Events: 2011

ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS AUTHOR EVENT

Acclaimed author Richard Glaubman will make a special appearance as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. He is a co-author of the book, 'Life Is So Good,' which has been chosen as the focus of the 2011 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.

On Saturday, January 22, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Towsley Auditorium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College (4800 Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor), he will discuss this book and his friendship with George Dawson, the remarkable 103 year old African-American man who is the co-author and subject of the book (Dawson died in 2001). A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Borders. For information, call 327-4555

This appearance is a key event for the 2011 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, which this year focuses on the theme of 'What Makes Life Worth Living?'

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Friday, January 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Joan M. Broggi Discusses Her Book 'Bursting with Joy - Discovering Universal Truths Through Our Special Son'

Joan Broggi demonstrates how FAMILY makes life worth living. Her son, Alex, has epilepsy and has experienced numerous grand mal seizures throughout his 19 years. But his innate wisdom has taught his family, friends, and educators invaluable life lessons. The impact Alex has had on other people's lives has been remarkable. Joan realized the breadth of Alex's impact when she experienced the love and joy bestowed upon him at his high school graduation. This outpouring of affection led Joan to put pen to paper and write ‘Bursting with Joy - Discovering Universal Truths Through Our Special Son.’ A book signing will occur at this event and books will be on sale.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, January 8, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Concert: The Paul Keller Trio Presents A Toast To The Nat King Cole Trio

The acclaimed Paul Keller Trio, will demonstrate how MUSIC makes life worth living in this special concert tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio. Sparkling with creativity and good humor, The Nat King Cole Trio’s improvisations were charming and memorable. Above all, The Nat King Cole trio placed a premium on delighting their listeners in an entertaining and joyful fashion. This concert, and The Paul Keller Trio's new CD - WE LIKE TO RIFF, is an expression of admiration and affection for this awesome threesome that brought so much happiness to so many.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, January 15, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: ‘Life Is So Good’

Join us for an open discussion of the book that is the focus of this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads – ‘Life Is So Good’ by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. This discussion, led by Ann Arbor District Library staff, will examine this award-winning book which is the true story of a man who learned to read at the age of 98. Copies of the book are available at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, and area bookstores.
Ann Arbor District Library - Traverwood Branch: Program Room
3333 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For more information, call 327-4200

Monday, January 17, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Author Paula Young Shelton Discusses Her Book ‘Child Of The Civil Rights Movement’

This special event for youth in grades K – 5 is held in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2011. Paula Young Shelton, daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young, will discuss her acclaimed book for children, ‘Child Of The Civil Rights Movement,’ which brings a child’s unique perspective to an inspirational chapter in America’s history. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-8301

Sunday, January 23, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Dance Through Life - Nia Dance Playshop For Adults And Teens (Grade 9 And Up)

Teresa Myers of Ann Arbor’s Sole to Soul, invites people of all skill levels to celebrate the joy of movement and learn how DANCE makes life worth living in this introduction to Nia. Nia is a form of improvisational dance which focuses on the body’s natural movements.
Ann Arbor District Library - Traverwood Branch: Program Room
3333 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For more information, call 327-4200

Wednesday, January 26, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
No Mountain Too High: Roger Chard Discusses Achievements And Challenges

Roger Chard, a local lawyer and well-known musician, who is also blind, will discuss how SELF-DETERMINATION makes life worth living. Roger’s presentation will mix vocation and avocation and demonstrate how he strove for self confidence and esteem, and also strove to become an emissary for tolerance and persistence, aiming for self deportment and worth. This event will also address the impact of changing technology and will draw upon Roger’s observations and experiences as a champion high school and college debater, fifty years of being a musician, forty years of practicing law, and twenty years as a down hill skier.
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
For more information, call 327-4200

CANCELLED: Sunday, January 30, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
An Afternoon Of Vaudeville With The Happiness Boys

Due to circumstances beyong our control, this event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Thursday, February 3, 10:30 am
Thursday Morning Book Group - Discussion of 'Life Is So Good'

Join us for an open discussion of the book that is the focus of this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads – ‘Life Is So Good’ by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. This discussion, led by Ypsilanti District Library staff, will examine this award-winning book which is the true story of a man who learned to read at the age of 98. Copies of the book are available at the Ypsilanti District Library, the Ann Arbor District Library and area bookstores
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI
For information, call 482-4110 ext. 1376

Saturday, February 5, 10:30am - 12:30 pm
Purple Rose Theatre Presents A Concert Reading of 'Exposure', A New Play By Annie Martin

Experience how THEATRE makes life worth living– and be part of Purple Rose history when the company presents a special concert reading of ‘Exposure’, a new play by Annie Martin that the Theater is considering for a future fully staged production. View the reading, featuring a full cast of Purple Rose performers, then stay and offer your opinions on this new work!
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 - 08:30 pm
UM's Randall Pinder Discusses What Adult Learners Expect From And Understand About Literacy

