Tools For School

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The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for back pack and school supplies assistance for children in grades 1 to 8 from August 3 to August 7, 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm. Bring photo ID, proof of address, and birth certificate or crib card of the child seeking assistance to 100 Arbana, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. For more information, call 734-668-8353.

Puzzle Palooza

What could be better than a good laugh, a magic trick and an outrageous puzzle, all at the same time? If you are going into grade Kindergarten or up, you are in for a treat with the Scheer Genius of Doug Scheer, presenting Puzzle Palooza on Friday, July 31st at 10:00 am at the Downtown Library (the location has been moved from Malletts to Downtown) and 1:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

Palabras Luminosas--Latino Language, Laughter, and Lore

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Magical Rain Theaterworks visits on Sunday, July 26, from 2-3pm in the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room to perform Palabras Luminosas. Palabras Luminosas is a dramatic and fun collection of stories from throughout the Americas with Latino stories of traps and tricksters, animals, food, and the marvelous oddness of everyday life. This is a great program for the whole family--what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Frisbee is the Ultimate!

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Drop by the Traverwood Branch this Saturday, July 25, from 2-3pm to Make Your Own Frisbee. Dave Morris and others from the Ann Arbor Ultimate Frisbee League will be on hand to show you some smooth frisbee moves that you can try yourself! This program is designed for kids grades k-5.

Book Bingo!

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Kids in grades K - 5 are invited to join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, July 30 from 2 - 3:30 for an afternoon of bingo. Prizes will be books, generously donated by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library. Each child can win one book. There will be other smaller prizes for any subsequent wins. Parents should plan on staying with the youngest players.

Ben Spitzer - Juggler and Comedian

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Ben Spitzer, juggler and comedian, will return to Ann Arbor on Tuesday, July 28th for two shows to liven up your summer. He'll be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and the Downtown Library at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this fun event!

To learn how to juggle yourself, go here.

Michigan Brewers Guild 12th Annual Summer Beer Festival

Home brewers and beer aficionados, this weekend is going to be tasty. The Michigan Brewers Guild 12th Annual Summer Beer Festival kicks off from 5-9pm this Friday, July 24th, and continues the following day from 1-6pm. Featuring over 200 beers from 30+ Michigan breweries, this yearly event takes place in Depot Town's Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, and the weather (so far) is looking good. Not going to be able to sample the goods? Check out the AADL's fine collection of brewing books, perhaps Michael Jackson's Beer Companion or John Palmer's How to Brew. And a very hoppy weekend to the tasters.

AXIS Coffeehouse fun

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We’ve been doing poetry, booktalks, 2-minute mysteries, etc. this summer. This Wednesday share something new! Attend Improv 101 at Malletts 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes and learn about the fun world of improvisation.

Then drop by Coffeehouse during the evening and show off your new improv skills. As always you can step up to the microphone to share or you are welcome to sit back and listen.

Income Tax Assistance Volunteer Opportunity!

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Join us at the Mallett's Creek Branch on Monday, August 10 from 6 to 8 pm for an informational session for people interested in serving as a volunteer with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) during the winter/spring of 2010. Any adult looking for an opportunity to help people may be interested in this program- retirees, accountants, tax lawyers, church groups- and any other individuals. You do not have to have any background in doing taxes to assist- and there will be training scheduled in November for interested individuals. To RSVP for the session or for more information, call Terry Jones of the VITA program at 734-222-3943.

History of Stop-Motion Animation lecture & Claymation Workshop for TEENS!

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History & Development of Stop-Motion Animation With Animator Brad Pattullo
Thursday July 23, 2009: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Professional animator/animation professor Brad Pattullo leads a discussion and screening chronicling the history of stop-motion animation up to recent films like Coraline. Using many film clips, he will share the excellent history of animation on film. Older kids, Teens & Adults are welcome!! This event is FREE and requires no registration.

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