Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

October 10, 2017 through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Photographs with Text: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

"Photovoice” is the process of putting cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalized community members to allow them to record, reflect on, and share their community’s strengths and concerns. Photovoice participants have the opportunity to capture their current experiences through pictures, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action related to the themes depicted in the photos.

In the fall of 2016, a group of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran met weekly with a facilitator and translators to engage in a Photovoice project at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Together they learned about the Photovoice method and about composing photographs, issues of ethics and safety, and visual storytelling. They were then given digital cameras.

Guided by prompts such as “When I first arrived in the U.S…”, “What is most challenging about living here?” “What makes you feel welcome?” and “What does ‘home’ mean?” they were asked to photograph moments in their daily lives that had meaning for them as they worked to make a new home in the Ann Arbor area.

The resulting exhibit consists of 26 insightful photos-with-narratives that will illuminate the experience of adjusting to life in a new land. As you view this Photovoice exhibit, we hope that you will consider what it means to be a newcomer and what role you can play in sharing our community with recently resettled refugees.

2017 Kerrytown BookFest Library Exhibit

October 10, 2017 through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Covers and Posters: Kerrytown BookFest

The annual Kerrytown BookFest exhibit this year celebrates the 10th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students. The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. This year’s book is Last Seen Leaving, a young adult novel by Caleb Roehrig. The novel is set in Ann Arbor.

Members of this year’s judging panel will announce the first, second and third place winners at the annual Library Reception on the Third Floor of the Downtown Library on Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m.

This year’s judges were author Caleb Roehrig; Cover designer and writer Molly McCaffery, and children’s book expert Jackie LaRose. The judges evaluated the work submitted from schools in Flint, Kensington Woods, Hillsdale and St. Clair Shores. The finalists were chosen on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter.

The finalists are:
Ashley Abel, 12th Grade, Genesee Career Institute, Flint
Brandon DeMond, 11th Grade, Lakeview High School
Alexis Higgins, 12th Grade, Hillsdale High School
Sydney Jones, 11th Grade, Kensington Woods
Autumn Stoddard, 12th Grade, Genessee Career Institute, Flint

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the BookFest, this year’s exhibit includes original framed posters from each year of the Festival. Many of these posters were hand letterpress printed and are works of art in themselves. Artists include Tom Hollander (2003), Jim Horton (2007, 2009, 2011), Nicole Ray (2017), Pati Scobey (2006) and Darcy Bowden (2004).

Creating With Clay

October 10, 2017 through October 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Ceramics: Clay-Art-Friends Group

This ceramic exhibit is the third annual show by the Clay-Art-Friends at AADL. The participating artists this year are: Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Betty Locey, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Oni Werth and Lineke Zuiderweg.

Once one learns to create with clay, if it is on the potter's wheel or hand building, it almost becomes an addiction. One can make decorative or functional ceramics, play with colors or draw on them. The creativity never ends. After the glazed pieces come out of the kiln, it is always a surprise to see the results.

Most of the work in this exhibit is done by hand building: using fresh rolled out, coiled, extruded or leather hard clay to create shapes and objects which never could be made on a potter's wheel. Examples of all kinds of hand building techniques, which illustrate the process, will be on display in this exhibit.

MiASLA 2017 Landscape Architecture Design Awards Exhibit

October 10, 2017 through October 26, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Photo and Text Panels

Each year, the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MiASLA) honors the best in landscape architecture in Michigan. MiASLA is excited to showcase entries to their 32nd annual design awards program at the Mallets Creek Branch. The exhibit features projects from around the state including built projects and planning and research documents. Projects will be judged by the Kentucky Chapter of ASLA and winning projects will be awarded at the MiASLA Annual Meeting at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on September 28, 2017.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, and manage built and natural environments. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define communities, and provide beautiful, functional, and sustainable spaces. Interested in learning more about landscape architecture? Visit