Come to the Puppet Party!

This Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library, for the first time ever, the storytime puppet collection will be available for your imagination to go wild! Puppet stages are waiting for your shows and paper bags are waiting to transform into puppets. If you are in Kindergarten through grade three this program is for you!

Put a Smile in Every Frame!

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Did you know there are almost 200 kids on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Washtenaw County? You can help raise awareness and funds by participating in their annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake bowling event on Saturday March 15th at Colonial Lanes. Teams have been forming so sign up now! Come dressed as your favorite TV or movie character…or take your cue from literary characters who have made it to the Big Screen...and join the fun with trivia games, prizes, food and bowling! If bowling isn’t your bag, you can donate anyway or consider becoming a Big Bro or Sis.

Take the Music Pulse: All Media Guide

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Kick off Teen Tech Week (March 2-8), with Marisa Brown, Staff Writer for All Media Guide. Play a game of "Name That Tune." How many notes of a song do you need to hear before you can guess what song is playing? Also, find out what it takes to review music as a career and scope out the best music sites.

Sunday, March 2nd | 2:00-3:30 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch

Investment 101

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Got a job? Earn money at home through chores or babysitting? Learn how to make your money grow. Financial advisor Amy Doyle will guide you through a variety of activities to help you become an investment guru.

Join us at Malletts Creek 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

Frosty Life: Surviving the Poles

What animals live at the poles and how do they survive? Discover how polar bears swim in ice-cold water and other sub-zero animals live through extreme temperatures through hands-on experiments. Find out all about artic animals in this fun-filled adult/child workshop presented by the UM Exhibit Museum of Natrual History. Call any information desk to register your spot in a branch or drop in. Workshop for children ages 6-11 with an adult.

Pittsfield Branch, Wednesday, February 20, 4:30-5:30 PM
Malletts Creek Branch, Saturday, February 23, 10-11 AM
Northeast Branch, Saturday, February 23, 2-3 PM

Poetry out loud

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If you didn't already know, there's a great monthly poetry reading at Sweetwater's Cafe on west Washington St. called "Writers Reading at Sweetwaters". On the third Tuesday of each month, there's a featured reader and then an open mike period when anyone who has ever wanted to read their work can do so. Past readers have included Ed Morin, Rick Solomon and Alison Swan. On Tuesday, February 19, Kristin Stelter and Michael Moriarty will be the featured readers. Chris Lord and Esther Hurwitz, esteemed co-creators of these soirees, promise a piece of cookie to each brave soul who ventures forth. It's a casual, friendly evening even if you only want to listen and have a cup of Joe.

Just Imagine!

Throw in a bunny with a box, a mouse with a cat, and a cow with major attitude, and stir briskly. This is a recipe for a fun last gathering of this session at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Are you a camera freak?

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If so, grab your digital camera and join us on Thursday, February 28 (1-4 pm) at the Downtown Library.

You’ll have time to snap photos and then use Photoshop Elements to make new and improved images. Bring your camera, bring your friends for a fun afternoon!

Registration required. Step up to any information desk or call 327-8367. Tell them you're a teen and you want to sign up for “Snap! Get Digital”.

Hugs and Homes

Will Bunny ever find his home? Will the beautiful cockroach, Senorita Martina, ever find a true love who will sing to her in the evenings? Celebrate Valentine's Day with songs and stories at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytime this week.

New African-American Teen Lit & Author visit!

In anticipation of local Ann Arbor, teen author, Cassandra Carter's upcoming appearance at AADL (TUESDAY, MARCH 18 | 7:00-8:00 PM | MC ) be sure to read her latest book, Fast Life. When her single mother is offered a job in the Caribbean away from her Chicago neighborhood where drugs, gang violence, and fast money rule, sixteen-year-old Kyra finally realizes that there is more to life than Gucci, Prada and "ghetto-fabulous bling." Read the book to find out what happens to Kyra... If you're looking for some complicated romance than check out Stacie & Cole by Johnson, R.M.: Cole, who is feeling abandoned by his father and tired of being harassed by his friends for being a virgin, is ready to take his relationship with his girlfriend Stacie to the next level, but Stacie is not sure that she is ready.

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