2006 "Confessions World Tour" and her "Jump" music video.

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Added to the collection on Dec 17, 2008

Downtown Historical Street Exhibit Program Dedication Ceremony

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On November 6, 2008, the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program dedicated and celebrated four new wall panels that will be on permanent display near the corner of South University and East University, and South University and Forest Avenue. Speakers at the event include Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje; Dennis Tice, President of South University Area Association; Sandy Odell, daughter of Fred Ulrich; Maggie Ladd, Executive director, South University Area Association; Cynthia Shevel, owner of Middle Earth; and Ray Detter, Street Exhibit coordinator. The panels cover the following topics: "The Corners of South University and East University Avenues," "Like a Small Village," "Houses to High Rises on South University Avenue," and South University and Forest Avenues."

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Added to the collection on Dec 13, 2008

Zoning Changes for Downtown Ann Arbor with City Planner Wendy Rampson

This event was held on November 5, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Downtown Ann Arbor is about to experience change: the City Council is poised to adopt the first major zoning changes to downtown Ann Arbor since 1966. Ms. Rampson will review the history of downtown planning and zoning in Ann Arbor and provide an overview of the draft zoning and parking amendments recently recommended by the Planning Commission.

These zoning changes seek to implement the community vision for downtown developed in 2006 with the assistance of Calthorpe and Associates. Better known as the Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown (A2D2) initiative, this implementation effort has been guided by citizen advisory committees and the City Planning Commission since early 2007.

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Added to the collection on Dec 13, 2008

Dr. Rick Solomon Discusses Autism: The Brain-Mind Connection

This event was held on October 23, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In partnership with the University of Michigan Investing in Ability Week, Dr. Solomon will present an update on the most recent scientific evidence related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Dr. Solomon will cover the brain science and genetics of ASD; 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. His PowerPoint and a list of scientific references will be provided.

Richard Solomon, MD, has nearly 20 years of experience working with children with autistic spectrum disorders as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. He is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Michigan and the Medical Director and founder of The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and The P.L.A.Y.â„¢ Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters).

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Added to the collection on Dec 13, 2008

Author Jeff Counts Discusses Michigan and His Book, "Michigan: An Explorer's Guide"

This event was held on September 18, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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As publisher of Michigan’s Streamside Journal, Jeff Counts has explored the rivers, lakes, and backcountry of his home state to bring readers the essential stories of the outdoors. Counts’ new book "Michigan: An Explorer’s Guide," recently released by The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton, is the state’s first comprehensive guidebook, with an emphasis on the outdoors, especially in the remote areas of the Upper Peninsula. Jeff will discuss the many familiar and unfamiliar regions of Michigan which are highlighted in this new guidebook. Books will be for sale, and the evening will include a book signing.

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Added to the collection on Nov 06, 2008

Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibits Program Dedication

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On October 2, 2008, the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program dedicated and celebrated two new wall panels that will be on permanent display on the northeast corner of Washington and Ashley streets. Speakers at the event include Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Thomas Aprill, grandson of Theophil Aprill; John Metzger, third generation owner of Metzger's Restaurant; and Ray Detter, Street Exhibit coordinator. The panels cover the topics "From Horses to Cars: Early Autos, Service and Parts" and "Three Generations of Metzgers on Washington Street."

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Added to the collection on Nov 04, 2008

The YMCA: 150 Years In Ann Arbor, Presented By Cathi Duchon, YMCA President and CEO

This event was held on September 21, 2008 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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The first Ann Arbor YMCA was established in 1858 by students at the University of Michigan and was the second YMCA in the state of Michigan. Cathi Duchon will discuss the YMCA’s history in Ann Arbor from 1858-2008. Dan Maier, Vice President of Association Advancement, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, will also speak. A short reception will follow.

This event is cosponsored by The Washtenaw County Historical Society, in conjunction with their September 17-November 22 exhibit, "The Ann Arbor YMCA from 1858 to 2008: Serving the Ann Arbor Community for 150 Years," on display at the Washtenaw Historical Society, 500 North Main Street at Beakes Street in Ann Arbor.

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Added to the collection on Nov 04, 2008

Why Is My Computer So Slow? Mateen Jaffer of Jafferson Computers Discusses Routine Maintenance And How To Get Rid Of Spyware

This event was held on September 15, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Mateen Jaffer returns to AADL for his popular and informative presentation on how to improve computer performance. What makes computers run slowly: Is it too many programs on the computer? Infected with Spyware and adware? Not enough memory?

