Book Talk at Crazy Wisdom

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Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, on Main St. in Ann Arbor, holds a monthly book discussion on a different book each month. The October 10th discussion starts at 7pm and will feature Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. If you’re reading the book, or plan to, this event is open to the public and requires no registration.

Bonsai Auction - Wednesday, Sept 24 - 7:00 PM

The Ann Arbor Bonsai Society will be holding a auction at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Items featured will include bonsai equipment, trees, and pots provided by club members. Once you have your bonsai, be sure to check-out the wide selection of books on growing bonsai here at the library.

Free RENT!!

Free rent! You see this on signs outside apartment complexes, all the time. Tomorrow evening, come to the Downtown Library's Multi-Purpose Room for free Rent of a different kind.

As part of its 25th Anniversary season, the University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre is thrilled to be one of the first regional companies to produce the theatrical phenomenon musical Rent by Jonathan Larson.

Join us at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, September 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm as Mark Madama, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (and the director of the upcoming UM production) discusses Rent and the reasons why it has become such an important part of musical theater history. He will also describe the upcoming UM production and, as a special treat, cast members will perform selections from the musical (which begins its run on October 16)

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

And if tomorrow's presentation isn't quite enough Rent for you, check out these Rent-related items in the Library's collection.

All that jazz

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Take advantage of the great free series of concerts at the U of M School of Music like the one happening this Saturday, September 27. The Renaud-Garcia Fonds Trio known for their polyphonic sound will be performing. The opening act will be the local jazz percussion group, the Michael Gould Trio. The concert will be at the School of Music on Baits Drive, North Campus.

Graphic Novel Bootcamp: Training in the Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling

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How is a graphic novel different than a comic book? Is it the length of the story, the format in which the story's printed, the genre or subject matter, or is there something more going on? Find out Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Pittsfield Branch Program Room .

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Mark Rudolph, author of the graphic novel Closing Doors (recently featured in a documentary aired on Detroit Public Television), in an interactive discussion and hands-on workshop that explores the unique affordances granted to a cartoonist when making a graphic novel. Learn some of the fundamental techniques used by professional cartoonists as you create some of your own comics work. Discover some of the idiosyncratic storytelling possibilities facing an author of "long form" comics stories.

Supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination and the urge to create!

Oprah Knows

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First, AADL picked The Story of Edgar Sawtelle for our Cover-to-Cover book discussion. Then Oprah, obviously noticing the excitement over our selection, made it the latest Oprah's Book Club choice. There are a limited number of books reserved for AADL cardholders who register for the book discussion. Call the Traverwood Branch at 327-4200 if you would like a copy for the discussion.

What’cha Gonna Wear?

Outrageous hats and backward dressing jazz up the storytime jamboree at the downtown preschool Tuesday and Wednesday storytimes next week . Put on your silliest outfit and find out how hen hatches a plot to get scarecrow’s fabulous hat.

Music to Make the Heart Sing

Join us for a Community Sing Along for ages 9 and up at Malletts Creek on Sunday, September 28 at 1:00 pm. Musicians Betsy Beckerman, Sara Keller and Paul Winder will share their many talents and songs with us for a rousing sing along with rounds, sounds, laughter and tunes that Grandma used to sing!

It's So Easy ... To Register to Vote

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Just stop by the Downtown Library on Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will assist you in getting registered. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at Michigan Votes.

ACT/SAT Test Practice at Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, September 17

Learn how to access Learning Express Library to take practice tests for either the ACT or SAT. Join us from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center.

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