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YSF ‘09: Something to Sing About as an exploration of music, message and the effect it has on community. Teens will perform and talk about their personal perspectives on songwriting and recording.

Third Annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival: Saturday, Oct. 10 The award-winning Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival returns bigger and better than ever, with headliners Jason Ringenberg (pictured below), “the rockinest folk singer that ever lived” (Miles of Music), Nashville gem Paul Burch, and West Texas rocker Colin Gilmore. Local radio hosts Martin Bandyke (107one) and Jeremy Baldwin (WEMU 89.1) turn up the volume on a program that features local performers throughout the day. Here’s the schedule of events, all of which are free and open to the public.

DIY Recording Information Sessions 1 pm, YDL-Whittaker Get tips on turning your home into an audio studio in this hands-on Q&A. Local Songwriters Showcase 3–6 pm, YDL-Whittaker, Community Room YSF’09 celebrates local songwriters! Go to http://ysf09.wordpress.com for performers and times.

Hey-Ho! Farmer Jason Rocks YDL (Because There’s a Little Farmer in All of Us) 11 am, YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Sing along with Jason Ringenberg’s alter-ego to your family favorites, including Punk Rock Skunk, He’s a Moose on the Loose, and A Guitar Pickin’ Chicken.

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Catching Up with Paul Burch 6 pm, YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Paul’s been very busy since last year’s festival. He’ll talk about his newly released work, Still Your Man (on Ramseur Records), and Paul Burch take your questions.

Schedule a Session with a Songwriter 11 am–3 pm, YDL-Whittaker, Small Conference Rooms Sign up for a 45-minute mentoring session with one of our talented local songwriters. Offering advice on songwriting are Sean Rogers, Almus Magnus, Holly Mae, and Jay Lapp. Sign up for one-on-one mentoring by calling 482-4110 ext. 1301.

Colin Gilmore, Paul Burch, and Jason Ringenberg Live at the Corner Brewery 8 pm, Corner Brewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti Hold onto your hats— it’s going to be a wild ride as Jeremy Baldwin of WEMU 89.1’s The Roots Music Project hosts a celebration of song featuring acoustic sets by Gilmore, Burch, Colin Gilmore and Ringenberg. Join us and see why these guys are among our favorite songwriters.

Community Records Foundation Showcase 12–2 pm, YDL-Whittaker, Story Room Get connected with other teens interested in songwriting! Local nonprofit Community Records Foundation (www.CRFmusic.org) invites teens to take a critical look at the songwriting process

Follow the festival on the web: http://ysf09.wordpress.com myspace.com/ypsilanti songwritingfestival2009 www.facebook.com/YpsilantiDistrictLibrary http://twitter.com/YpsiSongFest

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Jason Ringenberg in Conversation with Martin Bandyke 6:30 pm, YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Radio host Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor’s 107one leads guest songwriter Jason Ringenberg—the original roots-punk barnstormer—in a lively discussion on the craft of songwriting. The London Times calls Jason “the most overlooked country rock pioneer still in business … one of the most dynamic live performers of his generation.”


YDL Receives National Library Award T H E Y P S I L A N T I D I S T R I C T L I B R A RY was honored to receive the John Cotton Dana Award at the American Library Association Annual Conference in July. YDL was recognized for its “Second Annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival,” which the judges cited as “a unique public library program which used music and performing arts to appeal to non-library users, teens and men ages 18–45. Creative, nontraditional marketing strategies and community partners helped the Library reach the targeted demographic: 75% of attendees at events were men.”

Accepting the ALA Award, from left, are YDL Assistant Director Lori Coryell, Director Jill Morey, and John Connaghan, Head of Customer Services. cash bonus. The award is named for an early 1900s library director who was enthusiastic about libraries marketing their services to residents to generate more usage.

The John Cotton Dana Award, given to only six libraries each year, comes with a $5,000

The Lively Arts @ YDL Save the Date for Author Sarah Vowell Sarah Vowell, the acclaimed author of four bestselling books and a contributing editor for public radio’s This American Life since 1996, will visit Ypsilanti on April 8, 2010. Don’t miss this chance to hear her talk about her books, her other writing experiences, and her stint as the voice of Violet Parr in Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Art Catalog Showcases Artworks in YDL’s Permanent Collection “The Language of Art” Gallery Show September 14–October 16 YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Artists’ Reception: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2–4 pm Most visitors to the Ypsilanti District Library come seeking written information, but we take pride in our commitment to visual language as well. We invite you to deepen your appreciation of YDL’s artistic resources by celebrating with us the publication of our new art catalog, “The Language of Art.”

