Short Shorts at AXIS Coffeehouse

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Short short fiction that is! Local writer Keith Hood will join us to share techniques for writing flash fiction, complete stories written in 1,000 words or less. As the Bard said -- "Brevity is the soul of wit." If you feel up to the challenge, join us in the Malletts Creek program room this Friday from 6:30-8 and get ready to think small.

To see just how much can be said in few words, check out It All Changed in an Instant, in which a collection of writers both famous and ordinary tell their life stories in just six words. In the spirit of things, here's a six-word story from me:

"Life is short. Visit AXIS Coffeehouse."

Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Friday, March 18

AXIS Coffeehouse Presents...Sandy Ryder!

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This Friday's AXIS Coffeehouse will be a very special one, featuring none other than the Wild Swan Theater's Sandy Ryder. Ms. Ryder will be in the Malletts Creek program room to give all and sundry tips on poetry as performance. We're going to have a lot of fun! The question is, will you be here having fun too?

For more on poetry as performance, try these:
Wham!, a guide to performance poetry for young people.
The Poetry Lounge: The Power of Performance, a DVD demonstrating poetry performance techniques.
The Spoken Word Revolution, a collection of performance poetry, with a CD so you can listen to the poems!

Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Friday, March 11

AXIS Coffeehouse Returns!

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Prepare to celebrate, denizens of Ann Arbor! AXIS Coffeehouse is coming back from vacation on Friday, March 4, tanned, refreshed, and eager to write more poems. We will return to our old haunts at Malletts Creek to write, read and have fun! AXIS Coffeehouse...all the cool people are doing it, and so should you.

If you want to catch up on the latest poems before coming, check out:
Time You Let Me In, new poems by young poets.
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, a story in poems about a teenage baseball player torn between his girlfriend and a new friend.
Poetry Speaks Who I Am, over 100 poems by authors classic to contemporary -- with a CD, so you can hear the poems read aloud!

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, March 4 | 6:30-8pm | Malletts Creek Branch

A Very Special Dental Storytime

In celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month, join us for a dental-themed storytime with local dentist, Dr. Bunek. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

This special storytime is happening this week, Wednesday, February 23rd, 11:30 AM at our Malletts Creek Branch. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on dental health, check out some of our AADL materials like The Tooth Book : A Guide To Healthy Teeth And Gums, I Know Why I Brush My Teeth, Open Wide : Tooth School Inside, and Make Way For Tooth Decay. Planning a child's visit to the dentist? Check out books like My First Visit To The Dentist, What To Expect When You Go To The Dentist, The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist, or Dora The Explorer : A Visit To The Dentist. Show me your smile! Check out our Stories-to-Go: Teeth kit for a tote bag filled with 6 books, 1 DVD, and 1 Activity folder.

For adults interested in the history of the profession, check out the fascinating (and often disturbing) Dentistry : An Illustrated History or The Excruciating History Of Dentistry / Toothsome Tales And Oral Oddities From Babylon To Braces.

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PreK Bits - LOVIES and Valentines!

Every "Love" has a story. For Valentine's Week we had "Lovey" Stories in Preschool Storytime @ Malletts Creek.
We sang "A You're Adorable" an alphabet love song that can be found on
Great Big Hits by Sharon, Lois and Bram.
Something From Nothing follows reincarnations of Joseph's baby blanket until the final piece becomes lost, and nothing is left .... but the story.
Guess How Much I Love You is the duel between little Nutbrown Hare and big Nutbrown Hare for who loves the other most. This love story can be found in Foreign Language Collections because Love is universal.
Stories with more "lovies" for young children:
Owen and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free a trilogy by Mo Willems about his daughter Trixie's Knuffle Bunny lovey.
For The Love Of Autumn a search for a lost kitten by Patricia Polacco.

PreK Bits - TRUCKERY

The theme was "Wheels" in Ms. Rachel's Preschool Storytime this week:
Tip tip Dig Dig introduces the trucks that make a beautiful adventure play park.
The Line Up Book follows Sam as he creates a line of toys from his room all the way through the house to lunch with mother in the kitchen.
We sang "Wheels On The Bus" from Rise And Shine and "Bumping Up and Down" in my Little Red Wagon from Singable songs For The Very Young.
For more WHEELERY look for:
Who Made This Cake? ... the biggest cake needing truckloads of ingredients.
And The Train Goes ... well ... ask the Train station Parrot.
Machines Go To Work in this lift-the-flap book of Trucks.
Trucks Roll offers many examples of the types of things trucks haul.
Truckery Rhymes offers truckful nursery rhymes and new honk-along songs by Jon Scieszka.
and the AADL webcatalog.

Alzheimer's and You

Many people wonder whether and when Alzheimer’s Disease could impact you or a loved one. What are the causes, and are there things you can do to prevent or postpone its onset? On Feb. 14, Kenneth Langa, M.D., Ph.D., UM Dept. of Internal Medicine, will explore the current research on Alzheimer’s Disease from around the world to help us understand the risks and the remedies for this big concern as one ages. So come with questions and join the discussion. Cosponsored by UM Geriatrics Center.

Monday, February 14 | Malletts Creek | 7-8:30 pm | Dr. Kenneth Langa

AXIS Coffeehouse Goes on Vacation

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Hello fellow poetry fans! This Friday will be the last AXIS Coffeehouse session before we take a two-week break. AXIS Coffeehouse plans to spend the break on the beach in a sunny, tropical locale, and will return on March 4 for our pre-summer session -- featuring special guests Sandy Ryder of the Wild Swan Theater and local author Keith Hood! Check in for updates! The time is Friday, 6:30-8. The place is Malletts Creek. See you there.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, February 11 | 6:30-8pm | Malletts Creek Branch

Live at AXIS Coffeehouse...

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This Friday from 6:30 to 8 at Mallett's Creek, our friend Scott Beal will return to AXIS Coffeehouse to share his poems and his poetry-writing tips. When Scott is not writing for AnnArbor.com, he can be found at 826 Michigan, the Neutral Zone, and generally anywhere poetry is taking place. Scott's last visit was great fun, so come check out this one!

Eldercare Mediation: You Are Not Alone

For the first time in history, this generation will devote more time to taking care of their parents than they did in raising their own children. One support organization, Children of Aging Parents, estimates that 54 million Americans are now involved in this type of care. We are not well prepared for these responsibilities, but we do our best. Eldercare mediators Zena Zumeta and Susan Butterwick will talk about ways to begin these important conversations.

Eldercare Mediation and Family Decision Making | Sunday, Feb. 6 | 2-3:30 pm | Malletts Creek

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