2017 Events

WASHTENAW READS AUTHOR EVENT: KATHRYN J. EDIN AND H. LUKE SHAEFER, AUTHORS OF $2.00 A DAY: LIVING ON ALMOST NOTHING IN AMERICA
Tuesday February 7, 7:00—8:30 pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
For months hundreds of community members throughout Washtenaw County have been reading and discussing the award-winning book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, which was selected for Washtenaw Reads in September by a panel of community judges.
Join us for an unforgettable evening as both authors discuss the themes of this unforgettable book. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Barnes & Noble.
 
EVENTS (in chronological order)
 
Getting Financially Fit in 2017: Steps to Financial Wellness
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room, Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter
Achieving financial wellness can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task.   Setting goals, communicating with family members, creating a budget and building savings are key components. Join Amy Parten, Education Manager with GreenPath Financial Wellness for this informative presentation. 
 
Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 pm
AADL–Dowtown, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor
AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.
 
Washtenaw Reads Community Resource Panel
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
Panelists from local agencies who work with our poorest citizens will discuss our community’s response to poverty.
 
Learning Never Gets Old Book Discussion: $2 A Day (Ages 55+)
Wednesday, February 1, 10:30 am
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
Older adults face significant challenges in budgeting and working within the limits of a fixed income. Discuss this year's Washtenaw Reads title as it relates to financial constraints of senior citizens.

DIY Chocolate Bars on a Budget
Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room, Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter
Learn how to make your own chocolate treats at a fraction of the cost from stores.  Join Laura Arendsen Rowe, author of Baking Pure and Simple, as she provides you with step by step directions on how to make your own high quality chocolate bars. 

Understanding Your Credit Report and Score
Wednesday, February 8, 2:00 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room, Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter
Amy Parten, Education Manager with GreenPath Financial discusses how credit affects so many areas of your life.  How can you get your credit report for free?  How are credit scores calculated?  How can you build or rebuild your credit score?  Find answers to these questions at this program. 
 
Wednesday Evening Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 pm
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline
Please join us to discuss the 2017 Washtenaw Reads selection, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer. 
 
Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion
Sunday, February 12, 3:00 pm
AADL–Westgate, 2503 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor
AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.
 
Washtenaw Reads: Food Gatherers  
 
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline
Food Gatherers’ mission is to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in Washtenaw County. Markell Miller from Food Gatherers will discuss their food rescue program, how they serve the community, and how it relates to the Washtenaw Reads book, $2.00 A Day.
 
Community Reflection: Living on $2 A Day
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm
YDL-Superior, 8795 MacArthur Boulevard, Ypsilanti 
Share a light meal and talk about a critical issue facing our community and nation: families living in poverty. A children's activity will take place at the same time as the adult discussion for families who need childcare for this event.
 
Poverty Here? 
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00–8:00 pm
McKune Room—Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. Chelsea
Join Pam Smith, President and CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County, for a presentation about their initiative to increase financial stability for low-income individuals and families. The initiative services include a mobile financial resource team, a free income tax preparation service, grants for nonprofits to launch their programs, and advocacy. Pam will discuss local up-to-date statistics and opportunities for our community to be involved.  Please register here.
 
Eat Healthy on a Budget
Monday, February 27, 7:00–8:00 PM
McKune Room—Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. Chelsea
Are you interested in finding better ways to eat on a budget? Join us for this informative program and learn how to save money while still eating food that tastes good and is good for you. A nutrition instructor from Washtenaw County MSU Extension will provide tips and tricks for meal budgeting and planning. Put more food on your table, and keep more money in your wallet! Please register here.
 
Keep checking this page as more events will be added throughout the Read!