Resilience to Alzheimer's Disease

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of disability and death. New technologies are enabling scientists to study this disease as never before possible, but a curative “Alzheimer’s pill” remains out of reach. A recent report by an expert commission concluded that one third of Alzheimer’s cases are preventable, highlighting promising research on the role of modifiable lifestyle factors.

Dr. Laura Zahodne will discuss multiple pathways to building resilience to Alzheimer’s disease through individual and social changes.

Dr. Laura Zahodne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a licensed psychologist with clinical expertise in the assessment of dementia. Dr. Zahodne has received early career awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Neuropsychiatric Association for her research, which focuses on risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease in diverse populations.

Dr. Zahodne is particularly interested in how psychosocial factors modify the Alzheimer’s disease pathogenic pathway, from brain structure to cognitive performance, and she holds multiple grants from the National Institute on Aging to fund her community-based research efforts.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Film: Death is NOT the Answer

Friday December 1, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Keith Famie unearths the roots of depression and explores the reasons for suicidal tendencies in this documentary. The film features people from all over the country whose lives have been affected by suicide and depression, including suicide survivors, those who have lost friends and family to suicide, and medical professionals specializing in mental health. Death is NOT the Answer explores the causes of suicide while conveying the message that there are always alternatives to taking one’s own life. Keith Famie will moderate discussion after the film. This 2-hour, 2017 documentary is not rated.

Guided Meditation for Young Kids

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - kindergarten

Whether it's stress, anxiety, or the occasional moodiness, kids can benefit from quieting their mind as much as adults. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead young children through a series of guided meditations to encourage calmness and more. We'll start with a story by one of our storytellers, move into meditation and finish with a hands-on craft to make a “breathing buddy” for meditating at home. Meditation at a young age plants the seed of a lifelong resource for dealing with stress or hard situations. Attendees are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket with them for added comfort.

Sensation Stations

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Raw Vegan Winter Tips

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Get great tips from an expert on how you can maintain a fresh diet and have a vibrant winter.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op.

Guided Meditation for Kids

Thursday December 14, 2017: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 1 - 5

Whether it is stress, anxiety, or the occasional moodiness, kids can benefit from quieting their mind as much as adults. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead kids through a series of guided meditations to encourage calmness and more. Meditation at a young age plants the seed of a lifelong resource for dealing with stress or hard situations. At the end of the session children will have a chance to process what they experienced through artistic expression. Attendees are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket with them for added comfort. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Scorecard on American Public Schools: How Do We Really Fare in International Comparisons?

Monday December 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Public education in the United States has a bad reputation—in the US, that is. A somewhat different picture emerges when the American public school is compared to educational systems of other nations around the globe. Based on two international large-scale studies and our own research at the University of Michigan, this talk will illustrate the strengths of American public schools that are often forgotten in the public debate.

Kai S. Cortina is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Michigan. His major research areas include learning motivation in school, improving teaching practice, and the long-term effects of schooling over the life course. As an expert in quantitative methods, he was repeatedly involved in international studies on school achievement and student learning.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Sensation Stations

Friday January 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Sensation Stations

Monday February 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:15 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for age 10 months–2 years

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!