New Online Services

YDL is fortunate to have a substantive art collection for visitors to enjoy, and all of our locations boast works by local artists or those with a connection to the Ypsilanti area. The catalog contains images of works by these artists, a brief description of their work, an artist statement, and an index to the location of each work. You’ll learn more about your favorite pieces or discover works you might have missed on past visits to the library. In his introduction, Tom Venner, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University, writes, “The art is as accessible as could be in this gallery-like space. Spend some time with it and you will feel you've made several new acquaintances from your own community, or perhaps beyond, each of whom has much to show and teach us.”

Online Chat with a Librarian Ever wished you had a librarian right at your fingertips to answer a question? Now there is a way! Just go to YDL’s website, www.ypsilibrary.org, click on the Resources tab, then on the Online Chat icon to chat in real time with a librarian. No matter where you are, get your questions answered! Job Application Help YDL-Whittaker, Computer Lab Mondays, 2–3 pm Drop into the Computer lab for one-onone assistance with online job applications from an adult services librarian. Get help revising and proofing your resume and preparing it for submission electronically. Basic mouse and keyboard skills required.

We cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the YDL art collection by picking up a catalog and attending our very own “art opening” event and reception in the Community Room at YDL-Whittaker on Sunday, September 27 from 2– 4 pm!

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER All programs are drop-in, except where noted as “Registration required.” For drop-in programs, space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. W

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M Hip Hop Stomp (TEEN) YDL-Michigan, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2–3 pm Teens, step with hip hop instructor Gina Danene Thompson in the park next to the library and learn hip hop! Program will be moved inside in case of rain.

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W Partners for Reading: Literacy Help at YDL ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Monday, Sept. 14, 7 pm; Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 pm; Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7 pm Ever thought about tutoring adults in reading? Many adults are on the waiting list in need of your help with reading, writing and English.Training is provided. Come to an introductory session to learn about how you can advance adult literacy in Washtenaw County. Details: 879-1320.

TAG Teen Advisory Group Meeting ( T E E N ) M YDL-Michigan, Wednesdays at 6 pm, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 9. Details: 482-4110 ext. 1390 W YDL-Whittaker, Wednesdays at 7 pm, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 9. Details: 482-4110 ext. 1326 Teens, share your ideas and opinions about what you’d like to see and do at the library. Snacks provided. Ages 13–18 welcome. Call or just stop by a meeting.

W Fundamentals of Starting a Small Business ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6–9 pm Ron Stevens, Senior Business Counselor of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, gives you the information you’ll need to start building a successful business strategy. Topics include financing, market research, recordkeeping, and more.

S Crafternoons @ Superior: Decorated Nylon Backpacks ( A G E S 1 0 –1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2–3:30 pm Need a bag to carry your most important items? We’ll turn nylon backpacks into customized carry-alls that you design and personalize. All materials provided. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1326 or 482-3747.

S Crafternoons @ Superior: High-Top Sneaker Design (AGES 10–18) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2–4 pm Give fashion design a try by designing your own unique high-top sneaker. Patterned and metallic papers, colored foam plus a 2-D shaped card stock canvas will be provided. Show everyone YOUR style! Snacks provided.

Take Note @ YDL Concert Series Join us Sundays at 2 pm in the Community Room at YDL-Whittaker for fun, free concerts. Harmony 4 Fun Sunday, Oct. 18 This female barbershop quartet’s upbeat repertoire will set your toes tapping and thrill you with their close harmonies.

years, earning praise from folk legends such as Tom Paxton and Garnet Rogers, who said of them: “They stand up there and radiate friendliness.”

