Where To Go In The New Year: Top Travel Destinations in 2017

Monday November 14, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

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Discover the up-and-coming destinations around the world with this presentation by Journeys International President Robin Weber Pollak.

Where will your adventures take you in 2017? If you’re a curious explorer eager to see the world, it can be hard to narrow down your travel options to a handful of possible destinations. The team at Ann Arbor-based Journeys International has done the work for you, merging data on travel trends, politics, economic value, safety, and more to develop a list of where we think you should go in 2017.

Some are unusual, exciting destinations such as Sri Lanka, and others are oldies but goodies, like Peru. Robin Weber Pollak shares this list of 2017’s top travel destinations with you for this illustrated presentation that offers many fun travel tips.

Founded in 1978, Ann Arbor-based Journeys International is the longest-standing family-owned adventure travel company in the country. With small groups, private and custom trips, and trips specifically for families, Journeys has something for everybody.

Supporting Students with Dyslexia Lecture

Wednesday November 30, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Peter Pullen, Head of School at Eton Academy, the nationally recognized independent school for students with learning challenges, will discuss what dyslexia is and how it feels to be dyslexic.

Attendees will:
• Learn strategies to support their student at home who struggles with reading and comprehension.
• Learn strategies to help support their student with reading and comprehension challenges at school.
• Learn how to partner successfully with their student’s school and teacher

Pete Pullen graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry and holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University.

Pete currently serves as the treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and Head of School at Eton Academy. He has served as a guest speaker for the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent School Association of Central States, the Association of Independent Michigan Schools, and the Ohio Association of Independent Schools. Pete is a frequent speaker in the community on various topics including learning differences and disabilities, brain ­based learning, and advocacy.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #612

A Hundred Thousand Worlds * by Bob Proehl is a mother-son cross-country road trip through the world of comic-cons,

New York actress Valerie Torrey, who has a successful run playing Bethany Fraser in a syndicated X-Files-ish TV show called Anomaly is taking her 9 year-old son Alex on a road trip to LA where his father Andrew lives.

Along the way, Val agrees to make appearances at comic book conventions. From Pittsburgh to Cleveland, from Chicago to Las Vegas they are increasingly being drawn into the lives and drama of the other regulars - artists, writers, agents, publishers and a strange world of "cosplay" (costume play), mostly young women who dress up as comic book characters.

For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

Debut novelist "Proehl has done an excellent job of integrating all of the story lines and creating memorable characters to populate them. Though not without its melancholy moments, the story is deeply satisfying and will delight both comics fans and general readers." (Booklist)

* = starred review

Changing Behaviors: How ABA Therapy Can Help Your Child With Autism Succeed

Monday November 14, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for an informative discussion on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and the life-changing impact it can have for families who have a child with autism.

· Learn fact verses fiction of what ABA is and isn’t and how it has changed over the years

· Learn how ABA can complement current therapies your child may be receiving

· Understand why ABA works long term

There will be ample time for audience questions.

This event is cosponsored by Autism Home Support Services, Inc. and led by Matthew R. Osborne, M.S., BCBA, Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Ann Arbor's Geoff Grecynski and Other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Discuss Their Experiences in Countries in the Developing World

Thursday October 6, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Geoff Grecynski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the grasslands area of Mongolia from 2009-2011, where he taught English to children in the Mongolian countryside, as well as extra English classes for 10 promising underprivileged students. He conducted weekly games, music, and English sessions for children who often skipped school; ran a Community English Corner for teenagers and adults; and observed and provided feedback to Mongolian teachers.

Geoff lived in a yurt, but also traveled throughout Mongolia to meet with families who hosted Peace Corps trainees and volunteers and taught the Mongolian language to new volunteer groups. Geoff says, "Every day I was out the door at 7:30 a.m. and back only after dinnertime but, boy, was it exhilarating!" He followed his Peace Corps service with four years in China, where he taught English and improvisational theater.

For this discussion, Geoff leads a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers who will share their experiences of living and working for 27 months in their Peace Corps host countries.
The Peace Corps has been sending Americans of all ages to countries in the developing world since President John F. Kennedy created it in 1961 as his first executive order. Since then, over 220,000 Americans of all ages have served, bringing needed skills to countries that request them, as well as teaching people in their host countries about America and teaching Americans about host countries in the developing world.

Through the Eyes of Lucy Burrows Morley: An Exhibition of Photography

Now through June 15, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Featuring more than 50 photographs by the Saginaw-born photographer Lucy Burrows Morley, the exhibit was organized and curated by Chris Thomson in conjunction with the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. The images showcase Morley’s eye for composition and her ability to capture the moment. While Morley was considered an amateur, her images rivaled those of professional photographers during the early 20th century. With a Brownie camera she captured daily life as she saw it happening in the early 1900s. Technically an amateur, Morley had an impressive sense of composition and often chose to photograph her subjects from behind, as if both to leave them undisturbed and to glimpse the world as it appeared through their eyes.

