German Park Picnic

Festival lovers, fear not the end of July, for the German Park Picnic is back for the summer! Located at 5548 Pontiac Trail, the annual festival is held from 4-11pm on the last Saturday of June, July, and August. Like an Oktoberfest, but with warmer weather, the festival is best known for its authentic German fare, live music and dancing, large buckets of cold beverages, and abundance of lederhosen. Looking for some Volksmusik to get you in the spirit? Try Songs for Oktoberfest, or a Wagner opera available at the AADL. See you at the bratwurst stand!

An Enchanted Afternoon

Float through fairy dust to the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 pm for fairytale storytime and fairy treats. You can make a sparkly bookmark and create a fanciful garden for the wee folk but whatever you do, don't forget to stop at the fairy door and see the new sign the fairies put up!

YoYo Genius of Michigan

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Calling all kindergarteners through 5th graders to take a glimpse at a Yo-Yo master. Come to the Pittsfield Branch at 11 AM Wednesday, July 30 for a great show with YoJake. During National Turn Off the TV week, YoJake picked up a yo-yo and has not been able to put it down since. See the latest yo-yo tricks and skills from someone who has competed all around the nation! Extreme yo-yoing is not just "walk the dog" any longer!

Learn your own crazy yo-yo moves from these cool books:
Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks by Shar Levine
Yo-Yo’s: Tricks to Amaze Your Friends by Ingrid Roper

Abrakadoodle at the Library

Join talented Mike Murphy, director of Abrakadoodle, for a fun evening of art and create your own Pueblo Storytelling doll. On Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, we will be playing with Model Magic and sculpting tools and learning to create, imagine and explore!

CANCELLED PROGRAM

The July 23 program at the Downtown Library, The Waters of Michigan with Authors Dave Dempsey and David Lubbers, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Chelsea SummerFest!

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If Ann Arbor's Art Fairs and Summer Festival weren't enough, you'll have another chance to look at art, listen to music, and eat elephant ears this Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, at the Chelsea SummerFest. Now in its 30th year, the SummerFest includes ARTicipation, a juried art show and art activities for kids; a variety of musical events at three different stages; an antique car show; and plenty of activities for kids, including a Pet Parade and tours of the Teddy Bear Factory. On top of that, the Chelsea Toy Museum makes its debut this weekend.

Beaded Necklaces

Make a cool necklace using colorful beads, jute and a simple pattern.
They are simple enough that you'll be able to wear home what you make.
Come by Malletts this Wednesday, July 23, 4:00-6:00 pm.

Hip-Hop Chess

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In case you think chess is just for brainy nerds, check out the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and wuchess.com. While the Hip Hop Chess Federation provides an environment in which individuals “interact, play and develop life strategy skills with people they perceive as mentors”, WuChess offers the “worlds first online chess and Hip-Hop community”.

So in the words of these groups, “get your learn on” at Chesstastic, Sunday, July 20, 1-4 p.m., Pittsfield Branch. We invite you to play just for the joy of “flexin’ ya mentals”.

Traverwood Playgroups and Preschool Storytimes

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Join us for Playgroups and Preschool Storytimes at the Traverwood Branch.

Playgroups will occur on Fridays; July 18, July 25 and August 1; 10:30-11:30 am.

Preschool Storytimes will occur on Thursdays; July 17, July 24, and July 31; 10:00-10:30 am.

Playgroups are times for babies up to 24 months to gather and play with their grownups. These sessions include 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs, followed by open playgroup. No older siblings please.

Preschool Storytimes are 30 minutes of stories and songs for listeners age two and up, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

The fall Storytime/Playgroup series will begin in September.

Kid Bits - Find Something You Can Do

BORED?
You CAN FIX it!!!
Explore the Arts & Crafts books and start some projects.
On the NEW book shelf we have
Usborne Little Book Of Vacation Activities;
D.I.Y. Kids: Design Your Own; and
Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book.

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