April Gaming Weekend

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Spring is here and the next tournament season is just around the corner. This weekend we have Guitar Hero Friday night 4/17, Teen Open Play Saturday afternoon 4/18, and The Retro Octathlon Sunday Afternoon 4/19.

Baby Barn Dance @ Pittsfield

For Preschoolers under the age of 5 .... SWING YOUR PARENTS at the Square Dance @ Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday April 18, 11:00 - 11:45 am. Swing your partners at home with music from:
Passin' It On: Pickin' and Grinnin' and Singin' Tehm Old Time Tunes with David Grover.
21 #1 Hits: Teh Ultimate Collection of Buck Owens
Country Goes Raffi
Cotton Blossum: 19th Century Banjo hits

The Story Of The Boll Weevil Jass Band

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Travel back in time to the late 1950’s when a new jazz band made up of a motley crew of residents and students was formed in Ann Arbor. Known as the Boll Weevil Jass Band (aka The Weevils) they played gigs at fraternity and sorority houses and staged several public concerts. On Sunday, April 19, 3pm - 4:30pm at Malletts Creek Branch, music expert (and co-founder of the Weevils) Mike Montgomery will discuss Dixieland Jazz in Ann Arbor and play excerpts from Weevil recordings to illustrate the various musical conventions used, such as breaks, stop-time, after beats, double-time and changing keys.

The Ann Arbor Brewers Guild Discusses Better Beer through Homebrewing

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Ever wondered what the difference is between an ale and a lager? Or a Pilsner and an India Pale Ale? At the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, April 18, 2pm to 3:30pm, local homebrewer Jeff Renner will describe the many different kinds of beer and how you can make them yourself at home. He will also demonstrate basic and advanced brewing techniques.

Spring Break Gaming at AADL: Rock Revolution, Retro Octathlon and Beyond!

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Spring Break! Can I get a WOO? No? Regardless, we've got our gaming equipment set up and ready for some weekend showdowns before heading back to the grind next week. First off, we've got Revolution Hero Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution tournaments for All Ages, Friday Night at 6 PM at the Downtown Library. Then on Saturday, we've got Rock Band and Brawl Open Play for grades 6 and up from Noon to 5 PM including some brawling against other libraries. Finally, on Sunday, it's the return of our annual All-Ages Retro Octathlon from 1 to 4 PM including 8 classic videogames, prizes, and some serious nostalgia for serious gaming fans. The 2009 GT season is just around the corner; stay tuned for details!

1950s Dixieland Jazz in Ann Arbor

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On Sunday, April 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, ragtime music expert (and former Boll Weevil band member) Mike Montgomery will discuss Dixieland Jazz In Ann Arbor and tell The Story Of The Boll Weevil Jass Band. Montgomery was the pianist and co-founder of the Weevils. He will discuss what Dixieland Jazz is, where the name came from and play excerpts from Weevil recordings to illustrate the various musical conventions used by almost all traditional jazz bands (e.g., breaks, stop-time, after beats, double-time, changing keys). Recordings will include excerpts from sessions with an African-American congregation in Ypsilanti, selections from the group’s 10-inch 78 rpm record, and much more. Be at Malletts Creek Branch this Sunday to learn about a unique moment in Ann Arbor jazz history.

The Play Ground

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Our solution to everything is "let's eat." It has worked pretty well so far. So we are ecstatic about the National Library Week program at the Downtown Library: "Just Desserts" with Chef Isabella from Paesano's Restaurant. The chef will demonstrate how to make three desserts. She will be making a chocolate mousse, a semifreddo and zaletti cookies. To heck with fitting into bathing suits, we are still in our winter coats. Chef Isabella, Downtown, April 15, 7:00pm.

Cup Stack Attack!

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If you’re a cup stacker, come to Traverwood 2-3 p.m. on Monday, April 13 for Cup Stack Attack. We’ll spend the first part of the hour practicing cup stacking skills and then have a cup stack tournament. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Kids and teens in grades K-8 are welcome.

For inspiration, check out this video from ESPN magazine. It shows 11-year-old Steven demonstrating the cup stacking prowess that makes him a favorite to win at the Sport Stacking Championships on April 18-19.

Baby Barn Dance @ Pittsfield

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John Freeman will lead country dance calls and folk rhythms for families with young children at a Baby Barn Dance at the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, April 18, 11 to 11:45am. Push back the coffee table, roll up the rugs, and Practice your do-si-do with the CDs Celebration of Country by Music For Little People, Old Texas Fiddle Tunes Played The Old Way, and Country Songs For Children.

Learning is a Family Thing

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The Learning is a Family Thing (LIFT) Program is a series of four interactive sessions designed to enhance family, health, financial, and workplace skills for everyone in the family!
The four sessions will address:
* Reading Together: Reading as a family; using effective communication skills and study techniques.
* Healthy Families: Keeping your family healthy through nutrition, exercise, and education.
* Dollars and Sense: Credit management, budgeting, and financial smarts for all ages.

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