Books and Libraries in Antiquity

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What did the ancient books of the Greeks and Romans look like? What were the bestsellers of the ancient world, and who read them?

These questions, and more, will be answered on Wednesday, September 30, when UM Associate Professor Arthur Verhoogt will discuss Books And Libraries In Antiquity, a fascinating presentation which introduces the books of the Greeks and Romans .

The presentation -- which will take place from 7-8:30 in the multi-purpose room of the downtown library -- will also provide information on the book trade, book collectors, exciting new book discoveries, and some famous libraries from antiquity.

Chinese Moon Festival

One of the most important traditional Chinese festivals is the Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival which is held this year on October 3. Come join us downtown Sunday September 27 at 1:30 for this special celebration with The Golden Years Dance Troupe - a group of Chinese elders who live in Ann Arbor. The troupe will perform traditional Chinese dances, singing, tai chi and more! Plus there will be a special treat at the end of the performance! For more books on the subject: Harvest Festivals Around the World and Asian Holidays.

Favorite children’s author to visit Ann Arbor

Michigan native Jon Scieszka will be reading and signing copies of his brand new book Robot Zot, on Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm, at the Borders located at 3140 Lohr Road in Ann Arbor. See here for Borders’ event description.

Robot Zot, illustrated by David Shannon, is in short, “a tale of a quixotic robot determined to conquer the earth.” Tiny Robot Zot battles kitchen appliances galore as he and his sidekick adventure off. Their course takes a shift when they spot the princess (a cell phone) and Robot Zot must prove himself a hero to win her love. Sounds zany!

Jump Roping Blast with Special Guests, St. Francis Heartbeats

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Bring your ropes, your rhymes and have a jumpin' good time! We've got double-dutch, Chinese, and standard jump ropes. Special guests, the St. Francis Heartbeats, will demo their skills. If it rains, we'll jump inside. Check out Red Hot Peppers a book of jump rope games and rhymes, or the soundtrack from Jump In!

Wednesday, September 23 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Malletts Creek, Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

Neighbors Day of Service

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Join an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti volunteer action to collect and distribute warm clothes and blankets before winter arrives. In addition, used household batteries will be collected for proper disposal. Drop off days are September 23, 24, and 25. Items can be dropped off at Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty in Ann Arbor or First Congregational United Church of Christ, 218 N. Adams in Ypsilanti. To donate, put clean clothes in bags, sorted and labeled by size and "girls," "boys," "men" or "women." Put used batteries in sealed plastic bags. On September 26, "pick-up" day, individual families may select items free of charge starting at 2pm. Later in the day, local social service organizations will be invited to select items, and finally, the Salvation Army will retreve items remaining at the end of the day. If you are interested in volunteering your time, you can sign up here or email neighborsdayofservice@gmail.com.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Ready to get silly at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week? Get into goofiness galore with Sandra Boynton and farm animals with wacky ideas.

Take a Fall Hike @Bird Hills Nature Area

If you’ve never trekked through the Bird Hills Nature Area, you are in for a treat. Located on a moraine, this land of steep slopes was logged in the 1800s and then grazed by cattle. In the 1920s under new owners reforestation began. With its varied topography and soils Bird Hills is one the most floristically diverse areas in Ann Arbor.

City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff will lead the hike. View a wide variety of trees, discover the ways to identify them, and learn about ecological restoration and responsible use of public lands. Come join us!

Saturday, October 3 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Bird Hills parking lot off Newport Road, just north of M-14
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AXIS Coffeehouse for Teens on Friday, October 2nd

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Coffeehouses have been around since the 15th century. They have provided relaxation and diversion for people from Constantinople to New York.

Drop by Malletts Creek on Friday, October 2 and take the stage at the AXIS Coffeehouse. Perform your own poetry or monologue, or maybe a favorite by someone else. If you prefer to watch, just sit back, sip on a hot drink, and enjoy the performances. Earn extra credit and fine forgiveness coupons!

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, October 2 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek

New Microsoft Word Classes in October!

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Microsoft Word Draw: Explore the drawing toolbar
Thursday October 8, 2009: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Training Center

Microsoft Word Insert: Learn about inserting tables, footnotes, hyperlinks and more into word documents
Tuesday October 20, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

New Computer Class: Overdrive Basics, Download Digital Content

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Register for Overdrive Basics to learn how to use Overdrive to download digital content such as ebooks, eaudio, and evideo.

Monday, October 5, 7 - 9 pm Downtown
Monday, October 12, 7 - 9 pm Downtown

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555

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