Ben Spitzer - Juggler and Comedian

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Ben Spitzer, juggler and comedian, will return to Ann Arbor on Tuesday, July 28th for two shows to liven up your summer. He'll be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and the Downtown Library at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this fun event!

To learn how to juggle yourself, go here.

Truck Stuck author Sallie Wolf comes to Ann Arbor!

Calling all preschoolers who love those big noisy vehicles. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00 to meet Sallie Wolf, author of the picture book Truck Stuck. See what happens when a big red truck causes a traffic jam by getting stuck under a bridge. How can it be unstuck?

Take a Hike! @Lakewood Nature Area

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Tonight at 7pm, join the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff in a botanical walk through Lakewood Nature Area. Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake. This event is held in conjunction with the summer reading program, Local Motion, which encourages the use of local neighborhoods, gyms, recreational facilities and outdoor areas to move and get fit!

Summer Reading = up, stress = down.

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Library summer reading programs evolved from studies that show that students who do not read during the summer lose some of the gains that they made during the previous academic year.

Translation: children who read during the summer do better in school in the fall.

First Time Camper Program

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Have you been meaning to give camping a try? If so, the “First Time Camper” Program might be for you. This program, sponsored by Gander Mountain, aims to provide an opportunity for new campers to experience both campers and the outdoors. Equipment, instructions, gear and information are provided at an economic rate.

In order to help new campers prepare for their experience, each group receives a welcome kit that outlines what to expect, pack and wear. After check-in, DNR staff help participants through the process of setting up camp and settling in.

For more information about the program, including a list of participating parks and recreation areas click here.

Happy camping!

Summer Reading Program 2009: Local Motion

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Summer reading time is here!

This year the theme for AADL’s summer reading program is Local Motion. All summer long we will offer a variety of programs around this theme including nature walks, jump roping, dancing, and rock climbing. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about health topics and being active or would like to participate as an audience member, there is something here for you.

All ages are invited to play the summer reading game (June 12-August 14). You can even register online. The youth game includes incentive stamps and prizes along the way to reading or listening to 10 books. Teens have many choices of activities to complete the game and become eligible for a prize drawing. Adults, yes, there is something for you too.

Join us at for our Summer Reading Kick-off concert at The Ark! Local act, Gemini, will get kids moving to rousing music from around the world. Families will have the opportunity to register for the summer reading program at this concert. We hope to see you there Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 PM.

The popular Lego Contest, Graffiti Art Contest and Manga Drawing Contest are back this year, and this year's details are available now.

At the end of the day, we hope you have fun this summer, and we want to be a part of that fun! We hope to see you this summer.

Taste of Ann Arbor and Delicious Summer Reading

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Want to be the very first person to sign up for the Local Motion Summer Reading Program? Visit us at the Taste of Ann Arbor and get an early start on reading. We will have jump ropes, hoola hoops, sidewalk chalk and other old fashioned summer fun to kick-off Local Motion. If you have never experienced Taste, it is one of the great “welcome summer” Ann Arbor days and AADL is proud to be part of it. The next Local Motion event is right around the corner!

Summer Reading is "Under Construction"

Summer Reading is UNDER CONSTRUCTION so keep your "thinking machine" oiled. You'll need good equipment.
Librarians are visiting schools the month of May promoting Summer Reading.
We can NAIL DOWN some good books for 1st graders, like
Amelia Bedelia Under Construction;
You Read To Me And I'll Read To You: Short Scary Stories; or
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie.
Just Ask!
Sign-Up BEGINS June 9, 2008 at the Library.

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.

Lists Lead to Summer Reading

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For help putting together your own personal best 2006 Summer Beach Reading List, here's an option: Click the Research tab above, choose AADL Select Sites on the left, then pick Books and Reading. Presto - lots of links to lists of books you very well may want to read this summer. Use these lists to make your own list. Remember, if you check these books out from the library, you can set up your account to keep track of your personal reading history. Very easy, very fun, very likely to keep you making more lists and reading more books in our Summer Reading program, which starts June 19.

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