Free Vision Screening

How is your vision? May is healthy vision month! On Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 1 pm, drop in for a vision screening for all ages – infants through adults – at no charge. The screening will take place at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on the 4th floor. This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club and the Michigan Eye Bank. For more information call AADL at 327-4555.

College Information Night-En Español

Join AADL in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association, or PALMA at the Student Activities Building on Thursday April 4 from 6:00-8:00 PM for an Informational College Night that will be in Spanish or Noche Universitaria en Español. Representatives from other colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions about applying for college and the whole process. There will also be a representative from the U of M Financial Aid office to field questions. This event is open to the public and geared toward Middle & High School students & their parents. Perhaps some parents and adults are interested in going to college, too! All are welcome to learn about what steps to take to get there.

Vayan con AADL y la Universidad de Michigan al evento del Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association, o PALMA, en el Edificio de Actividades Estudiantiles este jueves el 4 de abril 6:00-8:00 para el Evento Informativo Universitario en español. Unos representantes de algunas universidades van a estar allí para responder a sus preguntas sobre aplicar a la universidad y el proceso en general. También habrá un representante de la Oficina de Ayuda Financiera de la Universidad de Michigan para responder a las preguntas. Este evento es para el público y especialmente los estudiantes de las escuelas secundarias y sus padres. ¡Quizás los adultos quieran aplicar a las universidades también! Todos son bienvenidos por aprender más sobre el proceso.

Comic Artists Forum with Cartoonist and Children’s Book Illustrator Dani Jones

Sunday, January 6 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Library | 4th Floor Meeting Room

Via Skype, cartoonist Dani Jones will tell us about the joys, challenges, and tricks of juggling work as both a comics creator and as a children's book illustrator.

Dani has created and published her own comics stories, My Sister, the Freak, an ongoing webcomic, and Frosty the Gourdman, a Halloween short story comic. She recently wrote and illustrated the picture book, Monsters vs. Kittens for Stan Lee's Kids Universe and has illustrated other picture books including The Best Mariachi in the World, and Elfis, A Christmas Tale.

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

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

Join service and housing providers from 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 or are 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. Join us Monday February 13, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room.

Helping the Blind in Michigan

Terri Wilcox is Secretary for the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan. A goal of this 50 state organization is to increase literacy among the blind, and that means Braille. Braille is literacy for the blind just as reading print constitutes literacy for sighted people. Yet only ten percent of blind children are currently being taught Braille. Join Terri at the Downtown Library on Sat., Jan. 14, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm to learn more about this initiative and the many other ways she is working to level the playing field for everyone in Michigan.

Living with Low Vision Support Group

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker or an activity for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The next meeting is January 10th. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

Paralympic Powerlifter Medalist at AADL!

While Mary Stack was born with a rare medical condition called pseudohypoparathyroidism, which limits her mobility, she has competed in a range of adaptive sports since the age of sixteen. As a measure of how far her ability and determination have taken her, Mary recently returned from the ParaPan American Games in Mexico with a bronze medal for lifting 280 pounds! This gave her the first women’s Paralympic powerlifting medal ever for US women at these games. Mary works as a Sports Coordinator at Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and is training for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She will talk about this and other aspects of her life at the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, Dec. 10, 3-4:30 pm.

Thirty Years Without Sight

Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL welcomes Gerald Rickert, who has been dealing with blindness for 30 years (since the age of 17) to discuss the interesting turns his life has taken and his many accomplishments. The talk on Tues., Oct. 4 will cover his education, work experiences, owning a business, travel, sports and helping visually impaired people use adaptive technology. He practices his hard won skills with veterans through his job at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, and is working to start a local bowling league especially for people who are blind.

Gerald Rickert | Malletts Creek Branch | Tues., October 4 | 7-8:30 pm

Write Songs That Rock! With The Board Of Education

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Ever wanted to perform a song you wrote yourself? Learn the tricks of the trade from the Seattle-based band, The Board of Education. BOE lead singer, children's novelist Kevin Emerson and his bandmates will give you some great tips at this songwriting session.

After jamming with them here, be sure to catch their performance at the library's summer reading kick-off event at Top of the Park later that night!

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and 826Michigan.

Sunday June 19, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Older Michiganians Day 2011

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Almost 800 older persons and advocates from across the state will converge on the State Capitol on June 15, from 9:50 am to 2:00 pm, to celebrate our growing senior population and urge elected officials to make policies and budget decisions that are senior-friendly.

The theme for this fourth annual rally, Older Michiganians Day 2011, is The Senior WAVE – We Advocate, Vote, and Enrich Communities. Older Michiganians Day is named for the state law that earmarks state funding for older adult services and establishes the Commission on Services to the Aging and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA). The OSA and Commission oversee the network of sixteen Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). The state law makes approximately $30 million in state funds available for home delivered meals, adult day care, volunteer programs and other services each fiscal year.

Contact Ann Langford for more information and free tickets to this event by email at alangford@aaa1b.com or by phone at (248) 262-1282.

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