Mustard’s Retreat Sunday, Nov. 8 An enduring local folk duo with a national following, David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have been singing together—and to us—for over 30

Paul Keller Ensemble, Sunday, Dec. 6 Join us for our annual holiday concert, set to the the big band sound of the Paul Keller Ensemble.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER

Ultimate Book Lovers Sale W YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Members’ Preview Sale Thursday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm (Friends of YDL memberships sold at the door) Community Sale Friday, Sept. 18, 11 am–5 pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 am–3 pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1–3 pm The line forms early for the first chance to buy these great used books, starting at 25¢ or 50¢. On Sunday, fill a bag of bargains for only $3. Then check out the Friends Shop for more unusual finds!

M Country in the City ( A L L A G E S ) YDL-Michigan, Saturday, Oct. 3, Noon– 4 pm Bring the kids downtown and spend a few hours having old-fashioned fun! Ride ponies, pet farm animals, have your face painted, dip beeswax candles, cut apple spirals, create Indian corn jewelry, churn butter and more! All activities are free, thanks to generous funding from the Friends of YDL.

Next Sale: January 2010 Move Your Body ( A G E S 4 – 8 ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 pm Health Educator Wasentha Young reads from her colorfully illustrated book, Move Your Body. Children will learn about their muscles and participate in movement. W

M Monsters in the Library! ( A D U LT ) YDL-Michigan, Mondays, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, 2–3:30 pm Join us for a fall series on the best of monster books and movies. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the ever-popular Twilight series, the mystical and fearsome are alive and well in the publishing world and on the silver screen. Books and cinematic spin-offs will be read and viewed.

W Debt Management ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 pm Ben Jackson, Certified Consumer Credit Counselor from GreenPath Debt Solutions, talks about a structured program that will help you eliminate debts, clear up your credit report, and understand your finances.

W Screening for Skin Cancer: What You Need to Know ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7–8 pm Dr. Jenny Cotton from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital explains why screening for skin cancer is so important and answers your questions about prevention and treatment.

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W Family Storytime ( FA M I LY ) YDL-Whittaker, Story Room Thursdays, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, 6 pm Family Storytime is geared for children ages 3– 4 and their families. Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a simple craft project.

Hemp Jewelry: To Macrame or Knot?

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YDL-Michigan, Monday, Sept. 28, 4–5 pm Make your own signature hemp necklace, bracelet, or keychain by learning to macramé or by making simple knots. Choose from a variety of beads and dangles we provide. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1390.

W Farmer Jason Returns! ( FA M I LY ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 am Our favorite guitar-slingin’ barnyard singin’ performer is back for the Third Annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival! Sing and dance along with Farmer Jason as he shares favorites from A Day at the Farm and Rockin’ in the Forest in this hootenanny filled with family fun!

OCTOBER Helpers and Heroes: Firefighters (YOUTH) YDL-Whittaker, Story Room Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 am Ypsilanti Township firefighters discuss fire safety and give fire truck tours. W

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PG RO GM R A SMC HS EC D HU ED PRO RA L EU: L E O :CNTOOVB. E R W Handcrafted Films ( A L L A G E S ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Saturday, Oct. 17 and Dec. 19, 3–5 pm All handcrafters (sewing, knitting, beadwork, etc.) are invited to an afternoon of crafts, films, fellowship, and fun. Bring your latest project, meet other craftspeople, and enjoy a film. On Oct. 17, we’ll screen The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup and on Dec. 19, we’ll watch Redford and Newman in The Sting.

W Back to the Middle Ages ( A L L A G E S ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Sunday, Oct. 11, 2– 4 pm The Society of Creative Anachronism’s Barony of Cynnabar presents an afternoon in the Middle Ages. Come and view participants wearing historical clothing while singing, dancing, displaying arts and sciences, and demonstrating martial arts.

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Teen Read Week Scavenger Hunt

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YDL-Michigan, Oct. 18–24 Celebrate Teen Read Week by completing a scavenger hunt in the Teen section of the Michigan Avenue Library and winning a prize! Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up and returned any time during the week at the youth reference desk.

W Green Energy for Homeowners: How to Cut Your Energy Bills ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 pm Learn which energy-saving improvements give you the biggest bang for your buck, and how to get the utilities to foot much of the bill for you before the money runs out. Hans Steiner, outreach specialist with SolarYpsi, guides you through an interactive presentation packed with valuable tips and insights.

