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

Come to Our Last Axis Coffeehouse Until March!

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Our last meeting of this session falls on Friday the 13th which is right before Valentine's Day. Coincidence or fateful juxtaposition? Feel free to dedicate one of Shakespeare's sonnets to your beloved, or to dedicate the day to terror and bad luck with a little Edgar Allan Poe. Malletts Creek Branch, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Enjoy your break and come see us again starting March 6th!

Film & Discussion: Refusing to be Enemies

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Refusing to be Enemies - The Zeitouna Story profiles a self-formed group of six Arab and six Jewish women in the Ann Arbor area, who call themselves Zeitouna, the Arab word for olive tree. Filmmaker Laurie White, a founding member of the group, documents the special bond which grows between the members of her Zeitouna dialogue group as they share cultural food and personal narratives.

A post-film discussion will include members of Zeitouna.

Thursday, February 12 | 6:30-8:30 PM Downtown, Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 9-Adult

The films are cosponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and Michigan Television

The Youngest Candidate film viewing at Michigan Theater

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On February 11 at 7:00 pm, the Neutral Zone will be hosting a film viewing at the Michigan Theater. The Youngest Candidate follows four teens from different parts of the US as they run for local elected public office. After winning Best First Time Documentary Filmmaker Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in July 2008, the film was screened at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO in August 2008. Between September 7th and November 4th 2008, The Youngest Candidate has been screened at 21 college campuses in 10 states, to encourage youth to register to vote. This event is free. Donations are accepted and a portion will benefit the Neutral Zone.

Discover your family history with help from AADL

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Curious about your family history, but don't know where or how to get started? If this sounds like you, then we invite you to attend our program, Genealogy for Beginners, Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library. Our staff will demonstrate how to search for historical records in databases, Ancestry and HeritageQuest, as well as how to use various genealogical websites. They will also share tips on how to begin the research process. If you have never conducted genealogical research before and want to know how to get started, then this is the class for you.

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