Chesstastic is Fantastic

Chess is happening at the Traverwood branch this Sunday, May 19, from 1 - 4 pm. Whether you have time for one rousing game or can stay for the full three hours,
you are welcome. Chess boards are provided. Also, check out materials here for the beginner or advanced player,
and everything in between.

The drop in sessions will start up again in the fall, but next month on June 27, we will have a program led by chess expert,
Jennifer Skidmore held at the Traverwood branch from 7-8:30pm, Grades 4 - Adult.

We're Talking....

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...in English as a Second Language conversation group at three of our locations each week. AADL's partnership with Washtenaw Literacy provides us with trained volunteers to help participants get comfortable speaking English. Groups meet Mondays at the Pittsfield Branch from 1:00-2:30 PM; Wednesday at our Traverwood Branch from 7:00- 8:30 PM. There's also a group that meets at Mallets Creek on Fridays from 1-2:30 PM. Participants do not need to register to take part in these groups and can attend as many as they'd like. If you're interested in learning more about Washtenaw Literacy, check out their website or give them a call: 734-879-1320.

Chesstastic!

Please join in the fun this Sunday, April 21, at the Traverwood branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Players of all ages and abilities will be dropping by from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and getting in either one or two

games, or possibly staying the full three hours. We have chess books, magazines,

and DVD's to pick from in our collections too. So check out some of these materials. See you Sunday!

Straw Bridge Engineering

If you are a 3rd - 8th grader, come join us today at the Traverwood Branch from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. to test your construction skills! We will be designing and building bridges out of drinking straws and tape. Play around with different supports and designs to see how strong you can make your bridge. You will get a chance to test your bridge at the end and discover if you have what it makes to be a Stupendous Straw Bridge Engineer!

Making Jewelry With Paper Beads

Thursday April 4, 2013: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Paper beads are made from scraps of paper rolled up to create easy, beautiful beads that can be added to string to make a fun necklace. Come to Traverwood next week and learn how! We will provide the supplies.

This event is for teens and pre-teens in grades 4 - 12.

Chesstastic is Happening

Have fun and get challenged at Traverwood this Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with some rousing games of chess.

We supply the chess boards. All ages and abilities are welcome!

You might want to check out some recent new materials Chess Puzzles for Kids or Chess in Action : From First Attack to Checkmate,
to refresh your game and learn some new tips.

Knot Your Average Bracelet

Saturday March 9, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Traverwood Branch: Program Room | Grades K-5

Join us in making a bracelet that you can wear home! It just takes a little rope and a few knots to make these fun and fashionable bracelets.

For Grades K-5.

Chesstastic

Take time for chess on Sunday, February 17 @ the Traverwood branch 1 - 4 PM. It fills the bill for something to do that is both relaxing and stimulating.

Newly added to the library's collection is, A Fresh Look at Chess : 40 Instructive Games, Played and Annotated by Players Like You, a look at some
amateur games, showing you how to make more effective moves, and Chess is Child's Play : Teaching Techniques That Work. All ages and abilities are welcome at Chesstastic.

Solving problems, thinking logically, and learning patience are skills that playing chess can boost at any age.

Kamishibai-Japanese Story Telling

Learn about and experience Kamishibai Storytelling with Masanari Nohara of the Ann Arbor Japan House this Sunday, February 10th, 1:00-2:00 PM at the Traverwood Branch.

Kamishibai originated in Japanese Buddhist Temples in the 12th century, where monks used emakimono, or picture scrolls, to convey stories with moral lessons. In the 1930's the gaito kamishibai (street kamishibai) storytellers first made the scene, riding their bicycles to Japanese towns and villages with their paper drama stages.

Kamishibai storytelling involves a set of illustrated boards inserted into a small stage that, in Japan, was usually mounted on a bicycle and taken out one by one as a story is told. This program is co-sponsored by Ann Arbor Japan House. Ann Arbor Japan House was established with the goal to create a place where people would have opportunities to increase their familiarity with various aspects of Japanese language and culture. The event is for youth (grade K and up), teens, and adults.

Chesstastic!

Three hours of chess at the Traverwood branch, Sunday, January 20, from 1 - 4 PM. Chess boards supplied,
and all ages and abilities are welcome.

Newly added to the collections are, Chess for the Gifted and Busy : a Short but Comprehensive Course--from Beginner to Expert
and A Fresh look at Chess : 40 Instructive Games, Played and Annotated by Players Like You.

Challenge old friends and make new ones.

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