NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party

Sunday October 26, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

If you've ever thought about writing a novel, here's your inspiration: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

National Novel Writing Month is a non-profit event that encourages teens and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel during the month of November. Participants begin writing on November 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000 word (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Hosted by the local NaNo liaison Eric Foldenauer, this event includes light refreshments - so come and enjoy and get your creative juices flowing. Meet other local writers who will inspire you to face the challenge!

Official NaNoWriMo writing sessions will be held at the Downtown Library during November, but get a head start and celebrate with this great kick off party!

NaNoWriMo: "I Wrote a Novel... Now What?"

Sunday December 7, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

Author and Michigan native Donald Lystra will offer tips and tricks on revising your written work and how to get published. This program is associated with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and all aspiring authors are welcome!

Lystra’s work's Season of Water and Ice and Something that Feels Like Truth have received the Michigan Notable Book Award and the Midwest Book Award. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

How To Advocate For Your Child With ADHD And Other Special Needs At School

Tuesday October 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Debora Blake, J.D. and Director of ACCESS Education, Advocacy and Consultation will instruct parents of children with ADHD how best to advocate for their children at school. She will give the audience a basic overview with plenty of time for questions and answers.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Washtenaw County.

Make a Flowernote Bouquet with us this afternoon!

Join library staff and elementary-aged kids for a fun flowernote bouquet craft today (Monday, June 16) at Traverwood at 1:00! Children will use flower templates to cut out and fold special flowers that open up to reveal a handwritten note on the inside. Pipe cleaner "stems" and ribbons will also be provided so that the flowers can be constructed into a beautiful bouquet to give to someone special. This program is intended for grades K-5.

The Summer Game Begins Friday

SumGame_medSumGame_medGet ready for the summer's best game! Our Summer Game officially begins this Friday, June 13.

Sign up to play; it is truly an all-ages program. Participants collect points by reading books, watching movies, visiting the library, and attending events. Points can then be redeemed for cool prizes.

We will also be hosting a kick-off party at TOP on Sunday, June 15, 7 pm at Rackham Stage with The Dirty Sock Funtime Band.

Chesstastic

Sunday December 14, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult.

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided. Challenge old friends and meet new ones.

Hike @ Argo Nature Area tonight!

Join us and a representative from Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation on an informative nature walk tonight at 7:00pm at Argo Nature Area. This lovely 22-acre park runs along the Huron River offering beautiful views of the water through the oak, hickory and willow trees. The event will be a mixture of hiking the unpaved trail that runs along the river and learning about ecological restoration and native plants and animals from the NAP representative. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring water!

We will meet in the parking lot by the Argo Canoe Livery, just off of Longshore Drive.

Quiz: How much do you know about the upcoming Awards Celebration on June 3?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge Awards Celebration on June 3!

1. The fabulous children's author who will be present at the event is...
a. Bob Shea
b. Laura Numeroff
c. Lisa Wheeler
d. Lara Zielin

2. Writers who participated in the Challenge will receive...
a. bacon
b. a certificate
c. a commemorative pen
d. a wheelbarrow

3. Everyone interested in kids' library events can pick up...
a. the pace
b. steam
c. the pieces
d. the new summer Jump! brochure

4. There will be a food table with...
a. cookies and water
b. cookies and cream
c. donuts and lemonade
d. Elephant and Piggie

5. The top 9 winners of the Challenge will get...
a. a deflated tire
b. a smelly old sock
c. a pony!
d. a Target gift card

Whew, tough quiz. Let's see how many you got right:
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If you got:
1 correct: You need to study up. Try stopping by the Awards Celebration and then try again!
2-4 correct: Nice! It sounds like you missed a couple things, but you can make up for that by coming to the Awards Celebration in person!
5 correct: Superstar! Show off your amazing quiz-taking skills by coming to the Awards Celebration!

Calling All Teen Volunteers!!

Are you a teenager 14-18 years old looking to volunteer over the summer? If so, we have some opportunities for you.

You'll have a chance to help with select summer programs, help us get craft supplies ready for events, and/or package Summer Game orders.

Get started by filling out our online application. Your next step is to attend one of our orientations. It's at the orientation where you can sign up for your volunteer shifts.

June 18, 10:00-10:30 Downtown Board Room
June 19, 4:00-4:30 Pittsfield Program Room
June 24, 4:00-4:30 Traverwood Program Room
June 26, 9:00-9:30 Malletts Creek Program Room
July 2, 10:00-10:30 Downtown Board Room
July 7, 4:00-4:30 Malletts Creek Program Room
July 16, 9:00-9:30 Pittsfield Program Room
July 24, 11:00-11:30 Traverwood Program Room

If you've been waiting for your chance to help out at the library, we can't wait to see you!

DIY LED Origami Light Garlands

Saturday July 19, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Create a decorative glowing garland for interior decoration or entertaining using LED light strands and origami paper! The host will demonstrate a few simple origami shapes which can be fitted around LED bulbs, and patrons can create their own unique garlands from origami paper.

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