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!

National Coming Out Week

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Cities and universities all across the country are celebrating National Coming Out Week. This annual observance takes place during the week of October 11, National Coming Out Day, which marks the anniversary of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. National Coming Out Week is a week in which people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or allies celebrate their identities and remember the efforts and obstacles of the pioneering GLBT people who made a difference in this country.

The University of Michigan has an extensive list of GLBT-related events this month, including panel discussions, lectures, a Coming Out Rally, and even a performance by David Sedaris! A complete list of events can be seen at the University's Spectrum Center website. Some events are free and open to the public, and some events require tickets. Check it out and have fun supporting your GLBT friends and family!

That old vinyl collection...

The Ann Arbor Record & CD Show is coming on Sunday, October 12, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The fair has moved to a new location, Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. Over 50 dealers from several states will be there offering a wide variety of rare and collectible used records and CDs along with hard-to-find new releases. Be sure to get their early for the best selection. Refreshments will be available. Feel free to bring in a small number of records to sell. Adminsion is only $3 admission for people 11 and up. Children age 10 & under are free.

Before you head over to the show, be sure to look at our discography collection.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore Comes to The Ark

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Grammy nominated Jimmie Dale Gilmore brings his country-folk bliss to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, October 13 at 8pm. Rolling Stone calls him “The poet laureate of the Buddhist cowboys.” His musical influences range from Texans such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly to acts such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan to an array of folk artists. His most recent album, Come On Back, is what he calls “a compilation of recordings of some old songs that my dad loved. I love them too, and it is a project very dear to me.” Texas based Gilmore is not only a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer and actor. (Including a brief role in The Big Lebowski.) Check out The Ark’s website for more details and ticket information.

Drama! Jealousy & Ugly Betty Stylings! Telenovela Writing Workshop!

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Saturday, October 11 & Saturday, October 18 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ the Malletts Creek Branch. For TEENS in grades 6-12.

Teens: do you have a flair for the dramatic? Do you love stories filled with greed, jealousy and deception? Entonces, the telenovela style of entertainment is just for you! The popular show, Ugly Betty is based on a Colombian telenovela called "Betty la Fea." In these two writing workshops we will write our own telenovela and film it. Si hablas Espanol, fantastico! If you know a little Spanish, that's great - if you don't know any, that's ok too. We'll write in both English and Spanish. Complimentary lunch will be served. Attendance at both workshops is encouraged, but your must register separately for each. Registration is required - call 327-8301, or visit any information desk.

AXIS Coffeehouse this Friday!

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Join us this Friday, October 11 and take the stage at the AXIS Coffeehouse. Perform your own poetry or monologue, or maybe a favorite by someone else. If you prefer to watch, just sit back, sip on a hot drink, and enjoy the performances. Earn extra credit and fine forgiveness coupons!

Fridays, October 3-November 7 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek | Grades 6-12

What's Cookin' ?

Yummy stories about apple pie and carrot soup will make you hungry at the Downtown Tuesday preschool storytime this week .

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