Free Emergency Training for Daycare & Preschool Providers


The Ann Arbor Police Department and Huron Valley Ambulance are teaming up to provide a Crisis Preparedenss Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10:00 a.m. ~ 12 noon at City Hall for Washtenaw County daycare and preschool providers. Topics include building security, policies and procedures for emergencies, crisis planning and recovery and drill importance. Each daycare or preschool will receive a crisis-planning kit. Registration is required and seating is limited so contact Adele El-Ayoubi at 734.994.8775 or via email at to register.

Science Fair is beyond fun for Middle Schoolers and beyond

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What a hilarious book! Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson bring science fairs to a whole new level in this comedy-thriller of a novel. Science Fair: a story of mystery, danger, international suspense, and a very nervous frog, features Toby and his best buds, Micah and Tamara. They battle, suffer, endure, and enjoy(?) the usual middle school happenings. Meanwhile, Grdankl the Strong, president of Kprshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government and destroy America, and plans to secretly use the kids of Hubble Middle School to activate the plan by using their Science Fair projects in an elaborate scheme.

The rich kids at Hubble cheat on their science project year after year and are able to get away with it because of who their parents are. This year’s prize is $5,000 and Toby and his friends are determined to win, not only for the money, but to stick it to the rich Manor Estate kids. Oh, and there’s that whole matter of Toby needing the money to pay off the two guys he’s being chased by, Vader and Wookie, to whom he sold some of his dad’s Star Wars memorabilia to via Ebay. Needless to say this is one fun and bumpy road to the Science Fair. Watch out for the attack robot owl!

A good story for middle schoolers

Here's a good adventure and coming-of-age story for 'tweens: When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, set in a small, boring Texas town in summer 1971. When 600-pound Zachary Beaver is befriended by 13-year-old Toby and his friend Cal, the plot is off and running. Check out the book, DVD or BOCD.

Youth Media Awards--the Oscars of books and media for kids and teens!

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The American Library Association will announce the winners of this year's Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 26, 2009 at their Midwinter Conference in Denver. These awards include such high profile honors as the Newbery Award, for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for Children, and the Caldecott Award for the most distinguished illustrations. Other honors conferred include the Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult literature and the Robert Sibert Medal which honors an author, illustrator and/or photographer of the most distinguished informational book published for children. There are also other awards that honor excellence in many areas of books and media intended for youth. These are the Oscars of Youth Media!

The new conference will begin at 9:45am ET(7:45am MT), Monday, January 26, 2009 and can be viewed via live streaming video online at the ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast. You can also follow the news conference with Twitter, a micro-blogging service, at Twitter.

Deliver us from Normal

Eleven-year-old Charles Harrisong’s mom buys Christmas cards in August, and his brother thinks of the Trinity as a toasted marshmallow on graham crackers. Already I like this family, who appear in Deliver Us from Normal by Kate Klise. I stumbled across this BOCD in our catalog, and now it definitely will be winter listening for me and my 12-year-old. Here’s another promising sign: Every night Charles revises his list of “The Most Embarrassing Things in My Life.” I'm pretty sure my son does this, too.

Snow Flakes are Falling!

They are falling everywhere! Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 11:00 - 12:00 to see how many different kinds of snowflakes you can make. Use them for winter and holiday decorations. For preschoolers - 3rd grade. All supplies will be provided.

Cobblestone Farm Museum’s Country Christmas

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Sunday, Dec. 7th noon to 4 pm
2781 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor
(734) 994-2928
Suggested donation of $1.50 kids, $3 adults, $7 family for program support

Cobblestone Farm will be presenting a 19th century Yuletide celebration featuring live dulcimer music with the Village Strings, a chance to meet Father Christmas, see holiday cooking on a wood stove, and go on tours of the decorated farmhouse with costumed interpreters.
The museums will also have an exhibit commemorating Pearl Harbor Day (December 7th) and showing examples of a 1940's era Christmas. The gift shop will be open and the animals in the barnyard will be out for the kids to see.

For more information on an old fashioned "country Christmas," check out The Pioneer Lady's Country Christmas: a gift of old-fashioned recipes and memories of Christmas Past by Jane Watson Hopping.

The Great Pumpkin Says: Let's Be Safe Out There


Halloween is fun, fun, fun, but let's remember our Halloween Safety Tips. Tree Town ghosts, gremlins and Spidermen should trick-or-treat between 5 and 8 p.m. this Friday. Don't forget to use reflective tape on your costumes and to look both ways before crossing streets. The Great Pumpkin will be very proud of you!

So Much Fun, It's Scary


Oooh, it's going to be spooky at the Michigan Historical Museum this Sunday, Oct. 26th, for Haunted History: A Spooky Walk Through Time. Little ghouls, goblins and ghosts can come in costume and listen to tales, take a bite of treats and talk to lumberjacks and voyageurs throughout the decked-out museum. Even big kids will get a special Halloween goodie bag.

Goodnight Goon, an adorably terrifying bedtime tale for the kiddies

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Michael Rex is a big fan of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon but he thought it “severely lacked big-toothed monsters and small creatures in peril” so he came up with Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. And how fun it is! Full page color illustrations keep your eyes looking everywhere for eyeballs and bats and other cute and scary treats. Say goodnight to all the creatures, skulls, tombs, martians, goons, bones, bats, and mummies who rub their tummies. And perhaps leave that nightlight on as you try to doze after reading it.

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