Parent’s Corner: Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, which highlights the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. “The US recognizes April has a special opportunity to educate the public and autism and issues within the autism community.” A potential resource to educate on this subject is in books found on the Parent Shelf.

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including autism, and everything from language to potty training to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.” Here are a few to start with more information regarding children with autism:

*Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know
*Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew
*1001 great ideas for teaching & raising children with autism or Asperger's

AADL has many books in the collection on this topic – see here for more.

Take a family adventure with Larry & Pete!

With summer fast approaching, the whole family can share in the fun of vacation planning with the help of the Larry Gets Lost Series!
These fantastic books have brightly colored, retro-like illustrations and great rhymes that take your family on a journey with Larry and Pete through the streets of Seattle, New York and Chicago, to name a few. In every book Larry the dog lets the tasty smell of local foods lure him away from his good pal Pete and spends the day exploring a new city in his quest to be reunited with his boy. The stories combine fun verse, geography and history to create a wonderful travel guide for children and adults alike!

Yoga @AADL

Monday March 31 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
This event is FREE and intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Spring is here, but after this tough winter, most of us are still trying to chase the winter blues away - and yoga can help! Join us for a clarifying and detoxifying yoga set with local yoga instructor Victoria Duranona. We will learn about how yoga can be used to detoxify the body, mind and emotions, while cleansing the blood through breathing and movement.

Please note: Bring your own mat or towel to sit/lay on and dress comfortably for the workout.

Comic Artists Forum with Cartoonist Joshua Hauke

Sunday April 6, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

If you’re struggling to start your own comic, why not draw one about your brother picking his nose? Or your sister licking the neighbor’s cat? Sometimes the weirdest and funniest characters already live in your house.

Writer and illustrator Joshua Hauke has been publishing comics online since 2009. Joshua will talk about how he got his start by turning his family into the stars of his very own comic and how you can do the same.

His comic "Tales of The Brothers Three" currently reaches over 20,000 readers and has been collected in two print editions, Mustaches, Monsters, & Other Hairy Situations! and the newly released The Moose Kisser.

The Forum is for comics enthusiasts AND cartoonists—beginning and professional. Bring your drawing tools and drop in for learning, drawing and sharing.

Out like a lamb? Well, sort of.

No matter how it seems, we know that spring is officially here. And one day soon that fact will actually feel true. In the meantime, remind yourself of the feeling and promise of spring with these resources.

The book The Enchanted April brings together four women at the tail end of a long, dreary, grey winter in London and follows their explorations of love and friendship in a sun-drenched, wisteria-covered villa in Italy. Watch the movie to remind yourself what light and warmth and flowers look like.

Read this charming story,”The Day We Flew the Kites”, taken from a long-ago Reader’s Digest, about how the memory of flying kites on a windy day in March, lived within two families for decades after. And then check out our collection for a book about building and flying your own kite.

Listen to The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, which perfectly evokes the sounds of each season. Remember Spring? He gets those violins to sound like baby birds in a nest!

Take a walk. Washtenaw County Parks is already sponsoring guided nature walks and programs.

Read about how the spring season has inspired people’s hearts and spirits for time out of mind:
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season;
Why Buffalo Dance: Animal And Wilderness Meditations Through the Seasons;
Ring of Earth: A Child’s Book of the Seasons;
The Language of Spring: Poems for the Season of Renewal;
Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season.

The birds know. They are singing more, and behaving positively and busily happy. Find a guided bird walk in the Arboretum and view the many migrating birds which make their way through Michigan on their way north. The Washtenaw Audubon Society has much to offer the interested birder.

Take home a whole bag of picture books and a dvd. Stories to Go: Spring will keep everyone in the family hopeful.

Here you will find books about April Fool’s Day. No foolin’.

Now is the time for starting seeds.(Indoors for now.) Here you will find resources about how to start your summer gardens.

And, stay strong. It can't be long now!

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

In the Newbery Honor winning Three Times Lucky author Sheila Turnage introduced us to the Desperado Detectives, two sixth graders who became famous after solving a murder.

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing is the new companion book, though I would call it a sequel. In this novel the spunky Mo LoBeau is back at it again! She and her best pal Dale open up a paranormal division of their detective agency to solve the mystery of a ghost in the old Tupelo Inn, which Mo’s guardian Miss Lana accidentally wins in the town auction. So between helping Miss Lana run the local café, solving the mystery of a ghost, crushing on Dale's older brother Lavender, dealing with the new kid in town, and trying to survive 6th grade history class, Mo has her hands full but she doesn’t blink twice at all the fuss.

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, just like Three Times Lucky, is full of charming and witty dialog and unforgettable characters bursting with personality. Mo LoBeau is one sixth grader you want to meet!

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge #8: James Kennedy

James Kennedy wrote his very first story when he was just seven years old. It was called “The Strange Ship,” which included characters called “money people”, terrifying creatures, and droids. He channeled this creativity into many opportunities, never missing the chance to try something new. Kennedy has lived in Japan, studied physics, joined a band, written a musical, dabbled in computer programming, and taught science in a middle school.

True to his creative nature, Kennedy pioneered the 90-second Newberry Film Festival, a contest that is now in its third year. Kennedy is best known for his published book, The Order of Odd-Fish, which was named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children in 2008. His writing influences include Roald Dahl, Douglas Adams, and Madeleine L’Engle.

To learn more about James Kennedy, check out his website and blog.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Saturday March 29 | 11:00 am to 11:45 am | Malletts Creek Branch
Event is intended for hearing babies ages 6 months - 2 years and their families (No older siblings, please)

Kathy Brady, Certified Instructor at Signing Smart in Ann Arbor, will be teaching families how to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into daily interactions with hearing infants and toddlers, ages 6 months to 2 years. ASL is commonly and successfully used to help babies speak their mind and better communicate their needs and wants. Kathy will teach common, everyday ASL signs through songs and play, making signing easy, fun, and successful!

PreK BITS - Owls

Ms. Rachel invited Owls to tell their stories in StoryTime @ Malletts Creek Branch Library.

If you liked the stories and want to take home the book, here are the titles:
LITTLE OWL LOST by Chris Haughton
I'M NOT CUTE! By Jonathan Allen .... AND Jonathan Allen's Baby Owl has more stories to tell.

If you want to read more books about Owls here are some suggestions:
TOO TALL HOUSES by Gianna Marino
GOOD NIGHT, OWL! by Pat Hutchins
OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell
OWL WHO WAS AFRAID Of The DARK by Jill Tomlinson
LITTLE OWL'S NIGHT by Divya Srinivasan

Don't forget to browse the books with True Facts about Owls.
Build your knowledge of owl behaviors and science when you browse non-fiction J 598.7:
OWLS
OWLS: Whooo ARE THEY?

52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival

Are you ready to feast on films this week?! The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place Tuesday, March 25- Sunday, March 30 at the Michigan Theater. As the longest running experimental film festival in the country, the film festival celebrates the best in experimental film making featuring a ton of amazing films, including feature lengths, documentaries and short films-- all kicking off with an opening night reception prior to the opening screening on Tuesday. Amazing! Check out the full schedule, get your tickets, and why not hit one of the afterparties to soak in the scene?

Check out the Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection at AADL, featuring some films from past festivals.

Also check out the wonderful Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posteres, articles, programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

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