Tax Assistance Volunteer Orientation YDL-Whittaker, Monday, Oct. 19, 6–8 pm YDL needs volunteers to prepare taxes for low-income families. All training is provided, and no prior tax preparation experience is necessary. Register: 482-4110 ext. 1316. W

W New Tax Law: Do I Benefit? ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7–8:30 pm The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has a little something for everyone: government benefits payments, new tax credits, extended unemployment benefits, health insurance subsidies, first-time home buyer credit, sales tax deductions, and more. Learn what the new law means for you. Q&A follows.

S Crafternoons @ Superior: Halloween Tie-Dye with Sharpies ( A G E S 1 0 – 1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2–3:30 pm Spin, sputter, and spazzle! These pillowcases will surely razzle dazzle. Make your own groovy Halloween tie-dye pillowcase.

Cut Your Food Bills in Half (ADULT) M YDL-Michigan Saturday, Oct. 17, 1–2:30 pm W YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Saturday, Oct. 24, 1–2:30 pm Local “Coupon Mom” Barbara Zinser shows you how to cut your food bills in half with an enlightening, inspiring, and empowering seminar. Learn to maximize your food pantry while minimizing your spending, get tips for saving on restaurant meals, and pick up your FREE coupons. S Crafternoons @ Superior: Colorful Bottle Fish ( A G E S 1 0 – 1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2–3:30 pm GONE FISHING! Kids can create a fun craft to hang in a window or in your room. We will transform 2-liter bottles into colorful, exotic fish. All materials provided.

W Car Repair on a Dime ( A D U LT / T E E N ) YDL-Whittaker, Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:30–3:30 pm Steven Adler of Washtenaw Community College’s Automotive Services faculty will answer your diagnostic questions, teach you how to “speak the language” when talking to mechanics, and give advice on what you can do to keep your car out of the repair shop.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE: OCTOBER / NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER W Website Design Basics ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Computer Lab Mondays, Nov. 2 & 9, 6:30 pm Learn website design basics, how to work with design templates, and how to publish your site on the Internet in this two-part class. Must be familiar with Microsoft Word. Limit 10. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1377.

W Stargazing ( A L L A G E S ) YDL-Whittaker, Meet outside coffee shop Monday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm (Rain date Oct. 28) Ever look up at night and wonder what you were looking at, or if a telescope would make a good gift? Shannon Murphy, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and John Kirchoff of Rider’s Hobby Shop will answer questions, give sky tours, and let you try out some equipment.

W Clicks, Clacks, Dots and Dashes: History of the Morse Telegraph ( A G E S 9 – U P ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Saturday, Nov. 7, 1–2:30 pm Invented in the early 1800s, the telegraph was used for communication up to the 1970s. Learn the secrets of the clicks, clacks, dots and dashes from Al Skornicka, Chapter Officer of the Morse Telegraph Club/Thomas A. Edison Memorial Chapter. He’ll bring in antique equipment to view and let you try your hand at Morse Code.

M Festive Fall Floral Arrangement (ADULT) YDL-Michigan, Wednesday Oct. 28, 6–8 pm Just in time for Halloween, Leslie Austin, artist and owner of What is That Gallery in Ypsilanti, will inspire you to take a small pumpkin as a base and make something extra special for your table. All supplies included. Space is limited— registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1385.

S Crafternoons @ Superior: Decorate Your Own 2010 Calendar ( A G E S 8 – 1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2– 4 pm Each crafter will receive a blank spiralbound card stock calendar and all sorts of seasonal decorations to make each month of 2010 look awesome. Feel free to bring your own photos or other special items to include in your calendar. Registration required: call 482-3747.

W Halloween Movie Afternoon ( Y O U T H ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Friday, Oct. 30, 4 pm Three kids discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster, but no adults will believe them. Find out what happens in Monster House (rated PG).

M Scarf Mania ( T E E N ) YDL-Michigan, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5–6:30 pm Get cozy for winter by making and embellishing your own fleece scarf. Space is limited—registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1390. Leslie Austin, artist and owner of What is That Gallery in Ypsilanti, shows you how it’s done.

