Ages 5-11

The kind your grandparents read

Hunker down with a cozy read this winter, like The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit or My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett. You’ll be surprised and delighted to see that some of those old fashioned reads are still wonderful, proving that a great story really does last forever. Try Half Magic by Edward Eager or Freddy and the Space Ship by Walter Brooks. Your friendly librarian can offer lists and dig up more treasures any time.

World Rhythms

Check out some of the shakers, sliders and traditional noise makers, from around the world, in the small glass case in the Youth Department at the Downtown Library. The AADL Storytellers like to shake it up with these rhythm instruments once in a while. If you get inspired and catch the beat you can grab a pot and spoon and join in the fun with Tanka Tanka Skunk! by Steve Webb.

KIDS' Science - Weather and Climate

Science Saturday Workshops!
Questions about Science Fair Projects are coming to the Reference Desks.
Schools are planning Science Night Events.
AND the LIBRARY has Science Events planned in partnership with UM Exhibit Museum.
Keep your eyes on the blogs.
Science Fair Resource Night will be at the DownTown Library. There are Science Saturday Workshops at three Branch Libraries. The January Workshops are at Pittsfield Branch, at Malletts Creek, and at Northeast Branch.
Workshops are for ages 6-11 with an Adult. No younger siblings please.
Family Registration is requested.
Watch for more workshops in February and March.

History Bits - Civil Rights

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership in the 1960's and the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The following movies can be watched as a family, or a classroom, and illustrate important messages that can be further discussed. Ruby Bridges who "went to school and taught a nation a lesson."; Martin's Big Words; Rosa Parks And The Civil Rights Movement; The Rosa Parks Story.

History Bits - MLK Day

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and African-American history this month. If you are in grade school and need report information, you can find articles to read in our website databases, such as this article on MLK in INFOTRAC Kid's Edition. Or this article on peaceful demonstrations during the civil rights movement.

Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven

"What color is freedom tonight?" Granny Judith asks Christmas John each time he returns from his trip across the Ohio River to freedom. Christmas tells her the color of the garment worn by the slave he just rowed to freedom. Granny Judith then adds another swatch on her quilt with a new color of freedom. Night Boat to Freedom by Marot Theis Raven is a well-written warm and inspiring book of courage and love.

Reading Rainbow Contest

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Calling all Kindergarteners through Third graders! Do you like to write and illustrate your own stories? Enter your masterpiece into the 13th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. For entry form and rules, visit the Detroit Public Television website, call (313) 876-8196, or email readingrainbow@dptv.org. The contest deadline is March 27, 2007.

Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by host LeVar Burton. Three stories will be chosen from each grade level as national winners, and be featured in a gala awards show to be aired on Detroit Public Television.
Grand Prize: Laptop
Second Place: Flat Panel TV and DVD Player
Third Place: MP3 Player
Each of the twelve winners will also receive Reading Rainbow library sets of 10 DVDs and books for their home, school and library.

For books and movies that have been featured on Reading Rainbow, check out our collection at the library.

New Kids DVDs

Have you ever read the book How to eat fried worms? Because if you enjoyed the book, there is now a feature length film based on the book. It is the story about a new kid in school who gets dared by a bully to eat some worms, so see how he likes them! Have you ever read the Goosebump series by R.L. Stine? It was created into a t.v. program so if you want to watch some of these scary stories there are plenty available at the library. There is Goosebumps. Shocker on Shock Street. or My best friend is invisible. and several more. So come and check them out!

FAMILY SCIENCE WORKSHOPS

Make it a family event! Register to attend science workshops as a family and learn about the wonders of weather. Answer the questions: Why is weather different all over the world? What does thunder happen after lightning? How do meteorologists predict the weather? Call and register at the branch you would like to attend the workshop. Registration starts two weeks before the workshop and the program is for children ages 6-11.

Curious About Climate: Why Weather Works!
Pittsfield Wednesday, Jan. 24, 4-5 PM
Malletts Creek Saturday, Jan. 27, 10-11 AM
Northeast Saturday, Jan. 27, 2-3 PM

Stormy Surprises: When Weather Goes Wild!
Pittsfield Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4-5 PM
Malletts Creek Saturday, Feb. 24, 10-11 AM
Northeast Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-3 PM

Backyard Meteorology: Forecasting the Future
Pittsfield Wednesday, Mar. 28, 4-5 PM
Malletts Creek Saturday, Mar. 31, 10-11 AM
Northeast Saturday, Mar. 31, 2-3 PM

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