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.


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.


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.

Create a Custom Hardcover E-Reader Case

Monday, January 7 | 7 - 8 pm | Traverwood | Grades 6 - Adult

Are you an e-reader owner who still loves the feel of a good old book in your hands? Bring your e-reader to the Traverwood branch on Monday, January 7 from 7 - 8pm, and create a custom case for your device out of a recycled hardcover book. We will provide the tools and supplies, all you need is your e-reader so that you can find a book cover that fits it. Then, decorate your e-reader case after it is assembled!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

For more crafty ideas, check out these books from the AADL.


Chess is happening and you should be there! Once a month at the Traverwood branch players gather to play a game or two or three. Chess has been cited by psychologists as an effective way to improve memory function, or you can simply play for the fun of it. There are chess resources galore at the library, whether it's magazines, books, or DVD's you're looking for.

Take a break from the holiday hub-bub and join us at Traverwood for games of chess.

Chess boards are available and games will be played from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 16th.

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