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Audio Description Track on DVD!

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:14am

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. When you look at this list, sort the items to show the newest DVDs first! Some DVDs are even available by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

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Organizing Your Stuff!

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:44pm

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Do you look around your home, and wonder where all of the clutter comes from? There have been books about whether or not your belongings bring you joy, and this is an important concept; many believe that streamlining your surroundings can also help bring order to other places in life. Let’s take a moment to look at organization in a more basic way, a way to be able to get through daily life, without being overwhelmed by the clutter.

AADL offers some alternatives to scouring the internet for popular organizational hacks. [b:1487933|The complete book of home organization], gives you tips and tricks for organizing your home inside and out. In, [b:1497413|Cut the clutter : a simple organization plan for a clean and tidy home], the author shares how to clean and de-clutter your home, and how to keep it that way. Here’s one for caregivers that need to de-clutter both adult and kid spaces, [b:1422052|Secrets of an organized mom: from overflowing closets to the chaotic play areas : a room-by-room guide to decluttering and streamlining your home for a happier family].

Whichever method you choose, happy organizing!

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Contemporary Fiction by African Authors

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 5:52pm

With the continuous popularity of books such as Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, fiction about modern Africa is becoming ever more prominent. These novels are a great learning tool to connect readers with stories and experiences they may not necessarily be familiar with. Although these authors may seem hard to come across, the library has you covered with some great recommendations. Be sure to check out this list for more modern novels written by African authors! Here are 2 intriguing titles to get you started.

Named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post is Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Jende, a struggling Cameroonian immigrant lives in Harlem with his wife and son. When he finds an opportunity working for the Lehman Brothers in New York, he is certain his luck has improved but soon learns that everything is not what it seems. With the 2008 financial crisis serving as a backdrop, read and find out how Jende learns what it takes to make it in America, all while keeping his family together. The novel is currently being featured as apart of Oprah's book club.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta tells a unique story about Africa. Amid a perilous interstate civil war, a young Nigerian girl is sent to a neighboring village for safety. During her stay, she meets a refugee girl of a different ethnic background and quickly falls in love. Due to cultural norms, she faces negative stigmas placed on her and her new found love leaving her to make an important decision. Does she make the choice to dishonor her host family or to fall in love? This novel was featured on NPR's Best Books of 2015 list.

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Audio Description Track on DVD!

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:33pm

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AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_Video_Service| Descriptive Video Service or DVS] feature. More films are being produced for children and adults [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/public/search/described%20video| that are Described Video Recordings] for [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/3724|L Card users to borrow]. When you look at this list, sort the items to show the newest DVDs first! Some DVDs are even available by mail to our [http://wlbpd.aadl.org|WLBPD patrons] as [https://nfb.org/free-matter|Free Matter for the Blind]. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

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Audio Description Track on DVD!

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 4:38am

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AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_Video_Service| Descriptive Video Service or DVS] feature. More films are being produced for children & adults [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/public/search/described%20video| that are Described Video Recordings] for [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/3724|L Card users to borrow]. Some are even available by mail to our [http://wlbpd.aadl.org|WLBPD patrons] as [https://nfb.org/free-matter|Free Matter for the Blind]. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

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Free Workshop Series for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and Advocates

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 1:58pm

[img_assist|nid=330633|title=Free Workshop Series for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and Advocates|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=68]Together the [http://www.annarborcil.org/|Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living] (CIL) and [http://www.annarborppa.org/|Partners in Personal Assistance] (PPA) have compiled a series of free workshops for seniors, people with disabilities and their advocates.

All of the workshops are free, but it is recommended you call ahead to either the CIL, (734) 971-0277, or PPA, (734) 214-3890, to reserve a spot as there is limited seating. Free parking is also available to attendees, as well as light refreshments.

The following workshops will take place from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor CIL at 3941 Research Park Drive:

- Thursday April 7, 2016 -
What Happens If I Can’t Live on My Own Any More?
Experts will let you know about independent, assisted and other living options.

