Chesstastic!

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The number of possible, unique chess games is far greater than the number of electrons in the universe!
Plan to play a few games this Sunday, October 11 at the Traverwood Branch, from 1:00-4:00 PM. Chess sets will be provided and of course, players of all ages and abilities are welcome. If you need a little review, try Beginner's Guide to Playing Chess or just for fun Twelve Great Chess Players and Their Best Games.

Are You Ready To Wrock?!

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! Local favorite Tonks and The Aurors returns to the Downtown Library on Tuesday, October 20, 7pm, for a concert held in conjunction with AADL's celebration of Teen Read Week (October 18 -24) and the theme of Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library. Fronted by Stephanie Anderson, Tonks and The Aurors play songs from the perspective of Nymphadora Tonks. Get ready for a loud and wrockin' evening!

Unleash Your Firefox!

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Did you know about Firefox Add-ons? Firefox is an internet browser that offers you thousands of ways to customize your web experience. For example, you can use Add-ons to show the latest headlines, block ads, or have local weather in one click. Register for Introduction to Firefox Add-ons to learn more.

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

See you in class!

Discussing the Future of the Book

At this time next week (Saturday, October 10th, 9:30-4:45) a discussion about the future of the book will be in full swing in the Clements Library. Students from the University of Michigan's chapter of the Special Libraries Association will be hosting the 3 panel event, which will include AADL's own Eli Neiburger.

With the future of information creation, storage, and dissemination being such a popular and immense topic, nationally known authors like David Weinberger (Everything is Miscellaneous) and Clay Shirky (Here Comes Everybody) have been able to create full careers. But it is also a topic important to the local community, reflected by the University of Michigan's participation in the Google Books Search, the closing of the Ann Arbor News and the closing of the Shaman Drum bookstore.

Check out the full list of panelists and their bios. If you decide to join in the discussion next week registration is recommended.future of the bookfuture of the book

DAG is back

Watch out! David Alan Grier is on the move. Born and raised in Detroit, Grier attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and here found inspiration for one of his most memorable In Living Color characters, "Calhoun Tubbs," based on Ann Arbor's beloved Shakey Jake. Grier will be at the Downtown Library on Sunday, October 18, 2-3:30 p.m. to discuss Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth, in which he recounts his failure to become a Black Panther, his wish to become Obama's "Secretary of Mirth" and dishes about "Dancing with the Stars".

Fifth Avenue Fun!

If ladybug had her way, she would never raise a wing to fly, she is just that lazy! One sneeze from enormous elephant changes all that. Everything is upside down and topsy turvy at next week’s storytimes on Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am at the Downtown Library.

Persian Family Culture Celebration!

Our next world cultures in Ann Arbor family event focuses on Persia. Young families with grandparents and everyone else are welcome to dance with Pouya Entezami and the Persian Student Association. Then we will mingle and enjoy delicious cookies made by Giti Sadeghi, followed by a craft using Persian rug designs for the children and their grown-ups in the Youth Dept. It's an hour and a half of learning and fun, so please join us at the Downtown Library lower level multi-purpose room, 2-3:30 pm on Sunday, October 11.

Just what the patient ordered

Recently a patron browsing BOCDs to take to a hospitalized friend decided to also check out Overdrive and the Michigan Library Consortium site -- to download audio books. One title that caught her interest was Banker to the Poor. To learn more about using Overdrive and the MLC site – how to find titles, manage downloads, and find programs for downloaded material – sign up for Overdrive Basics, an AADL class coming up Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m. at the downtown library.

Washtenaw Immunization Action Coalition

On Monday, Oct. 5, 7-8:30 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, you are invited to attend a panel discussion on immunizations for the upcoming flu season. Presenters include doctors Diana Torres-Burgos, Laura Bauman and Holly Ross. Also speaking will be Zachary Yaksich, father of 5 year old Alana, who died of flu complications in 2003. He started Alanas Flu Foundation in her memory. This will be a great opportunity to hear the facts and have your questions answered by frontline flu fighters, in partnership with the American Lung Association.

(Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled

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The exhibition (Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled on view now through December 6, 2009 @ UMMA, features Richard Barnes's series of photographs Animal Logic (catalog on order) that examines the role the museum plays in our understanding of ourselves through the acts of collecting, preservation, and display. Images from this large body of work include photographs of the collections from the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Comparative Anatomy in Paris, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the California Academy of Science. (Un)Natural History focuses primarily on the natural history museum and by extension collecting institutions in general, providing a kind of behind-the-scenes look at museum practice and display.

This exhibition coincides with the University of Michigan LSA Theme Semester Meaningful Objects: Museums and the Academy.

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