Game Theory by Dr. Yan Chen

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On July 15th, some 60 or so Malletts Creek library patrons got treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by Professor Yan Chen on Game Theory. Some even went home with cold cash for playing in her demos., besides learning a few strategies for biding on eBay and other auction giants.

By popular request, she has posted her slides online at her website, (listed as Classes: SI 625 AADL Public Lecture on Game Theory 7/15/2007). Select from her slides,or her auction experiments.

Dr. Chen's presentation was a program of the 2007 Summer Reading Game Figure It Out.

Mum may or may not be the word

Do you know a three letter word for "the sound of water hitting a hot pan" or "what both Humpty Dumpty and Miss Muffet did?" If you're dying to find out the strategies of some of the most most adept and lovable crossword puzzle addicts, come to the Downtown branch tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. to watch Wordplay, the movie about the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament run by New York Times crossword master, Will Shortz. The film will be introduced by Firefly Club owner, jazz singer and fellow word lover, Susan Chastain who welcomes people to the club every Wednesday to play Scrabble.

EGGcellent Engineering

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Tuesday, July 17 @Pittsfield Branch, 2-4 PM

Show us your mad engineering skills and create the perfect structure to safe your egg from a fate worse than frying on the sidewalk! All supplies including eggs will be provided, just bring your thinking cap. Building your egg structure will take place from 2-3. Preliminaries will start at 3 PM, when all eggs will be dropped. All eggs that make the fall intact will move on top the finals, where the three EGGcellent Engineers will be determined by how heavy their egg construction is. The lightest egg container win!

Start getting building ideas by checking out these great books: Build It!: Activities for Building Super Structures, and Structures. Or get inspired with Egg-Drop Blues by Jacqueline Turner Banks and Egg-Drop Day by Harriet Ziefert.

This week: Pokémon, Super Smash, and Mario Kart Tournaments, plus DDR at the Art Fair!

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It's late July in Ann Arbor, and that means (at least) two things; the Art Fair, and the return of the Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season! It will be a busy week at the library, and it all starts off with Pokémondays, this time at Malletts Creek Branch on Monday, 7/16, from 1-5 PM for players of all ages and Pokémon level 51 & up.

Then, come see us at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair main stage next to the Belltower for DDR on Wednesday 7/18 and Friday 7/20 from 1-4 PM. There will be some prizes for the very best players, but you can also just come to show off in front of the crowd. You know you want to.

Finally, it's the end of the arduous off-season, as the clans converge on the Downtown Library on Saturday, 7/21, from Noon - 5 PM for the long-awaited Super Smash Double Dash Preseason Event! We'll have single and team kart and smash, and an opportunity to try out some new methods, recruit members for your clan, and size up the competition, and eat pizza. Hope to see you all there!

Night Stories

This week at preschool storytime it's all about stories in the dark. Baby Owl will try to convince us all that he's not cute, and there will be a few surprise guests during the telling of The Squeaky Door. See you this week at both the Downtown and Pittsfield branches!

Calling all teen Harry Potter fans!

What street do the Dursleys live on? What are Hufflepuff's house colors? Who owns the store where Harry Potter buys his wand? If you know the answer to all these Harry Potter trivia questions without looking them up in the books (or via Google!), be sure to come to our Harry Potter Trivia Night for Teens (grades 6-12) on Monday, July 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. Work in teams of up to 5 players to compete for the grand prize: $15 giftcards to Borders Books & Music. You can come with your own team of friends, or we'll assign you to one. All teens who participate will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two cool tote bags with the cover art of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Saturday Storytime Fun!

Come to the Northeast Branch Library this Saturday at 11:00 a.m for the second in our series of summer Saturday Storytimes. We will be sharing stories about barnyard animals who are looking for a little excitement.
Who knew our farm friends could be so adventurous! A simple craft will follow the stories. Bring the whole family!

The other two Saturday storytimes in this series are Downtown on July 28th at 11:00 a.m and on August 11th at Malletts Creek at 11:00 a.m.

What's that Lurking in the Shadows?

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Why, the Shadow Art Fair, of course! Held biannually at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, the fair is celebrating its first anniversary this summer. A smashing success, the first event boasted 1,000 visitors, and the second 1,500, all snuggled into the brewery to listen to music, enjoy the libations and buy art. This year, organizers plan to shift the musical acts outdoors, opening up more space inside for vendors and visitors. Not familiar with the indie crafts movement? Check out Bazaar Bizarre and the other cool stuff tagged DIY for some inspiration.

TweenScene-Cup Stack Attack

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Looking to stay out of the heat today? Hang out in the air conditioning at Northeast Branch and show us your skills at cup stacking. Learn the different stacks or impress us all with your fancy maneuvers at the Cycle Stack. Get some practice time in or join our tournament. Prizes given for the three fastest times in the beginner and advanced brackets.

Northeast Branch, Wednesday, July 11 @2:00-3:00 PM

Big and Little Fun

Meet the Spiffiest Giant and teeny Bill, the owl, at the Downtown and Pittsfield libraries this week for Big and Little Storytime!

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