AXIS Coffeehouse News for Teens

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This Friday, @ Malletts Creek on February 12th, from 6:30-8, AXIS Coffeehouse will be recording its very first podcast for the library website. Check out current AADL podcasts. Brush up that poem or monologue you've been writing and come on down for a shot at library fame.

Like always, we will have snacks, & good company PLUS $5 fine forgiveness coupons for teens who read aloud at the mic.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, February 12 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek | Teens Gr. 6-12

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Valentine Fun

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Valentine's Day is coming up again, and with it, the chance to show all your friends and loved ones how much you appreciate them.

Some of you have undoubtedly purchased your boxed sets of Valentines already, but remember, nothing says "love" like that special, homemade touch. Come on down to Mallett's Creek Branch this Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2-4 to make a creative Valentine or two for those you love!

Michigan's Fascinating Past

It took the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 for New Yorkers and others to start moving to Michigan Territory big-time. The peninsula then filled up so quickly that Michigan statehood was achieved in 1837. Over next hundred years, endeavors like timber, mining, shipping, farming, fishing, automobiles, music and education grew apace. Learn about the people and the place that accomplished all this at 2:00 on Sun., Jan. 24 at Malletts Creek Branch, as UM-Dearborn historian Martin Hershock recounts many exciting stories from Michigan's early years.

Dancing Babies with Anuja Rajendra

DANCING BABIES will be held at Malletts Creek Branch
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, 11:00 - 11:30 am.
Anuja Rajendra of BollyFit Ann Arbor will lead the program.
This is an active music program for families with babies and children under 5 years old.

AXIS Coffehouse Returns

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Rejoice, poets and poetry fans! AXIS Coffehouse returns from winter break this Friday, January 8th at 6:30 pm, with more books, more snacks and more fine forgiveness coupons than ever before.

For those of you who are new to the program, AXIS Coffeehouse is space where you can hang out and share poetry in a comfortable and laid-back environment. Read your own work, or someone else's, and you get free goodies, including $5 fine forgiveness coupons!

So, whether you're new to AXIS Coffehouse or not, come on down to Malletts Creek this Friday for an evening of poetry and fun. Feel free to bring a friend.

AXIS Coffeehouse is Back

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Some of you may have noticed that AXIS Coffeehouse took a break last week for Halloween. Now trick-or-treating and costume parties are over for another year, and AXIS Coffeehouse is back at Malletts Creek for two more sessions before we go on winter break.

On November 6 at 6:30 pm, our writing theme will be "Tell the World What You Think" -- a chance to air your opinions on school, your family, the world, or whatever you want! The theme for November 13 (again at 6:30 pm) is "Tell the World What You are Thankful For" -- perfect preparation for the Thanksgiving Dinner toast. Of course, in both sessions you can write anything, read books, eat snacks, and present your own writing or other people's to earn a host of goodies, including $5 fine forgiveness coupons.

Jump Roping Blast with Special Guests, St. Francis Heartbeats

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Bring your ropes, your rhymes and have a jumpin' good time! We've got double-dutch, Chinese, and standard jump ropes. Special guests, the St. Francis Heartbeats, will demo their skills. If it rains, we'll jump inside. Check out Red Hot Peppers a book of jump rope games and rhymes, or the soundtrack from Jump In!

Wednesday, September 23 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Malletts Creek, Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

Stationary Structures Against A Changing Landscape: Paintings by Amy Gieschen-Thill

On display at Malletts Creek Branch, July 31- August 30

Amy Gieschen-Thill is a photo-representational landscape and figurative painter who has studied fine art with a focus on painting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and the Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids.

Income Tax Assistance Volunteer Opportunity!

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Join us at the Mallett's Creek Branch on Monday, August 10 from 6 to 8 pm for an informational session for people interested in serving as a volunteer with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) during the winter/spring of 2010. Any adult looking for an opportunity to help people may be interested in this program- retirees, accountants, tax lawyers, church groups- and any other individuals. You do not have to have any background in doing taxes to assist- and there will be training scheduled in November for interested individuals. To RSVP for the session or for more information, call Terry Jones of the VITA program at 734-222-3943.

Got rhythm?

If you are the kind of person who just has to tap to the beat- the percussion workshops on July 23 are for you! Teacher, composer and awesome percussionist, Aron Kaufman, has years of experience and just the right amount of humor to lead these fun workshops on rhythm, body percussion and drumming at Malletts Creek for grades K-3 at 10:00 am, and grades 4-8 at 1:00 pm.

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