Calling All World War II Military Personnel

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On Wednesday, May 27th a very special event is planned for all World War II military personnel at the Yankee Air Museum at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mi. Map

All Michigan's "Greatest Generation" World War II veterans are invited for a historic group photo on the tarmac of the Yankee Air Museum with the B-17 bomber 'Yankee Lady" as the backdrop.

You are asked to bring a 5x7 photo of yourself from your time in the military. Casual dress is fine, as is full military attire or wearing your military unit's cap.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a reception and the photograph will be taken at 2 p.m.
All participating veterans will receive a copy of this historic group photo.

Author Gary D. Schmidt Discusses His Teen Novels And Announces The Winners Of The 2009 Teen Short Story Contest

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Join us in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League on Saturday, May 16 as teen fiction writer Gary D. Schmidt discusses the craft of writing and announces the 2009 winners of the "It's All Write" teen short story writing contest. This year, over 200 area students participated, making it one of the most competitive ever! This event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, is a highlight of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

The Spirit of Tea

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Learn more about the history of the most widely consumed beverage in the world (after water) when author Frank Hadley Murphy comes to the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm to discuss his book The Spirit Of Tea. Ann Arbor’s own Tea Haus will be there, with samples of tea to try, and the event will include a book signing with books on sale, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

Online News Delivered!

Are you sad that your traditional newspaper may no longer be delivered to your doorstep? Do you want to learn how to make that news come to you electronically, but don't know how?

Join us for the Online News Delivered class this upcoming Wednesday, and learn all about it! We'll explain how you can get your local, national, and world news from your favorite media sources delivered to your RSS Reader or E-mail automatically, and help you set everything up. Register today by phone or online!

Recap: Online News Delivered class, Wed., May 13, 10am-12pm, Malletts Creek Branch, Registration Required.

Online News Delivered

Are you sad that your traditional newspaper may no longer be delivered to your doorstep? Do you want to learn how to make that news come to you electronically, but don't know how? Join us for the Online News Delivered class this upcoming Wednesday, and learn all about it! We'll explain how you can get your local, national, and world news from your favorite media sources delivered to your RSS Reader or E-mail automatically, and help you set everything up. Register today by phone or online!

Online News Delivered, Wed, May 13, 10am-12pm, Malletts Creek Branch, Registration Required.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Student Art Exhibit

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Each year, the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students in kindergarten through fifth grade art classes will be displayed throughout the Downtown Branch. The current exhibit will be up through May 28. Artwork will be on display at the Downtown Library in the Multi-Purpose Room, Lower Level Glass Display Cases, Third Floor Exhibit Area & Youth Department

Chesstastic

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It's Chesstastic this Sunday, May 10, 1:00-4:00 PM at the Traverwood Branch/AADL for All Ages. Play one of the world's most popular sports with players of all ages and abilities. Chess sets will be provided. Try checking out a book or two to learn some basic moves with Beginner's Guide to Playing Chess or browse fun facts in the magazine Chess Life.

Maybe you'd enjoy teaching your Mother to play chess, or she can teach you.

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.

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