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.

Magic Squares Origami

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See all the things one little piece of paper can become in this hands-on Origami workshop at Malletts Creek Branch on Sunday, March 29, 1 to 2:30. Learn more about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding as instructors from Magic Squares will demonstrate this fine art, and then teach everyone how to create their own beautiful pieces.

Learn More About Social Security

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Are you overwhelmed with the amount of information on the Social Security website? If so, register for the upcoming Social Security online workshop on Wednesday March, 25, 7 to 8:30 pm at Malletts Creek to learn how to confidently navigate the confusing terrain of Social Security programs. Make sure to come with questions for the Q&A session that will follow the hands-on workshop.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!

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March 20th is the 171st birthday of the Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen! And what better way to celebrate the birthday of a famous poet than by reading some poetry or maybe even a play? So come join us this Friday at the Malletts Creek Branch from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!

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It's another Friday the 13th! But don't despair, there's safety in numbers. Come hang out with us this Friday, March 13th 6:30 -8:00 PM at the Malletts Creek Branch Library and hope the upcoming St. Patrick's Day luck cancels out the day.

What will you read? How about your story for the library's short story contest It's All Write! The due date is March 20th. Don't miss your chance for awesome cash prizes!

Axis Coffehouse This Friday!

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That's right! Axis Coffeehouse starts up again this Friday March 6th! If once a week isn't enough poetry for you, catch up on the latest poetry news online or drop by the library for the latest poetry books like How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block or Side by Side: new poems inspired by art from around the world.

See you Friday at Malletts Creek, 6:30 pm!

Family Science Fun Workshops at Malletts Creek and Traverwood

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Children grades K - 5 and their caregivers will have two opportunities to explore science and learn all about the planets in our Solar System during our Family Science Fun Workshops-Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space! Planet Adventures! Workshops will be held on Saturday, February 28 at Malletts Creek from 10 to 11am and at Traverwood from 2 to 3pm. Make sure to browse the Youth department after the program ends for a book on outer space to bring home with you. This workshop is held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, whose theme is The Universe: Yours To Discover. The full list of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads events appears here.

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