This year’s book chosen for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2011 is Life Is So Good – the autobiography of George Dawson, a man who learned to read at age 98. But, unlike George, approximately half of all adult participants across the U.S. will leave literacy programs before officially completing the requirements. Randall Pinder, a fifth-year PhD student in UM’s Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE), explores the understandings and expectations of literacy held by learners and sponsors in adult literacy programs and discusses how these expectations may affect participation and persistence within literacy programs.This event is co-sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Thursday, February 10, 7:00 - 08:30 pm
Health And Wellness Lecture With Pete Thomas, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" Season 2 Winner

Learn how GOOD HEALTH can make your life worth living when Pete Thomas, motivational speaker, teacher, weight-loss coach and consultant returns to the Library to share his experiences and demonstrate how we all can achieve good health through fitness and weight control. In 2005, Pete Thomas lost an astounding 185 pounds in nine months on NBC’s hit reality TV show The Biggest Loser, resulting in his winning the $100,000 prize. This event is co-sponsored by the Taubman Health Science Libraries and The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR).
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Friday, February 11, 6:30 - 08:30 pm
Film & Discussion: Race To Nowhere

Many would agree that EDUCATION makes life worth living. But, what is the status of today’s education methods in the U.S.? How much should we push our children? Is too much parental involvement detrimental? The acclaimed 2009 documentary ‘Race To Nowhere,’ (PG-13) - making its Ann Arbor debut at this special screening - is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century. A community discussion will follow the screening.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 - 08:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Literacy Learners Share Their Stories

The 2011 Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2011 book Life Is So Good is the story of George Dawson, a man who learned to read at age 98. Dawson’s story of becoming literate at a late age is truly inspirational. What has been the experience locally – of Washtenaw County’s learners? What are the learning stories of local residents – and what are their successes? Be inspired as a panel of local literacy learners share their experiences. Discover how you can engage in learning that makes life worth living as a learner or volunteer. This event is co-sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Thursday, February 17, 6:30 - 08:30 pm
Film & Discussion: Fresh

Discover how FOOD makes life worth living when the Library hosts a special screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary ‘Fresh.’ 'Fresh' (not rated) celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet's future. The film features Will Allen, a former pro-basketball player who is now one of the most influential leaders of the urban farming movement; Joel Salatin, a world-famous sustainable farmer; and David Ball, a supermarket owner who partners with local farmers. This event is cosponsored by the UM Michigan Community Scholars program. They will lead a discussion after the film.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, February 19,10:00 -10:45 am
Youth Concert: Joe Reilly Performs Environmental Songs

In this special concert for young audiences, singer/songwriter Joe Reilly shows that NATURE makes life worth living as he performs fun, interactive environmental songs about ecology, the Huron River and caring for all living creatures.
Ann Arbor District Library - Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI
For information, call 327-8301

Monday, February 21, 7:00 pm
Racial Justice Book Group - Discussion of 'Life Is So Good'

Join ICPJ’s Racial Justice Book Group for a discussion of Life is So Good, this year's selection for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. For additional context, participants may also with to read, "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch," by Richard Wright. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. All welcome.
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
1679 Broadway Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Childcare available if requested prior to noon on Friday, February 18
For information, call the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice at 734-663-1870 or email info@icpj.net or visit their website at www.icpj.net

Tuesday, February 22, 7 pm
African American Authors Book Discussion Group - Discussion of 'Life Is So Good'

Join us for an open discussion of the book that is the focus of this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads – ‘Life Is So Good’ by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. This discussion, led by Ypsilanti District Library staff, will examine this award-winning book which is the true story of a man who learned to read at the age of 98. Copies of the book are available at the Ypsilanti District Library, the Ann Arbor District Library and area bookstores
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI
For information, call 482-4110 ext. 1376

Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 - 08:30 pm
Film & Discussion: There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: A Documentary of the Negro Baseball Leagues

Take a trip back through time, and learn why SPORTS makes life worth living – as we celebrate the Read as well as Black History month with a special screening and discussion of the 1989 documentary ‘There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life In The Negro Baseball Leagues.’ Winner of national and international awards and narrated by James Earl Jones, this documentary features interviews with baseball Hall of Famers, Satchel Paige, James 'Cool Papa' Bell, Buck Leonard, Judy Johnson, Monte Irvin and Ray Dandridge. Praised by the national press, this compelling film chronicles the rich history of the Negro Baseball Leagues that flourished before Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues in 1947. The post-film discussion will be led by the film’s director, Craig Davidson.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Thursday, February 24, 2:00 - 03:00 pm
Doug Scheer - The Laugh Factory

Laughter expert Doug Sheer presents a show for youth that is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone – with wacky jokes, off-the-wall games, insane contests and even a few magical surprises!
Ann Arbor District Library - Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI

Thursday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Doug Scheer - The Laugh Factory

Laughter expert Doug Sheer presents a show for youth that is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone – with wacky jokes, off-the-wall games, insane contests and even a few magical surprises!
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Monday, March 14, 7 pm
Monday Evening Book Group - Discussion of 'Life Is So Good'

Join us for an open discussion of the book that is the focus of this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads – ‘Life Is So Good’ by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. This discussion, led by Ypsilanti District Library staff, will examine this award-winning book which is the true story of a man who learned to read at the age of 98. Copies of the book are available at the Ypsilanti District Library, the Ann Arbor District Library and area bookstores
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI
For information, call 482-4110 ext. 1376