Healthy Eating For Kids

Check out the new series Food Is CATegorical for a way to teach your Kindergarten - 3rd graders about the food pyramid. Using humor and rhyme ("They're loaded with fiber - a friend to your body. They help you digest food and make you go potty."), this series of six books comes from author Brian Cleary, who created the Words Are CATegorical and Math Is CATegorical books. Choose from the following titles:
Apples, Cherries, Red Raspberries : What Is in the Fruits Group?
Black Beans and Lamb, Poached Eggs and Ham : What Is in the Meat and Beans Group?
Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes : What Is in the Vegetables Group?
Macaroni and Rice and Bread By the Slice : What Is in the Grains Group?
Oils (Just a Bit) to Keep Your Body Fit : What Are Oils?
Yogurt and Cheeses and Ice Cream That Pleases : What Is in the Milk Group?

Bright Nights™ Community Forum - Learning and Depression: What's the Connection?

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Tuesday March 8, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Children with undetected attention and learning problems often feel unsuccessful in school. Over time, the stress associated with doing poorly in school can create vulnerability to depression. Similarly, symptoms of depression can interfere with academic progress.

Cynthia Ewell-Foster, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and member of the U-M Depression Center, will present an overview of the latest research on the interaction of learning disorders and depressive illnesses, and information on effective treatment strategies. This will be followed by a specialist panel discussion. Parents and educators are encouraged to attend.

Bright Nights™ Community Forums are presented by the U-M Depression Center. This public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression.

Magazine Update -- Lil Wayne, Edible Bugs, and Books about Sports

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This month's magazines will stun and amaze you! Take a look...

For the young 'uns:
Creative Kids -- Featuring an interview with Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia!
Dig Magazine -- When is a hole in your head a good thing?
Ranger Rick -- Do you know that dolphins live in the Amazon River? And that people all over the world eat bugs? It's a strange world out there...

For the teens:
ESPN Magazine -- What's it like to be Jadeveon Clowney, who has been called the nation's number one high school football player? Read to find out!
Rolling Stone -- the Global Warming Hall of Shame and what Lil Wayne is up to these days.

For the parents:
American Baby -- baby traditions from all over the world, and a guide to scary symptoms that are really no big deal.
Horn Book -- What is 'YA Fatphobia'? Plus the favorite picture books of 2010, and a guide to good sports books for kids.
The Old Schoolhouse -- Tips for teaching technology, foreign language and writing skills at home.

I don't know about you, but I think these magazines sound fascinating. Especially that 'hole in the head' one. I'm already stunned and amazed!

Fun With Bugs!

During these cold winter months, that young insect enthusiast in your family may be craving the sight of those creepy, crawly bugs. Never fear! The library has many great ideas to keep that curiosity alive and, well, buzzing!

Lakeshore Learning Material's Giant Bug Collection is a new addition to our line-up of fun and educational toys for children's use during their visit to the Ann Arbor District Library. Enjoy some hands-on fun with these over-sized beetles, grasshoppers, ants, scorpion, and tarantula!

There are many ways to explore the insect world at home with books, movies, music, and websites:

Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

Every day, Huron Valley Ambulance provides Emergency Medical Services for people in need in our community. If you are interested in learning about how this service works, then check out the HVA Citizens Academy, a free eight week program that meets on Wednesday evenings (6 - 9 p.m.) from Feb. 18th - Apr 6th. The program is filled on a first come, first served basis for residents of Washtenaw County who are 18 years of age or older. Registration is required, and forms can be found at www.hva.org, or you can contact their Community Relations coordinator by email or by phone.

This is an interactive learning program where you will explore HVA operations, view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certifications, and listen to guest speakers from fire departments, police departments, and special operations.

If you can't make this program, you might want to check out the AADL's CPR and first aid collection, including both books and videos, on your next trip to the library.

Preschool Expo is on Sunday, January 30th, 1-4p!

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Do you dread the thought of calling a bunch of preschools individually to learn more about them? You are in luck! The Preschool Expo is this Sunday, and representatives from many area preschools will be available to answer your questions about their programs, and help you determine what might be the right preschool setting for your child. Preschool Expo takes place this Sunday, January 30th, 2011 from 1-4p at Palmer Commons, on the U of M Campus. Palmer Commons is at 100 Washtenaw Drive across from the Hill Dorms, and has ample free parking in the structure across Palmer Drive.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success by Six, Child Care Network, and the U of M Work/Life Resource Center.

Subtraction in Action!

Lakeshore Learning Material's Subtraction Machine is a new addition to our line-up of fun and educational toys for children's use during their visit to the Ann Arbor District Library! The subtraction machine gives kids a hands-on way to practice their math skills with immediate feedback on their answers. The toy features a grid of 81 subtraction problems; when you press on the equation button, the answer pops up! The equations reinforce whole-number, single-digit subtraction. The library provides a variety of toys and manipulatives at each location. These tools aren't just fun, they help young people learn.

For more ideas about having math experiences with young people you might visit PBS Kids, Online Schools which has compiled a list of math resources, or this site which is dedicated to math games.Subtraction ToySubtraction Toy

25th Annual MLK Day Symposium, January 14th &15th

Dr. Bob Moses and the Young People's Project will be speaking at the University of Michigan's 25th annual MLK Day Symposium next Friday, January 14th and Saturday, January 15th. This year's symposium is titled "We the People: Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Education." Lectures and discussions will focus on quality education as a constitutional right, and exploring and building strategies for the promotion of quality education for all children. Dr. Moses is a noted Civil Rights Veteran, and is leading a national campaign to build support for a constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality education for all American children.

On January 14 from, 5:00-6:30 PM at the University of Michigan, Palmer Commons-Great Lakes Room, Dr. Moses will speak and lead a discussion about quality education and how it can be achieved for all American youth.

On January 15 from 10:00am-3:00PM at the Washtenaw Community College, Student Center Building, Dr. Moses along with representatives of the Young People's Project will facilitate a community forum on quality education—highlighting reform efforts that consider the student perspective. Participants will share their experiences, ideas & visions in a workshop format.

For more information, see the University of Michigan's event announcement.

New Toys at AADL--Snap-Together Letter Blocks!

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Introducing Snap-Together Letter Blocks: one of many new toys at the AADL this season! Who needs flash cards when tots can learn letters and spelling with fun, colorful letter blocks that snap together! Plus, each block features the uppercase and lowercase version of one letter—so they reinforce letter recognition, too! The blocks are at the youth department in the Downtown branch now, but they'll move to another AADL location soon! Come check out the blocks, and all our new toys!

Test Taking 101 with Kaplan Experts

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Approach ACT or SAT test day with confidence! Kaplan instructors will present strategies for preparing for the tests and guide you through some questions, demonstrating how to arrive at the correct answer.

Test Taking 101 | Wednesday, January 5 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch | Grades 9-12

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