Routine maintenance for a PC requires the hard drive to be free of temporary junk files and free of unwanted registry entries. Learn how to clean up hard drives, remove unwanted applications, and perform other simple tasks on your computer to obtain an immediate result of improved performance.

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Added to the collection on Oct 20, 2008

Fine Binding: Extra Work, Extra Results Presented by Book Conservator Julia Miller

This event was held on August 7, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Julia Miller has been a book conservator for 30 years. She will discuss historical book binding in conjunction with the Downtown AADL exhibit, "Design Bindings Presented by the Kerrytown BookFest." The exhibit is on display through August. This event is cosponsored by the Kerrytown BookFest, a community event occurring on Sat., September 7, 2008.

Miller has recently shifted her work from bench treatment to independent scholarship, studying and recording the historical style and structure of bindings in the rare collections at the University of Michigan. She will discuss historical 'fine' binding, what makes such bindings special, and how they relate to the current exhibit at AADL. She will bring some examples and images of different levels of 18th- and 19th- century historical binding for illustration.

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Added to the collection on Oct 06, 2008

Yo-Yo Genius of Michigan

This event was held on July 30, 2008 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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YoJake picked up a yo-yo during National Turn Off the TV Week when he was nine years old and hasn't put it down! This yo-yo genius is the highest ranked yo-yo performer in Michigan and has consistently been one of the top ten yo-yoers in the nation! Come see his latest yo-yo tricks and skills.

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Added to the collection on Oct 06, 2008

Ann Arborite David Keren: Local Pathologist and Devoted Grandfather Discusses Galloping Up Kilimanjaro

This event was held on June 11, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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David Keren is a grandfather and experienced pathologist -- and the oldest member of a recent climb up Mount Kilimanjaro! He will present a scenic overview of the climb (his first mountain climbing adventure), and discuss many aspects of the experience, including his rigorous training at local venues, altitude sickness, and the mountain's threats from global warming.

David Keren has been an Ann Arborite since 1978. He is the Medical Director of Warde Medical Laboratory and teaches residents at the University of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital.

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Added to the collection on Oct 06, 2008

'All's Well That Ends Well': Director John Neville-Andrews & Members of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival Cast Discuss and Perform Scenes from Their Upcoming Production

This event was held on July 14, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us to discuss one of the greatest comedies in the English language with one of the premiere acting companies in the Midwest. At this special interactive discussion/performance, renowned director John Neville-Andrews will encourage the audience to suggest moods and emotions for the cast members of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival to bring to scenes of "All's Well That Ends Well." He will then direct the actors to follow the audience’s suggestions.

"All’s Well That Ends Well" is a romantic comedy with captivating themes of male versus female, society’s view of merit and rank, and the value of honor and integrity. It keenly exposes each audacious plot after plot, until it all ends well – or does it? This interactive event will feature Janet Haley as Countess Rossillion and Donna Dancho as Helena. Neville-Andrews will moderate.

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Local Car Historian Bob Elton Presents A Brief History of Chrysler Corporation

This event was held on July 7, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The story of Chrysler Corporation is an epic story of bold, ambitious men, horrible mismanagement, bad luck, gritty perseverance and the will to never say die. Local car historian Bob Elton presents a fascinating introduction to this once great company. In today’s troubled times for the car business, it’s a story worth hearing. This event is held in conjunction with the Main Street Area Association’s July 11 Rolling Sculpture Car Show and cosponsored by the Main Street Area Association. Mr. Elton is one of the founders of the Rolling Sculpture Car Show.

Ten years ago, the Chrysler Corporation, then one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, ceased to exist. Swallowed up by a much smaller Daimler-Benz, it became merely a division of a German company. Today it’s the private preserve of a New York investment company.

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Added to the collection on Oct 06, 2008

Musican/Storyteller Bill Jamerson Presents A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Michigan's Civilian Conservation Corps

This event was held on May 7, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, during the Great Depression. Bill Jamerson of Escanaba has spent years researching the Corps. In addition to performing, Jamerson will discuss his research and show a short clip from his award-winning PBS film, "Camp Forgotten: The CCC’s in Michigan." He will also read excerpts from his novel, "Big Shoulders," which has the Conservation Corps as its setting.

