Spring Workshops at 826michigan

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826michigan has opened registration for spring workshops! Workshops are available for kids and adults on a variety of subjects. Sign up here, but hurry because there are a limited number of spots available for each workshop, and they fill up quickly! And don’t forget about Drop-In Writing Time (no registration required) on Monday nights, 6-7pm, starting May 4, running through June 8.

Do We Have the Courage to Talk About Race?

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Join us for the first in a series of conversations led by the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) on the subject of race. Local educators Thomas Hoetger of Detroit Public Schools and Dr. Robert W. Simmons III, of Eastern Michigan University will lead a spirited discussion on Tuesday, April 21, 7 – 8:30pm at the Downtown Branch.

Earth Day in Ann Arbor

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Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day in Tree Town. Catch the Recycled Materials Art Show at the ReUse Center or drink a toast to Project Grow at Arbor Brewing Company.

The Leslie Science and Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 26, with educational displays, hands-on activities, live animal presentations, storytelling and sing-alongs. Join the All Species Parade dressed as your favorite endangered plant or animal. Call 997-1553 or visit the Leslie Science Center's website for more information.

El día los ninos/El día de los libros

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Dance to Tumbao Bravo’s awesome Cuban jazz beat. Check out Ypsilanti District Library’s fantastic collection of books in Spanish. Snack on tortilla chips, make sunbursts to hang in the window, bracelets, and flags from your favorite country. El Día is for the whole familia to enjoy together! It all begins at 1:30 pm at the Whittaker Branch of YDL on Sunday, April 26th. Vamanos!!

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

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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

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