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.

The Play Ground

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Our solution to everything is "let's eat." It has worked pretty well so far. So we are ecstatic about the National Library Week program at the Downtown Library: "Just Desserts" with Chef Isabella from Paesano's Restaurant. The chef will demonstrate how to make three desserts. She will be making a chocolate mousse, a semifreddo and zaletti cookies. To heck with fitting into bathing suits, we are still in our winter coats. Chef Isabella, Downtown, April 15, 7:00pm.

Cup Stack Attack!

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If you’re a cup stacker, come to Traverwood 2-3 p.m. on Monday, April 13 for Cup Stack Attack. We’ll spend the first part of the hour practicing cup stacking skills and then have a cup stack tournament. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Kids and teens in grades K-8 are welcome.

For inspiration, check out this video from ESPN magazine. It shows 11-year-old Steven demonstrating the cup stacking prowess that makes him a favorite to win at the Sport Stacking Championships on April 18-19.

Baby Barn Dance @ Pittsfield

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John Freeman will lead country dance calls and folk rhythms for families with young children at a Baby Barn Dance at the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, April 18, 11 to 11:45am. Push back the coffee table, roll up the rugs, and Practice your do-si-do with the CDs Celebration of Country by Music For Little People, Old Texas Fiddle Tunes Played The Old Way, and Country Songs For Children.

Learning is a Family Thing

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The Learning is a Family Thing (LIFT) Program is a series of four interactive sessions designed to enhance family, health, financial, and workplace skills for everyone in the family!
The four sessions will address:
* Reading Together: Reading as a family; using effective communication skills and study techniques.
* Healthy Families: Keeping your family healthy through nutrition, exercise, and education.
* Dollars and Sense: Credit management, budgeting, and financial smarts for all ages.

It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

We're trying to clean out our supplies of craft materials so that we can make room for all the new stuff we'll need this summer. Here's a chance to let your imagination soar. We'll provide all kinds of materials, you provide the creativity. For preschoolers through third grade.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Traverwood Branch
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Pittsfield Branch
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For some ideas, look here.

Pamper Yourself!

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Do you want to show off your hands? Getting ready for sandal season? Pamper yourself with a fingernail soak, then use decals, stencils, polishes, and rhinestones provided for you to create your own nail look. Polish colors such as "Rave" and "So Disco" may inspire you!

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2-3pm at the Pittsfield Branch for a little Nail Fun. Bring a friend or two so you can chat and giggle while you work.

National Library Week Event: Bats of the World

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Step into the world of bats on Thursday April 16, 2 to 3pm at the Downtown Library. We'll learn about sound waves, ecosystems, food webs, and conservation and see a variety of live bats!

National Library Week Concert: Candy Band

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They're back! Candy Band - the famous Detroit rock group comprised of four stay-at-home moms who were sick to death of “whiny music” for kids - will return to the Downtown Library on Tuesday April 14, 1 to 2pm to perform a live concert. You have never heard ‘The Alphabet Song’ or ‘It’s Your Birthday’ played like this! They were a smash when they appeared at AADL in September – do not miss them this time around!

Celebrate National Poetry Month

To help celebrate National Poetry Month, come to a reading and open mike event this Thursday, April 9, 7.pm. at the Downtown Library. Acclaimed poet and Central Michigan University Professor Robert Fanning will be reading from both old and new work, the latest of which, American Prophet, is a series of observations by an imaginary black suited prophet who travels through America, visiting its dry cleaners, back streets, big cities and rural landscapes, testing the pulse of the country. One reviewer comments: "...these lyrics work the way poetry is meant to work, they move us past presumption and lax acceptance, past what we think we know, to make us rethink our staid convictions, whatever those might be." After Fanning's reading, people will have the opportunity to read their own work to a very friendly cadre of fellow writers and poetry lovers.

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