2006 Teen Arts Festival

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Looking for something to do on a Friday night? Go to the first year of the Washtenaw County Teen Arts Festival on November 17th from 5-11 pm at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Building.

Over two hundred pieces of artwork, including visual and digital arts, from high school students in Washtenaw County will be on display, and some will be for sale. Hands-on workshops and seminars with Admissions faculty from the U of M School of Art & Design will go from 5-7 pm. Performances from local artists like Davy and Peter Rothbart, the Ann Arbor National Poetry Slam Team, and other teen performers will take place from 7-11 pm. This FREE event will also include refreshments.

Google Visits the Library

What's new with Google? What are their plans for the Ann Arbor area? Find out on Thursday, November 30 when Grady Burnett, head of Online Sales and Operations for Google's Ann Arbor office, discusses Google's plans for growth and their decision to open this local office. What will this mean for Ann Arbor? For Google? Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library and find out!

Calling All Cup Stackers!

CupStacking

Maybe you’ve been practicing at school or maybe you are a cup stacking fanatic at home. Either way, come to the library to practice your cup stacking skills and work on besting your greatest time at the 3-6-3 stack.

Meet at the Pittsfield branch on November 22 at 2 PM. We will start with some drills and move on to the tournament, ending by 4 PM. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fastest stackers. This tournament is for ages 8 and older.

Mad Tea Party

Join us during Children’s Book Week to make many different kinds of tea bags, outrageous hats and funny place mats for our tea party in true Alice in Wonderland fashion. Six year olds and up are invited to bring their imaginations along to the Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, November 16th at 4:00 pm.

Be a Deer and Join Us!

David Small and Sarah Stewart are coming to the Downtown library this weekend—are you prepared? Brush up on their charming blend of timeless watercolor illustrations and heartwarming tales of books, plants and… antlers? My personal favorite of the bunch, Imogene’s Antlers follows the resilient main character through her daily routine with a spontaneously acquired pair of antlers. Both written and illustrated by David Small, the delightfully matter-of-fact text juxtaposes hysterically with the images of Imogene’s unusual predicament. If you don’t happen to get a copy in time, never fear—Nicola’s Books will be on-hand at the event.

Yost and the 'Big House' at 'Sunday Edition'

Michigan Stadium is one of Ann Arbor's significant landmarks and much in the news these days. But what's the story behind how it was originally built? Find out on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Malletts Creek Branch library when Robert Soderstrom talks about his fascinating book The Big House: Fielding H. Yost and the building of Michigan Stadium. A U-M graduate and lifelong fan of the Wolverines, the author will talk about the early history of the stadium and present early photographs illustrating its development. The program is part of the library's 'Sunday Edition' monthly book talk series.

Tellebration!

Treat yourself to wonderful tales told by a variety of tellers at our annual Tellebration in the Youth Story Corner this Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm. All over the country eager listeners and tellers are celebrating the art this weekend. We are especially delighted to welcome nationally renown storyteller Elizabeth Ellis in this program for ages six and up. If you really get inspired Elizabeth will be leading a special program for adults on Saturday, November 18 entitled "Developing Personal Stories" at the Pittsfield Branch from 1:00-4:00 pm.

What Is Schizophrenia, Anyway?

This chronic, disabling brain disorder affects about 2.2 million Americans. Its symptoms typically appear in the late teen years or twenties. Although there is no cure for schizophrenia, it is treatable and manageable. Michael Jibson, MD, PhD, Prof. of Psychiatry and Director, UM Psychiatry Residency Education, and expert on schizophrenia, has written extensively about this disease and has a special interest in the medications used to treat it. Learn about the latest research and treatment of schizophrenia when Dr. Jibson visits the downtown Library on Mon., Nov. 13 at 7 pm. A variety of books about schizophrenia, both fiction and non-fiction, are available at the Library to help us understand the disease and its effects on the lives of those who suffer from it.

Celebrate National Children's Book Week at AADL

Always ready to celebrate books and reading, the Library hosts several special guests and events for National Children’s Book Week, Nov. 13-19. The award-winning children’s book creators, illustrator David Small and author Sarah Stewart, help us kick off the week on Sat. Nov. 11, 2-3:30 pm at the downtown Library. David won the 2001 Caldecott Medal for So You Want to be President? and their book The Gardener was a 1998 Caldecott Honor Book. David and Sarah will talk about working together to create beautiful, meaningful children’s books. AADL also welcomes Newbery Medal winner (2002) Linda Sue Park to the downtown Library on Tue. Nov. 14 from 7-8 pm. Linda will tell us about the events in her life that lead her to become a children’s book author.

The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild will delight us with folktales from around the world when they present Tellebration on Sun., Nov. 12, from 2-3 pm at the downtown Library. We’ll also have some astonishing magic with Merlin’s Magic of Reading on Mon, Nov. 13, 7-7:45 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch. Don’t miss the Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Pittsfield Branch, Thurs., Nov. 16, from 4-5 pm: you will get to make your own place mat, tea bag and (what else?) a ridiculous hat! All events compliment the downtown Library Exhibit of Selected Caldecott and Newbery Winners, presented by the UM Special Collections Library, located in the lower level display cases.

Comics Art Digital Coloring 101, Sunday, November 12

Enjoy drawing your own comics and working on computers? This teens only program is for you. You’ll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 on Mac computers to clean up your art, fill in line work with colors and halftones, create cool lettering, prep the finished page for printing, and more.

Choose one of two sessions to attend [12:30-2:30 p.m. OR 3-5 p.m.]. Register by calling 327-8301 or stop by any information desk.

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