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The Read has been Selected!

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:53pm

[img_assist|nid=347809|title=WR logo|desc=WR logo|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=83]The votes are in, and a decision has been made! The official title for the 2017 Washtenaw Reads is [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1479216|$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America] by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer.

$2.00 a Day explores the deep poverty of families surviving on $2.00 or less per person per day—about 1.5 million households in America, including about 3 million children. Edin and Shaefer try to understand how and where these families live, and what happened to make them so desperately poor. You can learn more about the title on [http://aareads.aadl.org/node/347106|the Washtenaw Reads website].

Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. A panel of community members from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti chose this book from two finalist titles.

The Read will take place in January and February 2017, and will include book discussions and related events. Both authors will appear at the Washtenaw Reads author event, to be scheduled for February 2017 in Ann Arbor.

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

Sunday February 12, 2017: 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 9–Adult

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

Wednesday January 25, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 9 - Adult

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Register to Vote Day @ AADL ~ Tuesday, Sept. 27

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:10am

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Tuesday, September 27th is [http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/|National Register to Vote Day] and volunteers from the [http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/mi/annarbor/index.html|League of Women Voters] will assist you in getting registered at the [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/hours|Downtown Library] from 3 pm- 7 pm.

The next general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8th and the [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Elections.aspx|City Clerk] and [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/elections|County Clerk] have all the info on the election online. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at [https://services2.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/|Michigan Votes]. It's always a good idea to check and make sure your address and other information is up to date.

A heavy turnout is expected on Nov. 8th and Michigan County Clerks are encouraging voters to avoid the lines and vote via [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Voting.aspx#absentee|Absentee Ballot]. And it's so easy to do! The League will have the paperwork you need available on Sept. 27th or you can [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/Clerk_Absent_Voter_Ballot_Application%20AA%20NEW.pdf|download] the form directly from the City Clerk's office.

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Parenting on Your Own?

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:04pm

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Join [http://ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension|The MSU Extension] at [http://www.thehopeclinic.org/medical-clinic/ypsilanti-medical-clinic/|The Hope Center] for a weekly parenting session for single parents. [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension/FCS/parentingonyourown.pdf|
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 [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/parenting| parenting skills]!

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

Everything Your Ever Wanted To Know About Roundabouts

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

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It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:56am

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You’re invited to have a great time while supporting a great cause at [http://www.dawnfarm.org/event/dawn-farm-43rd-anniversary-jamboree|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 [http://www.dawnfarm.org|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.

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Remembering World Champion Triathlete Karen McKeachie

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 8:43am

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On Friday, August 26, 2016, world champion triathlete [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/100875|Karen McKeachie] was killed in a collision with a car on Dexter-Chelsea Rd. Ms. McKeachie won hundreds of events in cross country, road races and triathlons and was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014. She tried to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19981203-athlete_loves_life|join] the cross country team at Dexter High School but was told only boys could compete for the school. Undeterred, she turned to even longer races and in 1977 set her sights on the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19770401-local_women_train|Boston Marathon]. By the 1980s she was focusing on triathlons like the Ironman, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19851104-mckeachie_shows|traveling the world] in competition.

Over the years she won numerous Dexter-Ann Arbor runs and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19930607-great_lakes_triathlon|Great Lakes Triathlons] at Half Moon Lake. McKeachie never stopped [http://oldnews.aadl.org/BN162_19981123_mckeach_016|training], competing in elite and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19990614-pizzaman_triathlon_female|Master Division] events. In 2000 she was [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_20000106-ann_arbor_resident|honored] as the USATriathlon Amateur Triathlete of the Year. Karen McKeachie was also a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_20050705-taking_the_next_step|mentor] and inspiration to many local athletes and will be missed sorely by all her knew her.

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IdentityTheft.gov

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:34am

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The [https://www.ftc.gov/|Federal Trade Commission] has launched a helpful [https://identitytheft.gov|new website] to assist consumers with what to do in case you become a victim of the fastest growing crime in our country, identity theft. IdentityTheft.gov helps to get you started in the recovery process, or you can browse important steps to get to the point of recovery. AADL has a number of [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/subject/%2522Identity%2Btheft%2B--%2BPrevention.%2522|books] on the subject. Remember: IdentityTheft.gov. The information is available in Spanish: Robodeldentidad.gov.

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Need a Picture ID?

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:22am

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If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a [http://www.washtenawid.com/home|Washtenaw County ID Card]. Applicants must appear in person at the [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/washtenaw-county-id-card-program/apply#submit-application-to|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 [https://www.facebook.com/IDiskey|Facebook] to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/washtenaw-county-id-card-program/county-id-card-application-bilingual|card] in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.