Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: A Tale For The Time Being

Thursday January 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up.

AADL staff will lead a discussion of A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015.

A brilliant, unforgettable novel, "A Tale For the Time Being" is an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Published in 2014, the novel won the Medici Book Club Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel begins with Nao, a sixteen-year-old in Tokyo who has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century.

A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet another character, Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Copies of the book are available at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library and area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, visit the Reads website at aaypsireads.org.

Start Saving Now!

Here's a tip to help you start saving money on your energy and water bills. If you're a DTE DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? Up to 75 new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads and the peace of mind that you are doing what you can to save the planet. And cash.

How Can Parents Really Talk with Their Children About Divorce?

Tuesday October 7, 2014: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Hatcher Graduate Library: Gallery in Room 100,

This lecture will explore why parents and children tend to drift apart in the aftermath of divorce and will offer concrete suggestions for how parents can initiate meaningful conversations with their children so they can stay connected as they navigate the many challenges of divorce.

Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who practices in Ann Arbor, has worked with hundreds of divorcing families. His book, Divorce and Loss: Helping Adults and Children Mourn When a Marriage Comes Apart, was published in May 2014.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the University of Michigan Library.

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, 2014 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 or email Megan at mrodgers@dawnfarm.org.

City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Sustainable Buildings

Thursday January 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Come 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 and ending in April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework (www.a2gov.org/sustainability).

The first event in this series centers on Sustainable Buildings and includes a discussion of how to increase efficiency of new and existing building and projects underway in the community.

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.

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.

Speakers for the Sustainable Building discussion include:
• Christopher Taylor, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor
• John Beeson, Architect, Resident, and Commissioner for the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission
• Jason Bing, Healthy Buildings Director, Ecology Center
• Nate Geisler, Energy Programs Analyst, City of Ann Arbor
• Knox Cameron, Principal Marketing Specialist Residential Programs - Energy Efficiency, DTE Energy

Details of this series will be posted online at www.a2gov.org/sustainability. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s website at: www.a2gov.org/sustainability/Pages/SustainableAnnArborForum.aspx.

Ann Arbor Mayoral Forum

Are you curious about what the four Mayoral Candidates have to say about affordable housing & homelessness? Get your questions answered at a Mayoral forum Tuesday, July 15 from 7:00-9:00 PM. The event will take place at Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor and is sponsored by a coalition of over 30 religious congregations. This is a great opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say about this very important subject.

Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

The Dawn Farms Education Series, "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, June 10th (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the “Exhibition Room” at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The presenter will be Brian Spitsbergen, Director, Community Intervention and Treatment (CITx,) Growth Works, Inc.and will be the last one until the sessions resume in October, 2014. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org or see the link to teens using drugs for information.

Adult ADHD & Relationships

Are you or a loved one affected with Adult Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder? If so, you may be interested in joining a local discussion group for information or support. This group meets from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the WISD Teaching and Learning Center each month. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 27th from 7:00-8:30 pm. This meeting is about Relationships and AD/HD, given by Dr. Arthur Robin. He will provide audience members with practical advice for how to succeed in intimate relationships with AD/HD. After reviewing AD/HD’s impact on relationships, he will discuss strategies for couples to improve their relationships; optimize AD/HD education and adjust attitudes. For more information contact: AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 15th is Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Stemming from a seemingly innocuous blog post in 2011 by a Los Angeles based web developer, Global Accessibility Awareness Day is now an international event with efforts to draw attention to digital accessibility, or lack there of. Challenge yourself any time at a computer by changing your digital habits: go mouse-less for an hour and use only key strokes to navigate your favorite website, or try re-sizing the text on your browser to 200% and check for any losses in content or functionality. You can also learn more about joining an in-person international or local event.

And don't forget about resources and assistive technology offered through the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at AADL, and the large print books available for check-out in the catalog!

Child in a Strange Country: Exhibit and Events


The traveling exhibit from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, "Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" officially opens this Friday, May 2, with a reception featuring library director Josie Parker, Museum Director Micheal A. Hudson, harpist Deborah Gabrion, and refreshments.

But the exhibit is already assembled enough (in the Downtown Library's lobby and 3rd floor) to see it will be fun and informative featuring a big globe with raised features, selections of writing such as Valentin Hauy’s tactile book and Louis Braille’s dot code, and insights, events, and photographs from Helen's life.

The title of the exhibit comes from Anne Sullivan's report about Helen in which she said, “For the first two years of her intellectual life she was like a child in a strange country,” and noted that no learning was possible until she could overcome the communication barrier posed by blindness and deafness. With that in mind, “Child in a Strange Country” explores four primary subjects: Reading, Science, Math, and Geography. Using Helen Keller’s educational journey as a lens, the exhibit uses tactile reproductions and authentic artifacts to uncover the roots of modern education for children with vision loss. The exhibit is designed to be fully accessible and interactive. You can touch and explore that big globe as much as you want.

If the exhibit whets your appetite, come see Child in a Strange Country or Why is Helen Keller at the Water Pump the Only Person Who Was Blind that Most Americans Know?, on Sunday, May 4 from 2 - 3:30 PM, a talk by Museum Director Micheal A. Hudson in which he explores major advances in learning and literacy since 1784 for people who are blind or visually impaired, introducing characters that most people do not know. Also join us on Wednesday, May 7 from 7 - 8:30 PM for Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch, in which UM Performing Arts Technology Professor Sile O'Modhrain discusses touch, communication, and Helen Keller.

You may also be interested in Visions 2014 in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Wednesday, May 14 from 10 AM - 3 PM, where a variety of exhibitors demonstrate the latest products and services for people with vision loss. The fair also features presentations by guest speakers from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled, UM Kellogg Eye Center, WLBPD @ AADL, and the AT Guys.

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