Film - Election Day

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Don't miss Election Day, a film that follows eleven people on November 2, 2004, in the last presidential election. You'll meet a diverse group of individuals from poll workers and watchers to voters casting their ballots for the first time. A discussion will follow led by students with the Michigan Community Scholars Program. The film is made available courtesy of Michigan Public Television.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library's Fourth Floor Meeting Room

AADL Video on Demand

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We're always adding to our on-demand collection of past programs and other AADL productions. If you missed the panel discussion last month on depression in children with autism, we added the video yesterday. Other recent additions cover creating a green home, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and some awesome yo-yo tricks. Browse the collection for all titles--they're available in downloadable high-quality and ipod video versions--and subscribe to audio or video podcasts through iTunes to keep track of new titles added to the collection.

Play the game GO!

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What's the oldest board game in the world?

If your answer is Go, a game of skill created in China about 4000 years ago, you'd be right. The outcome of this game is said to be determined by the quality of the decisions each player makes along the way. Click here for 10 reasons to try Go.

This Sunday, October 19, 2-3:30pm come join the Ann Arbor Go Club enthusiasts at Traverwood and learn to play Go!

Try Go Basics or Go for Beginners or just show up on Sunday.

Fiber Artists: Start your Needles!

An accomplished needlework author, teacher and designer will appear at Traverwood library at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Ann Strite-Kurz specializes in innovative geometric patterns, and some of her work will be on display at this library event cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Strite-Kurz has written five books: The Heart of Blackwork (1992), Potpourri of Pattern (1995), Backgrounds: The Finishing Touch (2003), Creative Canvas Couching (2005) and Diaper Patterns (2007). Check out other embroidery books at the library, including Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America.

Dealing with Biting Behaviors

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Do you have a pint-size biter on your hands? Whether it is out of frustration, exploration, or plain ol' swollen gums, toddlers are expressing something when they bite. Join Early Childhood Consultant Kathy Sims on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am at the Pittsfield Branch to learn how to effectively deal with biting and other behaviors in young children. Young children are welcome. Toys will be available in the room.

Want a taste of Hungary?

Join us for songs with Laz Slomovits, check out beautiful traditional dresses and books and make felt bookmarks with flower designs. Experience the rich Hungarian culture this Sunday, October 12th at the Downtown Library at 2:00 pm.

Chesstastic this Sunday, Oct. 12!

Black and White King

Come and play one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities. Chess sets are provided. Challenge old friends and meet new ones!

Sunday, October 12 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr.

Author Ann Packer Visits the AADL

On Thursday, October 9th at 7pm, bestselling author Ann Packer will make a very special visit to the Downtown library to discuss her 2007 novel, Songs Without Words, and to sign books afterward. Songs Without Words is Ms. Packer's second novel, and it explores the lifelong friendship of two women, the confining roles we sometimes take upon ourselves, and the deep connection in a friendship that is pushed to the breaking point. The Los Angeles Times Book Review says, "Packer writes about adult female friendship with a nuanced understanding of its emotional intensity." She is also the author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and the short story collection Mendocino and Other Stories, which are available at the AADL. The event will be held at the Downtown library in the Multi-Purpose Room on the Lower Level. It is co-sponsored by Shaman Drum, who will be selling books during the signing.

ACT/SAT Test Practice this Saturday

Is the ACT or SAT in your future? Learn how to access Learning Express Library which offers a wide variety of practice tests including the ACT and SAT. Take a practice test, and then find out how you did.

Saturday, October 11 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch - Computer Training Center

Dia de la Familia Latina!

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Come to this free and exciting event Sunday October 12 from 1-5 at WCC's Morris Lawrence Building! Listen to mariachi & see the Detroit Tigers' mascot PAWS! There will be dance performances and a short film that focuses on health issues in recent Latino immigrants with a discussion after. The day will also include health screenings, workshops, community resource tables, refreshments, children's games and door prizes. Todos Viene!

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