Henna Art With Local Henna Artist Hiral Shah

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On Saturday, May 9, from 2 - 3:30pm at Pittsfield Branch, learn about the history, traditions and current practices of henna body art with Hiral Shah, a henna artist with 7 years of experience.

Celebrate "Cinco de Mayo"

Today, May 5 is also known as Cinco de Mayo, the holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican army over the French in the town of Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862. The day is celebrated mainly in the town of Puebla and in many places in the U.S., especially cities with significant Latino populations. People participate in parades, eat indigenous foods and dress in traditional Mexican clothes. The day is often confused with Mexico's day of independence which is September 16.

To celebrate in Ann Arbor, head to the Firefly Club where a dj will spin Salsa music and you can indulge at the taco bar. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. Or check out books and cds from our collection and whip up your own Mexican specialties to the tune of your favorite Latin music.

Sneak Preview of Away We Go

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Here’s a chance to view acclaimed director Sam Mendes’ latest film, Away We Go, before it hits theaters later this summer. Dave Eggers, author, founder of McSweeney’s, and co-founder of 826, co-wrote the film and will be doing a Q&A after the movie! It stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as an expectant couple traveling around the U.S. trying to find the perfect place to lay down roots and start their family, which of course leads to running into many different folks and adventures. The film will be playing at the Michigan Theater on Thursday May 14, at 7:30pm, and all proceeds benefit 826Michigan. Advance tickets are available now, see here for info and avoid the line.

Leonard Cohen in Detroit

Back in the day, listening to Leonard Cohen did not make me sleepy, but lately . . . so I won’t be there this weekend when this remarkable Canadian singer-songwriter performs in Detroit’s Fox Theater. I do still like his music -- especially Suzanne -- and I’ve been following this tour, including shows in Chicago. I'm also intrigued by the DVD about Cohen's life I'm Your Man.

Free Computer and TV Recycling at Pioneer High School May 5

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Dig out your old computer systems, monitors, speakers, printers, cell phones, televisions and modems and take them to the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Parking lot (Map) this Saturday, May 5th, from 9am-2pm.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative at the U of M are co-sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event in cooperation with Apple Computers.

For a complete list of accepted materials go to ClimateSavers@M.

All equipment collected will be destroyed and recycled in the U.S. in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.

Try an ACT or SAT Test using Learning Express Library

Is the ACT or SAT in your future? Learn how to access Learning Express Library which offers a wide variety of practice tests including the ACT and SAT. Take a practice test, and then find out how you did.

Information about Brainfuse, an online chat homework and skill development help, will also be available. Brainfuse has added a test center with SAT tests available.

Saturday, May 9 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch - Computer Training Center

'A Performance Poetica' by Jeff Kass

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Don't miss an opportunity to hear Jeff Kass, one of Ann Arbor's most amazing poets, who also teaches creative writing at Pioneer High School and does workshops at the Neutral Zone. The Stages Theater Company presents, "Wrestle the Great Fear" a 'Performance Poetica' written and performed by Jeff Kass, directed by Ben Cohen and music from the Macpodz.

Wednesday, April 29th @ 7:00 pm, in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater (in the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.) All tickets $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Kid Craft - Mini Pinatas

It's May !!!
It's time to celebrate May Day and Cinco de Mayo and Springtime !
Come to Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, May 2, between 1:00-2:30pm.
We will make "Dulce Senoritas".
A "Dulce Senorita" is a Guatamalan party decoration that hides sweet treats inside.

This Craft is for kids in grades k-5. Kids in grades k-2 may require individual attention. Kids will decorate a paper cone with colored paper, and hide the sweets inside to take home.

Bookishness: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age

Don't miss the University of Michigan symposium on Friday, May 15th: "Bookishness: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age", an event co-sponsored by the Michigan Quarterly Review and Rackham Graduate School.

Speakers:
Paul Courant / Alan Liu / Phil Pochada / Jessica Pressman / Leah Price / Sam Tanenhaus

This event is free and open to the public.
Location: 3222 Angell Hall
9:30 - 10:00: Coffee and Refreshments
10:00 - 12:00: Panel on New Reading Practices and Literacies in a Digital Age
2:00 - 4:00: Forum on New Institutions for the Digital Age

May 15th is also the first day of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

Breakin' Curfew - May 8

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The Neutral Zone and the University Musical Society (UMS) present Breakin’ Curfew at The Power Center on Friday May 8, at 8pm. Now an annual event, this powerful show features teen acts that were scouted by teens, while being lead by UMS. The end performance showcases a wide variety of local teen talent in all forms and is truly electric. (i.e. If you don't dig the breakdancing, sit tight, the cellist is up next!) This show is popular and tends to sell out, so get your tickets!

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