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.

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.

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