Chess origins and happenings

Black and White King

The most widely accepted scenario is that chess derived from a game played in India around 600 AD called Chaturanga. The game made its way into Persia around 700 AD, where it was named Shatranj. The Persian word “shah”, meaning king, is thought to be the origin of the English name “Chess” and the phrase shah mat, meaning the king is ambushed, is the origin for the word "checkmate".

See if you can “shah mat” this Sunday, September 14 at Chesstastic. This open play opportunity will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

Story Jamboree

The first Downtown preschool storytime of the fall will begin on a silly, sleepy note with Go To Sleep Gecko and other tales of grumpy creatures who can’t get any sleep. Join us for stories, songs and other surprises beginning Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at the Downtown Library Youth Department Story Corner!

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (Audiobook)

School's back in session soon and you might not have as much time to read for fun, but maybe you can still listen to a story while you walk, drive, knit, etc.

In this newest time-bending installment of the Artemis Fowl series Artemis must face his own younger self in a battle to find a cure for his mother's sudden deadly illness.

This audiobook was read by Enn Reitel while the previous audiobooks were read by Nathaniel Parker, though I didn't notice a huge difference in the characters voices, which is good. However, the previous audiobooks had fun music at the beginning and end whereas this one doesn't, so I did miss that. It was only little intros and outros, but I'd come to think of it as the Artemis Fowl theme song, so it's kind of like a TV show without a theme song now.

Author Jim Benton event for kids is FULL

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While we are very excited about New York Times Bestselling author, Jim Benton's, 2:00 PM appearance tomorrow for kids in grades K-5 we are also sorry to report that this program is now FULL. We are unable to take any additional registrations at this time. However, our new FALL calendar events for kids is now out - pick-up your copy of JUMP today at any AADL location. Jim Benton is the author of the Dear Dumb Diary series and the Franny K. Stein series.

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Tell Me a Story- The Wide World of Stories and Tales

From anime, to comic strips, to printmaking, and making books, discover how stories are told through art and how you can create stories and books with your own art. This week the library will be featuring Caldecott Award Winning Books and a variety of guides on comics, illustration, and book design techniques. These can be found on the pillar directly to the right of the new books shelf. Come sharpen your pencils and your art skills! Are you the next Caldecott winner?

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Medieval Times

Creativity Campers, and any other kids who think it's a shame they weren't born in a time of lords and ladies, knights, and castles, can come to the Downtown Library's youth department and find books on the back of the new shelf that will transport them back to the middle-ages!

Cuentos en Español con Teresa Satterfield

Join us for stories in Spanish for the whole family. Teresa Satterfield will share lively tales with audience participation on Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Youth Story Corner. Unase a nosotros para disfrutar de historias y canciones en Español con Teresa Satterfield!

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Eco-Friendly Art!

After finishing your eco-friendly art projects, come find books on the back of the new shelf in the library's youth department that talk about the Earth and ways we can save it!

2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

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Our 2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest has drawn to a close! This year our hard working judges were Jerzy Drozd and Shannon Towsend. They each spent hours judging the entries and providing feedback to each and every entry - thank you! In case you don't know what manga is click here. If you missed this year and are looking to find other places to post your work Jerzy made a great resource sheet. You can check out all the entries in this year's contest in our image gallery.

Click Read More to see the list of the winners!

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