Guitar Hero 3

Guitar Hero 3 is amazing. The song selection is great, there are more options for the multi-player mode, the graphics are much improved from the previous versions', there are more sylistic choices for the characters, and there are now cut scenes between the levels (contributing to the storyline). While the design of the gameplay itself may be pretty basic, it doesn't change the fact that this is a great, addictive game. Even though this system obviously doesn't have many similarities to true guitar playing, it provides something very valuable for the player in addition to the sheer fun: interest in taking on an instrument. If you've become curious about playing the guitar, you should check out the wide variety of resources the library has on learning the instrument, including

Playing the Guitar
Essential Guitar Chords: Everything You Need to Play Basic Guitar
The Complete Guitar Course

AADL Launches Macy’s Museum Adventure Pass Program October 25th

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The AADL in a first-of-its-kind partnership with Greater Detroit Macy’s, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Detroit metro area libraries and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan is pleased to announce the launch of “Museum Adventure Pass,” presented by Macy’s.

The program is a partnership between 162 metro area libraries and 25 local arts and cultural organizations, and provides Greater Detroit area library card holders free passes to local museums, cultural centers and historical sites. It is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, while at the same time provide access to arts and cultural organizations.

Beginning October 25th, AADL library card holders can receive free admission for either 2 or 4 people to 25 of Southeast Michigan’s world-class arts and cultural institutions. Passes are limited to one at a time per card holder. A limited number of passes are available at any given time at each AADL location and they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

For a full listing of participating institutions and for check-out guidelines, go online to www.detroitadventurepass.org, where you will also find a list of suggested readings, tapes and DVDs to complement your museum experience.

Wiard's Orchards Country Fair

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This fun event is happening every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti. The Country Fair is a fun, fall "carnival atmosphere" filled with events for the whole family. Go for a pony ride or hay ride, visit the petting farm, hear live music and get lost in the corn maze, just to name a few. And when you're tired of having fun- relax and enjoy doughnuts, caramel apples and fresh cider! And don't forget to pick out apples and pumpkins to take home!
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merrit Road, Ypsilanti, Admission $10.50, $8 after 4:30, Under 2 get in free.

Fire Station Open House

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This Sunday, October 6th is the annual Ann Arbor Fire Department Open House. There will be lots of fun activities where kids will learn some serious fire safety tips like Stop Drop and Roll and parents will learn how to keep smoke alarms working properly.

A Hunting We Will Go

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Hunting season is afoot in Michigan. The DNR has guides for all types of hunting as well as licensing information. The Deer Hunting Prospects brochure will help you decide where and when to get out in the woods. Check out the state parks and recreation areas map to find the perfect camp site.

Dog Days at Olson Park

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Ready, Set, Play! The new off-leash dog play area at Olson Park is officially open and ready for man's best friend. Don't forget to stop by the City Clerk's Office and pick up an annual Off-Leash Dog Permit before letting 'em rip at the park.

CTN Camcorder Class

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User manuals make great doorstops. If you really want to learn how to use a gadget, hands-on is the only way to go. Luckily, CTN agrees and is offering How to Get the Most Out of Your Camcorder", a personalized instruction class on Monday, October 26th, 6 - 9 p.m. at CTN Studios. The class is $10 and will cover functions and features of your camcorder, how to compose shots, capture audio and special effects. Reserve your space by calling 734.769.7422 and remember to bring your camcorder and tripod along.

Dragon Boat Festival at Gallup Park

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The University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies will kick off the ChinaNow Theme Year with the first ever university-sponsored Dragon Boat Festival from 10–5pm on September 30 at Gallup Park. The boats will be decorated to look like dragons with a fiery open-mouth head at the bow and a scaly tail at the stern. There's a full day's worth of events including Tai Chi, kite-making, yo-yo spinning, lion dancing, and a culinary taste of China.

All Doggies in the Pool

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The Buhr Park pool that is. It's the 4th annual Dog Swim from 3 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Wednesday, Sept. 5. Pre-registration is required, so get woofing and call 734.971.3228 to snag a spot for Spot.

The Renaissance Festival is in Full Swing!

Hear ye, hear ye! Be sure to check out the Michigan Renaissance Festival! It runs in Holly this year every weekend from August 18- September 30th and provides a day of entertainment for just about everyone! There are plenty of events, activities, and unique shopping experiences to draw in all sorts of people. This upcoming weekend features the Buccaneer Beer Fest. Argh! If you would like to attend the festivities in costume, feel free to check out one of the library's books on Renaissance clothing, such as Vecellio's Renaissance Costume Book by Cesare Vecellio.

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