Mentos FountainMentos Fountain

Get in on the action and try out some fun chemistry at EXPLODapalooza on Wednesday, August 15 at 2PM at the Malletts Creek Branch. Make your own Alka-Seltzer rocket and bask in the joy of a mentos fountain. It will be a glorious, exploding hour. Hope to see you there!

Program is for children in 4th grade and up. Please note that the program was incorrectly published as starting at 7 PM in a local publication.

Let's Get Digital!

This Saturday, Michael Nagara, a local artist and Sunday Artisan Market regular, will present the process by which he designs his hand-altered digital prints. Nagara creates his work using software similar to that used by animation studios like Pixar and Dreamworks, and he never borrows imagery or manipulates photographs. Besides gleaning some of Michael’s technique, attendees will all get to take home a print signed by the artist.

Thinking about getting digital yourself? The Library owns a number of books on creating digital art, as well as guides to software like Adobe Photoshop. Get inspired on Saturday, and then get started!

Naruto @ Animanga Club, Monday, August 13

Join us this Monday @ the Downtown Library’s Multi-Purpose Room from 2:00 to 4:00 for the last meeting of the Animanga Club. Gear up for this fall’s Naruto Nation by watching episodes of the anime and making your own ninja headband. Can you name all the members of Team 8, or match the signature move to the character? You won’t want to miss our trivia quiz—there are cool prizes from Wizzywig for those with high scores. We’ll also have updates on our fall anime/manga events. Snacks and drinks will be provided. See you there!

2nd Annual LEGO Contest Winners!


The 2nd Annual LEGO contest was yet again a blast! We had 110 entries in five categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Entries ranged from a "Lego Cafe" where you can get ice cream sandwiches, to two fire breathing dragons, to sunken treasure ships and Star Wars episodes with a fan-fiction story to go along... Families and friends packed the room and waited with baited breath for the winners to be announced! And the winners are:

Duct Tape Re-Mix on Tuesday, August 7

We'll provide the tape-in a bunch of colors from camouflage to pink-and you do the rest. Make what you want and meet other tapeheads. There will be duct tape books like Got Tape?: Roll out the fun with duct tape on hand for inspiration. You'll also view some great duct tape websites.

Drop in 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Pittsfield.

Highly Contagious Science

All children age 5 and up are invited to join us on August 7th at the Pittsfield Branch at 10:00 am or the Malletts Creek Branch at 1:00 pm to explore the science of sound with water balloons, slinkies, space phones and whoopee cushions. Marcey Walsh will have the kids learning about vibration, air molecules and pitch while laughing all the way!

Este es mi Mexico

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Children between 7 and 11 years old, related to Mexico, are asked to participate in the 11th Children’s Drawing Contest 2007. The purpose of the contest is to motivate children from all over the world to express what Mexico means to them. Submit a 12 x 12 size painting or drawing by August 24 to your nearest Mexican Embassy or Consulate.

Show in your drawing whatever your imagination says about Mexico:
· What you know about Mexico?
· What have your parents, grandparents or friends told you about Mexico?
· Why are you proud to be Mexican?
· What you know about its heroes, culture, art, architecture…..?

Follow the guidelines link for further information or visit the Intituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior website.

Cosplay Contest, DDR & Naruto!

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Don't forget to break out your best in anime, manga, videogame character finery to enter the Cosplay Contest this Thursday, August 2 @ 7:00 PM at the Downtown Library. Prizes will be given in 2 categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 - in the form of gift certificates to Wizzywig in the amounts of $35, $25 and $15 respectively. Play DDR in character or come and watch the contest and play DDR.

Mark your calendar for the final Animanga Club of the summer on Monday, August 13 | 2:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library. Make an authentic Naruto headband eat food/drink and have a chance to win cool Naruto merch and a $10 Wizzywig gift certificate based on your Naruto knowledge...

Stories to make you hungry!

Storytime this week is all about food. Come see how the Mighty Asparagus causes a whole heap of trouble, and join us for our final round for the summer of "Knees Up Mother Brown."

Rock out for Harry Potter's Birthday!

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Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday in style by rocking out with the bands Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. The Downtown library is turning our William St. parking lot into a rockin' stage on Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8 PM. An incorrect date has been printed in the local Ann Arbor newspaper, so make sure you don't show up with your party hat a day early!!

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