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

It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

You’re invited to have a great time while supporting a great cause at Dawn Farm's Fantastic 43rd Anniversary Jamboree on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Admission and all activities are free! This is a great family activity with hayrides, pony rides, crafts and a children’s tent, too. Visit the working farm or bid on unique items in both silent and live auctions. Food and beverages will be for sale for a variety of tastes. Funds raised from the auctions will help support critical addiction services for individuals who need help and lack resources. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call 734-485-8725.

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a Washtenaw County ID Card. Applicants must appear in person at the Washtenaw County Vital Records Division. There are point values attributed to a broad range of documents that can serve as proof for applicants to get a picture ID card when they may have been unable to get ID in the past. The cost of the card is $25.00 and is for all ages. Check out the Washtenaw County ID Project on Facebook to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a card in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

Meet Up & Eat Up!

Over 14% of the population in Washtenaw County are considered food insecure. During the school year, kids on the Federal Lunch program have, thankfully, a couple of meals built into their day. In the summer months, children can still rely on a considerable number of Summer Food Service Programs so that no one goes hungry. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and sponsored by Food Gatherers. Spread the word to ensure all of Washtenaw County's children are adequately fed this summer!

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 4, 2016: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages.

Now in its 8th year, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Come learn how to solder; see mechanical, electrical and micro-controlled devices; and participate in technology new and old. The Faire features Washtenaw County's high school FIRST Robotics teams, the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Maker Works and many more fantastic exhibitors.

AADL 20th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through August 30, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Local voters approved a millage to establish a new District Library for Ann Arbor in 1996.

Take a journey back through twenty years of the Ann Arbor District Library with this exhibit of text, panels and object highlighting the past two decades.

A lot has occurred in twenty years! State, local and national awards, new services, new technologies, new branches, author, celebrity and event highlights and more will be featured in this look at the past twenty years.

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