From 1933-42, over 100,000 young men, 17 - 25 years of age, enlisted in Michigan's CCC, planting over 484 million trees, fighting forest fires, restoring riverbanks, building lookout towers, roads, fish hatcheries and making countless other natural improvements to the environment.

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Added to the collection on Oct 06, 2008

Local Teacher Robin Frisch-Gleason Presents Antarctica and Climate Change: A Photographic Tour Through Antarctica and ANDRILL (the Antarctic Geologic Drilling Program).

This event was held on June 4, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Local elementary school teacher Robin Frisch-Gleason was selected to join a team of educators and scientists to travel to Antarctica last fall as part of the ARISE (Research Immersion for Science Educators) program to study Antarctica's role in global climate change. She led a room-packed discussion at the Library last July, before she began this expedition.

Robin returns to AADL to discuss her experience in Antarctica, including images and a discussion of ANDRILL, a program that gives a tremendous amount of information about how the climate of Antarctica has been changing over time.

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Added to the collection on Oct 03, 2008

AADL-GT Smash Kart: Round 2

This event was held on September 20, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The hottest tournament in town continues each month at the Downtown Library! Prizes will be awarded for Super Smash Brothers Melee and Mario Kart Double Dash team and single player events, with the Grand Champion to be chosen on December 20. Visit the AXIS blog at axis.aadl.org for constant updates. Form your own 4- to 6-person clan and battle your way to fame and glory!

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Added to the collection on Oct 03, 2008

AADL-GT Smash Kart--Round 1

This event was held on August 9, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The hottest tournament in town returns to the Downtown Library! Prizes will be awarded for Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart Double Dash team and single player events and new prizes for trivia, outrageous outfits and more! The elegant pizza and soda dinner is also back!

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Added to the collection on Aug 29, 2008

Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers Tournament Series Grand Championship

This event was held on December 17, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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It's the fifth and final Mario Kart/Super Smash Brothers tournament of the series and the Grand Championship! The December Grand Champion clan will receive one iPod shuffle for each primary clan member. The Grand Champion prize is a Sony PSP; 2nd prize: an iPod; 3rd Prize: Nintendo DS and 4th prize: a Nintendo SP. Players, are you ready?

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Added to the collection on Aug 28, 2008

2008 Tübingen Reception

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A private reception was given by AADL to welcome Boris Palmer, the mayor of Ann Arbor's Sister City of Tübingen, Germany, and a delegation of 29 Tübingen citizens. The delegation visited Ann Arbor to learn more about our city's endeavors in environmental politics and continue support for artists' exchanges between the two cities. Mayor Palmer has initiated an unprecedented climate protection campaign at the local level. At an AADL public event on Tuesday, May 13, he gave a presentation outlining his climate protection campaign.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Germany's Greenest Mayor, Boris Palmer, Discusses Climate Change and Ann Arbor's Sister City of Tübingen

This event was held on May 13, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Boris Palmer is Germany's rising "green" star -- one of the future leaders of their Green Party. The 35 year-old mayor of Tübingen, a city rich in history, host to a famous European university and sister city of Ann Arbor since 1965, will visit Ann Arbor from May 10 - 16. He will head a delegation of Tübingen citizens here to learn about Ann Arbor's environmental politics and continue support for artists' exchanges between the two cities. During his first year in office, Mayor Palmer started an unprecedented climate protection campaign at the local level. Hear his ideas when he discusses climate change and the city.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Artistic Director Guy Sanville and Purple Rose Cast Members Discuss the New Play 'Sea of Fools'

This event was held on August 21, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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How do you create a play from a brand new script? Set in the height of the McCarthy era, Sea of Fools, penned by Michigan's own Matt Letscher, glimpses a company of actors who live in an elaborately-constructed fantasy world. The talented cast includes Guy Sanville. Hear Sanville and members of the cast discuss the transformation from the playwright's page to the performance stage! This event is scheduled to be broadcast live on Community Television Network, channel 18.

