Ages 5-11

History Bits - African-American Artists

Introduce kids to African-American history through visual arts. Two books that overview African-American artists since slavery are In Praise Of Our Fathers And Our Mothers: A Black Family Treasury and Wake Up Our Souls. Three youth level biographies with color illustrations of the artist's work are Romare Bearden a collage artist; Don't Hold Me Back with poetry by Nikki Giovanni and art by Winfred Rembert; and Faith Ringgold.

If you wish to find names of African-American artists you can use our database called Biography Resource Center and use the "biographical facts search".

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers

From the Nile to Bourbon Street
Poetry and music meet
To a syncopated rhythmic beat
In Walter Dean MyersJazz

Curious About Climate: Why Weather Works!

Register on this snowy day to learn how weather works! Join the library and the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History this month in the first Family Science Workshop of the series. Learn about past climates by analyzing petrified tree rings, explore the differences in weather around the world, and discover why global warming is happening.

Children must be between ages 6-11 and attend the program with an adult. Register at the location you would like to attend.

Pittsfield: Wednesday. January 24, 4-5 PM
Malletts Creek: Saturday, January 27, 10-11 PM
Northeast: Saturday, January 27, 2-3 PM

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.

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