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"It's All Write!" Teen Writing Contest

The Ann Arbor District Library is excited to host its 26th annual “It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest in Spring 2018! Young Adult authors take part as judges each year, who then read and select the winning stories. Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, international contest.

How to Enter the Contest:

1. Take a look at the Flash Fiction Guidelines and the Short Story Guidelines
2. Write your story! Need some help? Check out this Writing Resource Guide.
3. Send us your work using either the Short Story Submission Form and/or the Flash Fiction Submission Form (coming soon on January 21, 2018)! Questions about the contest may be directed to allwrite@aadl.org.

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Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

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The [http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs|Dawn Farms Education Series], "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" will resume in January, 2018. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, January 2nd (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, January 9th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of [https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocodeq=5305+Elliott+Drive+Ypsilanti+MI+48197+United+States|St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center] at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. 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 [http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs|Dawn Farm] for further information.

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Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

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Homework giving you a headache? You may want to log on to [http://www.aadl.org/homework|Brainfuse]. Their [http://www.brainfuse.com/highed/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Live Homework Help] is available from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM everyday (except Federal Holidays) & the interactive [http://www.brainfuse.com/login/flashb.asp|Study Suite] is accessible anytime with your aadl account log in information. For more information about all the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these [http://www.brainfuse.com/company/Faq.asp|FAQs]. Using [http://www.brainfuse.com/highEd/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Brainfuse] can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try!

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Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

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Homework giving you a headache? You may want to log on to [http://www.aadl.org/homework|Brainfuse]. Their [http://www.brainfuse.com/highed/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Live Homework Help] is available from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM everyday (except Federal Holidays) & the interactive [http://www.brainfuse.com/login/flashb.asp|Study Suite] is accessible anytime with your aadl account log in information. For more information about all the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these [http://www.brainfuse.com/company/Faq.asp|FAQs]. Using [http://www.brainfuse.com/highEd/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Brainfuse] can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try!

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An unusual debut

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In a literary world full of “5 under 35 lists” and authors publishing first novels in their 20s, [a:Weiss, Leah|Leah Weiss] is something of an anomaly. Her debut novel, [b:1515683|If The Creek Don’t Rise] was written after her retirement from a 24 year career as the executive assistant to the headmaster at [https://www.ves.org/page|Virginia Episcopal School]. In it she introduces us to the harsh and difficult life in a small town in Appalachia in the 1970s. This can be a dangerous place, a world of violence and cruelty, especially for women. [a:Weiss, Leah|Weiss] presents this community through a profuse range of voices, voices with their own dialect, particular to these mountain ranges.

The chapters in Weiss’ book, each narrated by a different individual, read like a collection of connected stories, offering a unique and varied glimpse of Baines Creek, a remote haven in an unspecified state. As a newcomer to Baines Creek, teacher Kate Shaw, one of Weiss’ strongest characters, describes it as “barely a crossroad, a dot on a map. It’s remote, embraced by natural beauty, and riddled with hardships,” with “poverty the likes of which I’ve never imagined except in the books of Dickens and Brontë sisters.”

The cast of players in this secluded town represents all facets of personality and morality, and an internal view of even the most vile characters unveils some vulnerability. We are able to see why Prudence Perkins, the reverend’s spiteful, spinster sister, is so mean spirited, and to learn from where intense cruelty is born in the heart of an abusive bully, Roy Tupkin.

If there is a main character in [b:1515683|If The Creek Don’t Rise], she is Sadie Blue, the wife of Roy. Her voice provides bookends, she starts the first and last chapters with the same sentence, within which she demonstrates one woman’s path to a better place in a town that so often resists change. Ultimately this is Sadie Blue’s story, provided to us by a chorus of voices from those who know her, but we get to experience so many other memorable folks from Baines Creek along the way.

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Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

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The [http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs|Dawn Farms Education Series], "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" meets again. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, November 7th (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, November 14th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of [https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocodeq=5305+Elliott+Drive+Ypsilanti+MI+48197+United+States|St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center] at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. 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 [http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs|Dawn Farm] for further information.

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Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

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Homework giving you a headache? You may want to log on to [http://www.aadl.org/homework|Brainfuse]. Their [http://www.brainfuse.com/highed/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Live Homework Help] is available from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM everyday (except Federal Holidays) & the interactive [http://www.brainfuse.com/login/flashb.asp|Study Suite] is accessible anytime with your aadl account log in information. For more information about all the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these [http://www.brainfuse.com/company/Faq.asp|FAQs]. Using [http://www.brainfuse.com/highEd/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Brainfuse] can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try!

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Grasping for that Grassy Green Cover...

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But then, lo and behold, there was ANOTHER time at the library...with that book you saw on a shelf, with a GREEN cover, that drew you in - but, of course, you had to pass it by in that moment for some unbeknownst reason. Now, if you should find yourself green with envy for that grassy-colored cover, I may have the book for you! I've recently created a [:user/lists/71952|list of books] that have, or have had, green covers - whether or not their most recent editions have that gorgeous emerald hue, they did at some point! Plus, this list is welcome to all kinds of green covered books...

Whether it be a marshy green of the novel [:catalog/record/1509939|The Marsh King's Daughter], a gawky bright green like [:catalog/record/1509883|The Awkward Age], or perhaps the olive green of [:catalog/record/1511479|Behind the Mask], all green covers are welcome on this compilation list. But this list isn't just for the adults! There's also a wide age range available for the younger reader greedy for the green...

