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.

Dragonfly Larvae and More at Traverwood Branch.

If you enjoyed visiting the Leslie Science Center's Cecropia caterpillars at the Traverwood Branch last summer, then you're in luck. You can now view the caterpillar exhibit at the Malletts Creek Branch, and you get a whole new exhibit at Traverwood: Aquatic Invertebrates! What exactly is an aquatic invertebrate you may ask? For the purposes of this exhibit, they're mostly going to take the form of small water bugs, such as Dragonfly larvae, but there will be lots of other little creatures living in the roiling, green pond water as well. The inhabitants of this tank are also going to fluctuate, as new critters will be added throughout the summer, and old friends will be eaten by new friends. Make sure and look for the summer game code to earn 100 points for visiting the Dragonfly larvae.

UPDATE: As some of you have noticed, we haven't yet added many Dragonfly larvae to the exhibit. We’re trying to make sure that all the critters who would love to eat the tasty, tasty dragonfly larvae (I’m looking in your general direction predaceous diving beetle larvae) are safely out of the tank, in an effort to avoid a larvae throwdown. In the meantime, please enjoy the toadpoles.

Duct Tape Diversion

Monday June 11, 2012: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

We'll give you the tape (from camouflage to plaid) and the instructions - you do the rest!

This event is for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Chesstastic @ Traverwood

Join us for one or two games of the world's most popular pastime, chess or even stay the whole three hours.
All ages and abilities are welcome. Whether you're playing for the simple fun of it, bumping up your brain activity, or even striving to
increase your points in the chess ratings, Traverwood is the place to be Sunday, May 20, 1 - 4 pm.

Chess materials are available for checkout at all levels, including books, magazines,
or movies, like Searching for Bobby Fischer or Chess for Anyone.

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

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