Ages 5-11

Holiday Bits - Gung Hay Fat Choy

Celebrate the Chinese New Year and share the chinese-american experience! If the kids are preschool ages or early elementary school, read D Is For Dragon; The Runaway Rice Cake; A Dragon New Year; Fortune Cookie Fortunes; and make some crafts from Chinese New Year Crafts.

Little Folk Mania Continues

We have so many fairy fans coming into the Downtown Library to visit the tiny tricky ones who have moved into the fairytale section. When we see a book filled with fairy magic we just have to tell you about it. Barb Bentler Ullman’s story The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood, is about broken hearted Willa Jane who discovers a world of little people in the forest. Her brand new big and little friends bring adventure, fun and healing into her life.

Dizzy by Jonah Winter

There was a small boy who often got into fights. One day his teacher gave him a trumpet. He blew all his anger into that trumpet and thus one of the greatest Jazz musicians of all times was born. Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy by Jonah Winter is a tribute to one of America’s most famous and loved musicians.

Ice Carving Extravaganza in Ann Arbor

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Embrace the icy weather by visiting the Ice Carving Extravaganza on Main Street. Watch members of the UM ice carving team carve ice into detailed sculptures on the sidewalks of downtown Ann Arbor on Feb. 9 from 6-10 PM and Feb. 10 from 10-6 PM. The sculptures will remain on display as long as the wintry weather continues. Bundle up!

On your walk downtown, stop at the library to warm up and pick out some good books to read by the fire. Some of my favorites are Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and One Winter’s Day by Christina Butler

Bone

For those of you who don't know, Bone is one of those graphic novels that defies categories. It has the feel to it of a Sunday comic with all of its humor and silly punch lines mixed with the dark, compelling, complex storyline of a graphic novel. Cute-ish blobby characters exist right alongside beautifully detailed characters and backgrounds. It makes your head spin. Jeff Smith does a wonderful job of creating almost cinematic moments and the continuing storyline has depth enough to keep you hooked. Monsters, dragons, adventure. Think early Disney with a little edge and a storyline that's on going. Great for kids or adults. Published complete as one big volume in black and white (Bone 1 Volume ed.) or now coming out in color, of which there are 5 volumes so far...
1- Bone: Out From Boneville
2- Bone: Great Cow Race
3- Bone: Eyes of the Storm
4- Bone: Dragonslayer
5- Bone: Rock Jaw

Exam Bits - Test Prep

Preparing for school exams? Is everything checked out at the library? Try Learning Express Library on our website.

If your Library card is registered through "My Account" you have access to the databases from home. Login with your username and password. Choose "Research" file at the top of the page. Choose "Learning Express Library" by name. You will find practice exercises for TOEFL, Civil Service, Citizenship, GRE, SAT, and more. You will also find standardized testing for elementary, middle, and high school ages. Study Up!

Kid Bits - Regarding the Klises

The Kate and Sarah Klise have put out the next book in their middle school series of history/mystery adventures with Regarding the Bathrooms: a privy to the past. Other titles the sisters write and illustrate are Regarding the Trees: a splintered saga rooted in secrets; Regarding the Fountain. These are great fun for creative minds and school-system intrigue.

Kid Bits - Time Warp Trio

John Scieszka writes one more book for the Time Warp Trio series. Like to travel? Like Time Warps? Read Marco? Polo! and land in 13th century China. Kublai Khan! Xanadu! Marco Polo! Whooa!!

Favorite Picks for Black History Month by Tahira

In honor of Black History Month here is a list of my favorite books with African American main characters:

Picture Books
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Jamaica’s Find by Jaunita Havill
Sweet Music in Harlem by Debbie Taylor

Fiction
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watson’s Go to Burmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt
Starring Grace by Mary Hoffman

Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest - enter starting Monday, Feb. 5!

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Beginning Monday, February 5 the Downtown Youth Department will start taking submissions for the "Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest." Students in grades K-12 are eligible for the contest. Here are the details: Limit of 2 entries per person. Each photo must have your name, phone # and either your pet's name or a photo title on the back of the photo and be accompanied by a signed entry form (available at the time of photo drop-off). Photos may be black & white or color, must be no larger than 5x7" and must be glossy prints only. Photos will be judged based on subject, originality and creativity. One winner and one honorable mention will be named in each of 4 categories: Grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12. Entries may be dropped off at the Downtown Youth Department Reference Desk during library hours beginning Monday, February 5 at 10:00 AM through Thursday, March 8 by 9:00 PM. Every photo entered will be displayed in the Downtown Youth Department during the month of March., beginning Friday, March 9. Photos will be returned to participants and can be picked up anytime during the first week of April.

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