Guy Sanville celebrated his twelfth anniversary as Artistic Director of The Purple Rose Theatre Company on May 1st. He has directed over twenty productions for the company and has received the Detroit Free Press Excellence in Theatre Award for Best Director four times. Sanville has appeared in seven plays for the Rose, most recently as Brock in Born Yesterday and Stu in Boomtown.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

pictureAnn Arbor: Then And Now: Local Historian Grace Shackman Helps To Introduce New Library Service

This event was held on May 26, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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At this kick-off event for a new, innovative Library service, local historian and freelance columnist Grace Shackman discussed what you can learn from pictures past and present with an illustrated lecture of key moments in Ann Arbor history. AADL staff members then introduced and explain the new Library service, pictureAnnArbor.

As part of this project, the Library gathers pictures from the community to capture the images and create a digital collection of photos, that are easily web searchable, which reflect everyday life in the Ann Arbor community.

YOUR photos could be an important part of this project!!!

PictureAnnArbor is designed to:

-Increase awareness of the richness of our community's life

-Create a public resource for research and enjoyment

-Facilitate public awareness to unpublished materials

-Capture existing images in digital form

Take a look at everything that has been added since this event by going to pictureAnnArbor today.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Lecture: Urban Planning Consultant Robert Gibbs Discusses Retail Economics and Downtown Ann Arbor

This event was held on September 8, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Mr. Gibbs, considered a leading urban planning consultant by many mayors, architects and shopping center developers, will discuss how downtown businesses can adopt some of the same business principles that have made malls so successful. This is the second of five public lectures by leaders in the modern movement to revitalize American cities. The series is cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Strategy Steering Committee.

Robert Gibbs, of Gibbs Planning Group in Birmingham, MI, has been profiled in such publications as Atlantic Monthly, Consumers Reports, the New York Times, Urban Land Institute and the Wall Street Journal. He has devoted the last twenty years to developing innovative, yet practical, methods for applying current trends in residential and commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities across North America, the Pacific Rim, and the Caribbean.

For more information about this series, or for community visioning project updates, visit a2gov.org/downtown.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Being Homeless In Washtenaw County: A Panel Discussion with the Washtenaw Housing Alliance

This event was held on November 1, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA) is a unique coalition of ten non- profit organizations that serve those experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness. Come and learn from various service and housing providers across the community about the current state of homelessness in Washtenaw County, the innovative partnerships that have been created to address the need, and the next steps needed to reach their shared vision: to end homelessness in our community. Disturbing facts on homelessness in Washtenaw County: 2, 756 people will experience homelessness within a year in the county; 26% of these are families; 41 people in the county in any given week become homeless. The WHA and its member agencies have created a collaboration that harnesses the commitment, energy and resources of a major hospital system, the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, three major institutions of higher education, the private sector and the community at large to end homelessness in Washtenaw County.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

From Ewe To You: Farmers and Spinners Share Their Expertise On Wool and Its Local Production

This event was held on February 13, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Three fiber experts, Mary Underwood, Linda Koeppel and Neil Kentner, will share their expertise about producing yarn from the pasture to the finished product. These local spinners and farmers will present a fascinating overview of how fiber animals are raised, what makes a good fleece, and how and why to select various animal fibers for yarns. Learn how our textile-rich community can help you take advantage of locally produced fibers.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Finding Local Food and Bringing It Home for Dinner: Supporting Our Farms

This event was held on May 22, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This panel discussion features exemplary local farmers and food experts who will discuss what they've learned about growing food, what they see for the future of food and why Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are so important to the community. They will also highlight the creative ways in which local people in our community are buying, cooking and enjoying food that is produced close to home.

Panelists include Richard Andres and Deb Lentz (Tantre Farm); Kris Hirth (Old Pine Farm); Mary Wessel Walker (Community Farm Kitchen) and Victoria Bennett (a parent who found new ways to shop for food because of her son’s severe allergies). Cosponsored by Slow Foods Huron Valley

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Added to the collection on Jul 03, 2008

Ann Arbor's Levi Meeuwenberg Discusses His Recent Appearance on G4's American Ninja Challenge, His Trip To Japan, and His Passion for Freerunning

This event was held on June 9, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Levi has been a freerunner in a Mountain Dew commercial, a stunt double in a K-Swiss commercial, and performed freerunning in Madonna's 2006 "Confessions World Tour" and in her "Jump" music video. Most recently, he was chosen as one of two competitors to travel to Japan to compete on the 20th session of the famed competition show "Ninja Warrior" (aired May 18 in the U.S.). Meet Levi in person and get an inside look at the popular G4 network show, hear his account of his trip to Japan and learn about his love of freerunning.

