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.

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).

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