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.

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.

Chesstastic

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.

Mom & Dad.....I'm Gay

Thursday November 29, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

When a child confides these words to a parent, they can totally transform the relationship. Whether that transformation results in a closer bond or a broken one is entirely dependent upon the parent's ability to accept, nurture and honor the child, whatever his or her sexual orientation. Join us and author Anne Dohrenwend at the Traverwood Branch as she shares insights from her book, Coming Around. Coming Around is an uplifting resource for understanding and coming to terms with a child’s sexual orientation and maintaining a dialogue between parent & child. With compassion and wisdom, Dohrenwend addresses parents' fears regarding what to say and what not to say, bigotry and social and religious prejudice, the legal issues facing LGBT individuals and how to understand homophobia. Dr. Dohrenwend will be there to sell and sign books as well.

Knit Your Bit: Winter Scarf

Knitters of all levels are welcome to this event as we share patterns and knit a scarf for the winter.
Yarn will be supplied--bring needles if you have them. These scarves will make
perfect holiday gifts!

Speaking of knitted gifts, these titles are loaded with a variety of easy, clever, and one-of-a-kind
gifts, :Just Gifts, Knits From the Heart, Knitter's Year 52 Make-In-A-Week Projects -- Quick Gifts and
Seasonal Knits, or Gift Knits-More Than 70 Wearable & Decorative Projects.

Sunday, November 18 | 2 - 3:30 PM | Traverwood | Grade 4 - Adult

Make a Mini-Book at Traverwood on November 6

Tuesday, November 6 | 4 - 5pm | Traverwood | Grades K - 5

Create your very own mini-book(s) and illustrate with markers, stickers, stamps, and more! Learn some helpful tips for writing fiction and non-fiction mini-books and share story ideas with others.

Can't make the event? Want to brush up your writing skills before the event? Check out these books from the AADL with tips for writers!

Chesstastic

Join us at the Traverwood branch Sunday, the 21st, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for a game of Chess or two with players of all ages and abilities.

For your reading pleasure, and new to the library's collection, is The queen of Katwe. It's a story of life, chess, and one extraordinary girl's dream of becoming a grandmaster.
Or you might try, Chess for the gifted and busy, which is a short but comprehensive course--from beginner to expert. For a visual experience try, Chess For Anyone.

Chess sets will be available. Grade K - Adult.

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