Chesstastic moves to Traverwood and other good stuff

Black and White King

We had a great turnout for last Sunday's Chess Strategies and Tips session. Now Chesstastic officially moves to Traverwood this Sunday, December 14 (1-4 p.m.). Join the fun by taking on players of all ages. Sets are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Ever tried a chess tournament? If you are in Kindergarten through 8th grade, try the Thurston Chess Tournament on Saturday, January 24. This local, low-cost tournament is a great first tournament for kids and parents who want to see what a chess tournament is like. There will be two afternoon sections for beginners and casual players, and two full-day sections for more experienced players. Space is limited to the first 120 players, so sign up as soon as possible. Entry fees range from $6-$10, depending on the section and if you sign up prior to December 31.

Listen up!

Don't miss the the 8th Annual Poetry Night in Ann Arbor this Thursday, December 11 at Rackham Auditorium at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 if you want to get a good seat). This celebration of the spoken and written word will feature poets Marty McConnell and Tim Seibles and a special return guest appearance by Paco, the 2003 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Champion and former U-M Poetry Slam Champion. Also appearing will be poets from the Volume Youth Poetry Project and A2 Wordworks, a U of M troupe. This is always an "electric" evening full of the passion and joy of these young people who literally speak truth to power.

The Victors: Michigan Jazz with Hazen Schumacher

Come celebrate the publication of Hazen Schumacher’s A Golden Age of Jazz Revisited, on Sunday, December 14, 2-3:30 at the Downtown Library. The book makes the case that the years 1939-42 were the artistic highpoint of popular jazz, and it includes 2 CDs with the tunes he feels back up his claim. Schumacher, who was jazz radio host at UM for thirty years (WEMU-89.1 FM has taken over that role), will discuss and play recordings of the most loved jazz in Michigan and on the UM campus of the mid-twentieth century. He is a master of the genre and will entertain and enlighten new and old jazz lovers.

Go! the Board Game

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Learn to play the board game Go or test your skills against members of the University of Michigan Go Club. Players of any skill can enjoy Go. This Saturday, December 13, from 2:00-4:00 at the Traverwood Branch/AADL, all ages are welcome to play.

If you need to brush up on the basics, check out Go Basics or Go for Beginners. The US Go Association site is a great source for Go-related links and resources. The U-M club regularly meets at the Espresso Royale Cafe at State Street and North University, 7-11 Thursdays and 1-5 on Sundays. See you Saturday at Traverwood!

Tile-Making Workshop: Motawi Tileworks

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Make your own impressed art tile, using Motawi's clay and tools. The nationally-renowned sibling duo of Karim and Nawal Motawi, co-owners of Ann Abor-based Motawi Tileworks will share their expertise about art tile and tell the story of the Boy Reading tile mural at the Pittsfield Branch. Your original art tile will be fired, glazed and available for pick up at Motawi Tileworks on December 22. Tiles make great gifts! There is no charge for this event.

Books that may inspire you ahead of time are, Handmade Tiles or Motawi Tileworks

Winter Shadow Art Fair This Saturday

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The Winter Shadow Art Fair, featuring more than 40 local vendors and artists, is this Saturday from noon to midnight at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. Stop by the PLAY Animation Station at the Ann Arbor Film Festival's table to make your own animation right on site. If you like what the Animation Station has to offer, then check out Terence Sacks' Opportunities in Cartooning and Animation Careers available at the Library. The AAFF will also be selling and playing their new DVD, Time Pieces, which highlights last year's winning film submissions. The Art Fair costs 2 cents for admission (so remember your shiny Abe Lincolns), and if you're under 21 you will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The Play Ground

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Are we all done shopping? Did we finish our gift lists on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? We hope not because Book Wednesday is coming right up. Ok, we made that up but Professor Thomas C. Foster will be at the library on the 10th to discuss his most recent book, "How to Read Novels Like a Professor." He promises to help us read with purpose and maybe even shop for the perfect title. Wednesday December 10, 2008: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room. Copies of his book will be for sale.

The Many Festivals of Mexico

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Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm for a fascinating look at some of Mexico's most colorful celebrations! Stephanie Schneiderman of Tia Stephanie Tours returns to AADL with pictures and stories from her journeys to Mexico. Whether it's Night of the Radishes, Day of the Dead, Christmas in different parts of Mexico, or the "velas" of Tehuantepec, Schneiderman's tours always capture the unique local flavor of the festivities. This event will be held Downtown in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Videogame Tournaments at Your Library: December Events!

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It's December in Ann Arbor. You know what that means... a fresh infusion of salty brown slush. That, plus AADL-GT's 5th Annual Grand Championship Tournament Weekend! The action gets going Friday Night, 12/19 at 6 PM with our final Revolution Hero Tournament for All Ages featuring Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero tournaments for players of all skill levels. Then, at High Noon on Saturday 12/20, the 2008 SmashKart Wildcard Tournament and Grand Championships bring together players in grades 6 - 12 for Ann Arbor's hottest gaming event, with a Wii, iPod, and DS up for grabs to the Grand Champions! We wrap up the season with Public Library Pokémon League on Sunday 12/21 from 1-5 PM, and then finally the 2nd Annual GT Awards, Clan Cup Finals, and Grudge Buffet featuring the finest comestibles that Salsarita's has to offer, on Monday, 12/22 at 6 PM. All events at the Downtown Library in the lower level Multipurpose Room. Food and prizes at all events!

Chess extravaganza

Black and White King

If chess is your game, check out two upcoming events for all ages at the new Traverwood branch:

Chess Strategies & Tips Sunday, December 7 (1 - 4 p.m.)
Local chess experts Jennifer Skidmore and Ron Finegold will provide tips to master the chess board battlefield. Then, play some chess with other participants to see how these strategies work.

Chesstastic Sunday, December 14 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Play one of the world’s most popular sports with players of all ages and abilities. Chess sets will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. Challenge old friends and meet new ones!

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