Sancho's Picks for Weekend Fun!

Nothing like a free event to warm you up on a cold weekend in Ann Arbor! FOUND and several of the other Kerrytown shops are hosting a scavenger hunt this weekend. The event begins at FOUND at 1pm, and participants can form teams to compete for prizes. The event is free, though pre-registration is requested. Fun!

When you’ve finished running around Kerrytown, head down 4th Ave. to Eastern Accents Bakery, which will be hosting the first Ann Arbor/Ypsi Reads Book Discussion of the year from 2-3:30. Eastern Accents will be offering a special coupon to discussion participants, too. Yum!

The Rundown 2/5/08

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Listen to the Rundown to find out about upcoming events in the beginning of February. Also, catch an insider interview with Sophia, a 5th grader, who talks about many of the programs for her age that happened this summer, including Library Lego League, Eggcellent Engineering and a Tween Ice Cream Party.

Hear about TweenSpace, for 4th and 5th graders, on February 5th for Masters of Disguise at the Northeast Branch from 4:30-6 PM. And come back to the Northeast Branch on February 12th for Sock Puppet Theatre.

Preschoolers are invited on February 8th for Music and Motion with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at the Downtown library from 9:30-10 AM or 10:30-11 AM. Make Valentines on February 9th at the Pittsfield Branch from 10 AM-12PM and February 10th at the Northeast Branch from 2-4 PM.

Lake Michigan Dunescapes at Malletts Creek

Lake Michigan – 307 miles long, 118 miles at its widest point, home to the world’s largest freshwater dunes. Bottom line, a whole lot to feast your eyes on! And feast you will viewing Malletts Creek newest exhibit of black and white photos of the rugged, windswept beauty of the Lake Michigan dunes by Gale Nobes. This stunning exhibit will be up now to March 14.

If the exhibit leaves you thirsting for more spectacular Lake Michigan views, check out Ed Wargin’s Lake Michigan: A Photographic Portfolio. Wargin’s full color photos show you sites from all around this great lake.

TweenSpace goes undercover!

We're becoming Masters of Disguise this week at TweenSpace. Join us at the Northeast Branch, Tuesday, February 5th from 4:30 to 6 pm to create disguises and costumes. Make a silly mustache, an eye patch, your very own Wild West vest, or anything else your imagination dreams up. If you're a 4th or 5th grader go incognito this week at TweenSpace.

Hungry for Storytime?

Rabbit and Dog get just what they want to eat, with a little persistence, in these delicious animal tales at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield preschool storytimes the first week of February.

Books Aren't Dead: Steven Levy of Newsweek at the Grad Library

Next monday, 2/4, at 5:30 PM at the Hatcher Graduate Library, The UM University Library presents The Future of the Book: A Conversation with Newsweek's Steven Levy. Steven Levy is the author of The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness and wrote the recent Newsweek cover storyThe Future of Reading that accompanied the launch of Amazon's Kindle reading device. He was also the guest editor of The Best of Technology Writing 2007. This event is free and open to the public, so show up to join the conversation!

AXIS Coffeehouse @ Malletts Creek, Friday, February 1, 6:30-8:00 pm

Are you a teen writer or performer? If so, don’t miss the last three weeks of this session of the AXIS Coffeehouse, the library’s open mic night for teens. Try reading a favorite poem or essay; share a book, cd, or movie review; recruit some of your friends and act out a scene. Or just hang out, sip on a hot drink, and enjoy the company. All teen performers receive a $5 fine forgiveness coupon. This coffeehouse session will run on Friday nights at Malletts Creek until February 15. For grades 6-12.

Celebrate India!

We can't wait for the India Family Cultural Celebration this Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library! Join us for storytelling with Rohit and Amanda Setty, Tabla and Sitar music by Meeta Banerjee, John Churchville and Dan Piccolo, delicious gulab jamoon and a colorful rangoli craft that the whole family will enjoy!

The Ark’s 21st Annual Storytelling Festival

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It’s almost February and that means it’s time for storytelling at The Ark in Ann Arbor. February 15 -16, beginning at 7:30pm, there will be stories, spoken word and fun. Saturday the 16th also features stories for kids starting at 1pm! Come out and celebrate some of the performers that have helped make storytelling an art form. (Such as David Holt and Ed Stivender.) You won’t find monotone here! You’ll witness vibrance, inflection, acting, music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. Visit The Ark’s website for scheduling and ticket information.

Weekly Rundown Jan. 28-Feb. 3

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Welcome to the first Weekly Rundown Podcast! Every week, you will be able to come to our webpage and listen to the programs and events happening for children and teens at the Ann Arbor District Library.

This week, stay glued to the podcast to hear the insider interview at the end. Librarian Elizabeth interviews five Pokemon enthusiasts who frequent the library Pokemon tournaments. Hear Michael, Ben, Brandon, Danny and Nathan speak their thoughts on the AADL Pokemon tournaments and how the battles work. Enjoy!

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