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!

aadlfreespace is free!

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Looking for a place to have a small meeting and can't afford to rent a room? Check out the aadlfreespace on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library. It holds up to 32 people. You can reserve this room for meetings for free up to four times in a calendar year and make your reservations on line. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. You will need an AADL library card to make the reservation. Date availability is shown as well on line. Can't get to a computer? Call 734-327-8323 to make your reservation.

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

Fans of Project Runway should head to the Downtown Library this Friday at 6 to check out the Project Design Fashion Show featuring the work of local high school and college students. Still need convincing? The models will take the runway to the sounds of DJ Jacoby, and a reception with light food and drinks caps off the evening.

Library Songsters

In the spirit of the 1950s folk music revival, the AADL Library Songsters program brings folk musicians, storytellers and dancers into our public schools to teach these traditional arts to students. This year Banjo Betsy Beckerman taught fourth graders at Angell and Pattengill how to write Michigan history songs; Glen Morningstar Jr. brought "Dancing Through American History" to Burns Park, and Lee Knight showed storytelling to sixth graders at Slauson. At the end of each three-day residency, students came to the library to perform their creations for each other or parents. They had a good time learning history, and some go to hear live folk music at places like The Ark or Crazy Wisdom Tea Room. AADL has a excellent collection of folk music recordings, histories and songbooks.

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

Gear up for spring at Downtown Home and Garden this Saturday with owner Mark Hodesh, who’ll be digging up the dirt on lawn care from 10am to 2pm. Nostalgic for winter already? Head over to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube and get your shiver back at the annual Melody on Ice. The show will feature local skaters of all ages performing a variety of acts—from traditional figure skating to synchronized teams, crazy stunts and more. Afterwards, pop into the neighboring Pittsfield Branch to snuggle up with a book and some tasty vending machine hot chocolate.

Career Skills Workshop for Grades 9-12

Learn where to look for a job, how to create a resume and beef it up, and how to ace the job interview. Join us in the multipurpose room of the Downtown Library this Sunday, March 4 from Noon to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Register at the Downtown Youth desk or call 327-8301.

Got tape? Then create!

Don’t miss Duct Tape! Re-Mix at Pittsfield Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m. We’ll provide the tape - in a bunch of colors from camouflage to pink - and you do the rest. Make what you want and meet other tapeheads. We’ll have duct tape books like Got Tape?: Roll out the fun with duct tape on hand for inspiration.

Buhrrr!

Actually, it seems to be warming up a bit. So there’s no excuse not to check out the Buhrrr Fest this Saturday! According to the Ann Arbor Observer, there will be ice skating, a bonfire complete with s'mores, and special events, including “a figure skating exhibition, an ice cream eating contest, and broomball.” Sound fun? I think so!

Paperback and Hardbound Fiction Interfiled at the Downtown Library

You can now find all your favorite Mystery, Sci-Fi, or Fantasy authors all in one place at the Downtown Library. The formally all paperback section is now interfiled with the hardbound books. Romance and Western books are now interfiled in the general fiction area and can be identified by a label on the book spine. We hope you enjoy the ease of browsing these collections.

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

Got some tough questions for Lloyd Carr and his 2006 team? Head to the Neutral Zone on Thursday, February 15 to hear more about Coach Carr’s favorite off season pastime: reading. Carr will be joined by Adam Kraus, Chad Henne, and everyone’s favorite powerhouse, Michael Hart to discuss not the successes and failures of the 2006 season, but rather the importance of reading in their lives. The event is a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Book Festival, which runs from May 17-20 this spring. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $30 for families, and can be obtained on the festival’s website. So leave those lingering football questions at home and find out what Chad Henne keeps on his nightstand.

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