Ready Player One: Gaming Challenge

Friday December 21, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Battle your way to the top, through some of the many classic games mentioned in Ernest Cline's hit book "Ready Player One", a novel where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots and entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner.

This event is for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

Battle Master Series

Friday October 26, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Each epoch has one true Battle Master. Do you have what it takes?

Fight for your birthright here in the basement of the Downtown Library. Three Herculean trials voted on by your peers will be what stands between you and true glory. This is SPARTA!

This event is for teens (grade 9 and up) and adults.

Game + Watch: Robot Rumble

Sunday September 30, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ready for an afternoon playing video games while watching a movie and eating popcorn? This month's movie might be about robots that rumble and then make up. Buy 'n large, it's going to be loads of fun!

Can you guess what we'll be watching? Prizes for gameplay and the best theme-related costume!

This event is for grade 4 - adult.

Battle Master Series

Friday September 28, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Each epoch has one true Battle Master. Do you have what it takes? Fight for your birth right here in the basement of the Downtown Library. Three Herculean trials voted on by your peers will be what stands between you and true glory. This is SPARTA!

This event is for teens (grade 9 and up) and adults.

Michigan Park and Read Runs Through Oct. 1

The Michigan Park and Read program runs through Oct. 1, so why not take advantage of the fall weather? To check out a pass, visit any AADL location with your library card. Your Park and Read pass allows you to avoid paying the Recreation Passport entry fee into Michigan state parks and recreation areas. In Southeast Michigan the list includes Pinckney Recreation Area, Maybury State Park, and Waterloo Recreation Area. Passes are also good at 11 museums and historic sites, including Mann House and Walker Tavern. You can use your pass during daytime hours for seven days from checkout. Some parks loan hammocks, in case you'd like to stretch out and read a good book or magazine you may want to check out. Very tempting!

PokeMonday

Monday July 16, 2012: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Summer's here and that means it's time for Pokemondays! Join us for 4 Mondays in a row. We'll be holding these tournaments at different branches each week, so be sure to check the out one close to you. As always you'll need to bring your Nintendo DS or DSi and a copy of your Pokemon game (black and white won't work,sorry.) Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon, level 30 or under trained for battle. They'll be needed for qualifying rounds!

This event is for grades K - 5.

PokeMonday

Monday July 9, 2012: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Enjoy a good game and challenge? Well, summer's here and that means it's time for Pokemondays! Join us for 4 Mondays in a row. We'll be holding these tournaments at different branches each week. As always you'll need to bring your Nintendo DS or DSi and a copy of your Pokemon game (black and white won't work,sorry.) Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon, level 30 or under trained for battle. They'll be needed for qualifying rounds!

This event is for grades K-5.

World Dance Workout Class!

If you love dancing to African drumming, a great opportunity for strength training, stretching and toning to live music is starting Thursday, July 5, 10-11 a.m., running every Thursday in July! World Dance Workout will lead the sessions at the Ann Arbor Senior Center 1320 Baldwin Ave. in Burns Park. This will be a total body workout for all ages and fitness levels, so bring the family for a free, fun and healthy experience! Call 734-794-6250 to register.

Game + Watch: Afternoon Ninjas

Sunday June 24, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Is there anything better than playing video games? Playing video games while watching the perfect movie! Join us for a lazy afternoon of games, movies, soda and popcorn. Prizes awarded for best theme-related costume and gameplay-related contests.

This month's games might include Surfing and Ninjas. Can you guess what we'll be watching?

This event is for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

What's Happening in Ann Arbor This Summer?

If you've lived in Ann Arbor for at least one summer, then you're probably aware of the annual Summer Festival that starts on Friday, June 15, as well as the Art Fair that starts July 18. Additionally, Ann Arbor is host to dozens of other festivals and events throughout the summer, including the stacked lineup of events at the AADL. Here are some other highlights around Ann Arbor.

Shakespeare in the Arb is presented by the U-M Residential College and Matthaei-Nichols, performing an outdoor production of Shakespeare's comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor that moves through various settings in the Arb. Show dates: June 10, 14, 15, 16, 17; June 21, 22, 23, 24.

At Minifest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents concerts featuring internationally known artists and new chamber ensembles at the Kerrytown Concert House. Concert dates: June 15, 22, 24, 30.

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show features more than 400 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown for one day only, July 13, 2012.

Join the fun on Huron River Day, with river exhibits, discounted canoe and kayak rentals, 1-mile run, a 5K walk and run, live music, food vendors, and a children's activity tent on July 15, 2012.

One more gem, the Riverfolk Jam Camp takes place in Manchester from August 1-3, but its finale is in Ann Arbor, at The Ark on August 4.

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