Videogame Tournaments at Your Library: December Events!

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It's December in Ann Arbor. You know what that means... a fresh infusion of salty brown slush. That, plus AADL-GT's 5th Annual Grand Championship Tournament Weekend! The action gets going Friday Night, 12/19 at 6 PM with our final Revolution Hero Tournament for All Ages featuring Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero tournaments for players of all skill levels. Then, at High Noon on Saturday 12/20, the 2008 SmashKart Wildcard Tournament and Grand Championships bring together players in grades 6 - 12 for Ann Arbor's hottest gaming event, with a Wii, iPod, and DS up for grabs to the Grand Champions! We wrap up the season with Public Library Pokémon League on Sunday 12/21 from 1-5 PM, and then finally the 2nd Annual GT Awards, Clan Cup Finals, and Grudge Buffet featuring the finest comestibles that Salsarita's has to offer, on Monday, 12/22 at 6 PM. All events at the Downtown Library in the lower level Multipurpose Room. Food and prizes at all events!

Chess extravaganza

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If chess is your game, check out two upcoming events for all ages at the new Traverwood branch:

Chess Strategies & Tips Sunday, December 7 (1 - 4 p.m.)
Local chess experts Jennifer Skidmore and Ron Finegold will provide tips to master the chess board battlefield. Then, play some chess with other participants to see how these strategies work.

Chesstastic Sunday, December 14 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Play one of the world’s most popular sports with players of all ages and abilities. Chess sets will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. Challenge old friends and meet new ones!

Beyond Foreclosure at AADL

If you are caught up in the current foreclosure mess, bring your questions and concerns to a panel of local experts on Thursday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Downtown Library. Beyond Foreclosure will zero in on what you can do to survive and recover from the unfortunate experience of home foreclosure. Knowledge is power, so visit aadl.org for free access to a variety of online magazine and newspaper articles (including The New York Times), where you can learn more about how the government and communities around the country are dealing with this challenge.

Snow Flakes are Falling!

They are falling everywhere! Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 11:00 - 12:00 to see how many different kinds of snowflakes you can make. Use them for winter and holiday decorations. For preschoolers - 3rd grade. All supplies will be provided.

Age 50+ Nia Exercise

Join Megan Rose, dance and fitness instructor at the Ann Arbor YMCA, in the gentle music and movement exercise called Nia. This will take place at the Malletts Creek Branch on Thurs., Dec. 4 at 1-2 pm. Nia was developed in 1983 as an effective body-mind workout minus the jarring joint gyrations of aerobics. This program is designed for ages 50 +, but everyone is welcome. Doing Nia will inspire you to combine music and movement in unique ways for yourself at home. Please join us for this fun exercise program at the library!

Funky Frosty Fridays are here!

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If you’re looking to wind down after a day of maddening bargain hunting, or if you need to wake up after a day of sleeping off that turkey/tofurky, why not grab your Hawaiian shirt & grass skirt and head over to Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Rink this Friday. Huh? The Ann Arbor Parks Department presents “Luau Skate” for all ages from 7:15-8:45pm, where you can open skate to Hawaiian music. Prizes awarded for best Hawaiian costume. Before you head out, brush up on your skills with Ice Skating Basics or have a laugh with some old friends in She's a good skate, Charlie Brown.
Other upcoming Funky Frosty Fridays (on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month) are: Celebrity Skate, Ugly Sweater Holiday Skate, Disco Skate, Disney Night, Valentine’s Skate, Rock the 80s Skate, St. Patrick’s Day Skate.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Rink | 2751 Packard | Adults $6/$5, Youth under 17 & Seniors 60+ $5/$3.75 | Skate Rental $3

Circle K Homework Help Cancelled

The Circle K Homework Help session for Wednesday, November 26th is cancelled due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

Bring your Banjo!

In the mood for a spontaneous jamming session? Bring your acoustic folk instruments-guitar, banjo, tambourine, and don't forget your voice and join the fun at the Mallets Creek Branch this Sunday, November 23 for the Community Sing Along at 1:00 pm.

The planets align for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads

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You may already know the theme for the 2009 Reads, "The Universe: Yours to Discover," aligns with UM's 2009 winter theme semester, but did you know UM chose it to align with the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observation through a telescope? UM is planning a galaxy of events, exhibits--even new classes!--and there will be many additional Reads programs.

In the meantime, read the book and brush up on your backyard stargazing with the latest edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, or by attending one of the University Lowbrow Astronomer's open houses at Peach Mountain for a look through their 24-inch McMath telescope. Look for Mercury and Jupiter to align on December 31, just in time for the kick off.<--break!-->

Need a Centerpiece for Your Holiday Dinner?

Are you still looking for that perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table? Bring the kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, November 26 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. We will be making beautiful turkey centerpieces as well as napkin rings or placemats. Supplies (toilet paper rolls, construction paper, etc.) will be provided. For preschoolers through 3rd grade.

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