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Featured Program for Adults
Light From the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom
Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 pm
America's jails and prisons are filled with 2.2 million people. The consequences of mass incarceration cast a wide and ugly net of damage and trauma to people behind bars, their families and communities. Judy Wenzel did not expect to spend more than two decades in jail after going back to school to get secondary certification in the mid 1980's. She taught English and social studies to students at the federal correctional institution in Milan, Michigan, the only program beyond GED in the country's nationwide prison system. The majority of her students were people of color, convicted for drug offenses and given long sentences for non-violent crimes. Judy is writing a book called Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom. She will share stories about her students and talk about how extreme punitive policies are damaging our national identity.
Celebrate Presidents’ Day with one of our most popular comedians. Doug has taken dry history lessons and made them much more fun with his humor, tricks and of course, lots of audience participation. Learn American history the cool way with comedy and magic by Uncle Sam. From the Constitution to the Bill of Rights to the three branches of government, Doug will entertain you with facts and history. This program is for all ages and everyone is welcome.
Friday, February 17 at 1:00 pm For Grades 3 through 6 (Dexter Schools Early Release) Bring an age-appropriate, gently used book to swap, and pick up a new (to you) one to take home. Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious chocolate fountain fondue. Trade up to three books.
The Washtenaw Reads community reading program will have it's signature author event coming up in February. The authors, Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, will make a special appearance at Rackham Auditorium on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm to discuss “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.” The event will be followed by a book signing and books will be for sale. Rackham Auditorium is located in Ann Arbor at 915 E. Washington Street in Ann Arbor.
Washtenaw Reads is coordinated by several area organizations, including area libraries: Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline and Ypsilanti; area bookstores: Barnes & Noble, Bookbound, Literati and Nicola’s Books; Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and many others.
What's Popular in Fiction (NYT Hardcover)
Weeks on List
Never Never, by James Patterson. (Little,Brown.) Harriet Blue, a Sydney sex crimes detective, is sent to the outback (the never never) to investigate the disappearance of a mine worker. The first in a new series.
The Underground Railroad,by Colson Whitehead. (Doubleday.) A slave girl heads toward freedom on the network, envisioned as actual tracks and tunnels.
Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love.
The Whistler, by John Grisham (Doubleday.) A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian Casinos.
The Mistress, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte.) The beautiful mistress of a Russian oligarch falls in love with an artist and yearns for freedom.
What's Popular in Nonfiction (NYT Hardcover)
Weeks on List
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance. (HarperCollins.) A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America’s white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt.
Three Days in January, by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) Eisenhower's farewell address and his role in the Kennedy transition.
Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt.) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the final years of World War II.
The Magnolia Story, by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino. (W Publishing/Thomas Nelson.) The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.”
The Book of Joy, by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. (Avery.) A discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering.