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Celebrated Actress, Writer, and Producer Cindy Williams Discusses Her Career And Her New Autobiography: “Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life”

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August 9, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Actress, writer, and producer Cindy Williams is one of the most recognizable names and faces of 1970s & 1980s television.

Best known for her starring role in the hit TV show "Laverne and Shirley," she also had lead roles in such iconic films such as "American Graffiti" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation."

While millions have been entertained by her good-natured personality and comic antics, she has rarely spoken about her life in entertainment, and how she came to star in one of the most popular shows of all time.

In this special event at the Downtown Library, Cindy was joined by local radio personality Lucy Ann Lance to discuss her life, career and new book Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, she shares some of her most memorable stories including her role as Shirley Feeney in the iconic TV show "Laverne & Shirley." She shares stories of her experiences in her personal life (growing up in a blue-collar family) and show business as well as her encounters with entertainment legends such as Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Little Richard, Cary Grant, Jim Morrison, Ron Howard, and many more. Of course, she also talks about her professional partnership and personal relationship with her co-star and friend Penny Marshall.

Length: 01:18:44
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Super Seniors: Independent, Engaged, Connected

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July 14, 2015 at the Malletts Creek Branch

Want to be a “super senior”? If you are approaching the senior years, or have an aging parent, this event addressed several complex issues that seniors are facing: Independent and Assisted Living, Estate Planning, and Rehabilitation. Four local experts discussed these issues and offered answers to big questions. The panel included:

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

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

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

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

Length: 00:44:18
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

Local Historian Dale Leslie Discusses Where Notables Lived in A2

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April 28, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Where Notables Lived in A2 is a fascinating photo-lecture where Dale Leslie shares the residences and backgrounds of several well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor.

Dale R. Leslie is a life-long Ann Arbor resident, former local businessman and U-M alumnus who recalls his mother telling him, "Famous people like visiting Ann Arbor because they can blend with the town's citizens without being noticed."

And Dale adds, "Yes, and some chose to reside here for an extended period."

Included in his talk are:
Harriet Arnow, author of The Dollmaker (lived on a farm on Nixon Road);
W.H. Auden, one of the great poets of the 20th Century (lived at 504 Brooklyn);
Joseph Brodsky, Nobel prize-winning Russian poet and essayist (lived on 308 Wesley);
Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (lived on 1223 Pontiac Trail);
Robert Hayden, the first U.S. Congress African American Poet Laureate (lived at 1201 Gardner);
Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (lived at 411 N. State);
Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (lived on 1314 Broadway).

Length: 00:36:19
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Nerd Nite #25: Ypsilanti History

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June 18, 2015 at Live! 102 S. First St.

Local historian James Mann returns for his fourth Nerd Night talk, and will be speaking on his new book, Ypsilanti, part of the Images of Modern America series from Arcadia Publishing. This is a picture history of the city of Ypsilanti from the 1960’s to the present. James will speak on how Ypsilanti got the most easily misspelled name in the state, the Michigan Murders, and tell the true story of Rosie the Riveter. There is more to Ypsilanti than the Water Tower! Copies of Ypsilanti will be available for purchase.

Length: 00:29:44
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

AADL VIDEO "WHAT IS THE SUMMER GAME?" WINS NATIONAL AWARD

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This past weekend, on Sunday June 28, at a special ceremony in San Francisco, AADL received the American Library Association's PR Xchange Award from the Association's Public Relations and Marketing Section.

AADL received this national award for the "What Is The Summer Game?" video, winning in the category highlighting Reading Programs. The video was produced by 7 Cylinders Studio for AADL.

View the video now for several secret summer game codes!!

AADL's breakthrough SUMMER GAME is the best way to have fun, explore your town, and keep busy ALL SUMMER LONG! Solve puzzles, earn points, and get useful stuff from the SUMMER GAME SHOP!

SUMMER GAME 2015 runs through Monday, August 31! The Summer Game Shop opens Tuesday, July 7.

Stay tuned to PLAY.AADL.ORG for full details, and don't miss the hottest game in town!

Length: 00:04:17
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

Nerd Nite #25: Plot Twists and Revelations - The Story of Science

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June 18, 2015 at Live! 102 S. First St.

When you think of science, what comes to mind? For many people, science springs to mind a collection of facts they tried to memorize for various exams. Veronica Taylor shows another side of science: the story of science. This talk guides viewers on a journey through the drama of the scientific process, how scientific ideas evolve, and how they are are communicated.

Length: 00:15:15
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

Show & Tell for Grown-Ups

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May 5, 2015 at Malletts Creek Branch

We all remember Show & Tell — bringing a treasured possession to school and telling our friends why we love it so much. As adults, we have many more treasures today.

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

Participants brought a treasured object, new or old, to this Show & Tell session for adults. An old photo or letter, family heirloom, vacation memorabilia, an ancient artifact, a work of art - it’s the story behind the piece that matters. No performing; this is amateur storytelling at its best.

Each participant had five minutes to tell the story behind the object. The local organizers for this event are members of the Association of Personal Historians and promoted Show & Tells in May to celebrate Personal History Month.

Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Value: the Peony Garden at the Nichols Arboretum

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May 19, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

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The U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden[ presents a stunning spring display, with over 270 historic cultivated varieties (cultivars) from the nineteenth and early twentieth century representing the best American, Canadian, and European peonies of the era. These fragrant spring beauties are arranged in 27 beds with each full bed containing 30 peonies. When filled to capacity the garden holds nearly 800 peonies and up to 10,000 flowers at peak bloom.

Dr. David C. Michener, Associate Curator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, will discuss the beautiful Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and give an update on the current work in the Garden in preparation for its centennial in 2022.

Length: 01:15:36
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Award-Winning Mystery Author Allison Leotta Discusses Her Detroit-Based New Novel "A Good Killing"

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May 15, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor who creates compelling and thrilling fiction based on her real-life experience. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington DC, where she handled sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children.

In her latest novel, A Good Killing, Leotta turns her eye toward small-town secrets hidden in a big football program. Drawing inspiration from the Steubenville rape case and the Jerry Sandusky trial, this novel features a strong female protagonist, a gripping premise, and heart-wrenching suspense that will keep you hooked until the last page.

A graduate of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School, Allison Leotta has provided legal commentary for outlets such as CNN, PBS, Reuters TV, and MSNBC. Other novels include Law of Attraction, Discretion, and Speak of the Devil. Allison also runs an award-winning blog called The Prime-Time Crime Review, where she reality-checks TV crime dramas.

This event was cosponsored by Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore.

Length: 00:45:45
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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The Status of Michigan Education

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May 27, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

In order for our students to succeed in the 21st century, we need to educate them and equip them with new and different skills. In this discussion of the status of education in Michigan, a panel of leading educators and business people presented issues surrounding education in our state. The event focused on the skills young people need for successful careers in the age of technology and information.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Jim Duderstadt, former president, University of Michigan 1988-96, director National Science Foundation and National Commission of the Future of Higher Education.
• David Schroeter, senior vice president sales, Gale/Cengage Learning

The discussion was moderated by Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, whose mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in a knowledge-driven economy.

An introduction was given be Larry T. Eiler CEO Eiler Communications and founder of the Re:NEW Michigan brand, and Dr. John Austin, president, Michigan State Board of Education, non-resident senior fellow Brookings Institution, directed Great Lakes Economic Initiative, gave a pre-recorded address to the group.

This event was co-sponsored by Re:NEW Michigan.

Length: 01:24:29
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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