Be a Master of Disaster

Washtenaw County was recently hit by a devastating tornado. Do you know what to do in a storm emergency? In a tornado or a violent thunderstorm? How would you keep your family safe? The Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross will present a special disaster session featuring tips to prepare for and respond to disasters. This includes tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms and other emergencies. Red Cross staff will look at natural disasters from both a scientific and safety perspective. This session will be in English but geared to English Language Learners, too! Join us at the Traverwood Branch, April 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Chesstastic is Happening

Whether you're highly ranked or a beginner, you're invited to join us this Sunday, April 15, from 1:00-4:00pm at the Traverwood branch. Chess boards are provided. All ages welcome.
Newly added to the collection is Chess for the Gifted and Busy, or you can check out loads of other books about Chess here.
Two magazine titles with loads of tips and strategies are, Chess Life the World's Most Widely Read Chess Magazine and Chess Life for Kids
Hope to see you Sunday.

National Library Week Event: Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun

Saturday April 14, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Amigurumi is very popular in Japan where it means the art of making small crocheted (or knit) toys. We'll show you how to make a little stuffed snail toy. Plan to use the entire time to make your project, unless you're a pro!

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

Cork Trivet-Making Workshop

Thursday April 5, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Make your own heat-protecting trivet using wine corks. We'll provide all the supplies, but if you have some corks of your own that you would like to use, bring them along!

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

Reconstructing Life Stories

People write for many reasons: pleasure, self-knowledge, education, memory, creativity, or as a legacy for family. These six workshops for people age fifty and over are a great way to learn the skills and confidence to write your memoir in your own style. Participants will have the chance to read some of their writing to the group, then reflect and reminisce about it. Bring your writing materials on April 3 at give it a try. An elevator is available in the parking lot below the library entered from Huron Parkway.

Tuesdays | April 3,10,24; May 1,8,15 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Traverwood Branch

Chesstastic is Happening

Whether you want to practice up for the Thurston Chess Tournament on January 21, or you just want to simply enjoy a couple games of Chess, head over to the Traverwood branch on Sunday, January 15, 1-4pm.
Board games will be available.
Power up your chess strategies with, Starting Chess if you're a beginner, or check out Chess Tactics for Champions if you're more experienced. All levels are welcome!

Make Jewelry From Paper Beads

Have you ever tried making paper beads? It's a great way to reuse old magazines, and along with a few basic supplies, you'll end up with a necklace that you can wear on the spot. Supplies will be provided. You can find inspiration from these titles Paper Jewelry Book or Art of Jewelry. Join us at the Traverwood branch December 28, Wednesday, from 2-3:30pm.

Chesstastic @ Traverwood

Make the most of your Sunday, by stopping by the Traverwood branch of the Ann Arbor District Library and play a game or two of Chess one of the world's most popular games. Chess boards are provided, and all ages and levels of players are welcome.
From first moves to checkmate, the library has materials to help you improve your game,
click here for some of those titles.
Sunday, December 11 | 1-4 PM | Grade K-Adult

Chesstastic is Happening

Knowing the rules and strategies of Chess, is only the beginning. You will want to check out books and magazines on technique and challenge yourself against all sorts of players too. We can help with both. For starters, try Knack Chess for Everyone and Chess in Action or place a hold on the magazine, Chess Life, or Chess Life for Kids.
For some practice and fun meet up at the Traverwood branch, November 13, Sunday, from 1-4 pm. We'll have chess boards and snacks, so please stop by.

Lifelong Exercise for Everyone

Many people who have a chronic health condition or disability stop exercising after they experience a big change in their movement abilities. A panel of five exercise specialists from Chelsea, Ann Arbor and Saline will be at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-8:30 pm to talk about a much healthier approach for anyone who has had this experience. They will show how fortunate we are in Washtenaw County to have so many resources that integrate medical care with fitness programming. In addition, Chelsea is partnering with Stockbridge and Manchester to help with sustainable access in rural areas. Please come ready to learn and ask questions. This event is part of UM Investing in Ability Week.

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