Preschool Storytimes

Thursday January 25, 2018: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday January 26, 2018: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Friday January 26, 2018: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 2–5 years

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Baby Playgroups

Friday January 26, 2018: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood 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.

Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls

Saturday January 27, 2018: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K-5

Use washi tape, buttons and trims and popsicle sticks to make some adorable "paper dolls." Make a whole group, make a family!

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 27, 2018: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 2 - 6

The University of Michigan student group FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging activities for young students interested in learning more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics.

Common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments such as making licorice DNA, sorting rocks, and playing hospital simulation games to learn about biology, geology, industrial engineering, and much more.

This event is cosponsored by FEMMES, a group of undergraduate and graduate students who are studying various areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and who want to encourage younger girls who might be interested in one day doing the same.

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

January 28, 2018 through March 16, 2018 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Photographs with Text: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

"Photovoice” is the process of putting cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalized community members to allow them to record, reflect on, and share their community’s strengths and concerns. Photovoice participants have the opportunity to capture their current experiences through pictures, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action related to the themes depicted in the photos.

In the fall of 2016, a group of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran met weekly with a facilitator and translators to engage in a Photovoice project at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Together they learned about the Photovoice method and about composing photographs, issues of ethics and safety, and visual storytelling. They were then given digital cameras.

Guided by prompts such as “When I first arrived in the U.S…”, “What is most challenging about living here?” “What makes you feel welcome?” and “What does ‘home’ mean?” they were asked to photograph moments in their daily lives that had meaning for them as they worked to make a new home in the Ann Arbor area.

The resulting exhibit consists of 26 insightful photos-with-narratives that will illuminate the experience of adjusting to life in a new land. As you view this Photovoice exhibit, we hope that you will consider what it means to be a newcomer and what role you can play in sharing our community with recently resettled refugees.

Preschool Expo

Sunday January 28, 2018: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for parents and caregivers

Looking for a preschool? The annual Preschool Expo brings representatives from area preschools to one location on one date.

Explore your options and find the best preschool for your child.

All-Ages Mario Kart 8 DELUXE!

Sunday January 28, 2018: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for all ages

We are SWITCHing things up. It's a Mario Kart 8 Tourney for kids, teens, and adults!

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun!

Drawing for Kids

Sunday January 28, 2018: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Join us for a directed drawing activity for youth with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center! Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.