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City Of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Climate and Adaptation

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March 12, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Come join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor! The City and the Ann Arbor District Library host the third annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series includes four events (held monthly and ending in April 2014) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

This third event in the series centers on Climate and Adaptation, including a discussion of current adaptation and resiliency strategies within the community; an introduction of the newly launched Community Climate Partnership, a coalition of community stakeholders working to further support the City’s Climate Partnership; and how to take steps to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Panelists for this event include Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council; Mike Garfield, Director, Ecology Center; Susan Hutton, Vice Chari, City of Ann Arbor Environmental Commission; Monica Patel, Policy Specialist, Ecology Center; Mike Shriberg, Education Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; Lecturer, Program in the Environment (PitE) & Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP); and Melissa Stults, Science Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Commissioner, City of Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission and Environmental Commission

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably. Details of this series will be posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability.

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Ann Arbor District Library
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01:27:58
 

League Of Women Voters Public Forum On The Transportation Millage Proposal

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April 7, 2014 at the Downtown Library

What do you know about the upcoming Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's millage proposal? Did you know it's going to be on the ballot on Tuesday, May 6? Did you know there was going to be a referendum at the polls in May? The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LVW-AAA) host this public forum on the upcoming proposal.

The focus is on the proposal, which asks Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township voters to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for five years. The increase would generate a total of $4.3 million annually through 2019. Representatives from both More Buses (proponents of the proposal) and Better Transit Now (opposing the proposal) speak.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Lynn Rivers Discusses The End of the Constitution? Federalism, National Supremacy, and Secession

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January 29, 2014 at Downtown Library

Former Michigan Representative Lynn Rivers returns to AADL to continue the discussion of The End Of The Constitution?

Last May and again in November, in events co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, Lynn Rivers held a lively, interactive discussion targeting many diverse issues. For this third session, Lynn will tackle Federalism, National Supremacy, State Nullification and Secession. Previous attendees should bring their copy of the Constitution. Lynn will have copies for new attendees and for anyone needing a copy.

Lynn Rivers was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representative from 1995 – 2003. She represented Michigan’s 13th Congressional district (Eastern Washtenaw and Western Wayne counties). Prior to serving in Congress, she was a Michigan State Rep. She has an undergraduate degree from UM and a Law degree from Wayne State. She currently teaches Political Science at Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
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1:27:40
 

Meet Mochimochi Land Creator & Fiber Artist, Anna Hrachovec

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July 14, 2013 at the Downtown Library

Spend the afternoon with Anna Hrachovec - famous Brooklyn knitter, fiber artist and creator of the amazing Mochimochi Land world of tiny knitted toys, creatures and spectacular installations.

Mochimochi Land was launched in 2007 as a place where knitted toys and people can live together in a spirit of tolerance. The characters that inhabit Mochimochi Land are Anna's original designs. Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and illustrators like Dr Seuss and Mary Blair. Anna's knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, all around the web, and in print. The mochimochiland.com website also features Anna's books, kits, and downloadable knitting and cross-stitch patterns. Printed Mochimochi Land patterns and kits are also available.

When she's not designing patterns to share with fellow crafters, Anna creates character-based fiber art, which has been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. You can also see her art at annahrachovec.com.

Want to learn how to make some of Anna's fantastic creations yourself? Check out all of her books and exclusively for AADL cardholders get instant access with our NEW collection of downloadable Mochimochi Land patterns - just login into your account to access this one of a kind collection.

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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Author And ADHD Coach Kevin Roberts Discusses His Book "Movers, Dreamers, and Risk Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD"

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January 16, 2014 at the Downtown Library

An inability to focus, impulsiveness, misbehavior, frequent daydreaming, and a predisposal to addiction are frequently referenced traits of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But what about the gifts of ADHD?

In the groundbreaking book Movers, Dreamers, and Risk Takers internationally-known ADHD coach Kevin Roberts takes a fresh approach to this much-written-about topic to help those with ADHD—their parents, teachers, and friends—to tap the hidden strengths and actual advantages inherent in the ADHD personality. He combines the latest research with personal stories, as well as insights born from his work with those with ADHD, showing readers how to get past the stigma of this condition to eventually turn what have been seen as “symptoms” into character strengths and creative ways to make life richer and more interesting for themselves and the people around them.

