Abrakadoodle at the Library

Join talented Mike Murphy, director of Abrakadoodle, for a fun evening of art and create your own Pueblo Storytelling doll. On Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, we will be playing with Model Magic and sculpting tools and learning to create, imagine and explore!

CANCELLED PROGRAM

The July 23 program at the Downtown Library, The Waters of Michigan with Authors Dave Dempsey and David Lubbers, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Chelsea SummerFest!

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If Ann Arbor's Art Fairs and Summer Festival weren't enough, you'll have another chance to look at art, listen to music, and eat elephant ears this Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, at the Chelsea SummerFest. Now in its 30th year, the SummerFest includes ARTicipation, a juried art show and art activities for kids; a variety of musical events at three different stages; an antique car show; and plenty of activities for kids, including a Pet Parade and tours of the Teddy Bear Factory. On top of that, the Chelsea Toy Museum makes its debut this weekend.

Beaded Necklaces

Make a cool necklace using colorful beads, jute and a simple pattern.
They are simple enough that you'll be able to wear home what you make.
Come by Malletts this Wednesday, July 23, 4:00-6:00 pm.

Hip-Hop Chess

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In case you think chess is just for brainy nerds, check out the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and wuchess.com. While the Hip Hop Chess Federation provides an environment in which individuals “interact, play and develop life strategy skills with people they perceive as mentors”, WuChess offers the “worlds first online chess and Hip-Hop community”.

So in the words of these groups, “get your learn on” at Chesstastic, Sunday, July 20, 1-4 p.m., Pittsfield Branch. We invite you to play just for the joy of “flexin’ ya mentals”.

Traverwood Playgroups and Preschool Storytimes

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Join us for Playgroups and Preschool Storytimes at the Traverwood Branch.

Playgroups will occur on Fridays; July 18, July 25 and August 1; 10:30-11:30 am.

Preschool Storytimes will occur on Thursdays; July 17, July 24, and July 31; 10:00-10:30 am.

Playgroups are times for babies up to 24 months to gather and play with their grownups. These sessions include 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs, followed by open playgroup. No older siblings please.

Preschool Storytimes are 30 minutes of stories and songs for listeners age two and up, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

The fall Storytime/Playgroup series will begin in September.

Kid Bits - Find Something You Can Do

BORED?
You CAN FIX it!!!
Explore the Arts & Crafts books and start some projects.
On the NEW book shelf we have
Usborne Little Book Of Vacation Activities;
D.I.Y. Kids: Design Your Own; and
Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book.

6th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest

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Celebrate Art Fair with this unique contest! Meet up in the Staff Parking lot of the Downtown Library, Friday, July 18, from 1:00-3:00pm. We'll provide the paint, supplies, canvases and easels and you create your masterpiece. Last year we had paintings of a John Lennon tribute, anime characters, everyday objects, and assorted knock-out designs. The top three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies in the amounts of $75, $50 and $25. Inspiration can just happen on the spot or you can check out Stencil Graffiti or New Artist's Handbook ahead of time.

Click here to check out Teen artists from Denver or arty inspiration and other links here.

The Play Ground

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Even The Play Ground has to eat some time. OK, let us rephrase that-even TPG's puppy has to eat sometime and these homemade biscuits will bring 2 paws up: Amy Samida, owner of the Naughty Dog Café and Alice Lieberson, owner of Dogma Catmantoo will demonstrate how to mix and bake easy treats for your dogs. Everyone will get a chance to decorate pre-baked treats and will leave with dough or a bag of mix to bake at home. Amy and Alice will also discuss healthy eating for dogs. Those fabulous terriers Izzy, Stuart and Albert cannot attend but people of all ages are invited. Sunday July 13, 2008: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room.

Duct-Tape Do-Over!

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Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us at the latest of our uber-popular duct tape craft workshops. With all supplies provided be prepared to get creative and join the legions of other fans to create your own projects. We will have a wide assortment of duct tape colors and patterns including the elusive plaid tape. Looking for inspiration before the event? Look no further. We'll see you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM. No need to register for this FREE event - see you there!

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