It's a Smash Kart and Mario Weekend

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Brave the Art Fair crowds and join us at the Downtown Library for two gaming tournaments this weekend: On Saturday, noon to 5pm, we'll kick things off with the pre-season Smash Kart Tourney with single player and team Brawl and Kart Wii events. The gaming continues on Sunday from 1 to 4pm with an all-ages Mario Kart Wii tournament! Separate brackets for Kids, Teens, and Adults. Both events will have snacks to fuel the players. Plus, don't miss Rock Revolution Friday Night from 6-9 PM!

Craft Bits - Make Exotic Pencils

Monday we created exotic pencils to impress friends when schools start again. You can find more craft ideas to do at home in the following books:
Earth-Friendly Crafts with "clever ways to reuse everyday items".
The Usborne Children's Book Of Art an "introduction to painting ..." of famous artists, includes suggested internet links.
Usborne Complete Book Of Art Ideas with "Over 400 inspiring ideas for things to do with paints ...pens, found objects, stitches, rubbings."

Got rhythm?

If you are the kind of person who just has to tap to the beat- the percussion workshops on July 23 are for you! Teacher, composer and awesome percussionist, Aron Kaufman, has years of experience and just the right amount of humor to lead these fun workshops on rhythm, body percussion and drumming at Malletts Creek for grades K-3 at 10:00 am, and grades 4-8 at 1:00 pm.

Jazzy Tuesday!

Bring the little ones to join Kathryn Goodson on piano, Erin Zurbuchen on double bass, and Gari Stein for dancing and creative movement on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library. The musicians from the Ann Arbor Symphony have never offered their fun and educational Kinder Concert for families in the evening at the library before so I am really looking forward to dancing along!

Huron River Day 2009

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Sunday, July 12 is the 2009 Huron River Day! From noon to 4 p.m. at Gallup Park, all are invited to play on the river with discounted canoe and kayak rentals. There will be plenty of food and entertainment, including the WCC Jazz Bands, and many opportunities for all ages to learn about the river's importance and health. Other activities will include Geocaching, a classic boat show, how to plant a rain garden, and live animal presentations.

PreK Bits - We're Going To The ZOO

We're going to the zoo in Storytime with Ms. Rachel. Ann Arbor is a one hour drive from two excellent zoos. You can visit the Detroit Zoo and Toledo Zoo this summer. While you're traveling you can share these stories and songs:
Sing "Going To The Zoo" with Peter Paul And Mary, or Raffi. Read Tom Paxton's words in Going To The Zoo.

Great summer walks with Brenda Bentley

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Don’t miss meeting Brenda Bentley, author of Riverwalks Ann Arbor when she speaks at the downtown library 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 10. Her book is gaining plenty of attention, and she recently spoke to city council against removal of Argo dam, according to the Ann Arbor Chronicle. Her library program is called "Walking For Fun, Exercise And Cultural Edification In The Ann Arbor Area." Books will be on sale, and a signing will follow the presentation.

Aikido - An Introductory Workshop

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Learn the basic movements, techniques and history of Aikido from Keiko Cauley, a 4th degree black belt certified instructor from the Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America.

Monday, July 6, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Traverwood Branch for Grades 4-12.

Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotten: "How Detroit Saved the World: World War II and the Willow Run Story”

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Wednesday July 8, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

The Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotten shares his extensive research on the Willow Run Bomber Plant. He is the Director of Flight Operations at the Yankee Air Museum as well as a Board Member and Committee Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. He also flies as a pilot with the Yankee Air Museum in the C-47 and the B-17.

Randy will cover the world and national events leading up to the decision to involve the auto industry in the construction of airplanes for WWII and ultimately to build the Willow Run Bomber Plant. He is a retired US Navy Captain, who served as Pilot in P-3 Orion aircraft flying Anti-Submarine Patrols during the Cold War.

He will also discuss the history and future of the Yankee Air Museum and the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show featuring the awe-inspiring
US Navy Blue Angels, at the Willow Run Airport July 18-19th.

Advance tickets available at Thunder Tickets.

826michigan for adults!

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Did you know that for the first time ever, 826michigan is offering writing workshops for adults? Isn't that awesome!? The 826michigan 2009 adult workshop series is called How To Write Like I Do. Meet real-life writers, pick up a few of their trade secrets, and spend some time practicing your own writing with other local writers. The cost of the workshops includes coffee and Zingerman's treats and will help support 826michigan's free literacy programs for local kids. You can register here.

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