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.

Comic Masters Film Series Playing at the Michigan

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The Comic Masters Film Series playing at the Michigan Theater features select comic works by some of Hollywood’s master comedy directors. The series is starting off with films by Woody Allen, and will eventually feature films by Mel Brooks, Blake Edwards and Hal Ashby. The remaining Allen films are Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, and Zelig. Be sure to check the theater’s website for the full schedule of all films playing by all directors between now and mid-December. (Including Young Frankenstein and Harold & Maude!) What a great way to celebrate some of our greatest directors of comedy.

Shortage of Caregivers for Elderly

At the same time AARP The Magazine has named Ann Arbor America's Healthiest Hometown for its great access to health services, the Journal of the AMA and AARP Bulletin say that the rest of the country is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians and geriatricians. If you want to know why this is happening and what can be done to change it, join us for Who Will Care for Us When We Age? a talk by Caroline Blaum, M.D., of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center; Tues., Sept. 16, 7-8:30 pm, Downtown Library.

Chess origins and happenings

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The most widely accepted scenario is that chess derived from a game played in India around 600 AD called Chaturanga. The game made its way into Persia around 700 AD, where it was named Shatranj. The Persian word “shah”, meaning king, is thought to be the origin of the English name “Chess” and the phrase shah mat, meaning the king is ambushed, is the origin for the word "checkmate".

See if you can “shah mat” this Sunday, September 14 at Chesstastic. This open play opportunity will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.

Baby Bits - BOXES

Pack up the babies, and grab the grandparents, 'cuz everyone comes....!! BABY PLAYGROUPS for 0-24 months begin this week. We'll do "Boxes" at Malletts Creek and Traverwood. You can check out more books with boxes as follows:
Birthday Box; Not A Box; Harry's Box; Big Brown Box. We will do Sitting In My Box during Playgroup.

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.

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