Ages 5-11

Kid Bits - FolkLore

Every fall Youth Services runs tours DownTown for 2nd grades called "Second Grade RoundUp". A Folk Tale leads every tour, and the "J 398.2 Collection" (FolkLore and FairyTale Collection) is discovered. Folklore crosses age levels, displays cultural roots, and passes on values. To expand yourself, try FairyTales by the Brothers Grimm to hear some Grimm Brothers tales read aloud. Visit LibrarySparks to explore ways to help kids think critically about folktales. Or simply enjoy worldly favorites from the Library Folklore Collections, like Head, Body, Legs from Liberia, Something From Nothing from Russia, New Patches For Old from Turkey, Elves And The Shoemaker from Europe, or Kumak's House from Alaska.

FESTIVAL FRIDAY IN ANN ARBOR

To get into the holiday spirit stroll downtown every Friday night through December 22 for Festival Friday sponsored by the Main Street Area Association. Many stores are open late and the trees are covered in white lights. Every week there will be different entertainment from 7-9 PM. Be on the lookout this Friday, Dec. 8, for Victorian caroling by the Arbor Consort and the Pioneer High School Loreleis vocal ensemble.

Santa Claus a Techie too??

Santa Claus has moved into the twenty-first century with his communication gadgets. You can still send him a letter to the North Pole with your Christmas wishes, but it might be faster to give him a call! Santa will be taking calls live on the Community Television Network, Channel 17, on Thursday December 14th between 6 and 8 PM. The CTN Studio phone line is 734-997-1050. Get ready because “Christmas Eve is coming soon; Now, you dear old man, Whisper what you'll bring to me; Tell me if you can.”

New Kids BOCD

If you enjoyed the listening to the Harry Potter BOCD series, the narrator Jim Dale has also recently released a version of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie in a BOCD format! Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jennifer Nimmo has now been released in the BOCD format also. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter Books these are along the same lines and lots of fun. The narrator for these BOCD's has a great storytelling voice. Both of these books on CD are now available at the library!

Pigs, Spiders and Rats!

The new movie of Charlotte's Web opens on Wednesday, December 20, 2006.
In honor of that opening, we will be making some of the characters of the story at two programs this Saturday.
We'll be making Wilbur the Pig, Templeton the Rat and Charlotte and her web.

Saturday, December 2, 2006, 10-11 a.m. Pittsfield Branch
Saturday, December 2, 2006, 2-3 p.m. Northeast Branch

This program is recommended for ages 6 and up.

An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennett Tilley Turner

There are many children’s books written about Harriet Tubman. This one gives the reader a little known fact about her. She loved apples. When she was a slave she had to pick apples. Slaves were not allowed to eat them. If they even took one bite they were punished. One day Harriet Tubman noticed that the overseer was not around and decided to take a bite of an apple. She was caught and severely beaten. She promised herself that she would become free and eat all the apples she wanted. Harriet Tubman did just that. She ran away through the Underground Railroadand became free. She later bought property and planted apple trees. She ate all the apples she wanted, just like she promised, and invited the townspeople to come and fill their baskets. Glennette Tilley Turner captures the spirit of the young Harriet Tubman and her struggle for freedom in this uplifting children’s book.

Kid Bits - Donutheart

Sue Stauffacher http://www.suestauffacher.com/ has done it again, and she's a Michigan Author! Laugh out loud funny, combined with heartfelt issues!! Donuthead was the first book, and Donutheart is the pefect companion and follow-up. Franklin Delano Donuthead and his friend/nemesis Sarah Kervick enter sixth grade and Middle School. For what it's worth, life fits a bit smoother, by the end of the tale.

Willkommen!

All ages are invited to make pine cone and star ornaments, dance to lively tunes played by Luther Schaible on accordion, and eat soft pretzels to celebrate traditions of German, Swiss and Austrian families. To get yourself in the mood, check out some Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and then party at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm!

To Kill A Mockingbird at the Michigan Theater

Looking for something to do today, Friday, November 24? Sit back with some popcorn and watch the classic To Kill A Mockingbird at the Michigan Theater at 1:30 PM, part of the Pfizer Family-Friendly Film Series. The movie is FREE for children 12 and under! Afterwards check out the book from the library and spend the weekend curled up with a good book.

Grandmama's Pride by Becky Birtha

Sarah Marie, her mother and sister, are headed down south to visit Grandmama. Mama tells them that they can have the back seat of the bus all to themselves. When the bus pulls into a rest stop, Mama tells them they brought their lunches. When they arrive at Grandmama’s stop, Grandmama is waiting for them in the stand-up waiting room. When Sarah Marie learns to read during her visit, she reads the signs over the water fountain, lunch counter and bathroom and learns why “Grandmama’s pride was too tall to fit in the back of the bus.” Becky Birtha illustrates the determination and pride of those who fought for civil rights in this clearly written children’s book.

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