M Halloween @ YDL ( A L L A G E S ) YDL-Michigan, Friday, Oct. 30, 4:30 pm While you’re enjoying the Downtown Ypsilanti Halloween Festival, stop into the library and listen to a slightly scary storytime, then monster mash your way to the Library Park Plaza to pick up a bag of hot popcorn, play a game, and win a book.

S Craft Night @ Superior: Faux Stained Glass Leaves ( A G E S 1 0 – 1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Thursday, Nov. 12, 6–7:30 pm Transform tissue and construction paper into a beautiful stained glass leaf. Spend ten minutes or a half hour perfecting your leaf, then take it home.

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Crafternoons @ Superior: CD Photo Album ( A G E S 1 0 – 1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2–3:30 pm We’ll transform old CDs into artful frames for photos of friends and family. Bring some small photographs to add to your album. All materials provided. Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1326 or 482-3747. W Stained Glass Window Craft (AGES 7–12) YDL-Whittaker, Story Room Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 12, 12:30 pm Learn to make a holiday stained glass window using tag board and markers. Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1340.

W Eating History ( A D U LT ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Sunday, Nov. 15, 2– 4 pm The history of our fruits and vegetables is the story of people… explorers, colonizers, missionaries, conquerors, plant hunters, botanists, and frontiersmen. Those men and women carried seeds and shoots and plants around the world. Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck shares fascinating tales of the fruits and vegetables you might find on your Thanksgiving table.

M Holiday Open House ( A L L A G E S ) YDL-Michigan, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2–4 pm Take a break from shopping downtown, view the gorgeous gingerbread houses created by a local chef, and enjoy light refreshments and a performance by members of the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra. Gingerbread houses will be on display in the library beginning Friday, Dec. 4.

W Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents a Kinder Concert ( FA M I LY ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room Monday, Nov. 16, 9:30 am AND 10:30 am In these interactive concerts, your child’s imagination comes alive through dance and movement led by Gari Stein, with music performed by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians. Concert is designed with 2–5 year-olds in mind.

S Crafternoons @ Superior: Pine Cone Skier ( A G E S 1 0 –1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2–3:30 pm Join in the merriment and make a cool craft that doubles as a holiday ornament.

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Crafternoons @ Superior: Worry Doll Pin ( A G E S 1 0 – 1 8 ) YDL-Superior, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2–3:30 pm Join us for a craft that you can wear as a pin, earring or necklace. We’ll make a colorful worry doll pin. All materials provided. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1326 or 482-3747.

YDL-Michigan Monday, Dec. 21, 3 pm Kids and teens, create delicious peppermint and chocolate-covered pretzels to wrap in festive gift bags or keep for yourself! Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1390.

DECEMBER

Holiday Movie Matinees ( Y O U T H ) YDL-Whittaker, Community Room, 2 pm Watch some great flicks at the library during the holiday break. Monday, Dec. 21: Hotel for Dogs Tuesday, Dec. 22: Mary Poppins Wednesday, Dec. 23: Hannah Montana–The Movie Monday, Dec. 28: Transformers (PG-13) Tuesday, Dec. 29: Inkheart Wednesday, Dec. 30: Charlotte’s Web W

M Beautiful Beaded Baubles (TEEN/ADULT) YDL-Michigan, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30–8:30 pm Learn basic wire-working skills while making copper and sterling silver earrings. All tools and materials are provided. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1385.

M Stained Glass Window Craft (AGES 7–12) YDL-Michigan, Saturday, Dec. 5 Two sessions: 10:30–11:30 am OR 3–4 pm Learn to make a holiday stained glass window using tag board and markers. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1390.

Wii Wednesdays @ YDL-Superior S Wednesday Wii Gaming ( Y O U T H ) Wednesdays, 5–6:30 pm, Sept. 16–Dec. 23 Come for some open play with YDL’s Wii! Games include: Wii Sports, Big Brain Academy, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

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Ongoing Events @ YDL-Whittaker A Pawsitive Experience: Read with Storm ( A G E S 5 – 7 ) Saturdays, 1–2 pm, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17 & 31, Nov. 14 Sign your child up for a 10-minute reading slot with Storm, the For Better Independence (F.B.I.) Assistant Dog. Register at 482-4110 ext. 1340.

