Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney for All Ages

Sunday, July 28 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | All Ages

Take a family vacation to Wuhu Island and the Wii Sports Resort! Bring friends and family to play your way through Wii Sports Resort's twelve awesome games, from swordplay to frisbee, from golf to power cruising! We'll have prizes for the winning teams!

Make a Cast Fossil

Monday, July 8 | 2-3pm | Downtown MPR | Grades K-5

'Rock' out with us and make your own cast fossil out of clay and plaster of paris while exploring a process that has created fossils in sedimentary rock for billions of years.

Fossils in the earth can be formed out of plants, or invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or vertebrates like dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Fossils are found in different forms too. Sometimes they are turned to stone or preserved in amber, and other times they leave an imprint in the earth that is filled in by different minerals, forming a cast. We will replicate the process of creating cast fossils.

You're welcome to bring a small, hard item that can fit in the palm of your hand -- for example, a dinosaur toy or a sea shell -- or you can use the objects the library provides. Looking for more information on fossils? Check out these great books and videos from the AADL collection.

Today: Race to Space: Planetary Rovers

Thursday July 18 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 6 -12

Ever wanted to build your own robot? Unleash your inner mad scientist Thursday, July 18th at 1 pm, and build the bot of your your dreams using LEGO NXT! Then, after you tweak your robot, test your creation against the other robots in competition!

Participation in "Race to Space" events includes codes for Summer Game space badges if you attend the entire event.

Double Dash Duo Derby Dinner

Saturday July 27 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 to Adult

What could be better than pizza, prizes, and Mario Kart? Join us for dinner and driving Saturday, July 27th. It's Double Dash on a GameCube -- one screen/team! Bring a cart-mate for an afternoon of competition! And did we mention pizza?

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

Today: Race to Space: Mun Landing Race to Space: Mun Landing

Friday July 26 | 1:00 to 3:00 pm | Downtown Library: Training Center | Grades 6 to 12

You have complete control of your nation's space program, from building the ships to managing the landings. You've made it to space and into orbit – way to go! – but can you land your Kerbal craft on the Mun? Try to break orbit in your ship and make your way to other planetoids with us on July 26th.

Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program. Codes for Summer Game space badges will be included if you attend the entire event!

Today: Race to Space: Building a Ship and the Basics of Orbit

Friday July 26 |11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Downtown Library: Training Center | Grades 6 to 12

You have complete control of your nation's space program, from building the ships to managing the landings. Can you design a ship that will make it in the air, much less survive blasting through the atmosphere? There's only one way to find out - join us July 26th see if you have what it takes to make it to space!

Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program. Codes for Summer Game space badges will be included if you attend the entire event!

Meet Mochimochi Land Creator & Fiber Artist, Anna Hrachovec!

Sunday July 14 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 – Adult

Spend the afternoon with Anna Hrachovec - famous Brooklyn knitter, fiber artist and creator of the amazing Mochimochi Land world of tiny knitted toys, creatures and spectacular installations.

Anna will do a fun slideshow presentation, answer questions, and talk about the amazing world of tiny knitting she has created. Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and illustrators like Dr Seuss and Mary Blair, and in 2007, launched Mochimochi Land as a place where knitted toys and people can live together in a spirit of tolerance. Anna's knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, all around the web, and in print. You can find Anna's books, kits, and downloadable knitting and cross-stitch patterns on the mochimochiland.com website .

Anna's three books will be on sale from Literati Bookstoreand she will be signing after her presentation.

Summer Game Players take note: the 1st Mochimochi Land exhibit is UP in the Downtown Youth Department case! And it includes a gamecode!

Late breaking news flash! The next Mochimochi Land installation is UP! Take a trip Downtown to Liberty between Main and 4th and stop and look at the new window display at 826MI's Robot Supply & Repair store. You will find a wonderful world of kawaii and a game code!

Meet Top Chef Season 10 Seattle Winner, Kristen Kish!

Sunday July 21, 2013: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Spend the afternoon with Kristen Kish - the winner of Top Chef Season 10!

Kristen is the chef de cuisine at Menton Boston and is the second female winner in Top Chef history! Hear about her Michigan roots, her culinary journey, her Top Chef experience, and her chef career in Boston.

Born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI, Kristen's love for cooking began at the young age of six years old as she watched Great Chefs of the World on the Discovery channel. While in college, her mother suggested she go to culinary school. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and has never looked back.

After culinary school, Kristen worked for numerous world-renowned chefs, including Michelin-star chef Guy Martin, and she currently works for James Beard Award Winner and Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch. Most recently, Kristen took home the winning title of Top Chef on "Top Chef: Seattle," fighting her way back to the finale through the Last Chance Kitchen after elimination earlier in the season.

Do not miss this chance to meet the most recent Top Chef winner!

Tonight: Maximize Your Medicare

Jae Oh, author of Maximize Your Medicare, will discuss Medicare and its impact on the consumer. Learn what Medicare is, what to do with it, and how to save money when using it. Issues related to Medicare and the Affordable Care Act will be addressed. Books will be available for purchase following the program.

ABCs of Medicare | Jae W. Oh, MBA | Tuesday, July 9, 7-8:30 pm | Downtown Library

Make an iPod Cozy!

Thursday, July 11 | 6:30-8:30pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6th-Adult

Come take a stab at hand sewing and jazz up your ipod, MP3 player or phone. Using colorful felt, buttons and embroidery thread, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind cozy to keep your ipod or phone protected with a handmade case for it. All supplies are provided, and we’ll have ideas and samples to get you going. Feel free to bring your device if you want to test out your design and make sure it fits.

To keep the craft going, check out some books on hand sewing or felt fun. See you there!

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