Levi was introduced to the sport/art/discipline of freerunning early in its development in the U.S. He has begun a freerunning class at his hometown gym and currently assists in running the Michigan Parkour Club in Ann Arbor.

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Added to the collection on May 30, 2008

An Introduction to the Downtown Ann Arbor Historic Street Exhibits

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The Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program is a series of permanent sidewalk exhibits at sixteen landmark sites throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Each exhibit has a theme. The first exhibit, installed in 1999, illustrates the hustle and bustle of town life that once centered on Courthouse Square. Subsequent exhibits throughout the downtown showcase the city's artistic heritage and the roles of business, banking, manufacturing and education in shaping the community. An online tour of the exhibit is also available at: http://www.aadl.org/aastreets. This DVD, narrated by Ann Arbor historian, Wystan Stevens, traces the evolution of the project from a grassroots-level initiative to a community-wide enterprise generously funded and supported by Ann Arbor citizens, local government, and corporations. The film includes an overview of the various design and installation processes involved and a list of donors and sponsors.

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Added to the collection on May 06, 2008

Panel Discussion: From the Farm to Your Fork – Why Local Food Can Make Us Healthier, Happier and More Secure

This event was held on February 18, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Food is powerful! We need to eat every single day and the choices that we make determine how our world is used. Among the most powerful things we can do to create a secure community and a healthy family is to eat and buy locally grown and produced food. This event spotlights our community, and features local farmers Annie Elder and Paul Bantle, chef Alex Young (chef and co-owner of Zingerman's Roadhouse), dietician Ruth Blackburn, and UM research scientist Dr. Catherine Badgley.

This program is cosponsored by Slow Food Huron Valley, an organization that identifies culinary artisans and local producers who engage in sustainable agriculture and are committed to the viability of the land.

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Added to the collection on Apr 21, 2008

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: How The 2006 Artists Were Selected

This event was held on June 28, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Each year the Street Art Fair (the Original art fair in Ann Arbor) receives a thousand or more applications from artists across the country. How are these entries winnowed down to fill the 175 spaces at the Fair? Find out at this special event with Festival Executive Director Shary Brown and jurors Julia Gleich, Jill Ault, and Tom Venner. They will discuss and demonstrate a new technology process, zapplication, used to select this year's artists. Through the keen eye of excellent jurors, and with the help of AADL's techno-experts, the artists' works were viewed earlier this year and selected for the upcoming 2006 Art Fair. See a mock jury and get a sneak peek at the work of some of the artists who will be participating in the 2006 Street Art Fair, cosponsors of this event.

The Fair uses the newest process, zapplication, which allows artists to register on-line and send digital images of their artwork to the jury instead of the previous method--old 35mm slides. The Street Art Fair partners with the Library for this process (AADL techno-staff equip jurors with the necessary computers to access the images) and the several-day jurying process results in a spectacular selection of award-winning artists from across the country.

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Added to the collection on Apr 21, 2008

Dr. Robert Bartlett, Surgeon and Inventor: Reflections On A Life In Medicine

This event was held on October 26, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ann Arbor's own Dr. Robert Bartlett will reflect on his amazing career as a doctor, inventor and, most recently, a writer of fiction. For many years, Dr. Bartlett was professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, director of critical care/general surgery, and director of surgical intensive care at the U-M Health System. One of his greatest achievements, however, is as a pioneer in the development of prolonged extracorporeal circulation, including development of the technique for respiratory failure in newborn infants and children. His most recent role is of author, and he has penned a new work of fiction entitled 'Salem Syndrome: A Novel of Medicine and Law.'

Bartlett led the development of ECMO, an artificial lung that can oxygenate the blood of those who have experienced acute heart or lung failure. In 1975, Dr. Bartlett used the then little known device to successfully treat a newborn infant with respiratory failure. Since then, ECMO has helped to save the lives of literally tens of thousands of patients.

Dr. Bartlett is also one of a team of four that launched the University of Michigan Health System's Breast Care Center in 1984. He also developed the field of critical care medicine at Michigan, and was director of the internationally recognized Surgical Intensive Care unit for 25 years.

