Homebrew time!

Saturday at 2pm in the Malletts Creek program room, Ann Arbor Brewers' Guild member Jeff Renner will be presenting a variety of basic homebrew tips, as well as advice for experienced brewers. In case you'd like to do a little reading on your own, either before or after Jeff's presentation, check out the Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian, a book referred to by many homebrewers as the "Homebrew Bible." Since summer is one of the best possible seasons (in my opinion) to enjoy a pale ale, you might want to learn how to make your own. Terry Foster's Pale ale: History, brewing techniques, recipes can help guide you through your first batch. And if you're a first timer for whom this all seems like a whole lot of mess, John Palmer's How to brew: Everything you need to know to brew beer right the first time might help you demystify the process. Cheers! Here's to your health!

Chesstastic this Sunday at Traverwood


Chesstastic is Back!

Whether you are a beginner or a top-notch player drop by Traverwood for a game or two of chess. Brush up with moves and strategies from Big Book of Chess or watch Searching for Bobby Fischer on DVD to inspire you beforehand.

April 19 | 1-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

Learning is a Family Thing: Reading Together

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The first in a series of four interactive sessions is focused on Reading Together and will be held at the Downtown AADL on Sun., Apr. 19, 2-4 PM. Get some tips on reading to your children and learn how you can help them succeed at school. This event features sessions for parents, activities for kids 3 & up, refreshments and a book to take home for your family library! Upcoming sessions include family health, finances and workplace literacy skills.

Jerzy Drozd Presents: Why Superheroes Communicate to Us

On Saturday, April 25th at 4pm in the Downtown library, Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, author of The Front: Rebirth and other graphic novels, will deliver a dynamic presentation aimed at adult audiences on the greater significance that superheroes have in our world.

From the author: Superheroes have been an integral part of American culture since the late 1930s. Almost everyone knows what effect Kryptonite has on Superman, why Batman has a disdain for guns, or how Spider-Man learned "with great power comes great responsibility". But are these cultural icons merely a power fantasy for young people, or do they speak to wider human experiences and struggles? And why have they until only recently been a genre exclusive to comic books?

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Jerzy Drozd for an interactive discussion about the role of superheroes in fiction as well as the parallels that can be found when one compares them to characters found in mythology and fables.

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


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


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.

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