Axis Coffehouse This Friday!

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That's right! Axis Coffeehouse starts up again this Friday March 6th! If once a week isn't enough poetry for you, catch up on the latest poetry news online or drop by the library for the latest poetry books like How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block or Side by Side: new poems inspired by art from around the world.

See you Friday at Malletts Creek, 6:30 pm!

How To Sell Your Home in a Difficult Market

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Need to sell your house because you just got a fabulous job in another county? Wanna sell it because you love the one that just went on the market down the street? Maybe you are tired of mowing the grass and crave a condo? Elizabeth Brien and Melissa VanDam can help you. They know the tricks to selling a house in this difficult economy. Bring your questions to the Traverwood Branch, Monday, March 2 at 7 PM.

Get a Job 101

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Looking to work this summer while out of school? No better time than the present to hone your job-hunting skills. Get expert advice on finding a job best suited to you, selling yourself on an application or resume, and nailing the interview. Snacks provided.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL, Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition, and Michigan Works!

Saturday, March 7 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM | MC | Grades 9-12

Master Pieces and International Grand Masters

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The DIA has a fabulous exhibition, Master Pieces: Chess Sets from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection. There are more than two dozen sets ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The chess set represent exquisite examples from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. You can see the exhibition through May 17.

Also at the DIA last Friday was Ann Arbor’s International Grand Master Ben Finegold who took on fifty opponents in an evening simul. Finegold recently won three state championship events in one weekend!

With all this chess inspiration how can you resist the chance to improve your chess skills?

Chesstastic | Sunday, March 8 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages Welcome

Learn About Dinosaurs This (and Every) Weekend!

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Head over to the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The Exhibit Museum offers free docent-led tours of the dinosaur exhibits every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. for the first 15 people to sign up. You can sign up at the host table in the Rotunda lobby. Sign up is first come, first served. The tours last approximately 30 minutes. As an added bonus, check out a Museum Adventure Pass and receive a 10% discount in the museum store!

A Magical Afternoon at the Pittsfield Branch!

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Come join us at the Pittsfield Branch Library on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. when local magician Jeff Wawrzaszek comes to the Library for a magic show full of tricks, laughs, and awesome magic.

Want to try some magic yourself? Look for these titles.

Bettye LaVette to visit The Ark next week

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Hot off her performance at Obama’s Inaugural Celebration on January 18, Detroit native Bettye LaVette brings her soulful self to The Ark for a night of blissful singing and bringing down the house on Thursday, March 5th at 8pm.

After years of top singles, the 2005 release of I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise brought LaVette back into the spotlight, 43 years after her first single was released when she was a teen. She’s been unstoppable since. Juke Blues Magazine describes her music as “tortuous soul at its most raw and almost frightening in its intensity.” Indeed.

Family Science Fun Workshops at Malletts Creek and Traverwood

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Children grades K - 5 and their caregivers will have two opportunities to explore science and learn all about the planets in our Solar System during our Family Science Fun Workshops-Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space! Planet Adventures! Workshops will be held on Saturday, February 28 at Malletts Creek from 10 to 11am and at Traverwood from 2 to 3pm. Make sure to browse the Youth department after the program ends for a book on outer space to bring home with you. This workshop is held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, whose theme is The Universe: Yours To Discover. The full list of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads events appears here.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: 'Seeing in the Dark'

On Wednesday February 25, 2009, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, library staff at the Pittsfield Branch will host an Book Discussion of the book that is the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009: Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe by Timothy Ferris. Make sure to check out the podcast interview he did recently while in town for a talk at Washtenaw Community College. A full list of other events affiliated with Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is here.

Eat Your Books and Read Your Vegetables!

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Join us at the Downtown Library on Friday, February 27th at 7:00 pm to sing along with Mr. Seley's popular songs for five year olds and up, such as “You’re So Wonderful (You Should Live In A Castle)”, “Best Friend (The Dog Song)”, and “Eat Your Books (And Read Your Vegetables)”.

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