He is a recipient of the Medal of Special Recognition from the National Academy of Surgery of France, the McGraw Medal of the Detroit Surgical Association, and the Medallion for Scientific Achievement from the American Surgical Association.

Bartlett also was the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons for the year 2003, in honor of his work in the development and establishment of the first ECMO program. He is the author of more than 450 articles, monographs, chapters and books.

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Added to the collection on Apr 18, 2008

Panel Discussion Hosted By UMS President Ken Fischer: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Royal Shakespeare Company

This event was held on October 30, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL is very pleased to present UMS President Ken Fischer in discussion with leaders from the RSC's production and education departments about managing this major company and why Ann Arbor has become a favorite location for the RSC. Panelists include Jeremy Adams, RSC Producer; Virginia Grainger, Learning Project Manager; Richard Clayton, RSC Company Manager; and members of the UMS staff. The 2006 Royal Shakespeare Company Residency is presented by the University Musical Society.

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Added to the collection on Apr 18, 2008

Sunday Edition Author Series: Local Historian Grace Shackman Discusses Her Book 'Ann Arbor Observed'

This event was held on December 10, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Twenty-five years ago, Grace Shackman began writing articles about Ann Arbor's buildings, events, and people for the "Ann Arbor Observer." Her latest book compiles the best of these articles into eight sections: public buildings and institutions; the University of Michigan; transportation; industry; downtown Ann Arbor; recreation and culture; social fabric and communities; and architecture. Shackman will discuss her book, including her research methods, local history sources, and her experience with writing local history. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Shackman's 'Ann Arbor Observer' articles, which depicted all aspects of Ann Arbor, became much-anticipated regular stories. Readers turned to her illuminating mini-histories when they wanted to know about a particular landmark, personality, business, structure, organization, or other story from Ann Arbor's past. For long-time residents, Ann Arbor expatriates, University of Michigan alumni, and visitors alike, "Ann Arbor Observed" provides a rare bygone glimpse of a town with a rich and varied history.

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Added to the collection on Apr 18, 2008

Sunday Edition Local Author Series: American Book Award-Winner Thomas Lynch

This event was held on October 9, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Michigan author and American Book Award winner Thomas Lynch will discuss his newly-released book, 'Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans,' in which he reflects on his journeys to Ireland and the binding ties of family, language and home place. It is a mixture of reminiscence, cultural portrait and meditation on what it means to be Irish, American and Irish-American.

Thomas Lynch won the American Book Award for his 1997 book, 'The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade' (the book was also a finalist for the National Book Award) and has published three volumes of critically-acclaimed poetry. He is a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, and has made numerous journeys to his ancestral country, Ireland.

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Added to the collection on Apr 08, 2008

Guy Sanville, Artistic Director of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Discusses the Art of Directing

This event was held on July 28, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In this program celebrating the performing arts, Guy will discuss the art of directing, specifically the current production of 'Honus and Me' and the upcoming premiere of Jeff Daniel's new play 'Escanaba In Love.' Guy Sanville celebrated his eleventh anniversary as Artistic Director of The Purple Rose Theatre Company on May 1st. He has directed over twenty productions for the company and has received the Detroit Free Press Excellence in Theatre Award for Best Director four times.

Guy Sanville has appeared in seven plays for the Rose, most recently as Brock in Born Yesterday and Stu in Boomtown. He is a proud member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He also currently serves as Great Lakes Regional Vice President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas. The Purple Rose production of Honus and Me is the Midwest premiere of the play. A magical family comedy, this play, which runs through September 2, tells the story of a little league player who finds the most valuable baseball card in the world. Escanaba In Love is the long-awaited sequel to Jeff Daniel's Escanaba in Da Moonlight and will have its world premiere run at the Purple Rose from September 28 through December 23. Featuring a cast of wacky characters this 11th play by the actor/playwright is sure to be a hilarious hit.

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Added to the collection on Apr 04, 2008

The Design Police: Regulating the City without Stifling Creativity

This event was held on October 27, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This last in a series of public lectures concerning the future of downtown Ann Arbor, will center on urban planning and feature a lecture by Brenda Scheer. A panel discussion will follow, with local architect Damian Farrell, planner Megan Gibb and developer Bernie Glieberman. Moderated by UM Architecture Dean Douglas S. Kelbaugh, the panel will discuss types, as well as pros and cons, of design guidelines and codes. The series is cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Strategy Steering Committee.