Whether it's from the teen section like [:catalog/record/1298140|Fablehaven], maybe Gary Paulsen's [:catalog/record/1052717|The River], or even [:catalog/record/1406702|Insurgent] from Veronica Roth's best-selling Divergent series, this list has a generous collection of green covered pages that you might have left on the shelf. Even the youth may have glazed over a glorious green book resting on it's display, such as [:catalog/record/1013930|The Secret Garden] or [:catalog/record/1515713|Evermore Dragon]. This list also gives a gateway to the many genres that glisten with glittering green covers at the library...

Maybe you were gleefully grasping through science fiction and found [:catalog/record/1516158|The Best of Ian McDonald] or David Hutchinson's [:catalog/record/1516030|Acadie]? Could you have gone gallivanting through the Express Shelf and seen [:catalog/record/1514707|My Absolute Darling] or found [:catalog/record/1508225|The Essex Serpent]? What about the non-fiction readers, who may have glanced through the graceful stacks, gazing at gripping covers glorifying [:catalog/record/1515923|goodly grub for the growing kids] or [:catalog/record/1515962|great grammatical rhymes]?

This list has ALL THE THINGS (or would like to have) and is growing each day! Please feel free to take a gander, and graciously grumble or gab about other green-covered books you think others may be searching for, so the list gets gargantuan. Just think: someone out there could be looking for a leafy-green book jacket that you've read before - maybe you've got the answer they've been grieving for as they search the grand volumes we have here at AADL. Or perhaps you yourself have getting grumpy in the search, and the book is in this list already!!! Only one way to find out...

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Endangered Birds

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On July 4, 2017 I saw a bald eagle flying over the Huron River! It was the first time I had ever seen a bald eagle in the wild. During the past several decades bald eagles were a very rare sight in the Ann Arbor area. After reductions in the use of dangerous pesticides such as DDT and 40 years on the endangered species list, bald eagle populations have significantly recovered in southeastern Michigan and around the United States.

[http://www.lenconnect.com/news/20170523/bald-eagle-numbers-soaring-in-se-michigan|”Bald Eagle Numbers Soaring in SE Michigan”] is a short article in The Daily Telegraph (published in Adrian, MI). It has information on the recovery of bald eagles in southeast Michigan.

You can find out more about both [https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/bald-and-golden-eagle-information.php|Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles] on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology [https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/home|Birds of North America] database is a very informative resource available at [http://www.aadl.org|aadl.org] under the “Research” tab. You can find it by subject under “Science & Technology”, or you can find it alphabetically by name. For each bird species there are sections covering a variety of interesting topics including “Demography and Populations” and “Conservation and Management”.

[:catalog/record/1470357|12 Birds Back From the Brink] by [a:Nancy Furstinger] highlights 12 different bird species that have made a comeback after being close to extinction. This book discusses both the reasons why species numbers declined to dangerous levels, and the actions that were taken to save them from extinction. It emphasizes the dramatic differences that human behavior can make in the survival or extinction of a species. Although intended for kids, the information in this book may be interesting to readers of all ages.

Here are some more kids’ books on endangered birds that both kids and adults may enjoy:

[:catalog/record/1450638|Endangered and Extinct Birds] by [a:Jennifer Boothroyd] introduces both endangered and extinct birds. This book is easy to read and has lots of photographs.

[:catalog/record/1362123|Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot] by [a:Sy Montgomery] tells the story of how scientists and volunteers are trying to save the unique and fascinating kakapo parrot of New Zealand. Like a number of other bird species in New Zealand, the kakapo parrot cannot fly.

[:catalog/record/1382799|Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf] by Olivia Bouler features Olivia’s colorful illustrations of many types of birds. As an 11 year old, Olivia used her artistic talent to raise money for the vast numbers of birds devastated by the catastrophic 2010 Gulf oil spill. This book shows that even young people can make a difference by taking action!

[:catalog/record/1444925|Parrots Over Puerto Rico] by [a:Susan L. Roth] and [a:Cindy Trumbore] has information on how scientists are trying to save Puerto Rican parrots from extinction. Puerto Rican parrots are the only parrots native to the United States. This book includes fantastic collage artwork and information on the history of Puerto Rico.

[:catalog/record/1468234|A Place for Birds] by [:catalog/search/author/Melissa%20Stewart?search_format=a%7Cx%7ClMelissa Stewart|Melissa Stewart] has lots of colorful illustrations, facts about birds, and suggestions for how people can help birds to survive.

If you’d like to try drawing some birds, [:catalog/record/1127447|Draw 50 Birds] by [a:Lee J. Ames] includes all types of birds: common, rare, recovering, and extinct. There are no written instructions in this book, just drawings.

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Restorative Justice & Returning Citizens

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Join us Monday, September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

The [https://www.afsc.org/office/ypsilanti-mi|American Friends Service Committee] staff leads a panel discussion on restorative justice and mass incarceration which will include a videoed vignette of successful outcomes of advocacy & prison reform.

AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an advocacy network throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for [https://www.afsc.org/key-issues/issue/ending-mass-incarceration-0|humane reform] of the criminal justice system, and for the rights of prisoners.