Celebrate Ghana!

The amazing Kofi Ameyaw will be kicking off our Ghana Family Cultural Celebration on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Kofi will perform on the Gyil and then teach older children and adults how to play the “CasCas”. We are making African masks and collages with Adinkra symbols and wild jungle paper! Kofi’s family is in on the act with a little snack for all!

Cohousing opportunities in Ann Arbor

This Sunday, January 11, at 2 p.m., Nick Meima, founder of the Sunward cohousing community will be talking on "Community, Health, and Well-Being" and leading a tour of the three local cohousing communities. Cohousing is an innovative approach to living in which residents have separate dwellings but share activities and where the physical environment encourages a strong sense of community. Inspired by Danish experiments in intentional living, cohousing has taken off in this country, spawning a diversity of communities that each have their individual character based on needs and goals of residents. The meeting and tour will be held at Sunward Cohousing, 424 Little Lake Dr. Free. Preregistration required. Call 763-2177.

The More We Get Together!

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If you have or know any very young children, come to the Downtown Library on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for a family concert and a book signing with Gari Stein.
Ms. Stein is an educator who brings music and movement together for the very young. Her classes for babies and and their grownups are well known around Ann Arbor. Her new book, The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships Through Music, Play, Books and Art, was just released in November.
Come and dance and celebrate!

If you "ain't misbehavin," here's your chance.

If you're a Fats Waller fan or maybe haven't even heard of him, find a jumpin' good time at the Kerrytown Concert House this Saturday, January 10 at 8 p.m. A Detroit Fats Waller tribute band will play favorites such as "Ain`t Misbehavin'," "Your Feet's Too Big," and more. Members include stride pianist Alvin Waddles, bassist Marion Hayden, and saxophonist-clarinetist Charlie Gabriel. Wine and beer are served. KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15, $20, & $30. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.

News from the Ypsilanti Historical Society

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Join us at the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI) on Saturday, January 10, at 11:00 a.m. for the unveiling of an online archive of the Ypsilanti Historical Society's newsletter, Ypsilanti Gleanings. This event will include a demonstration of the site and a presentation on Ypsilanti history by Al Rudisill, President of the Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Special Events at 826michigan!

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Nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center 826michigan is hosting two special events in January in partnership with Rocks and Robots, an Ann Arbor based company that offers technology and adventure challenge programs. On Friday, January 9 from 5 to 7pm Sumo Battle Bots will introduce students to the basics of robot programming and will end with an ultimate Sumo Championship where everyone gets several chances to test and improve their robots. On Saturday, January 10 from 1 to 3pm at the Robot Builder’s Extravaganza participants will choose from dozens of “smart” LEGO robotic contraptions to create a special robot- the possibilities are endless! These events are appropriate for families with kids ages 7 and older. Both events are free and open to the public.

Chesstastic this Sunday, January 11

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Drop in to play chess this Sunday at the Traverwood branch. Players of all ages are welcome to try their luck on the chess battlefield. Chess sets are provided but you are welcome to bring your own set.

Chesstastic | Sunday, January 11 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

AXIS Coffeehouse is back this Friday

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What’s better at the end of your first week back to school than a chance to relax and enjoy sharing poetry, monologues, or music? Nothing when you can also sip on some cocoa, coffee, or tea. Come to speak into the mike or come to listen.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, January 9 | 6:00-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek

Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

On January 16 come to the Downtown Library at 7 pm to hear prize-winning author and historian Timothy B. Tyson talk about Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story, a carefully researched memoir of a 1970 racial murder in Oxford, N.C. The book is being made into a movie. I'm eager to hear the author speak. I'm also wanting to respectfully ask his opinion of The New Republic article about the unfortunate book Angel at the Fence: the true story of a love that survived.

Kaplan Help at AADL

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Getting ready to take the SAT or ACT? Two January sessions led by Kaplan instructors will help you prep.

Test Taking with Kaplan Experts
Wednesday, January 7 | 7-8 pm | Pittsfield Branch

Learn how to approach ACT or SAT test day with confidence. Kaplan instructors will lay out strategies and suggestions for preparing. They will also step you through some questions showing you how you can best arrive at the correct answer.

ACT Plus Writing Test Tips with Kaplan Experts
Tuesday, January 13 | 7-8 pm | Traverwood Branch

Faced with a question and just 30 minutes to think, organize, and write a short essay, it’s no wonder that the ACT Plus Writing test is one of the most feared. But fear not! Kaplan instructors will provide you a road map for getting ready to write the dynamic response in a short amount of time. This session will set you on course to a successful test experience in March.

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