Pamper Yourself!

Nails

Do you want to show off your hands? Getting ready for sandal season? Pamper yourself with a fingernail soak, then use decals, stencils, polishes, and rhinestones provided for you to create your own nail look. Polish colors such as "Rave" and "So Disco" may inspire you!

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2-3pm at the Pittsfield Branch for a little Nail Fun. Bring a friend or two so you can chat and giggle while you work.

The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

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How did the Detroit Observatory come to be? And why is it located in Ann Arbor and not Detroit? On Sunday, March 29, 2 to 3:30pm at the Pittsfield Branch, Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss how the observatory was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States.

A Magical Afternoon at the Pittsfield Branch!

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Come join us at the Pittsfield Branch Library on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. when local magician Jeff Wawrzaszek comes to the Library for a magic show full of tricks, laughs, and awesome magic.

Want to try some magic yourself? Look for these titles.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: 'Seeing in the Dark'

On Wednesday February 25, 2009, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, library staff at the Pittsfield Branch will host an Book Discussion of the book that is the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009: Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe by Timothy Ferris. Make sure to check out the podcast interview he did recently while in town for a talk at Washtenaw Community College. A full list of other events affiliated with Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is here.

Moving Stories

There will be no sitting and listening in this storytime! We will move through the silly actions of the boy in The Squeaky Door and that trickster coyote using yoga poses. We might throw in a little laughter yoga too! If you are in Kindergarten or older join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday February 25, at 2:00 pm.

Tile-Making Workshop: Motawi Tileworks

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Make your own impressed art tile, using Motawi's clay and tools. The nationally-renowned sibling duo of Karim and Nawal Motawi, co-owners of Ann Abor-based Motawi Tileworks will share their expertise about art tile and tell the story of the Boy Reading tile mural at the Pittsfield Branch. Your original art tile will be fired, glazed and available for pick up at Motawi Tileworks on December 22. Tiles make great gifts! There is no charge for this event.

Books that may inspire you ahead of time are, Handmade Tiles or Motawi Tileworks

Need a Centerpiece for Your Holiday Dinner?

Are you still looking for that perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table? Bring the kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, November 26 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. We will be making beautiful turkey centerpieces as well as napkin rings or placemats. Supplies (toilet paper rolls, construction paper, etc.) will be provided. For preschoolers through 3rd grade.

Tellebration!

It's Tellebration time again! This is one of my favorite programs for the family. On Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, join Tricia Travis, Jeff Doyle, Laura Lee Hayes and Judy Schmidt for stories about pirates, runaway tortillas, the circus and gigantic frogs!

Dealing with Biting Behaviors

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Do you have a pint-size biter on your hands? Whether it is out of frustration, exploration, or plain ol' swollen gums, toddlers are expressing something when they bite. Join Early Childhood Consultant Kathy Sims on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am at the Pittsfield Branch to learn how to effectively deal with biting and other behaviors in young children. Young children are welcome. Toys will be available in the room.

Graphic Novel Bootcamp: Training in the Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling

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How is a graphic novel different than a comic book? Is it the length of the story, the format in which the story's printed, the genre or subject matter, or is there something more going on? Find out Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Pittsfield Branch Program Room .

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Mark Rudolph, author of the graphic novel Closing Doors (recently featured in a documentary aired on Detroit Public Television), in an interactive discussion and hands-on workshop that explores the unique affordances granted to a cartoonist when making a graphic novel. Learn some of the fundamental techniques used by professional cartoonists as you create some of your own comics work. Discover some of the idiosyncratic storytelling possibilities facing an author of "long form" comics stories.

Supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination and the urge to create!

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