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.

Chesstastic is Back!

Chess boards will be available for three hours of drop-in time for Chess enthusiasts this Sunday, September 16,
at the Traverwood branch. All ages and skill levels are welcome, from 1 - 4 pm.

Newly added to the library's collections on the subject of chess are, Fighting chess with Magnus Carlsen,
Chess for the Gifted and Busy : a Short but Comprehensive Course--from Beginner to Expert, and
The Queen of Katwe : a Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine. - Rudolf Spielmann

Locker Makeover

Where did I put that schedule? I know it's here somewhere. If your locker needs a makeover to help you stay organized and find what you need,
then stop by the Traverwood branch on Saturday, the 15th from 2 - 3:30pm to make cool crafts to help you do just that. Branching out from your
locker makeover, here's a few other titles that you might find to be just the thing to jump start the new school year, Organizing From the Inside Out
the Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life, or Think confident, Be Confident for Teens : A Cognitive Therapy Guide
to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Creating Unshakable Self-Esteem. Grades 6-12.

Self-Publishing: Going Indie In The Literary Industry

Come to the Traverwood Branch today at 3:00 to hear from successful indie writer Chris Profeta (author of Life in Pieces) about his experiences with self-publishing and how effective writing habits can make your own work come to completion. This is a great forum to learn about publishing without a publishing house for those curious about the recent surge of self-published authors.

Chris Profeta teaches writing at Macomb Community College and Davenport University. He has had various works published in the Foliate Oak online literary magazine, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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

Racing Machines

Come make your own balloon-powered cars at the Racing Machines program! We’ll build the cars and see how fast they go.

Want to learn about the science behind cars and speed?

Toy and Game Science, by Peter Pentland and Pennie Stoyles
Inside and Out Guide To Speed Machines, by Steve Parker
How Does a High-Speed Train Work?, by Sarah Eason

Or learn about how to build other kinds of cars and machines!
Pinewood Derby Designs and Patterns by Troy Thorne
Pinewood Derby Speed Secrets, by David Meade
Build Your Own Car, Rocket, and Other Things That Go, by Tammy Enz

This program is for grades K-5 and will be held at the Pittsfield Branch at 2pm on Tuesday, August 28.

Chess Strategies & Tips with Atulya Shetty

Looking for a few tips to improve your chess play? Look no further. Thursday, August 2, from 7 - 8:30pm at the Traverwood branch, Atulya Shetty will be on hand to help you improve your strategies and game plan.

S­hetty is the reigning Michigan Junior Champion for grades K–12, last year he became the youngest-ever champion in the Michigan Open and in April he placed fifth in the USCF National High School Championships.

In addition, Atulya represented the United States in World Youth Chess Championships in the Republic of Georgia (2006), Vietnam (2008), and Greece (2010).

Coming up in August, Atulya will represent Michigan in the 2012 Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Vancouver, Washington.

Hope to see you on Thursday! Grade 4 - Adult. Chess boards will be available at the program.

Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko returns to Ann Arbor!

Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko returns to Ann Arbor for two performances on Tuesday, July 10, 2012!
She'll be Downtown at 2:00 p.m and at the Traverwood Branch at 7:00 p.m.
If you saw her last summer, you'll want to come back and see her again. If you didn't see
her, now is your chance. She is an amazing performer!!

To learn how to become a ventriloquist yourself, click here.

Scrapbooking From Scratch

Bring your collected items (photos, ticket stubs, etc.) from that memorable event or trip for your scrapbook. We'll be making the scrapbooks from cardboard and special papers.

Join us at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, July 5, from 2 - 3:30 pm. Grades 6 - 12.

Click here to check out materials from the library to jump start any scrapbooking project. Of course, a code will be given out for points towards your summer reading game.

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