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Michigan native Jon Scieszka will be reading and signing copies of his brand new book Robot Zot, on Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm, at the Borders located at 3140 Lohr Road in Ann Arbor. See here for Borders’ event description.

Robot Zot, illustrated by David Shannon, is in short, “a tale of a quixotic robot determined to conquer the earth.” Tiny Robot Zot battles kitchen appliances galore as he and his sidekick adventure off. Their course takes a shift when they spot the princess (a cell phone) and Robot Zot must prove himself a hero to win her love. Sounds zany!

And They're Off! Runners Prep for Chicago and Detroit Marathons

There's one month left until the gun fires to signal the start of the Chicago Marathon on October 11, and the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon on October 18. First time marathoners looking for some advice can check out the books Run Your First Marathon by Grete Waitz, or Marathon: The Ultimate Training and Racing Guide by eminent training guru, Hal Higdon. For those veteran marathoners looking for some extra racing mojo, see Spirit of the Marathon, the story of several marathon runners of varying experience -- from first timer to pro -- all of whom are filmed while training for, and competing in, the Chicago Marathon.

Volunteers are still needed for both Chicago and Detroit marathons in such exciting positions as Course Marshal, Crowd Control, and Split Timer, so there's still time to sign up to participate in these inspiring events.

Upcoming Concerts at The Ark

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The Ark always has a variety of interesting shows happening throughout the year, so be sure to check out the fall schedule. Upcoming acts include The Proclaimers, who will play The Ark tonight, Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8pm. You won’t have to walk 500 miles to get here, unless they move the show to St. Louis. Grab a copy of Life With You and The Best Of CD at AADL.

Next weekend, Michelle Shocked will be rocking at The Ark as well, on Sunday, September 20th, at 7:30pm. Her website bio boasts, “I’m the most sophisticated hillbilly you’ll ever meet.” Born in Texas, she’s had quite the life. She’s lived everything from mormonism, political activism, homelessness, and institutionalization before landing into the world of music recording and performing. With a 23 year career she has a number of albums under her belt. Hear her newest album, Soul of My Soul, live at The Ark.

Where the Wild Things Are: Not Just a Book

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The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved Where the Wild Things Are will be released in theaters on October 16th. You can catch a sneak preview of the film on October 6th at the Michigan Theater, and tickets go on sale this Thursday, September 10th here and at the LSRS&R Shop on 115 E. Liberty. All proceeds will benefit 826Michigan, who is putting together the screening, which will also feature a post-film Q&A session with Dave Eggers. The week leading up to the screening will also include various Wild Things events around town.

The film is co-written by 826 founder & author Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze, who is also the director. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers and monsters? Amazing! (Apparently Jonze was approached by Sendak to do the adaptation. Here is an interesting NYT article on Jonze.) The story stars young Max, who is rather mischievous, and after getting into trouble he sets off on an adventure to the land of Wild Things, where one is free to do as he pleases. The film features a blend of live puppetry, actors, and computer animation to bring Max and the monsters to life. Be sure to reread the book before you go!

The HomeGrown Festival is this Saturday!

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Ann Arbor’s Homegrown Festival is headed to the Kerrytown market on Saturday, September 12, from 5-10pm. The festival’s website boasts, “The HomeGrown Festival celebrates local food and community and seeks to focus broad mainstream attention on the community-wide benefits (and pleasure!) of eating from our own foodshed.”

In addition to the wonderful food vendors who will be there, there will also be a number of other activities to partake in, including tomato tasting, a beer garden, chef demos, kids’ activities, non-profit booths, and live music. Sounds like good times! Admission is free, food is available for purchase.

Ann Arbor has such a wonderful community with great support in local food efforts. (Think Slow Food Huron Valley.) Celebrate wonderful food and wonderful Michigan farms at this event!

Paws in the Park

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Attention dog owners and dog lovers: this Saturday and Sunday (8/22 and 8/23) from 9am to 5pm at Heritage Park, in Canton, bring your pup to Paws in the Park, a new event featuring the Purina Incredible Dog Team from America's Got Talent 4, Ultimate Air Dog, Rock n' Roll K9's, and much more. Be sure to check out the entire weekend schedule for more exciting events. This dog owner is especially looking forward to the Best Trick Contest and the Wiener Race, but maybe a bit unsure about the Best Kisser Contest. Can't make it this weekend? Check out Agility Training and Enjoying Dog Agility from the AADL for more information on training your dog for performing agility events.

Celebrate the AA Farmers Market

A 90th birthday celebration for the venerable Ann Arbor Farmers' Market is Saturday Aug. 8. Stop by for gelato, music, birthday cake, and kids' activities. Vendors and market goers will tell stories at the Oral History Booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To get excited about market history, see The Farmers’ Market Bounces Back and Reinventing the Farmers' Market in Ann Arbor Observer: Then and Now, a rich collection of more than 100 articles recently archived by AADL.

Huron River Day 2009

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Sunday, July 12 is the 2009 Huron River Day! From noon to 4 p.m. at Gallup Park, all are invited to play on the river with discounted canoe and kayak rentals. There will be plenty of food and entertainment, including the WCC Jazz Bands, and many opportunities for all ages to learn about the river's importance and health. Other activities will include Geocaching, a classic boat show, how to plant a rain garden, and live animal presentations.

Great summer walks with Brenda Bentley

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Don’t miss meeting Brenda Bentley, author of Riverwalks Ann Arbor when she speaks at the downtown library 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 10. Her book is gaining plenty of attention, and she recently spoke to city council against removal of Argo dam, according to the Ann Arbor Chronicle. Her library program is called "Walking For Fun, Exercise And Cultural Edification In The Ann Arbor Area." Books will be on sale, and a signing will follow the presentation.

Photowalk: Capture the Beauty of Ann Arbor

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AADL is proud to be hosting our first Photowalk this Saturday! Start by joining us for a panel discussion featuring portrait and festival photographer Myra Klarman, fine arts photographer and Crappy Camera Club cofounder Michael Myers, and Ann Arbor News photojournalist Leisa Thompson at 10 am. Then, stick around as we go out in groups to find the interesting things in Ann Arbor and document them with our cameras. You can come back to the Downtown Library Training Center to edit your photos on our iMacs and upload them to your Flickr account or our pictureAnnArbor collection. Bring your camera and join us!

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