Gold Mine for Teachers at the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History

If you are looking for fun and educational field trips for your class, check into what the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History has to offer. There are guided tours exploring how fossils form and the cultures of Native Americans indigenous to the Michigan area. The museum also has planetarium shows, with shows specific for a wide age range of students. Located on the museum website are links to teacher and student resources with scavenger hunts and crossword puzzles, as well as the schedule of current program offerings.

Attention Poke-Players

Heads up for Pokemon events this fall, including Pokemon Sunday Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the downtown library, when AADL-GT will welcome trainers to a Dual Battle Tournament. Take your Game Boy Advance and your copy of Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen, Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald -- or try our House Pokemon. Pokemon Sunday is for ages 6 and up. This Saturday, Sept. 30, a download of the scarce, legendary character Mew is planned from noon to 3 p.m. at Toys 'R Us in Ann Arbor. For downloads, stores expect players to meet requirements listed in the fourth item of Top News at the Pokemon web site.

Music to Our Little Ears

The Music and Motion program was so popular last season that we had to bring it back with a new twist! The library is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Gari Stein for a music and movement filled morning for young children. This time pianist Kathryn Goodson will be joined by talented trumpeter David Ammer. You have a choice of the 9:30 am or 10:30 am show on Friday, October 6th at the Downtown Library. Warm up by checking out kid’s classical CDs; Bach and Baby Playtime and Happy Baby Classics.

Comics Art Digital Coloring 101, Sunday, November 12

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Comics art in your blood? Jerzy Drozd will teach you how to use Adobe Photoshop Element 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 the session you'd like to attend [12:30-2:30 p.m. OR 3-5 p.m.]. Register by calling 327-8301 or stop by any information desk.

ACT / SAT Test Practice 10:30-Noon, Saturday, September 30

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Yep, test time draws near! LearningExpress Library can help you get ready. Join us in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Tracing your family history? The Genealogical Society can help.

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If you are exploring your family history, the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, Michigan is a great place for getting help, listening to informative speakers and meeting fellow genealogists. The society will be holding its next meeting on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at the Education Center Auditorium on the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Campus at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. The featured guest speaker will be James Craven, noted conservator at the Bentley Historical Library, who will speak on repairing and restoring books, manuscripts, maps and photos. Also on the program is a class dealing with researching Connecticut ancestors. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Yee Hah!!

Looking for something to do this Saturday, September 23? Go to the Pinckney Rodeo, which features barrel racing, bull riding, team roping and more. There will also be a petting zoo. Check out the website for location and ticket information. And before you go, get into the mood with these western favorites:
Honky-tonk heroes & hillbilly angels : the pioneers of country & western music
Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show
Nellie and the Bandit
The Cowboy and the Black-eyed Pea.

Not Just for Kids Movie Series

Michigan Theater has posted the schedule for the 2006-2007 Not Just for Kids Movie Series, and there is an exciting lineup. The theater is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, producing a great experience full of music, movies and theater. The library has many books to compliment the lineup including Peter and the Wolf, Junie B. Jones and Henry and Mudge.

Super Smash and Double Dash Tournament Weekend

Registration is open for Friday Night's Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament from 6-9 PM for ages 13 and up, and Saturdays' Round 2 in the Super Smash Double Dash Championship Series! Register now to bypass long lines at the event and get right to open play. Tonight's Melee tournament will be 100% ITEM-FREE, so those of you that have no love for lady luck can relax a little, but remember that you'll have no excuse if you lose. Read on for more.

ACT / SAT Test Practice 10:30-Noon Saturday, September 30

Signed up to take the SAT and/or the ACT soon? There’s an online library database, LearningExpress Library, that can help you get ready. Join us in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center to take a practice test that will be scored and tell you how you did.

Need test taking tips? The library has helpful books like Zen in the Art of the SAT: How to Think, Focus, and Achieve Your Highest Score.

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