- Thursday May 5, 2016 -
Menu Planning and Cooking for Health
Anna Dusbiber-Gossage will provide a workshop based on her experience with cooking classes.

- Thursday June 2, 2016 -
Preparing for End of Life
An attorney will address legal matters such as advance directives and durable power of attorney for health care and a social worker will address funeral planning and other steps to make the dying process a little easier for grieving families.

The following workshops will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, RM 150 in the Liberal Arts and Science Building:

- Wednesday March 16, 2016 -
Self-Advocacy for Government Benefits
Bring your frustrations and we’ll troubleshoot!

- Thursday April 14, 2016 -
What Happens If I Can’t Live on My Own Any More?
Experts will let you know about independent, assisted and other living options.

- Thursday May 12, 2016 -
Preventing Abuse and Exploitation
Learn how to prevent physical and other abuse of elders and people with disabilities.

- Thursday June 9, 2016 -
Preparing for End of Life
An attorney will address legal matters such as advance directives and durable power of attorney for health care and a social worker will address funeral planning and other steps to make the dying process a little easier for grieving families.

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It's Easy Being Green: A Sustainable Living Expo / Sunday, September 27, 12:30-5:30 PM

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:57pm

[img_assist|nid=322513|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=99] It's Easy Being Green is a day-long learning, local buying, and eating exposition celebrating living a life that’s better for the planet and not so hard on the wallet. From supporting efforts to reduce your carbon footprint to learning homesteading skills for living a more hands-on, DIY life, It's Easy Being Green has you covered!

Join us on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, from 12:30-5:30 PM. The library is open from 12:00-6:00PM. FREE Parking on Sundays too!

The Expo features:

A Keynote presentation, "Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter," plus 11 learning sessions on a variety of topics including bike commuting, rain & container gardening, permaculture, fermentation, and more.

Over 20 vendors selling upcycled, recycled, handmade wares including jewelry, clothes, bath products, artwork, wool and other fibers. Plus vendors selling mushroom growing kits, outdoor animal keeping supplies, fermented products, and shrubs (drinking vinegars). Vendors include [http://thebrinery.com/|The Brinery], [http://www.mcclarybros.com/|McClary Brothers Drinking Vinegars], [http://www.a2seeds.com/|Ann Arbor Seed Company], [http://happyfuzzyyarn.com/|Happy Fuzzy Yarn], [http://divineiguana.com/|Divine Iguana], [http://www.leadheadglass.com/|Lead Head Glass], among others.

Opportunities to chat with representatives from area organizations such as [http://www.recycleannarbor.org/|Recycle Ann Arbor], [http://projectgrowgardens.org/|Project Grow], [http://www.a2b2club.org/|Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers], [http://sictransitcycles.com/|Sic Transit], [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/NAP/Pages/NaturalAreaPreservation.aspx|Natural Area Preservation], [http://slowfoodhuronvalley.com/web/|Slow Food Huron Valley], [http://www.agrarianadventure.org/|Agrarian Adventure], [http://www.lesliesnc.org/|Leslie Science & Nature Center], [http://www.ecocenter.org/|Ecology Center], and other green neighbors.

There will be three outdoor food vendors: [http://shimmyshack.com/|The Shimmy Shack] (vegetarian/vegan), and [http://maniosteria.com/strada/|Mani Strada] (the new venture from the [http://maniosteria.com/|Mani Osteria] & [http://www.isalita.com/|Isalita] purveyors) and [http://www.helloicecream.com/|Hello Ice Cream]..

