PreK Bits - We're Going To The ZOO

We're going to the zoo in Storytime with Ms. Rachel. Ann Arbor is a one hour drive from two excellent zoos. You can visit the Detroit Zoo and Toledo Zoo this summer. While you're traveling you can share these stories and songs:
Sing "Going To The Zoo" with Peter Paul And Mary, or Raffi. Read Tom Paxton's words in Going To The Zoo.

Great summer walks with Brenda Bentley

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Don’t miss meeting Brenda Bentley, author of Riverwalks Ann Arbor when she speaks at the downtown library 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 10. Her book is gaining plenty of attention, and she recently spoke to city council against removal of Argo dam, according to the Ann Arbor Chronicle. Her library program is called "Walking For Fun, Exercise And Cultural Edification In The Ann Arbor Area." Books will be on sale, and a signing will follow the presentation.

Aikido - An Introductory Workshop

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Learn the basic movements, techniques and history of Aikido from Keiko Cauley, a 4th degree black belt certified instructor from the Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America.

Monday, July 6, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Traverwood Branch for Grades 4-12.

Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotten: "How Detroit Saved the World: World War II and the Willow Run Story”

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Wednesday July 8, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

The Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotten shares his extensive research on the Willow Run Bomber Plant. He is the Director of Flight Operations at the Yankee Air Museum as well as a Board Member and Committee Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. He also flies as a pilot with the Yankee Air Museum in the C-47 and the B-17.

Randy will cover the world and national events leading up to the decision to involve the auto industry in the construction of airplanes for WWII and ultimately to build the Willow Run Bomber Plant. He is a retired US Navy Captain, who served as Pilot in P-3 Orion aircraft flying Anti-Submarine Patrols during the Cold War.

He will also discuss the history and future of the Yankee Air Museum and the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show featuring the awe-inspiring
US Navy Blue Angels, at the Willow Run Airport July 18-19th.

Advance tickets available at Thunder Tickets.

826michigan for adults!

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Did you know that for the first time ever, 826michigan is offering writing workshops for adults? Isn't that awesome!? The 826michigan 2009 adult workshop series is called How To Write Like I Do. Meet real-life writers, pick up a few of their trade secrets, and spend some time practicing your own writing with other local writers. The cost of the workshops includes coffee and Zingerman's treats and will help support 826michigan's free literacy programs for local kids. You can register here.

Family Camp-in at Traverwood

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Join us around the campfire Tuesday night, July 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Traverwood Branch.
Our family camp-in includes a camp fire, songs, stories, games, and sand painting.
No camping experience is complete without those ooey gooey s'mores. We'll have those, too.

PaleoJoe Comes to Ann Arbor!

Let's hunt some dinosaurs! PaleoJoe, the author the Dinosaur Detective Club books, will come to Ann Arbor next week to talk about real dinosaur hunts. He'll describe how dinosaurs lived and died and how fossils tell us everything we know about the great beasts. He will be at the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, July 9th at 1:00 p.m. and at the Downtown Library at 7:00 p.m. the same day.

Dinosaur Detective Club books will be on sale at the events.

Sustainability Safari

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On July 8 at 6:45pm, this 1.5 mile walking tour of sustainable techniques in Ann Arbor, led by the Ann Arbor Chapter of Wild Ones will include a look at the sustainable elements of Malletts Creek Branch, The Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow, and Mary Beth Doyle Park, among others. This event is held in conjunction with the Library’s summer reading program, Local Motion - which encourages the use of local neighborhoods, organizations gyms, recreational facilities and outdoor areas to move and get fit.

Solar S'mores: Science at its most delicious!

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Make a solar s'more oven using a cardboard pizza box, some aluminum foil, and a few other basic materials. If the weather permits, we will go outside, test the oven, then eat some delicious s'mores (no campfire required)! This is science at its most delicious.

Thursday July 2, 2009 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grade 4 thru Adult

Rolling Sculptures

Stop by the Ann Arbor District Library’s tent from 2-8 pm on Friday, July 10th on Liberty St. between Fourth and Fifth Ave. to make a Rolling Sculpture out of goodies from the Scrap Box and meet Hillary Will, the fastest woman top fuel dragster driver in the world, who will also be speaking at the Downtown Library earlier in the week. The library is joining Main Street Area's Rolling Sculpture Car Show for the first time this year just for the pure fun of it! Use all your creativity to design a wild vehicle and you just might win a prize!

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