Aerosmith

People... Guitar Hero 4 is coming out later this month! Offically titled Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, this game is sure to be just as fun (if not moreso) than the rest in this game series. In my opinion the Aerosmith songs are the most fun to play in the previous releases; an entire disc of their songs is going to rock our socks off. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the band's work, the library holds their albums as well as literature based on their history. Additionally, we also carry a wealth of information on learning to play the guitar for those of you that want to move beyond the plastic guitar.

Pedal Power

Hey Commuter Challenge enthusiasts! Check out the book Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life. DePaul University Professor J. Harry Wray takes a look at how the simple act of riding a bike may impact perceptions of the world. Professor Wray says, "Because the world is experienced in a different way on a bike than it is in a car, the rider inevitably thinks of that world differently than does the driver." (page 18). The author had the idea for the "Biking and Politics" class in which he and his students ride 35 miles through the South and West side of Chicago.

Mario Kart!

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Mario Kart has been released for the Wii and is, pardon the cheesy language, super fun. The game has sold more copies than the previous five Mario titles for the Wii combined and is a solid investment guaranteed to entertain you for hours on end (as you compete with friends in person and online). But of course, one of the most exciting updates to the game is the implementation of the Wii remote as the steering wheel. If you find video games interesting, you may enjoy looking into the library's databases' information on the history of gaming. Try running a search for Video Game History in General Reference Center Gold or First Search, and let us know what you think of the databases!

In the Loop

Are you interested in meeting new people? Do you need to reduce the level of stress in your life? Do you like to knit or crochet? Combine all three into one at the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Bring your own materials or use the materials and needles or crochet hooks that are available. Call 973-6779 to sign up and enjoy being In the Loop.

Skatepark for Tree Town?

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The Ann Arbor Skatepark Action Committee invites the community to participate in a public discussion about a potential skate park in Ann Arbor. The City Parks Department will sponsor the meeting at Abbott Elementary School on Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more info about the meeting contact Park Planner Jeff Dehring at 734.994.1913.

We Are a Winning Walkable City

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Add another accolade to Ann Arbor's cap: Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association named Tree Town as one of the 10 Best Walking Cities in America. According to the judges, our parks, mass transit system, dynamic Downtown and Kerrytown, 400 miles of sidewalks, 22.5 miles of shared use paths and a population that loves to walk all add up to a walking wonderland.

Buhhrrrrr! It's Cold Out There!

I guess the groundhog was right: it certainly doesn’t look like spring is coming any time soon! But if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Malletts Creek Branch, will help you get into the spirit! They offer open skating as well as ice hockey and even broom ball in their arena, and a cooled subfloor allows for skating even when it’s warm(ish) outside! Better hurry, though: the arena closes for the season March 16.

Beagles Rule!

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Finally. Uno became the first of his breed to win the 132-year-old Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York last night. Uno, who won over the crowd and judges, showed why the beagle is such a favorite with families. Molly and Aidan know beagles rule.

Sancho's Sense of Snow

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The cooperative inhabitants of Ann Arbor have banded together to produce quite a few useful lists on ArborWiki; birthday deals, free WiFi spots (that bar at the bowling alley has wireless!) and free stuff (featuring the one-and-only AADL, of course!) to name a few. So, in the spirit of the pitiful amount of snow currently accumulating outdoors, check out their list of places to go sledding in Ann Arbor. Given that it’s not supposed to amount to much out there just yet, perhaps a few snowy books are more in order: my favorite is Snow by Uri Shulevitz; tiny people with red noses and softly falling flakes… it’s enough to make me run out to Zingerman’s for hot cocoa!

It's Hockey Time

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Head down to Veterans Memorial Sports Complex this Sunday, Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., to see the visiting Chinese professional hockey team take on some of Ann Arbor's best players. Admission is FREE! The team from Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province are mainstays of Team China. As soon as the hockey's over get your skates on for Frosty on Ice, a fun time with Frosty that includes skating, candy canes, pictures and more.

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