Game Theory by Dr. Yan Chen

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On July 15th, some 60 or so Malletts Creek library patrons got treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by Professor Yan Chen on Game Theory. Some even went home with cold cash for playing in her demos., besides learning a few strategies for biding on eBay and other auction giants.

By popular request, she has posted her slides online at her website, (listed as Classes: SI 625 AADL Public Lecture on Game Theory 7/15/2007). Select from her slides,or her auction experiments.

Dr. Chen's presentation was a program of the 2007 Summer Reading Game Figure It Out.

Mum may or may not be the word

Do you know a three letter word for "the sound of water hitting a hot pan" or "what both Humpty Dumpty and Miss Muffet did?" If you're dying to find out the strategies of some of the most most adept and lovable crossword puzzle addicts, come to the Downtown branch tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. to watch Wordplay, the movie about the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament run by New York Times crossword master, Will Shortz. The film will be introduced by Firefly Club owner, jazz singer and fellow word lover, Susan Chastain who welcomes people to the club every Wednesday to play Scrabble.

Music in the Park

Is the most mentally stimulating part of your lunch break the surprise of turkey on rye instead of turkey on wheat? No more! The Herb David Guitar Studio is highlighting local musicians on the Liberty Plaza throughout the summer. Music plays from noon until 2 pm, Monday through Saturday, and is free of charge. So take your turkey on wheat down, enjoy some sunshine, and support your local musicians.

Meanwhile tap your inner-musician by checking out AADL's collection of books on how to play the guitar, piano, and even the harmonica!

An Interview with Eric Carle on his 40th Anniversary

Most adults today have read at least one of Eric Carle's books, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar or his very first illustrated book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Check out NPR's interview with Carle here to learn more about how he creates the art for his books.

"...while Rome burned."

Today, July 18, is believed to be the anniversary of the burning of Rome in 64 A.D. while the emperor Nero supposedly played his fiddle. It turns out that Nero wasn't even in Rome at the time but rushed back when he heard about the fire. The rumors about his fiddle playing probably came from the Roman military who disapproved of Nero's artistic tendancies. He became emperor at the age of 16 and was the youngest ruler in the history of Rome but not the most benevolent. He blamed the fire on the Christians who were then tortured. The adopted son of Claudius, Nero only came to power because of the murder of his brother, Britannicus. For a brilliantly acted portrayal of Claudius' reign, check out the dvd series, I, Claudius.

This week: Pokémon, Super Smash, and Mario Kart Tournaments, plus DDR at the Art Fair!

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It's late July in Ann Arbor, and that means (at least) two things; the Art Fair, and the return of the Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season! It will be a busy week at the library, and it all starts off with Pokémondays, this time at Malletts Creek Branch on Monday, 7/16, from 1-5 PM for players of all ages and Pokémon level 51 & up.

Then, come see us at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair main stage next to the Belltower for DDR on Wednesday 7/18 and Friday 7/20 from 1-4 PM. There will be some prizes for the very best players, but you can also just come to show off in front of the crowd. You know you want to.

Finally, it's the end of the arduous off-season, as the clans converge on the Downtown Library on Saturday, 7/21, from Noon - 5 PM for the long-awaited Super Smash Double Dash Preseason Event! We'll have single and team kart and smash, and an opportunity to try out some new methods, recruit members for your clan, and size up the competition, and eat pizza. Hope to see you all there!

Why did the chicken REALLY cross the road?

You may not find out if you go to Wayne Chicken Days in Wayne, Nebraska today and Saturday but you'll have your chance to pay tribute to "chickenkind." Events include a parade, a national clucking contest, a hard boiled egg eating contest, music and much more. If you can't make it to Wayne, you can at least honor our feathered friends by reading about chickens or watching the most famous avian liberation film of all time, Chicken Run or the anxiety provoking Chicken Little listed under our subject heading of "chickens-drama."

Saturday Storytime Fun!

Come to the Northeast Branch Library this Saturday at 11:00 a.m for the second in our series of summer Saturday Storytimes. We will be sharing stories about barnyard animals who are looking for a little excitement.
Who knew our farm friends could be so adventurous! A simple craft will follow the stories. Bring the whole family!

The other two Saturday storytimes in this series are Downtown on July 28th at 11:00 a.m and on August 11th at Malletts Creek at 11:00 a.m.

Foreign language books at the library!

If you know another language besides English, you may want to check out the library's large and continuously growing Foreign Language Collection.

We have many different languages including Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Indian languages (including Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Kannada, Panjabi, Malayalam, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil and Urdu) Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Farsi and Italian.

Road Trip Reads: The Doom Patrol Archives, Vol. 2

A cover to one of the issues in this collection features a French-speaking gorilla who is piloting a giant purple robot that is swinging a submarine at a 50-foot tall woman wearing SCUBA gear. This is the madness that was the Silver Age of comics, and it's never been more fun than in The Doom Patrol. Join Robot Man, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and The Chief as they struggle against evil adversaries such as Monsieur Mallah (the aforementioned French-speaking gorilla), The Brain (literally a talking brain in a jar), and Madame Rouge (a woman who can mold her face like putty to look like anyone she wants). Adventure has never been weirder, nor more thrilling. Best of all, it can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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