Sensation Stations

Wednesday January 7, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies (18 months - 3 years).

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping,pouring, and sorting a variety of materials.

Optical Illusions

Tuesday January 13, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

How do optical illusions work? Can you trust your eyes to tell you the truth?

Explore optical illusions and make one of your own!

First Six Months

Friday January 16, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies up to 6 months with their parents

This new parent group offers an opportunity for new parents and pre-toddler infants to meet and play in an unstructured, comfortable setting at the Library.

No siblings, please

Chesstastic

Sunday January 18, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities!

Challenge old friends and meet new ones. Chess sets are provided.

Story and Craft Time: 'Skippyjon Jones'

Sunday January 18, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 3.

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.

This event corresponds with the Michigan Theater’s “Not Just for Kids” January 25th performance of Skippyjon Jones.

Just BABIES! with Denise Owens

Tuesday January 20, 2015: 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies (3 months to pre-walkers) -no older siblings, please.

Join Kindermusik leader Denise Owens in a program of songs, touch, and motion for the youngest Library patrons.

This program is for babies who are not walking yet, accompanied by their caregiver. No older siblings, please.

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 24, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 4 - 8

The University of Michigan student group F.E.M.M.E.S (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging events for young students interested in learning more about S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments. One or more of the following hands-on activities will be available:

• Squishy Circuits (using Play-Doh and LED lights to demonstrate electrical circuits)
• States of Matter demo (make Oobleck out of corn starch and water and make Silly Putty out of borax and glue)
• DNA (made of marshmallows and toothpicks) as well as a ribosome-RNA-protein relay
• Magnetism demonstration
• Acid/Base demonstration

The U-M F.E.M.M.E.S. group is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence in women of all ages.

DIY Wrapped Yarn Vases

Sunday February 1, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grades 3 and up).

It’s easy to make beautiful, wrapped yarn vases.

They’re great for display or to give as gifts.

Baby Playgroups

Wednesday February 4, 2015: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Yarn-Wrapped Wire Words

Saturday February 7, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade 3 and up).

Brighten up your home or give a gift (just in time for Valentine's Day!) with these funky yarn-wrapped words.