It's Only a Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, and More!

Composer Harold Arlen will be the focus this evening, April12, for jazz aficionado Stuart Johnson at Pittsfield Branch. Johnson is great at making jazz styles and luminaries come alive with a variety of recorded musical examples to accompany their fascinating life stories. Please join us for a wonderful musical evening.

Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen | April 12, 7-8:30 pm | Pittsfield Branch

DANCING Babies @ PITTSFIELD Sunday, April 17 1-1:40pm.

PITTSFIELD Branch Library will be the location for Dancing Babies on Sunday April 17, 1-1:40 pm.
Please note the location!
It is changed from the Winter/Spring JUMP! brochure.

PITTSFIELD Branch Library will be the location for Dancing Babies on Sunday April 17, 1-1:40 pm. Dianne Dudley, of First Steps Ann Arbor, will lead. This is a music and motion program for families with children under 5 years.

If you want to dance at home, pick some special recordings from the Library Catalog.
Then kick off your shoes!
Push back the coffee table!
And PRANCE!

Unleash Your Inner Poet

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April 15th, AXIS Coffeehouse will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a special poetry fest for teens and adults! Come join us to read poetry, write poetry and flex your creative muscles. Snacks (and prizes!) provided. The time is April 15th, 6:30-8pm. The place is the Pittsfield Program Room. Be there, or be quadrilateral.

Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk Rock

National Library Week Event: Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk RockNational Library Week Event: Music Expert Bill Holdship Discusses Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges And The Birth Of Punk Rock

In honor of Iggy and The Stooges' April 19th appearance at the Michigan Theater - the first-ever "official" performance by the "Raw Power" version of the group in their adopted hometown. AADL presents a discussion of the band's history and evolution from one of the most "hated" and misunderstood musical units of their time to one of the most influential and beloved musical units in rock 'n' roll history.

Bill Holdship is an award-winning journalist, editor, critic and music historian. A former editor of the legendary CREEM magazine, he has also been an editor and staff writer at numerous trade and consumer magazines, including California's BAM, New Times Los Angeles, Daily Variety, Radio & Records, and HITS, among others. He was a contributing editor at SPIN for many years, and his freelance work has appeared in a ton of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, US Weekly, Rolling Stone, Britain's NME, MOJO, LA Weekly and numerous alternative weeklies throughout the country.

Holdship has been featured as a music expert on various TV and radio programs, ranging from the CBS Evening News to Entertainment Tonight, various MTV specials, and National Public Radio. Most recently, he was the Music Editor of Detroit's Metro Times, where he was responsible for the Ron Asheton memorial tribute issue, as well as an exclusive cover story interview with Iggy Pop and James Williamson announcing their current reunion tour.

Monday April 11, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving

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Presented by Arbor Hospice's Grief Support Services, this one-hour educational meeting will provide you with the resources and information you are looking for when coping with the loss of a loved one. The session will help examine what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care, and what support is available to you. There will also be time for questions at the end.

Arbor Hospice is a community resource that provides grief support services to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. In addition to providing support services to family members who have utilized Arbor Hospice's services, programs are open to any member of the community who has experienced a loss. For more information on Arbor Hospice Grief Support, contact Grief Support at 734-794-5375 or ghaynes@arborhospice.org.

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving -- Tuesday, March 15 -- 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- Pittsfield Branch Library: Program Room

Get Ready to Laugh!

Get Ready to Laugh!Get Ready to Laugh!

It's still winter. Let's warm things up with a day of laughter. Doug Scheer will be at AADL on Thursday, February 24 for two shows sure to liven things up. He will be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and Downtown for a show at 7:00 p.m. He will be doing his Laugh Factory show - with wacky jokes, off-the-wall games, insane contests, and even a few magical surprises.

The Laugh Factory | Thursday, February 24 | 2pm at the Pittsfield Branch and 7pm at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Medications and Aging

The current approach to high quality, less costly health care encourages better communication with your doctors. If you have been taking several prescribed medications for chronic medical conditions for years, the way your body reacts to them can change over time. Thus, it is important to tell your doctors all the medicines you are taking to minimize potential errors. MedlinePlus is one good online site to consult. AADL welcomes Alan Dengiz, M.D., of UM Turner Geriatric Clinic, to give an overview of this important topic and answer your questions on Wed., Feb. 16, 7-8:30 pm. This event is cosponsored by UM Geriatrics Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 | 7-8:30 pm | Pittsfield Branch | Dr. Alan Dengiz

NEW Program - Just Babies!

If your baby is creeping, rocking, stretching, and not yet walking, ... bring your little Valentine for a "Date" on Friday evening, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 7:10 pm. @ Pittsfield Branch Library. This is the youngest program the Library has offered. Denise Owens of Kindermusik will lead the program that includes music and movement activities perfect for babies in their first year.

Just Babies! | Friday, February 11 | 6:30-7:10 pm | Pittsfield Branch

Let's Make Some Valentines!

Let's Make Some Valentines!Let's Make Some Valentines!

Valentines that are made with love and sticky little hands are always nicer than the store-bought kind. Bring your kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. We'll be making Valentines of all kinds. Think of all those grandparents, aunts, uncles and special neighbors who would like Valentines. Bring your imaginations, we'll provide all the supplies. For kids preschool - Grade 5.

For some Valentine craft ideas, click here. Check out this website for some good ideas for family Valentine activities.

Make a Valentine! | Saturday, February 12 | 1-2pm | PIttsfield Branch

Cuddle Up! Family Storytime

Cuddle Up! Family StorytimeCuddle Up! Family Storytime

When the wind blows and the snow flies around what could be better than cuddling up with your family and enjoying a good story and a cup of hot chocolate?

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Sunday afternoon, January 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
We'll tell some stories, sing some songs, and sip warm cocoa. Then try your hand at a
craft that everyone will enjoy . . . making snow people out of socks! What a pleasant way to spend a cold winter afternoon.

For some winter stories, click here.

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