Both suburban sprawl, with its arterial strips and endless cul-de-sac subdivisions, and urban blight, with its hollowed out urban centers, have degraded the physical environment of our communities. Many communities have tried to resist and reverse this trend with design guidelines and codes. Come join this community discussion. For visioning project updates, visit www.a2gov.org/downtown.

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Town Hall Meeting on the Allen Creek Greenway: Panel of Experts with Audience Discussion

This event was held on March 8, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Should the city-owned parcel at the corner of First and William Streets be used for a park for added downtown greenspace or a parking lot to assist downtown visitors and commuters?

A controversial proposal - the establishment of a public greenspace park, the Allen Creek Greenway, in the downtown area of Ann Arbor - will be discussed by a panel of experts at this town hall meeting.

Panel experts include Fred Beal, the chair of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Association; Janis Bobrin, the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner; Joe O'Neal, a Greenway advocate from O'Neal Construction; Barbara Murphy from the Old West Side Neighborhood Association Board; and Ed Shaffran, the chair of the Main Street Area Association.

The panel will be moderated by Susan Smith, President of the Ann Arbor League of Women Voters, co-sponsors of this program. The event includes time for community questions.

Join the discussion as these representatives of several key community associations consider the future of downtown Ann Arbor and examine the pros and cons of this issue.

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Added to the collection on Apr 01, 2008

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Working Together: the Arab and Jewish Women of Ann Arbor's Zeitouna

This event was held on February 7, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Zeitouna is a local group composed of six Arab and six Jewish women from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. All are American citizens. They are a dialogue group and, over the past two years, have found ways to discuss the Middle East, including their own personal stories and the politics of peace. They named their group Zeitouna, Arabic for olive - both the fruit and the tree.

Zeitouna's stated mission is "to embody and promote the peaceful and just coexistence of Arab and Jewish peoples through connection, trust, empathy and actions focused on the creation of a sustainable future for Palestine and Israel.

At this special program, members Wadad Abed, Irene Butter, Huda Karaman, and Laurie White discuss their own stories as well as Zeitouna's challenges and achievements.

Come learn how this powerful local group has made inroads in dialogue and understanding of cultures.

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

Library, University and community representatives from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have modeled the read after the previous two reads which focused on the books Abraham Lincoln's DNA (in 2003) and 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (in 2004).

In 2005, the program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the Cultural Treasures of the Middle East - its many shared and diverse histories, memories and traditions of creative expressions. A selection committee of community leaders, students and educators in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose Amin Maalouf's Leo Africanus, translated by Peter Sluglett, as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2005. This is the first time a work of fiction has been chosen for the Read. Written in the form of a memoir, Leo Africanus explores Islam and Christendom through the fictional adventures of a real-life Arab traveler and geographer.

Copies of the book are available at all Ann Arbor District Library sites and at area bookstores.

For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, check out the website at www.aareads.org.

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Added to the collection on Mar 31, 2008

Chocolate Lovers! Demonstration and Tasting with the Experts at Zingerman's

This event was held on February 10, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Taste amazing chocolates with the experts at Zingerman's and learn about making chocolate - from the bean to the bar. Arrive early -- space is limited!

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Added to the collection on Mar 25, 2008

Gala Tubingen Sister City Celebration

This event was held on May 22, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This gala reception to welcome the official delegation of 27 citizens from Tubingen, Germany, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the two cities. This public event will also feature elegant refreshments and music from the award-winning Community High School Jazz band. The event also highlights the Library's May photo exhibit, "Images of Tubingen.

Hosted by Library Director Josie Parker, the reception will also feature remarks by Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Tubingen Lord Mayor Brigitte Russ-Scherer and other dignitaries.

Tubingen became Ann Arbor's first sister city in 1965 - the year this historic university town won the prestigious Europe Prize. But the relationship was as old as the waves of German settlers who came here in the 19th century from the region known as "Swabia" in southwest Germany. By the 1960s, high school teachers in both cities were arranging music exchanges.

