The HomeGrown Festival is this Saturday!


Ann Arbor’s Homegrown Festival is headed to the Kerrytown market on Saturday, September 12, from 5-10pm. The festival’s website boasts, “The HomeGrown Festival celebrates local food and community and seeks to focus broad mainstream attention on the community-wide benefits (and pleasure!) of eating from our own foodshed.”

In addition to the wonderful food vendors who will be there, there will also be a number of other activities to partake in, including tomato tasting, a beer garden, chef demos, kids’ activities, non-profit booths, and live music. Sounds like good times! Admission is free, food is available for purchase.

Ann Arbor has such a wonderful community with great support in local food efforts. (Think Slow Food Huron Valley.) Celebrate wonderful food and wonderful Michigan farms at this event!

September Gaming Weekend at The Pittsfield Branch

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Back in School, with nothing to look forward to but June? Come to the Ann Arbor District Library's Pittsfield Branch for our September Gaming Weekend. This Month is Round Two of the Smash Kart Championship Series 2009. We also have Rock Revolution on Friday Night and PL2:Public Library Pokemon League on Sunday Afternoon. So spend your weekend at the Library (No, you can't spend the night.)

Rock Revolution Rock Band & DDR Tourney
Friday, September 11 6pm to 9pm

Smash Kart Round 2
Saturday, September 12 12pm-5pm

Pokemania PL2:Public Library Pokemon League
Sunday, September 13 1pm-5pm


New Orleans Photo Exhibit

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Check out the photo show on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library this month. Like many eager volunteers from around the country, Emma Raynor decided to move down to New Orleans for a few months and help with rebuilding. She had never visited NOLA before the storm. She fell in love with the city as it was, and her show represents a new generation of young adults who are exploring and discovering New Orleans in the raw post-Katrina phase. Ok, I should admit right here that I am the photographer’s proud Mom, who just happens to work at the library, but I know these photos are a tribute to an amazing place! While you're here, check out Patricia Smith’s inspiring poetry collection about Katrina.

Speaker Discusses Fall Safety

Approximately 30 percent to 40 percent of senior citizens fall each year, which places falls as the leading cause of accidental death among older adults in the United States. Although it is impossible to prevent all falls, geriatric specialists suggest both improving balance through exercise to avoid falls and employ "fall-proofing" behaviors in and around the home to reduce risks. AADL, in partnership with UM Geriatrics Center, will present a talk by Neil Alexander M.D. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2:00-3:30 pm to help us understand why falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Dr. Alexander is Director of the UM Mobility Research Center. For those with mobility problems, drive into the parking lot off Huron Pkwy. and take the elevator under the Traverwood Branch for easy access to the library.

That 1 Guy and more at Riverside Park's Jamboree

That 1 Guy is bringing his Magic Pipe to Ypsilanti on Saturday September 5 for The Jamboree at Riverside Park! Hailing from Berkeley, California, That 1 Guy (Mike Silverman) is a classically trained upright bassist who broke out in the progressive jazz scene in the '90s. He played percussively, banging on the strings and body of his instrument, but became frustrated when his musical ideas still couldn't come to fruition. Thus the Magic Pipe was born. Standing 7 feet tall and constructed from steel pipes and orchestral bass strings, the instrument has been electronically wired and contains 13 triggers which are then mapped to various sound effects and samples. In more recent years he has added a smoke machine to the Magic Pipe, as well as a Magic Boot (played like a drum), and a Magic Saw. That 1 Guy slaps, bows, plucks, and even utilizes drum sticks to create his quirky, innovative, and completely groovable sound.

The Jamboree at Riverside Park takes place this weekend, Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5. Tickets can be purchased at local vendors (a complete list can be found here) or at the gate on the day of the festival. All proceeds will be given back to the community. Other acts include The Ragbirds, Orpheum Bell, Daisy May and Seth Bernard, and the Ann Arbor favorite The Macpodz.


Music abounds

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Every Sunday from this Sunday, September 5 until October 11, you can watch a live broadcast of "Radio Free Bacon," a show at the West Park Bandshell featuring Terry Farmer and the Roadhouse Revival Band, interviews, comic sketches and guest performers, all broadcast on radio station WQKL, 107.1 FM. A fun pastime for a Sunday afternoon.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

We are going bananas next week at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library. A journey to Grandpa’s with a single banana turns into quite an adventure. So does the fall down the hole into mouse country in the Roly Poly Rice Ball!

Join us for evening computer classes in September!

All evening classes begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm.
World Wide Web Tools at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 1
PowerPoint Basics at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 8
Microsoft Word Basics at Traverwood Thursday, September 10
Create a PowerPoint Presentation at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 15 at Traverwood Thursday, September 17
Microsoft Excel Basics at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 22
Microsoft Word Tools & More at Traverwood Thursday, September 24
Intermediate Excel at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 29
Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555. See you in class!

Come learn about a new technique for your health and well-being

On Wednesday, September 9th at 7 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, we will host a program lead by local resident Michelle Obrecht about the Alexander Technique, a set of practices for improving health and well-being. I had never heard of the technique, so I asked Michelle to provide a description, and she wrote:

"The Alexander Technique is a 100-year old process of postural re-education designed to promote self-awareness and enhance well-being. Most of us are completely unaware of the many unconscious habits we have that result in spinal compression and restricted breathing. Alexander Technique provides a specific formula that helps us shed self-defeating postural habits and replace them with habits of elongation and expansion. Most people think of posture as something rigid and held; on the contrary, Alexander work teaches that good posture is simply an attunement with the balance that nature has
intrinsically provided us."

When I asked her what equipment she will need, she said "I'll just need a straight-backed chair."

It sounds interesting and like something we can do in our own homes. Come check it out!

Storytimes & Playgroups Are Back!

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After a short summer break, Storytimes and Playgroups return on September 8 to Traverwood, Pittsfield, Malletts Creek and Downtown. Playgroups consist of fifteen minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs followed by open playtime for babies up to 2 years old. Storytimes are open to children 2 - 5 years old. The complete listing of times and locations can be found on our Events page. Come join us for stories and fun!

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