R.E.A.D. with Spencer ( A G E S 5 – 7 ) Mondays, 6:30–8 pm, Sept. 28, Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 23 Help your children become better readers by signing them up for a 10minute reading slot with Spencer, the Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.). Register at 482-4110 ext. 1340.

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W Saturday Craft Box ( FA M I LY ) Saturdays, 2:30 pm, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 Families, drop in and enjoy fun-filled “crafty” afternoons together!

Lego Night ( FA M I LY ) Tuesdays, 6–8 pm, Sept. 15– Dec. 29 Make magnificnet constructions with your imagination and our Legos! W

W Getting Connected @ YDL Improve your computer skills with YDL’s free hands-on computer training. Courses include: Mousing the Net, Introduction to the Internet, PC Basics, E-Mail Basics, Searching the Web, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Publisher, MS PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Online Resources @ YDL, Genealogy Resources Online, CyberTravel, Job Information Online, and Kids @ YDL Internet Adventure. NEW: RSS Feeds. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1377.

W TYDL Wave ( T E E N ) Thursdays, 6–8 pm, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17 Join YDL’s teen anime club monthly for anime showings and discussions.

Book Groups @ YDL-Whittaker Registration is suggested; call the contact number for each group. W Mother/Daughter Book Club (GRADES 4–6) Meets monthly on Mondays (9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21) at 7 pm in the Story Room. This group, for mothers and daughters in grades 4–6, discusses books of all genres. Register: 482-4110 ext. 1340.

W Mystery Lovers Book Group ( A D U LT ) Join other amateur sleuths once a month on Wednesdays at 2 pm in Conference Room 1C. Titles under investigation: Winter Study (9/30), Bootlegger’s Daughter (10/28), Case Histories (11/18), and Mexican Hat (12/30). Details: 482-4110 ext. 1356.

W Monday Evening Book Group ( A D U LT ) Meets the second Monday of the month at 7 pm, Conference Room 1C. This season’s titles: Seven Touches of Music (10/12), My Sister’s Keeper (11/9), and Monster (12/14). No meeting in September. Details: 482-4110 ext. 1306.

W Thursday Morning Book Group (ADULT) Meets the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 am in Conference Room 1C. Engage in an hour-long lively discussion about Water for Elephants (9/3), Eat, Pray, Love (10/1), Vanishing Acts (11/5), and Liar’s Club (12/3). Details: 482-4110 ext. 1376.

W African American Authors Book Group ( A D U LT ) Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room. Join the group to read: Ida: A Sword Among Lions (9/29), Casting the First Stone (10/27), and Push (11/24). Ida B. Wells Details: 482-4110 ext. 1306.

W Book Buddies ( G R A D E S 1 – 3 ) Meets monthly on Saturdays (9/19, 10/17, 11/14, 12/12) at 2 pm in the Story Room. Discuss selected books, enjoy a craft and small snack. Details: 482-4110 ext. 1340.

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Ongoing Events @ YDL-Michigan Registration is required for some events. Call the phone number listed. M Game Night and Chess Club ( FA M I LY ) Tuesdays, 6–8:30 pm Tuesday is game night! Play Checkers, Sorry, Connect Four and your other favorite games, or join chess enthusiasts of all skill levels for friendly competition.

M Teen Empowerment ( T E E N ) Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm, Sept. 24–Dec. 17 Join us after school for snacks, chat, and information about college prep, community service activities, and personal development. Conducted by D.R.I.V.E. (www.driveyouth.org) and A.R.E.M.E. (Arranging Resources to Empower Minds Everywhere).

M Read to Logan the Library Dog! (AGES 6–8) Thursdays, 6:30–8 pm, Sept. 10 & 24, Oct. 8 & 22, Nov. 5 &19 Can Logan read? No, but reading aloud to him can make your child become a better reader. Sign up today for a 10-minute reading slot with Logan and be amazed at the results! Register at 482-4110 ext. 1390.

M Knit and Visit PLUS! ( A L L A G E S ) Tuesdays, 6 pm Knit (or bring your favorite handicraft) and visit weekly! Here’s the plus: enjoy “oldie but goodie” films on Sept. 8 (Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot) and Nov. 10 (Danny Kaye and Angela Lansbury in Court Jester). Bring your own supplies. Not a knitter yet? Beginning instruction is available.

