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)”.

Creature Teachers

Meet the creature teachers from Copper Leaf Crossing and a live alligator as well! On Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 pm five year olds and up should come early to the Downtown Library, since wildlife programs at the library attract kids like bees to honey!

Moving Stories

There will be no sitting and listening in this storytime! We will move through the silly actions of the boy in The Squeaky Door and that trickster coyote using yoga poses. We might throw in a little laughter yoga too! If you are in Kindergarten or older join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday February 25, at 2:00 pm.

GT Returns for Midwinter Break with Smash, Little Big Planet, Pokémon and More!

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Midwinter break is upon us, and they say that spring is just around the corner; and a few more corners after that will come the start of the next tournament season! But for now, the off-season plods along and this weekend brings some mild relief from the trudgery of winter with some sweet, sweet videogame bliss.

First off, we've got a Rock Band Tournament for All Ages on Sunday, 2/22, from 1 - 4 PM at the Downtown Library. Form a 4-player band and take the high score to earn more than most bands make over their entire careers! Then, Monday 2/23 come Downtown from 3 - 9 PM for our Annual Game & Plan Meetup with Smash open play, followed by a Brawl Regulation No Items Throwdown starting at 6 PM for grades 6 and up.

Then, on Tuesday 2/24, we've got a Kid's open play from 1 - 5 PM followed by our first-ever LittleBIGPlanet tournament from 6 - 9 PM for all ages! Come try for a high score on our specially-designed race course, with the top scorers advancing to finals on community survival challenges!

Finally, our Pokémon series continues on Wednesday 2/25 with a Pokémon Tournament at Malletts Creek Branch from 1 - 5 PM. Will some hardcore Pokéfan have an import copy of Pokémon Platinum to show off? Perhaps!

Get out of the house and come to the library! We'll keep you entertained.

An Afternoon with Season Four Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard

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When season four Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard visits the Downtown Library on March 15, 2- 3:30pm, she will put on a cooking demonstration and discuss her time on the show and experience in the Chicago restaurant scene. Stephanie, who is the first woman to win the competition, has always enjoyed cooking, but as a young student thought her career should be business-related. In pursuit of a non-food career, she attended the University of Michigan. Ultimately, she couldn’t deny her interest in food, so she decided that after earning her degree in Sociology she would go forward and attend culinary school. After hearing her speak, maybe you will be inspired to check out our extensive collection of cookbooks and try your own hand at some dishes worthy of Top Chef.

Tiana Marquez and the Story of the Children's Crusade

The Children's Crusade was the name bestowed upon a march by hundreds of school students in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 2 and May 3, 1963, during the American Civil Rights movement. Organized by Rev. James Bevel, the purpose of the march was to protest the arrest and jailing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the celebration of Black History Month when singer/storyteller Tiana Marquez performs the dramatic story of the Children’s Crusade on Sat., Feb. 21 at 2 pm at the Downtown Library.

World Travel 101

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The Michigan Council of Hostelling International will be in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Downtown Library on Wednesday February 18, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm to offer tips and resources for travelers getting ready for their first trip or travelers eager to save money. After the program, make sure to check out our selection of travel books to plan your next trip; the Let's Go series is a favorite.

Enter our 1st Annual Oscar Contest! Plus attend our Oscar Night event on Feb. 19!

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You're invited to enter our 1st Annual Oscar prediction contest! Teens in grades 6 and up and adults are invited to enter. For each category choose one projected winner - be sure to answer the tie-breakers too! Winners will be selected during the week after the Oscar telecast (February 22, 2009) and will be chosen based on accuracy of answers - using the tie-breakers if necessary. You may only enter the contest one time.

Three winners will be chosen and will receive Gift Certificates for Quality 16 Movie Theaters:
1st place = $25; 2nd place = $20 and 3rd place = $15.
To enter the contest please complete the form.
Sunday, February 22, 2009: Thanks for playing the contest is now CLOSED.

If you need some inspiration before entering the contest join us for
Oscar Night with Movie Expert John Carlos Cantu
Thursday February 19, 2009: 7:00- 8:30 pm --Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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