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.

Try AutoMark Vote Marking Machine

Malletts Creek Branch will host an open house on Thursday, Sept. 18, 1-4 pm for anyone with a disability, to practice using the AutoMark vote marking machine. Every voting precinct in Michigan will have an AutoMark for the Nov. 4 national election. Ann Arbor City Clerk, Jacqueline Beaudry, will give a short talk at 1:00 about the accomplishments of the Ann Arbor Coalition for Voter Access. You can register to vote at this event, and a small snack will be available free of charge.

Why is My Computer So Slow?

Monday September 15th at 7pm. Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

With Mateen Jaffer of Jafferson Computers

Come and learn routine maintenance for a PC that improves performance:
- remove temporary junk files
- remove unwanted registry entries
- remove spyware
- remove unwanted applications

I've Always Wanted to Learn to KNIT

It's 'Easy Knits' with Jillian Moreno and friends teaching basic stitches, sharing cool, simple patterns. Yarn will be supplied-bring needles if you have them, size 8, 10, or 12 will work for most basic patterns. Once you've learned the basic stitches at the 'Easy Knits' program you can move on to Easy Knitted Socks and work your way up to Knit Scarves! or choose something from Knitted accessories. Whether you want to start crafting holiday gifts or make scarves to wear with sweaters and winter corduroys, come join us and learn to knit Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 at Traverwood. Grade 4 - Adult.

Check out patterns and samples here.

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