Dancin' in the barn

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Put on your dancing shoes this Saturday and head out to Dexter to hear Billy King & the Idylls, a popular local band led by guitarist/songwriter King whose music blends folk, pop, bluegrass, swing, and rock. The dancing is followed by a bonfire. Proceeds go to the Washtenaw Land Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving farmland in the county. The dance will be held at 11300 Island Lake Rd., (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). Park next door at Ruhlig's Farm Market. $10 (couples, $15; family, $20) suggested donation. 223-2321, 302-LAND.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

A Boy and His Dog

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This one is a keeper. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ranks with the best debut novels and there are so many stories within the story, so many themes, so many ideas to discuss that you simply must register for the Cover to Cover book discussion on Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful new Traverwood Branch. NYT, Kirkus, PW all rave. Library Journal sums it up: "An excruciatingly captivating read…Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable."

Aging Gracefully

Coming into Our Years is a gathering at Pittsfield Branch on Sept. 8, 7-8:30 pm, where Jeanne Mackey, MSW, will use song and discussion to recognize and celebrate the opportunities of aging for men and women. AADL has a rich collection of books and other materials full of insight about this topic and the many arts related to it. Just do a keyword search of aging at aadl.org for a listing with reviews.

Write Your Life Story

In eight two-hour weekly sessions facilitator Sally Haines will get you started writing about experiences in your life that you’ve wanted to document for yourself or for others. A memoir can come from the most common activities, like raising your children, family meals, running a business, learning a skill, moving to a new town, or taking a trip. Even if you never thought of yourself as a writer, Sally will open doors into the process. The first session of Reconstructing Life Stories is Thursday, Sept. 11, 1-3 pm, so register online, or call 734-327-4560.

Story Jamboree

The first Downtown preschool storytime of the fall will begin on a silly, sleepy note with Go To Sleep Gecko and other tales of grumpy creatures who can’t get any sleep. Join us for stories, songs and other surprises beginning Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at the Downtown Library Youth Department Story Corner!

The Global Jazz Trio Visits The Ark

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Detroit jazz musicians, The Global Jazz Trio, bring their jazz jams to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, September 8 at 8pm. Band member Mark Hershberger describes their music as “a world influenced jazz that combines African, Latin, Asian and European influences with traditional jazz and funk to form a global jazz for all people.” Cool! Check out The Ark’s website for details and ticket information.

Author Jim Benton event for kids is FULL

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While we are very excited about New York Times Bestselling author, Jim Benton's, 2:00 PM appearance tomorrow for kids in grades K-5 we are also sorry to report that this program is now FULL. We are unable to take any additional registrations at this time. However, our new FALL calendar events for kids is now out - pick-up your copy of JUMP today at any AADL location. Jim Benton is the author of the Dear Dumb Diary series and the Franny K. Stein series.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

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Learn how and when to sign with your baby or toddler to improve communication! Join us at the Mallett’s Creek Branch on Saturday, March 27 from 11-11:45am as Kathy Brady of Signing Smart guides you and your young one through games, songs, and other actitivities that make learning signs fun and easy.

Make Your Own Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products

If you're tired of flushing toxic substances and money down the drain, consider making your own earth-friendly cleaning products at the Building a Green Life event on Wednesday, August 27, from 7:00-8:30 at the Malletts Creek branch. Recycle Ann Arbor's Jason Bing, director of the En-House, will lead a hands-on workshop where you'll have the opportunity to put together a non-toxic cleaning kit to take home. The Library also has a variety of materials you can check out on buying, using, and making natural products to clean your home.

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