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!

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

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What’s better than an art opening? One that benefits an environmental organization, of course! This Saturday, February 2nd the Atomic Art Co-op will present Genesis, a benefit for Recycle Ann Arbor’s Environmental House. The Environmental House is committed to promoting awareness of green building technologies like those used at AADL’s Malletts Creek, Pittsfield and Traverwood branches. The event boasts live music until 4 am and is supported by the People’s Food Coop, Arbor Brewing Company and Arts Alliance.

Trouble in Story City!

It's all about mischief when Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto jumps into every story and little caterpillar, tricks all the big tough animals for the last week of January at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Mysteries of Antarctica and the Artic

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Spend the day at the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History to learn more about the Poles. Check out the Antarctica's Climate Secrets: One Teacher's Story exhibit on the Museum's fourth floor to learn about Robin Frisch-Gleason's recent trip to Antarctica. Robin is an Ann Arbor 4th grade teacher, who took the trip as part of the Antarctic Drilling Project (ANDRILL). Learn how the drilling project collected ocean floor core samples to research the long-term climate changes in Antarctica, and see a real set of Extreme Cold Weather gear.

Also check out the exhibit in the Museum's Rotunda lobby called From Pole to Pole: UM Research at the Ends of the Earth. Learn how UM Scientists are investigating pollutants in the Artic and frozen mammoths in Siberia.

Create Your Own Hoax Photo! Grades 6-12

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Use your own digital photos or ours to create a mind-bending photo. You will work with Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab and then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL's myspace branch. Join us Monday, January 28, 1-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8301.

TweenSpace: Checkermania! @ Malletts Creek, Tuesday, January 22, 4:30-6:00 pm

Work with your team to jump over opponents in a life-size game of checkers. Haven’t played before? Come and learn! We’ll also be making our own checkerboards that you can take to play on at home! For kids grades 4 and 5.

Your Home, Your Future

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Your house is one of your most valuable possessions. If you are facing financial uncertainty which could threaten making your mortgage payments on time, there is a source of free advice that could help. MSU Extension is holding a series of free seminars at various locations across the county on preventing foreclosure. Register now because space is limited.

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