Learning Sessions Schedule:

12:30-1:15

Keynote: Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter with Joseph Tychonievich, [http://www.greensparrowgardens.com/|Greensparrow Gardens]

1:30-2:15

Family Bike Commuting with Michael Firn of [http://sictransitcycles.com/|Sic Transit Cycles]
Container Gardening with [http://www.growinghope.net/|Growing Hope]

2:30-3:15

Rain Gardens with Jesse Tack of [https://abundantmichigan.wordpress.com/about/|Abundant MI Permaculture and Whole Culture Repair]
Mending Workshop with Karen LePage of [http://onegirlcircus.com/|Gentle Clothing]
Bee Keeping with Jamie Berlin of [https://www.facebook.com/YpsiMelissa|Ypsi Melissa]

3:30-4:15

Permaculture with the [http://peoplesfood.coop/|People’s Food Co-Op]
Keeping Animals with [http://harnoisfarms.blogspot.com/|Harnois Farms]

4:30-5:15

Intro to Canning with [http://motherskitchen.blogspot.com/|Cynthia Hodges]
Vermiculture with [http://www.starrvalleyfarms.com/|Starr Valley Farms]
Fermentation 101 with [http://thebrinery.com/|The Brinery]

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Summer Game 2015 GAME OVER Gala!

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:40pm

Monday August 31, 2015: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby
Let's take the Summer Game out with a bang with a building-wide scavenger hunt, badge coloring, a free photo-booth and light refreshments to commemorate the 2015 summer game! Check out the new digs at the Downtown library and get a chance to meet other summer game players! [img_assist|nid=322508|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=162]

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The Warren Commission Report

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:30pm

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Out today is [b:1457451|The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation] by comic maestros [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/%22Mishkin%22|Dan Mishkin], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/ernie%20colon|Ernie Colon], and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/%2522Drozd%252C%2BJerzy.%2522|Jerzy Drozd], host of AADL’s [http://comics.aadl.org/comics/podcasts|Comics Are Great] podcast! This new graphic novel brings the titular report, put together by a seven-member commission called for by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy, to life. The commission determined there was no "credible evidence" to support any theory other than a lone gunman, but even now, America wonders. Was there a magic bullet? Did the shots come from Texas School Book Depository, or from the now-infamous grassy knoll? How could the Warren Commission reach the conclusions that it did? We've all got questions about the moments leading up to JFK's death, and the Warren Commission report provides one possible set of answers, answers now fantastically illustrated for your perusal.

Want to meet the minds behind the book? Wonder just what kind of research writing and drawing about something so historic requires? Want to get your own spanking new copy signed? [http://www.vaultofmidnight.com|Vault of Midnight] comic book store is hosting a signing with Dan Mishkin and Jerzy Drozd from 7 pm to 9:30 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17th. If making a fabulous comic masterpiece of your own is more your speed, consider coming to AADL's [http://comics.aadl.org/node/264704|Webcomics Lab] tomorrow from 6 to 8 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch. We'll have some great art toys for you to play with – if you've never gotten your hands on a Wacom tablet, or a light box, or Manga Studio, come on over!

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Ann Arbor | Ypsilanti Reads

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:09pm

[img_assist|nid=266069|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=99|height=74]It's that time again! The communities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti join literary forces to read and discuss one book. The 2015 theme is A Very Good Read .

We are down to two finalists, [:catalog/search/title/we%20need%20new%20names|We Need New Names ] by NoViolet Bulawayo and [:catalog/search/title/a%20tale%20for%20the%20time%20being|A Tale for the Time Being ] by Ruth Ozeki.

The judges want your feedback, which book should be the one that Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti reads? Read them and share your opinion by visiting [:http://aareads.aadl.org/2015/finalists|the Finalist page], then click on the link that takes you to the book's page, and tell us what you think. Both titles are available for AADL cardholders to borrow. The Finalist will be selected in October.

You [:aadl_talks_to-ruta_sepetys|can listen to an interview] with Ruta Sepetys the author of last year's Read winner, [:catalog/record/1381391|Between Shades of Gray], when she visited AADL. You can also visit the [:http://aareads.aadl.org/|Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads website] to find out more about the program.