M Spanish Club ( T E E N / A D U LT ) NEW Fridays, 3–5 pm, Sept. 18–Dec. 18 Would you like to learn Spanish or are you a native Spanish speaker who misses speaking in your mother tongue? Join us for some fun and lively conversation! ¿Desean aprender Espanol, hablan con otra personas? Vienen el club de Espanol.

M Teen Gaming Thursdays ( T E E N ) Thursdays, 2:30– 4:30 pm, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 School’s out! Stop by the library and play your favorite games on Wii and Playstation 2. Snacks provided.

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W Bilingual Pre-School Storytime Alternate Saturdays, 10:30 am, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 Easy stories, songs, and rhymes promote English and Spanish language skills.

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Getting Connected

Book Groups @ YDL-Michigan Registration is suggested; call the contact number listed for each group.

The Friends of YDL-sponsored computer training lab at YDL-Michigan offers free hands-on classes. Courses include: PC Basic Skills, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher, Selling on eBay, The PC Problem Solver, Resume Writing Workshop, and The Career Change Workshop. Registration required: call 482-4110 ext. 1385.

M Kids Only Book Club ( G R A D E S 3 – 5 ) Tuesdays (9/15, 10/20, 11/17) at 6 OR 7 pm We’ve added a second group that meets monthly for snacks and discussion about books selected just for kids. To register for either group, call 482-4110 ext. 1390.

Drop-In Computer Lab: No reservations needed on Thursdays from 1–3 pm to improve your computer skills and put the Internet to work for you with dozens of self-paced tutorials.

M Middle Readers ( G R A D E S 6 – 8 ) Tuesdays (9/1, 10/6, 11/3) at 7 pm Join other girls and guys in middle school to discuss books about the best—and worst—things about becoming a teenager. To register, call 482-4110 ext. 1390.

Wednesday Night Specials Join us in the Computer Lab on Wednesdays from 6–8 pm for some intriguing cyber-related topics.

M ESL Book Group ( A D U LT ) Wednesdays, 11 am Study English as a Second Language in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Books and other materials written in English become a framework for conversation. Details: call 482-4110 ext. 1385 or 1320.

How to Buy a Used Car, Sept. 2 Linked In: Your Professional Online Presence, Sept. 30

Teen Book Group ( G R A D E S 9 – 1 2 ) Wednesdays (9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16), 6–7 pm Join Jean Winborn, teacher at Lincoln High School, for a fun and thought-provoking book talk (with snacks!) Teens will help choose future books for discussion. To register, call 482-4110 ext. 1390. M

Critical Thinking: Win Every Argument Every Time, Oct. 28 Internet Scams, Frauds, and Hoaxes, Dec. 30

FRIENDS OF YDL MEMBERSHIP INVITATION THE FRIENDS OF YDL help support the library’s programs and collections, including major exhibits and computer instruction. To become a Friend, please send a check, payable to Friends of YDL, to 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Information: (734) 482-4110 ext. 1368.

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2009

2009 Board of Trustees Suzanne Gray, President Fran Doe, Vice-President Linda Gurka, Treasurer Brian Steimel Kay Williams Jean Winborn Library Director Jill Morey Library Closings Sept. 7: Labor Day Sept. 25: Staff In-Service Training Nov. 11: Veterans’ Day Nov. 25: All locations close at 5 pm Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day Dec. 24–25: Christmas Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Jan. 1: New Year’s Day YDL-Whittaker Road 5577 Whittaker (734) 482-4110 Monday –Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday, 1 to 5 pm YDL-Michigan Avenue 229 W. Michigan Avenue (734) 482-4110 Monday –Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm YDL-Superior 8975 MacArthur Boulevard at Harris (734) 482-3747 Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 4 to 8 pm Tuesday, 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm YDL Bookmobile (734) 482-4110 ext. 1359 YDL Online Visit us at www.ypsilibrary.org Friends of YDL Friends Shop hours at YDL-Whittaker: Monday, 2 to 8 pm Tuesday, 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm Friday, 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm The Friends Shop needs volunteers! For information, call (734) 482-4110 ext. 1368. Your donations of gently used books stock the Friends Shop and the used book cart at YDL-Michigan.

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Latitudes: Fall 2009