Since 1965, the Tubingen and Ann Arbor citizens have lived in each other's homes, and traveled together at home and abroad for days or weeks at a time. Today, Ann Arbor has seven sister cities and Tubingen has eight, but they continue to be each other's only American-European partner.

The photo display "Images of Tubingen" will be on display in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room from April 16 through May 30. Yvonne Berardi, Alexander Gonschior, and Ulrich Metz - three of Tubingen's regional photographers - have captured the city's charm with these photographs. Ranging from grandiose panorama pictures to impressions of everyday life, they portray the city's beauty, and the beauty of living there.

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Added to the collection on Feb 12, 2008

Nationally-Known Heirloom Cooking Experts The Brass Sisters Discuss Heirloom Baking and Introduce AADL's New Digital Database of Local Recipes 'Ann Arbor Cooks'

This event was held on October 25, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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See the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks, the new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes available at aadl.org. Who better to introduce this terrific new service than the nationally-known (and always enjoyable!) heirloom cooking experts from New England, Marilynn and Sheila Brass, authors of "Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters." This delightful evening includes a demonstration of Ann Arbor Cooks, a discussion of heirloom baking by the Brass sisters, and refreshments made by the Washtenaw County Historical Society from heirloom recipes. The Brass sisters will also sign their book, for sale at the event courtesy of Nicola's Books. ANN ARBOR COOKS: This new project by AADL, in cooperation with the Washtenaw County Historical Society and Hadassah, digitizes cookbooks published by Ann Arbor churches and organizations, making them available through aadl.org. The Library has reached back in time to gather cookbooks from the late 19th and 20th centuries that capture the tastes and tempo of Ann Arbor throughout its history. Many of these books were provided for this project by the Washtenaw County Historical Society. The online exhibit also contains two illustrated cookbooks from Hadassah, "Like Mama Used to Make" and "Like Mama Used to Make ... And More." Ann Arbor Cooks will also highlight local growers, local food clubs, classes and many special events for everyday cooks, aspiring chefs and food lovers. "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters" was recently nominated for a 2007 James Beard Foundation Book Award.

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Added to the collection on Jan 10, 2008

Ann Arbor Police Lieutenant Michael Logghe Discusses True Crimes In Ann Arbor & Anecdotes from the AAPD, then Assists in Unveiling the New aadl.org Feature 'Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit'

This event was held on April 24, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Listen to fascinating anecdotes of the Ann Arbor Police Department, then learn about this new aadl.org exhibit. A joint project of AADL and AAPD, the Online History Exhibit contains more than 200 images of Police Department history, including photos of the earliest officers, marshals, vintage cars and cityscapes. See the new Online History site unveiled and demonstrated. The site will then be accessible through aadl.org. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our police department and this new, easily accessible online resource. The Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit also contains histories and narratives of the AAPD. Want to know how the Ann Arbor police shooting range was developed? Or who was the police chief in the 1970s? This is the new online source for that information. Lt. Michael Logghe has been a member of the Ann Arbor Police Department for twenty years. He grew up in Roseville, Michigan and received his BA in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.

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Added to the collection on Jan 08, 2008

John Bowditch of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Discusses Edison & Tesla: Inventors as Icons

This event was held on June 21, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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It's the 25th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! In celebration, and in conjunction with the Library's Figure It Out summer reading program, AADL and AAHOM are hosting several science lectures at the downtown Library. In the first lecture, nationally-known Edison expert John Bowditch will discuss two great inventors of the 20th century. Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison are known not only for their inventions, but also for their intense rivalry. This event will be taped for future broadcast on Community Television Network. A 25th Anniversary Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Historical Exhibit will be displayed in the lower level of the Library through July 21. John Bowditch is the current Director of Exhibits at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. He has also served as Curator of Industry at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village for 21 years and as the Director of the Lowell Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. A published author, Bowditch has appeared on the BBC and History Channel as an expert on Thomas Edison. Additional science lectures in this series will take place in July.

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Added to the collection on Jan 09, 2008

Annual Report 2006-2007

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Each year, Ann Arbor District Library produces an Annual Report that covers the state of the organization, additions to services, and other information about your library. This year, we've produced a 5-minute video that summarizes some of the happenings of the past fiscal year, which was from June 2006 through July 2007. We hope you enjoy it!

You can also find full financial, statistical, donor and community partner information for 2006-2007 on our Annual Reports page, along with past reports.