Chesstasstic is Happening


Chess is a game of positioning, strategy and fun. Try your hand at a couple games regardless of your ranking or your age. The downtown library currently is hosting a special exhibt, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World which celebrates Franklin's 300th birthday. According to Ben Franklin, "The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it."
Please join us at Traverwood, May 15, Sunday, from 1-4 pm. Chess boards are supplied.

Celebrate Children's Book Week!

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Come sing, stomp and shout in celebration of Children's Book Week. Kevin Kammeraad will be here to lead us in the festivities. Kevin is a Michigan author, singer, and educator who believes that singing and motion is essential to children and adults alike. He uses puppets, silly songs and dances to get everyone moving. Visit his website to learn more.

Come to the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. to see Kevin. This will be a treat for the whole family!

Make Jewelry from Paper Beads

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Have you ever tried making paper beads? We'll have lots of recycled magazine papers and beads for you to create a simple, ready to wear necklace. Check out these book titles to get inspired, Creating Extraordinary Beads from Ordinary Materials or Paper Creations. Paper bead creations can be found here.

Hope you can join us at Traverwood, Friday, April 8, from 2:00-3:30 PM. Grade 4-Adult.

Hands-On Manga Workshop With Visiting Manga Artists Konohana Sakuya!

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Thursday March 10, 2011: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Join us for an amazing hands-on evening with two visiting Japanese Manga artists! Konohana Sakuya is the alias of the working partnership between two comic artists, Kohei Nishino and Tsugumi Nishino. Since August 2004, the duo has had its latest work, "The Lights," serialized in the monthly version of the Shonen Jump magazine.

Learn how to make your own manga comic and ask questions about the real world of manga in Japan!

Join Us for Chesstastic


Whether your chess playing style is logical, crafty, or technical we invite you to join us at the Traverwood branch, Sunday, February 13, from 1 - 4 pm. Drop in for one game or several. Chess sets will be provided.

If Bobby Fischer intrigues you, recently added to the library's collections is Endgame: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer, history's first 15-year-old grand champion. Also recently added is a title on beefing up your chess strategies with, Chess Openings for Dummies.

Chesstastic | Sunday, February 13 | 1-4pm | Traverwood Branch

It's Go Time!

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Time to play the ancient strategy game, that is! Saturday February 5, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Traverwood Branch, Michael Zhang of the University of Michigan Go Club and his super-crew will offer an introduction to Go -- at the same time the simplest and the most complex game of strategy on Earth.

As Iwamoto Kaoru -- a 9-dan professional Go player -- said "Go uses the most elemental materials and concepts -- line and circle, wood and stone, black and white -- combining them with simple rules to generate subtle strategies and complex tactics that stagger the imagination." Need I say more?

If you're interested in learning more about Go before coming to play it with us, check out Go by Charles Matthews, Go Basics by Peter Shotwell, or, perhaps the most entertaining introduction, Hikaru no Go -- a manga series about a young teen haunted by the ghost of a Go master.

Chesstasstic @ Traverwood


In its 1,500-year history, chess has intrigued millions of people around the world and your library supports this interest with continuing a Sunday afternoon invitation to open play. We have chess boards on hand. All age levels and skill levels are welcome to join in. You can find materials at AADL that will tell you about chess openings and chess endings Hope to see you Sunday, January 9, from 1-4 PM at the Traverwood branch.

Celebrate the New Year!

Do you need some silly hats and noisemakers for your New Year's celebration?
Come to the Traverwood Branch at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28 and make some festive gear for your party. All supplies will be provided. This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders.

For other New Year's decorating ideas, go here.

AADL Bags Make Great Holiday Gift Wrap

This year, consider wrapping your holiday gifts in something their recipients can actually use: an attractive, reusable AADL tote bag.

These little numbers come in black, emblazoned on one side with our fetching teal logo. They look pretty sharp when coordinated with a contrasting color of tissue paper (I'm liking blue, red and silver). Oh, and did I mention they're only $1?

Wow your friends and family this holiday season with your eco-friendliness and discerning sense of style! Our totes are roomy enough to hold your holiday gifts, as well as groceries for years to come. AADL totes are for sale at the circulation desks of all branches of the library. This year, wrap in the gift that keeps on giving!



Take a break from errands and holiday hubbub and stop by the Traverwood Branch Sunday, December 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to play a game of Chess or two. The library carries two magazines, Chess Life, said to be the world's most widely read chess magazine and Chess Life for Kids published by the United States Chess Federation. Chess sets are provided and all levels of skill are welcome.

Chesstastic | Sunday, December 12 | 1-4pm | Traverwood Branch

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