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

Wrap It Up!

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Create gift tags and wrap using special stamps, paper and ribbons. Wrap up what you've gathered already or make up tags for those presents you've yet to buy. We'll have supplies on hand. Get inspired with paper crafts or Wrap It Up : : 100s Of Fast, Fun, And Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas Join us at the Traverwood branch Sunday, December 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. Grade 4-Adult

Raising a Bilingual Child


Join us on Saturday, November 20 at 10:30am at the Traverwood Branch for the Raising a Bilingual Child program. Early Childhood Specialist in Saline and Bilingual Parent Educator for First Steps of Washtenaw Su-Fen Lin will help us understand the language acquisition process for young children whose native language is not English. She'll discuss the advantages of raising a child to speak multiple languages, what to expect from the process, and how you can support your child through it all.

Raising a Bilingual Child | Saturday, November 20 | 10:30 am | Traverwood Branch

Try Your Hand at Chess


Whether you play as a beginner or more advanced, Traverwood is the place to be Sunday, November 14, from 1-4 pm for a fun exchange of strategies and skill. If you find your opening moves are topnotch, but you have a weak finish, maybe try, Fundamental Chess Endings from the collection, or even go on-line to get in some practice.

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