Make a Custom Wallet at Malletts Creek!

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Have you guys ever heard of Poketo? It’s a collaborative network of artists who got together a couple of years ago to start making cheap, wearable art featuring up-and-coming designers. They make clothing, bags and stationary, but they’re mostly known for their wallets, which display original designs between two thin pieces of flexible plastic. Sound cool? We’re going to make our own wallets based on those produced by Poketo at Malletts Creek on Wednesday, May 16. We’ll have plenty of supplies and images on hand, but feel free to bring your own, too.

FIGURE IT OUT soon !

400,000 people figured out how to put men on the moon with Apollo 11. Team Moon tells that story.

Library Staff figured out what to do for this summer, when school gets out. We are visiting schools now to let kids know they need to get ready.
Summer Reading Game is coming June 11 and the theme is FIGURE IT OUT: READ!
Watch blogs for titles being talked about.
Watch the web site for Summer Program Events.
We're gonna FIGURE OUT lots of things together.
Remember... Summer Reading is for ALL AGES. "Listeners", "Learning Readers", "Bibliomaniacs", "Student Researchers", and "Retirement Readers" are included.
Nobody ever gets turned away.

Gardening with Native Plants

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Are you a gardener—or do you dream of being one? Get some inspiring ideas when you learn about Michigan’s native plants on Thurs., May 10 at 7 pm at the downtown Library. Greg Vaclavek of Native Plant Nursery will tell us about native Michigan plant species and the benefits of growing them. The folks from Native Plant Nursery can be found at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market every Saturday from mid-April through September. The graceful plant in the photo is Nodding Wild Onion or Allium cernuum.

Landscaping with Native Plants this Thursday

After a trip to the Farmer’s Market this weekend, I am pleased to announce the full return of all things green to Ann Arbor. Which is good timing, because Greg Vaclavek of the Native Plant Nursery will be on hand this Thursday evening to discuss the benefits of using native plants in your own yard. A great way to jump on the green bandwagon, native plants provide food and habitat for insects and animals, and are often much easier to care for than plants not used to Michigan’s unpredictable weather. Come with questions and leave with lots of ideas!

Sword Fighting Fairies? Count Me In!

May Moonlight Delight is downtown tonight! Le Dog soup and chili dogs all evening, stores open late, and sword fighting fairies. Need I say more? Speaking of fairies, the Library is open until 9 tonight, so stop in and check off the first stop on your Ann Arbor Book Festival scavenger hunt while you’re at it!

Comics With Curtis

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Curtis Sullivan, owner of the Vault of Midnight will talk about what's new in the world of comics and graphic novels--and rave about his favorites!
It's happening Sunday, May 6 | 4:00-5:30 PM Downtown Library Board Room.
Actually Free Comic Book Day is set to be celebrated around the world on May 5, Saturday, so make your total week-end a comic one.

Free Comic Book Day!

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Having missed out on Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day this year, I was super excited to learn of Free Comic Book Day, an annual (and international!) event that will take place on this Saturday, May 5 at Vault of Midnight comics on Main Street. Should you have a stroke of bad luck and miss out on the swag, conveniently, Curtis of the very same store will be holding an event the following day at the library, during which he will fill everyone in on what’s new in the world of comics and graphic novels. Yay!

9th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed-Out Day!

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Looking for something to do this beautiful Saturday (May 5th)? Spend your day from 10-1 PM in the sun removing garlic mustard from Ann Arbor’s nature areas: Argo Park, Bird Hills, and Cedar Bend. A BBQ will follow at Island Park Pavilion after all that hard work from 1:30-5 PM, where the person who bags the most garlic mustard will win a prize! Bring a dish to pass or anything to grill. Burgers, buns, condiments and beverage provided.

Call 996-3266 or check the website for more information and where to meet.

Photo taken by Dr. John Meade, Rutgers

Hey Gamers

I ran across this interesting news bite on the Tekuteku Angel Pocket Pedometer, a Tamagotchi-like device that interfaces with the Nintendo DS system. The game has small animals and humans that can only stay alive if you physically walk around. So if you sit on the couch too long, your animal gets a big belly! This game was created in Japan to address the country’s growing obesity problem. Do you think the game will motivate kids and parents to get off their rear and exercise? Would you play?

Be ready to be active for our next gaming events in May:
Mario Kart Tournament--May 25, DT/MPR, 6-8:30 PM
Nintendo Wii Sports--May 26, DT/MPR, 1-4 PM

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

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Last chance for Friends books until next fall! The Friends of the AADL will be holding their annual Big Spring Book Sale this weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This end of season event is packed with great deals and chances to rub elbows with your fellow Ann Arbor-ites while buying books half-price (Saturday), or filling a grocery bag with books and records for $4 (Sunday and Monday). So pack the car with sturdy canvas tote bags and head over to the Downtown Library’s lower level to participate in this welcome harbinger of spring!

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