After School is Cool! Experiment with Weird Science

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Ages 9 and up
DT Youth Story Corner 4-5pm February 7

Want to do some cool science experiments at the library after school? Learn how to make your own tornado, a cool paper airplane, marbleize paper, and other weird and wacky science activities at the Downtown Library.

You found SOMETHING HIDDEN! And here it is: MARBLEIZEDTORNADO

Its freezing, its snowing ... Time to think of your garden?

Even as winter is deepening, dedicated gardeners are beginning to think about and plan for their spring and summer gardening activities. To heighten environmental awareness Project Grow is partnering with the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship program to offer a series of special classes to gardeners designed to help protect groundwater and the local watershed. The classes are free and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm. in the Leslie Science Center Nature House. The classes will include topics such as Rain Gardens (March 7), Green Roofs (March 14), and Organic Lawn Care (March 21). Additional classes in April will be offered to help gardeners with visual impairments. These will take place on Wednesday April 11 and April 18 at 3:00 p.m. Applications for Project Grow's Community Gardens will also soon be available. To register call 996-3169.

Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest - enter starting Monday, Feb. 5!

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Beginning Monday, February 5 the Downtown Youth Department will start taking submissions for the "Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest." Students in grades K-12 are eligible for the contest. Here are the details: Limit of 2 entries per person. Each photo must have your name, phone # and either your pet's name or a photo title on the back of the photo and be accompanied by a signed entry form (available at the time of photo drop-off). Photos may be black & white or color, must be no larger than 5x7" and must be glossy prints only. Photos will be judged based on subject, originality and creativity. One winner and one honorable mention will be named in each of 4 categories: Grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12. Entries may be dropped off at the Downtown Youth Department Reference Desk during library hours beginning Monday, February 5 at 10:00 AM through Thursday, March 8 by 9:00 PM. Every photo entered will be displayed in the Downtown Youth Department during the month of March., beginning Friday, March 9. Photos will be returned to participants and can be picked up anytime during the first week of April.

Tracy Kidder on Community Television Network

If you missed Tracy Kidder’s Jan. 25 appearance at Washtenaw Community College, here’s your opportunity to see his presentation. During February, CTN (channel 19) will broadcast this outstanding Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads event at the following times:
Premiere: Thurs., 2/1, 8:00 pm
Replays:
Sat., 2/3, 1:00 pm
Sun., 2/4, 8:00 pm
Mon., 2/5, 7:00 pm
Tues., 2/6, 11:00 am
Wed., 2/7, 3:00 pm
Thurs., 2/8, 3:00 pm
Fri. 2/9, 7:00 pm
Sat., 2/10, 1:00 pm
Sun., 2/11, 8:00 pm
Mon., 2/12, 7:00 pm
Tues., 2/13, 11:00 am
Wed., 2/14, 3:00 pm
Fri., 2/16, 7:00 pm
Sat., 2/17, 1:00 pm

Happiness In! Demon Out!

We will be tossing beans to keep those demons away and celebrate Setsubun, at our Japanese Family Cultural Celebration this Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. We will begin the festivities with a story and a demon mask craft upstairs, then parade downstairs for music with Miyabi and pocky treats. Families with children of all ages are invited to attend and while you are here, check out Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories and other folktale collections.

Baby Bits - Go, Go, Go

We did "things that go" in Baby PlayGroup this week. You can go home with books like Beep Beep Let's Go; Sail Away Little Boat; Sheep In A Jeep; Jiggle Joggle Jee; Giddy-Up! Let's Ride; or I Love Trucks and GO some more.

Groundhog Girl Power!

Harley the groundhog will be taking a break in her long winter’s nap this Friday to join us at the Pittsfield Branch for a Groundhog Gathering. Harley is one of a pair of female groundhogs at the Howell Nature Center. While Harley spends the day making diplomatic visits, her best friend Woody has an important job closer to home—she’ll be predicting the weather from her habitat at the center. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, Woody is almost never wrong—she’s correctly predicted the spring weather six of her eight years. For a further celebration of groundhog girl power, the Downtown Storytime at 11am this Tuesday will feature Punxsutawney Phyllis, the tale of a female groundhog determined to succeed, despite her gender.

Science Fair Resource Open House

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Stumped for ideas? Don't know if your idea will fly? Join us for an informational open house! Librarians will be on hand to assist you with our collections, show you resources you didn't know we had, and offer guidance on what's on the web that would be helpful. Dan Ezekiel and Maureen Michael, AAPS Science Teachers, will be on hand to talk about your project and give advice. See you on Monday, Jan. 29 from 6:30-8:30 at the Downtown Library in the Youth Department.

“Put It on Wax” @ Neutral Zone

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Looking for something to do tonight, Friday, January 26, 2007? Dance to the beats of the Neutral Zone DJs at this monthly dance party benefiting the Neutral Zone “Turntablism” class. $5 at the Neutral Zone door with high school ID starting 7 PM.

Millers Creek Film Festival invites entries

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Environmentalists, nature lovers and budding cinematographers are invited to enter the expanded Millers Creek Film Festival. Adults, children and groups are all eligible to enter and try to win first-place prizes of $500 in each of four categories. The festival is named for the smallest and most troubled stream in the Huron River watershed. However, films can feature any creek, lake or part of the river in the watershed. The contest is sponsored by the Huron River Watershed Council. Entries must be submitted by February 20, 2007. All finalists' entries will be shown at the Michigan Theater on March 27.

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