AADL Equipment Sale

Sunday November 12, 2017: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

It's the long-awaited return of the AADL Equipment Disposal Sale!

Furniture, computers, monitors, shelving, and much, much more! Both cash and credit cards are accepted.

All items are sold as-is and all sales are final. Purchases must be picked up by 5 PM.

Get a great deal on some quality stuff!

Bright Nights Community Forum: Self-Compassion as a Resilience Factor in Mental Health

Tuesday November 14, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

A fast-growing body of research suggests that self-compassion is strongly linked to mental health. Self-compassion has been consistently associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety, perfectionism, fear of failure, and rumination. Self-compassion is also associated with psychological strengths such as happiness, optimism, wisdom, altruism, and healthy interpersonal relationships. Further, self-compassion has been shown to lead to self-improvement motivation in the face of personal weaknesses, failure, and past moral transgressions. Self-compassion is associated with resilience and adaptive emotion regulation in the general population, and in specific populations, including major depressive disorder, adolescents and young adults, elderly residents in a retirement community, adults with spina bifida, and health care providers. Fortunately, interventions to increase self-compassion have been shown to be effective in both normal and clinical populations.

Self-compassion consists of three components: mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness. Mindfulness refers to the ability to observe one’s suffering so that one can be can be kind and supportive of oneself, rather than being harshly self-critical. Common humanity promotes the understanding that all human beings are imperfect, and that failure, rejection and adversity in life are part of being human.

Ricks Warren, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan will give a brief overview presentation outlining the current research, including how mental health can be improved through self-compassion, and strategies for building self-compassion. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Kate Baker, MD, Clinical Instructor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Paulette Grotrian, MA, Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher; Mika Handelman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Psychological Clinic.

This event is a partnership with the U-M Depression Center. For more information on the Center, visit their website or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or sawaters@umich.edu

Film: Bending the Arc

Wednesday November 15, 2017: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Thirty years ago, a group of improbable heroes came together on a mission that was both medical and moral, and, by everyone’s estimation other than their own, highly unlikely to succeed. Their goal was simple, but daring: to make high quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries.

Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the charity-industrial complex itself, these crusaders forced the international community to embrace the idea that health care must be a basic human right in every society, and went ahead to provide it. In doing so, they have changed the lives of millions of people across the globe.

Told through interviews, rare archival material and on-the-ground contemporary footage featuring Dr. Paul Farmer (legendary founder of Partners In Health), Dr. Jim Yong Kim (maverick President of the World Bank), and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (controversial Health Minister of Rwanda), the film is an emotionally charged, dramatic and inspiring journey with these brilliant and headstrong heroes.

This 102-minute, 2017 documentary is not rated.

Mini Moog Fest

Saturday November 18, 2017: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages

When Robert Moog streamlined the commercial manufacture of analog synthesizers, he helped create a music revolution that's still being felt today. Join us for a celebration and exploration of all things synth at Mini-Moog Fest!

We'll feature performances by North Coast Modular Collective (which builds much of its gear from scratch), Mike Dykehouse (who brings the boom-bap with vintage synths), and the meditative trio of Chuck Sipperley, Kendall Babl, and Sean Curtis Patrick (playing ambient space jams). We'll also have hands-on activities for the whole family, T-shirt giveaways, and you can try out various synths, including gear from AADL's Music Tools collection, as well as talk to vendors, artists, and makers about how to create your own sonic creations.

Popsicle Stick Flashlight

Saturday November 25, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Make your own flashlight! This hands-on project uses a battery, an LED light, and simple circuits.

Actor/Writer Jon Glaser Discusses Comedy And His Career

Sunday November 26, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Spend a delightful afternoon with actor and writer Jon Glaser as he discusses television and his comedy career. Jon Glaser created, starred in, and co-wrote the TV shows Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, and Delocated. He played Councilman Jamm on Parks and Recreation, and Laird on HBO's Girls. Other TV credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and "Wonder Showzen."

Film credits include Trainwreck, "Be Kind Rewind," and "Pootie Tang." Cartoon voice work includes Bob's Burgers, Archer, "Lucy: Daughter of the Devil," TV Funhouse, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He appeared as Video Cowboy in the ESPN web series "Mayne Street," and he created, wrote, directed and starred in a series of web shorts for Comedy Central called "Tiny Hands."

As a writer and consultant, Jon's credits include Inside Amy Schumer, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Dana Carvey Show," "Human Giant," and "Cheap Seats." He has written several stories for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in ESPN The Magazine, The Onion A.V. Club, and online for New York Magazine.

His first book, My Dead Dad Was In ZZ Top was published by Harper Perennial, and he wrote and directed the music video for Bob Mould’s Star Machine.

A Comics Presentation with Nate Powell

Monday November 27, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Why are graphic novels so good at capturing history? Find out when Nate Powell stops by AADL for an early afternoon presentation. Best known for his work on the award-winning March series he co-created with Andrew Aydin and Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Powell will explore many of the unique and immersive storytelling principles used in comics.

Powell’s work also includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. If you’ve ever wanted to tap into the power of graphic novels to explore history, or just wanted a deeper look into why they move us as readers, you won’t want to miss this!

Later that evening, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin, and Congressman John Lewis will be appearing at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Their free, public, and unticketed keynote talk is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Special thanks to the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute. This event is part of the Fall 2017 social justice events series: Marching Forward.

Resilience to Alzheimer's Disease

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

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.

Laughing Matters with Dr. Mary Bigler

Tuesday November 28, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Laugh and learn with internationally known educator, author, and humorist, Dr. Mary Bigler, as she shares memorable stories, humorous insights and solid ideas for dealing with the challenges of life. She will discuss the importance of great expectations, positive attitudes and a sense of humor in dealing with others. You won’t want to miss this dynamic, inspiring and fun-filled presentation.

Dr. Mary Bigler has been teaching, speaking, writing, and inspiring for more than fifty years. From pre-school teacher to college professor, in classrooms and lecture halls throughout the United States, Africa and Europe, Mary has spent her life promoting literacy, advocating for children and celebrating the joys of teaching, learning and living. She has shared the podium with such notables as Jesse Jackson, Zig Zigler, and Goldie Hawn.

She is an award-winning professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. Dr. Bigler has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. She is regularly featured on BYU Radio World's Awaiting Children’s Literature show. Dr. Bigler is a past president of the Michigan Reading Association, appears in Who’s Who of American Women, and is the author of the highly acclaimed book "Mary Bigler’s Lessons Learned."