Learn About Dinosaurs This (and Every) Weekend!

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Head over to the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The Exhibit Museum offers free docent-led tours of the dinosaur exhibits every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. for the first 15 people to sign up. You can sign up at the host table in the Rotunda lobby. Sign up is first come, first served. The tours last approximately 30 minutes. As an added bonus, check out a Museum Adventure Pass and receive a 10% discount in the museum store!

A Magical Afternoon at the Pittsfield Branch!

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Come join us at the Pittsfield Branch Library on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. when local magician Jeff Wawrzaszek comes to the Library for a magic show full of tricks, laughs, and awesome magic.

Want to try some magic yourself? Look for these titles.

Bettye LaVette to visit The Ark next week

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Hot off her performance at Obama’s Inaugural Celebration on January 18, Detroit native Bettye LaVette brings her soulful self to The Ark for a night of blissful singing and bringing down the house on Thursday, March 5th at 8pm.

After years of top singles, the 2005 release of I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise brought LaVette back into the spotlight, 43 years after her first single was released when she was a teen. She’s been unstoppable since. Juke Blues Magazine describes her music as “tortuous soul at its most raw and almost frightening in its intensity.” Indeed.

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.

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