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Free Computer Labs

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:47pm by Sunny29

Washtenaw Literacy will again be hosting free drop-in computer and literacy services this winter! From January 15-April 20, individuals over the age of 16 may access a number of free services: reading, writing, math, computers, English as a second language, GED, work skills and more. Drop in times are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10a-2p. View this flyer for more details.

The lab is located inside the Powell Activity Center of Grace Church at 1301 S. Harris, Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-337-3338.

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Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 3, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
All Ages.

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Art of Atari

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:18pm by potterbee

Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids, Centipede and Missle Command.

Can you judge a book by it's cover? How about a video game?
"When thinking about Atari's great artwork, I think it's easy to forget how the game packaging was often the first interaction someone would have with a game," says Lapetino. "Those boxes had to handle a lot of the sales and marketing duties that today would be done using advertising or social media. There was a crucial moment in a department store or TV shop where the box art would catch your eye — and in those few seconds — without a lot of in-depth reviews or the ubiquitous word of mouth we enjoy today. You made a decision based on the excitement and energy of that box."

New to our catalog, Art of Atari is the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced from museums and private collections worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company's unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and more.

An interview with Lapetino includes samples of what's between the cover at the following link, Inside the Art of Atari

A sampling of other books in our collection about the development and history of video games include:

Game on! by Dustin Hansen

The Tetris effect by Dan Ackerman

The art of video games by Chris Melissinos

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GameStart Workshop: Minecraft CodeMage

Sunday December 11, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grade 3-8

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GameStart Workshop: Choose Your Own Adventure Website

Sunday December 4, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grade 3-8

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GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Adventure Map Creation

Sunday November 20, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grade 3-8

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GameStart Workshop: 3D Video Game Design

Sunday November 13, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grades 3-8

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GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Java Programming

Sunday November 6, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grades 3-8

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GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Monster AI

Sunday October 30, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grade 3-8

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GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Redstone Creations

Sunday October 23, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Training Center
Grade 3-8