The exhibit reflects Morley’s particular strengths, featuring photographs of her subjects from behind which allowed viewers to see the world as it appeared through their eyes. Her subjects included her family, her hometown of Saginaw, northern Michigan and other landscapes scenes from across the United States and Europe.

Lucy Burrows Morley (1871-1948) was a self-taught photographer who got her start in 1903, photographing her children at home in Saginaw, Michigan. The hobby was only magnified in 1908 when she traveled with her camera across Canada to Banff and Vancouver, continuing south to California and Arizona where she photographed the Redwood Forest and the Grand Canyon, respectively. She set off again in 1910, this time crossing the Atlantic by steamship, aiming her lens at points across Europe, including England, Germany, Switzerland and France, creating images at times reminiscent of the work of Jacques Henri Lartigue, who captured similar upper-class settings around that same time.

“Through the Eyes of Lucy Burrows Morley: An Exhibition of Photography” was originally organized for the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History where it was shown during the summer of 2013. It has since been shown at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The exhibit was made possible with a generous contribution from the Morley Foundation and the Mark T. Morley Memorial Fund.

Peaks of Interest: Hiking Adventures with Hirak Parikh

Thursday March 17, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Hirak Parikh moved to Stuttgart, Germany in 2013 and spent about a year in Europe hiking some of the world’s tallest and most scenic mountains, including the Swabian Alps, the Swiss-Austrian Alps, and the Balkans. He founded the Stuttgart Hiking Meetup to explore the lesser known local Swabian Alps and the more famous Alps that are further to the south. The highlight of his time there was walking across the Peaks of the Balkans. This challenging trail loops around Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania and takes about 10-13 days to traverse the 120 miles. Hirak's writeup was featured in the January 2016 issue of Backpacker magazine and the hike was ranked at #2 out of 32 places on the Life List.

Hirak will share his experiences hiking, photos of his adventures, and tips for hikers interested in making their own journeys.

Hirak Parikh was born and raised in Pune, a region in Western India at the foothills of the Sahayadri mountains. He moved to Ann Arbor for grad school in 2002 and never really left. An avid amateur hiker, Hirak has hiked along the Inca Trail in Peru and climbed Mt. Whitney. He is a proud father of 2 little girls and a rambunctious coonhound. While not hiking or running, he's reading the many books checked out of the AADL.

Cuba: An Opening Door

Now through January 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit includes 51 photos taken during Sandy Schopbach’s recent trip to Cuba.

Some are landscapes: the harbor and streets of Havana, the bay of Cienfuegos, the church and cobbled streets of Trinidad (the Cuban city, not the country), and the countryside in between. Others are snapshots of daily life: the vendors in the covered market of Cienfuegos, people watching the streets below from their balconies, students in uniform enjoying the end of the school day. Still others are portraits: the young singer in a restaurant, or the proud veteran with his many medals, or the woman-with-cigar posing for photos to earn extra money.

Cuba reminds Sandy of the America of the fifties. It’s a country perched on the precipice of the great changes that will come, now that relations have been re-established. A few young people are already walking around with their ears glued to a cell phone. And until mid-summer the U.S. Embassy in Havana flew no flag and was only a “U.S. Interests Office." Things are changing and perhaps they will change fast.

Still, she hopes that much will remain of the Cuba she saw during this magic visit to an island that has remained a Never-Never-Land for so many years.

Our Visit to Tubingen

Friday August 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Since 1965 Ann Arbor has established six sister city relationships. Tubingen, the first community invited to be a sister city, was compared to Ann Arbor by someone who had lived in both places “like twins raised in different countries. There is the university, the students, the river, the mills.” Fifty years ago, the official charter of the Tubingen and Ann Arbor partnership was presented to City Council and visits between the two cities began immediately.

Join us for a delightful evening as members of the Ann Arbor delegation to Tubingen share colorful highlights and photos of this summer’s trip to the German sister city. Moderated by local historian Grace Shackman, the event includes several speakers, including City Council Members Graydon Krapohl and Stephen Kunselman, former City Council Member Kathy Edgren, and AADL Board President Jan Barney Newman.

Women Traveling Solo: Travel Tips With Margaret Flannery of Hostelling International USA

Sunday August 16, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Traveling alone as a woman can be a powerful, exciting growth experience. However, safety is always a consideration and some prep work before you go will help you make the most out of your journey. Margaret Flannery of Hostelling International USA will provide tips on traveling alone safely and enjoyably. Information about budgeting, accommodations, safety, language, and cultural customs will be covered.

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