Kevin Roberts is a teacher and ADHD coach, international speaker, author and stand-up comedian with a master's degree in ADHD studies. Born in Detroit, he graduated from the University of Michigan and has a Master's Degree in ADHD studies from Antioch University. This event, co-sponsored by AADL and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Washtenaw County, will include a book signing and books will be for sale.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
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01:26:15
 

Beyond the Telescope: A Storyteller's Guide to the Night Sky With Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams

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December 12, 2013 at the Downtown Library

Mary Stewart Adams, star lore historian, Fairy Tale Moons creator, and program director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park (two miles west of Mackinaw City), weaves together contemporary understanding of our celestial environment with the star lore of ages for this engaging journey through the night sky.

Human beings can, on average on clear evenings, see between five and seven thousand objects in the sky. Scientists, using telescopes and satellites, have been able to identify over 900 million. A story is unfolding in this space between the seven thousand objects seen with the naked eye and the 900 million objects identified by scientists -- a story of our understanding of who we are, where we come from, and where this all might be going.

Mary Stewart Adams addresses this subject as a storyteller and sky observer and will discuss the necessity of imagination and inspiration in our developing sense of ourselves in our celestial environment. She will discuss recent discoveries such as the comets Pan-STARRS and ISON; the celestial configuration with Venus as evening star preparing for Winter Solstice; Jupiter's position in our evening skies; the Geminid and Ursid Meteor Showers and much more.

This event is in conjunction with the Fairy Tale Moons exhibit on display at the Downtown Library from December 3 through January 14. For this exhibit, star lore historian Mary Stewart Adams and her sister, artist Patricia DeLisa, researched and explored our best-loved folk and fairy tales in order to reveal, through their art and language, our connection with the stars overhead each month.

Check out some of the books and tales that inspired the artwork of Fairy Tale Moons!

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
01:24:15
 

Malletts Creek Branch 10th Anniversary

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March, 2014

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

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

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

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
00:04:44
 

Up From Ashes: The Making of the Traverwood Branch

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2009

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What goes into building a Library? Concerned with sustainability, the developers of the Traverwood Branch of the AADL took a unique approach to the building process by harvesting hundreds of ash trees devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer and reusing the trees in the construction of the building. 'Up From Ashes,' produced by KDN Films in Madison Heights, Michigan, captures each step of the Traverwood Branch construction process, a process that combined both primitive and modern construction methods.

In this hour-long documentary, director Bill Kubota treats viewers to a behind-the-scenes look at drawing board designs, deadlines, and one-ton draft horses harvesting the lumber. Also captured on film is the anxiety of the development team as design and structure challenges arise and are dealt with.

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KDN Films
Length: 
56:54
 

City Of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Healthy Ecosystems

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February 12, 2014 at the Downtown Library

The City and the AADL are hosting the third annual Sustainable Ann Arbor Series, which will include four events (held monthly and ending in April), each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

This second event in the series centers on Healthy Ecosystems, including an overview of Ann Arbor’s urban and community forest, tips for sustainable landscaping, yard design, and stormwater management at home.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Panelists for this session include: Bonnie Bona​, Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition; Commissioner, City of Ann Arbor Planning Commission; Kerry Gray, Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor; Roger Moon, Master Rain Gardener,Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener Program; Evan Pratt, Water Resources Commissioner, Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner; and Harry Sheehan, Environmental Manager, Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner​.

Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session, offering an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for residents.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
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01:21:42
 

MLK Event: Award-winning Author & Illustrator Bryan Collier

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January 19, 2014 at the Pittsfield Branch Library

On the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AADL was pleased to host award-winning author and children’s book illustrator Bryan Collier, presenting a program for youth that highlights his acclaimed work.

Collier's illustrations in his book Martin's Big Words: The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport bring to life the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book shows Collier's talent for mixing art mediums to create stunning illustrations that entrance the reader. "Martin's Big Words" received much acclaim and was awarded the 2002 Caldecott honor as well as the 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor.

Collier also won acclaim for his book Uptown, which was his first foray into both writing and illustrating. "Uptown" is the recipient of various awards, including the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration.

Despite the fact that his career is in high gear, Collier completely values his role as the director for the Harlem Horizon Art Studio, an art program based out of the Harlem Hospital and designed especially for teenagers and kids. It is Collier's belief that teaching the appreciation of art can only lead to positive things.

Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Length: 
00:52:55