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.

Chesstastic!! @ Traverwood

Join us for a game or two of Chess on Sunday, October 9, at the Traverwood branch from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Regardless of whether you're ranked or a beginner, you can find a partner. Chess boards are provided.
Whether it's your Endgame you need help with or your Openings we have books in our collection to help you out and improve your play.

Chesstastic is Back!

Chess in the library, an opportunity to play against all levels; everyone is welcome! Come away with new ways to open, how best to make checkmate happen, and all the tactics in between. Learn from each other.

"Chess is everything: art, science, and sport." - Anatoly Karpov

Sunday, September 18 | Traverwood branch | 1:00-4:00

Locker Makeover

What does your locker need to make it work for you? Maybe a set of homemade magnets to hang up schedules and pictures? DIY envelopes for keeping track of this and that, and even a small mirror? Jazz up your locker this Saturday, September 17!

Traverwood branch | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | Grades 6-12.

Kick Back and Knit

Casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off, the basics, this is what you can learn. Pick from simple patterns for an easy project. Join this circle of knitters at Traverwood, August 11, 2:00-3:30 PM. Grade 6 to Adult. Bring your own needles and we'll supply a variety of colorful yarns. All knitting begins with a simple slip knot. . .

Ideas and patterns galore can be found in books and magazines at the library. You may want to start with, Creative Knitting : Easy Knitting For Everyone! or Interweave Knits a couple magazines that focus on knitting. Then check out books on hats, gifts, socks, or projects to make with only one skein.

Give it a try!

Kick Back and Knit | Thursday, August 11 | 2-3:30 pm | Traverwood Branch

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