R U OK?

Here's a disturbing statistic: One out of seven Washtenaw County middle and high school students have contemplated suicide. What can we do about it?

Through the collaboration of ONE Washtenaw, agencies, organizations and the faith community are working together to coordinate their efforts to prevent suicide, especially of our young citizens. One of their joint ventures is the 'R U OK?' Suicide Prevention Campaign. Community Mental Health, Ozone House and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have created this awareness campaign. Additionally, training is available for anyone who would like to be a 'lifeguard'. By following the training components of R U OK community members & students can learn how to detect signs of depression & hopelessness, what to say and resources to share. Sometimes just ONE positive interaction can make all the difference for someone contemplating ending their life.

If you feel like you're not O.K. and need someone to talk to here are some important phone numbers: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, Washtenaw Community Mental Health Access: 734-544-3050 or 800-440-7548 and Ozone House: 734-662-2222.

Spread the word & find out: R U OK?

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Grow Your Own

Thursday April 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series of four events (held monthly through April) each focused on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The final event in this series is Grow Your Own. Local gardening experts share tips and tricks to help you grow your own fruits, veggies, flowers, and more. Panelists include:

Jason Frenzel, Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Monica Milla, Master Gardener
Drew Lathin, General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC
Caitlyn Dickinson, Biodynamic Beekeeper

Emily Springfield, Founder of Preserving Traditions

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. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, and staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community.
Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. Speakers for this session are to be announced.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

Sustainability Forum: Sustainable Kids

Thursday March 9, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for all ages

Join the City of Ann Arbor and AADL for our first kid-centered Sustainability Forum!

This program for all ages will include a craft, interactive environmental education presentations, and storytelling from a professional storyteller.

Presenters include:
• MacKenzie Maxwell, School and Scout Program Manager for the Leslie Science Center
• Jeannine Palms, Teacher/Director of Blossom Home Preschool & Adventures
• Laura Raynor, Youth Librarian at AADL

These forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike

Thursday February 9, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The second event in this series is Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike. Hear from state and national experts about the coming "driverless" vehicle revolution and what it will mean for the Ann Arbor region.

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. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

Speakers for the Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike discussion include:
• Dr. Huei Peng, Director of U-M Mobility Transformation Center
• Kirk Steudle, Director of MI Department of Transportation
• John Maddox or Laurel Champion, American Center for Mobility
• Frank Sgambati, Director of Marketing and Product Innovation, North America at Robert Bosch LLC

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Green Your Home DIY

Thursday January 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The first event in this series is Green Your Home DIY. Local experts will share programs and hands-on tips that can help you green your home.

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. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

Topics and speakers for the Green Your Home DIY discussion include:

o Go Solar with your Neighbors: Ann Arbor solar bulk buy (David Levine, Founder and CEO of Geostellar)
o Weatherize Your Home: the county program and DIY tips (Aaron Kraft, Housing Programs Supervisor for Washtenaw County)
o Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away: building rain gardens and installing rain barrels (Roger Moon, Master Rain Gardener, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office)
o Grow Your Own: gardening tips for newbie gardeners (Amanda Edmonds, Founder and Executive Director of Growing Hope)

Chip Smith, Councilmember for the City of Ann Arbor, will moderate this session.

This event is cosponsored by the City of Ann Arbor and details of the series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

Educating Community Members About Health Insurance Options

Wednesday January 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This session provides information about health insurance options and information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for.

Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year, and the speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment.

This event is cosponsored by the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and the U-M Health Policy Student Association.

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

Sunday February 12, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 9–adult

AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before: households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

Wednesday January 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before: households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

Parenting on Your Own?

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Join The MSU Extension at The Hope Center for a weekly parenting session for single parents. Sessions are every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and are at no cost. Pre-register by calling 734-222-3943. AADL has a large collection of parenting books and there's plenty to peruse on the Parenting Shelf in the Youth Department, too. It never hurts to brush up on your parenting skills!

Everything Your Ever Wanted To Know About Roundabouts

Tuesday October 18, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The first roundabout was constructed in Southeast Michigan almost 20 years ago. They quickly gained popularity in this region for their ability to enhance safety at intersections and increase traffic flow during peak rush hours.

In many regions of the state and country, roundabouts are relatively new. How a person feels about a roundabout tends to impact their behavior when driving and portions of the general public still feel uncomfortable with roundabouts.

Mark McCulloch, Senior Project Manager for the Washtenaw County Road Commission, is on a countywide campaign to educate as many drivers as he can about roundabouts and how to use them and to make drivers feel safer when using roundabouts.

Join Mark for this informational presentation on both roundabouts and traffic signals

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