Online News Delivered

Are you sad that your traditional newspaper may no longer be delivered to your doorstep? Do you want to learn how to make that news come to you electronically, but don't know how? Join us for the Online News Delivered class this upcoming Wednesday, and learn all about it! We'll explain how you can get your local, national, and world news from your favorite media sources delivered to your RSS Reader or E-mail automatically, and help you set everything up. Register today by phone or online!

Online News Delivered, Wed, May 13, 10am-12pm, Malletts Creek Branch, Registration Required.

Ink Drawings on Paper by Aleksis Lahti

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Aleksis Lahti was born in Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 with a BS in design. He also attended the Accademia Di Belle Arte in Florence, Italy. He has been self-employed since 1967 doing architectural, interior, product, and graphic design, and has taught drawing at Lawrence Technological University for more than thirty years.

According to the artist, "These new drawings just happen. I add small elements of line or color a little at a time. Any of these drawings could go on and on. They are finished only because I stop drawing. The line or color cannot be removed. I can only go forward not back." The drawings will be on display at Malletts Creek Branch from May 2 through June 16, 2009.

Kid Craft - Mini Pinatas

It's May !!!
It's time to celebrate May Day and Cinco de Mayo and Springtime !
Come to Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, May 2, between 1:00-2:30pm.
We will make "Dulce Senoritas".
A "Dulce Senorita" is a Guatamalan party decoration that hides sweet treats inside.

This Craft is for kids in grades k-5. Kids in grades k-2 may require individual attention. Kids will decorate a paper cone with colored paper, and hide the sweets inside to take home.

Healthy Food for Healthy Kids

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How can you make healthy meals for the family without busting your budget? Are there snacks out there that are nutritious for the kids that they will actually eat? Staff of the Washtenaw County Extension Services Food and Nutrition Program will be at the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, April 25 from 10-11:30am to answer these questions and more!

Busy families will learn quick and easy ways to make balanced and nutritious food choices that are actually tasty, using all of the food groups. Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats all play a key role in keeping our bodies healthy and active. A food demonstration will also show just how quick and easy it can be. Join us for Food for Families: Keep your Kids on the Right Nutritional Track!

The Story Of The Boll Weevil Jass Band

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Travel back in time to the late 1950’s when a new jazz band made up of a motley crew of residents and students was formed in Ann Arbor. Known as the Boll Weevil Jass Band (aka The Weevils) they played gigs at fraternity and sorority houses and staged several public concerts. On Sunday, April 19, 3pm - 4:30pm at Malletts Creek Branch, music expert (and co-founder of the Weevils) Mike Montgomery will discuss Dixieland Jazz in Ann Arbor and play excerpts from Weevil recordings to illustrate the various musical conventions used, such as breaks, stop-time, after beats, double-time and changing keys.

The Ann Arbor Brewers Guild Discusses Better Beer through Homebrewing

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Ever wondered what the difference is between an ale and a lager? Or a Pilsner and an India Pale Ale? At the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, April 18, 2pm to 3:30pm, local homebrewer Jeff Renner will describe the many different kinds of beer and how you can make them yourself at home. He will also demonstrate basic and advanced brewing techniques.

1950s Dixieland Jazz in Ann Arbor

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On Sunday, April 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, ragtime music expert (and former Boll Weevil band member) Mike Montgomery will discuss Dixieland Jazz In Ann Arbor and tell The Story Of The Boll Weevil Jass Band. Montgomery was the pianist and co-founder of the Weevils. He will discuss what Dixieland Jazz is, where the name came from and play excerpts from Weevil recordings to illustrate the various musical conventions used by almost all traditional jazz bands (e.g., breaks, stop-time, after beats, double-time, changing keys). Recordings will include excerpts from sessions with an African-American congregation in Ypsilanti, selections from the group’s 10-inch 78 rpm record, and much more. Be at Malletts Creek Branch this Sunday to learn about a unique moment in Ann Arbor jazz history.

Creating The Not-So-Big® Inspired Home

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Last year was the first year on record where US house sizes actually stopped growing in size. This shift is indicative of a trend towards greener and more economical living. On Tuesday, April 7, from 7 to 8:30pm at Malletts Creek Branch, Master Designer Michael Klement of Architectural Resource, LLC will discuss how to achieve beauty, efficiency and conservation of energy and resources in a smaller home, remodel or addition. His presentation will be loosely based on the popular book, The Not So Big House, by Sarah Susanka.

Last Axis Coffeehouse!

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That's right! This Friday at the Malletts Creek Branch from 6:30 - 8:00 is our last Axis Coffeehouse of this session. The next session will start back up in June (librarians need summer breaks too). So come hang out and read poetry, short stories, or even perform a song while you wait for the summer to come.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!

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Only 2 more Axis Coffeehouses to go before we go on break! Take this chance to come to the Malletts Creek library branch this Friday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm and read some poetry or short stories, or to just hang out and enjoy some snacks with friends.

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