Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Discover a Universe of Robots!

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Have you ever seen a robot, made a robot, been a robot? If so, you might want to come see the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor Area Robotics Club demonstrate the wonder of robots this Sunday, March 8th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the Downtown Multi-Purpose room! Discover the Universe. Discover robots!

(And remember daylight savings time! Spring forward and see robots!)

Ark's Storytelling Festival

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Don’t miss the Ark's 22nd Annual Storytelling Festival this weekend, with Beverly Black and Jeff Doyle, members of the Ann Arbor Storyteller's Guild, Sue Black and Antonio Sacre. This is the best way to bring on the warmth of Spring!

Girls with Grit!

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I am really excited about “Girls with Grit” on March 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch Library! I’ll be joining the talented Josie Barnes Parker, Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller for an evening of edgy adult storytelling and music in honor of Women’s History Month. Josie and I have made an annual tradition of telling tales from our own colorful “histories” and this year we are delighted to be joined by Betsy and Sara who entertain our littlest listeners every week at storytime and relish the opportunity to choose more sophisticated selections for this adult crowd!

Axis Coffehouse This Friday!


That's right! Axis Coffeehouse starts up again this Friday March 6th! If once a week isn't enough poetry for you, catch up on the latest poetry news online or drop by the library for the latest poetry books like How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block or Side by Side: new poems inspired by art from around the world.

See you Friday at Malletts Creek, 6:30 pm!

How To Sell Your Home in a Difficult Market

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Need to sell your house because you just got a fabulous job in another county? Wanna sell it because you love the one that just went on the market down the street? Maybe you are tired of mowing the grass and crave a condo? Elizabeth Brien and Melissa VanDam can help you. They know the tricks to selling a house in this difficult economy. Bring your questions to the Traverwood Branch, Monday, March 2 at 7 PM.

Get a Job 101

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Looking to work this summer while out of school? No better time than the present to hone your job-hunting skills. Get expert advice on finding a job best suited to you, selling yourself on an application or resume, and nailing the interview. Snacks provided.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL, Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition, and Michigan Works!

Saturday, March 7 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM | MC | Grades 9-12

Master Pieces and International Grand Masters

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The DIA has a fabulous exhibition, Master Pieces: Chess Sets from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection. There are more than two dozen sets ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The chess set represent exquisite examples from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. You can see the exhibition through May 17.

Also at the DIA last Friday was Ann Arbor’s International Grand Master Ben Finegold who took on fifty opponents in an evening simul. Finegold recently won three state championship events in one weekend!

With all this chess inspiration how can you resist the chance to improve your chess skills?

Chesstastic | Sunday, March 8 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages Welcome

Learn About Dinosaurs This (and Every) Weekend!


Head over to the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The Exhibit Museum offers free docent-led tours of the dinosaur exhibits every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. for the first 15 people to sign up. You can sign up at the host table in the Rotunda lobby. Sign up is first come, first served. The tours last approximately 30 minutes. As an added bonus, check out a Museum Adventure Pass and receive a 10% discount in the museum store!

A Magical Afternoon at the Pittsfield Branch!


Come join us at the Pittsfield Branch Library on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. when local magician Jeff Wawrzaszek comes to the Library for a magic show full of tricks, laughs, and awesome magic.

Want to try some magic yourself? Look for these titles.

Bettye LaVette to visit The Ark next week


Hot off her performance at Obama’s Inaugural Celebration on January 18, Detroit native Bettye LaVette brings her soulful self to The Ark for a night of blissful singing and bringing down the house on Thursday, March 5th at 8pm.

After years of top singles, the 2005 release of I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise brought LaVette back into the spotlight, 43 years after her first single was released when she was a teen. She’s been unstoppable since. Juke Blues Magazine describes her music as “tortuous soul at its most raw and almost frightening in its intensity.” Indeed.

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