Ages 5-11

Pure Imagination Magic Show

There's nothing like a wacky magic show to liven up a summer day. Magician Chris Linn will bring his Pure Imagination show to Ann Arbor for two performances on Tuesday, July 16. He will be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and at the Traverwood Branch at 7:00 p.m.

This is a program for the whole family. All ages are welcome.

Try your own magic tricks by looking here.

Rubber Band Cars

Friday July 26 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Malletts Creek Branch | K - 5

Use rubber bands, cardboard, CDs and more to create your own rubber-band-powered car. You can also check out these books about recycling everyday objects into cool new projects.

This event is for grades K - 5.

PokeMonday Returns!

Monday July 15 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grades K – 5

It's BACK! Summer's here, and so is PokeMonday! We'll be battling four Mondays in a row with tournaments at different branches each week (July 15 at Pittsfield Branch, July 22 at Mallets Creek Branch, July 29 in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and August 5 at Traverwood Branch - all from 1 - 5 pm), so be sure to catch 'em all. As always, you'll need your Nintendo DS, DSi or 3DS and a copy of your Pokemon game (sorry, Black and White won't work).

Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon level 30 or under trained for battle. They'll be needed for qualifying rounds!

Life-Sized Angry Birds

Do you love playing Angry Birds? Well, we have the event for you! We've partnered with the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center to bring you a life-sized Angry Birds experience.

At this drop-in event, in addition to launching birds at piggies, there will be other Angry Birds-related activities for you to to do. There will also be a number of Summer Game codes for you to collect as you make your way through the stations. No birds (or piggies) will be harmed at this event!

Drop in for this event on Monday, July 22 at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor between 1 PM and 4 PM.

The entrance to the recreation center parking lot is off of Platt Road. Overflow parking for this event is at the County Farm Park parking lot, just south of the recreation center, also accessible from Platt Road.

This is a drop-in event for grades K-5.

There will be food present at this program.

PokeMonday

Monday July 22 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Mallets Creek Branch | Grades K – 5

It's time for part two of our PokeMondays series! This week, join us at Mallets Creek from 1:00 to 5:00 pm for an afternoon of competition. Don't forget, we'll also be battling on July 29 in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and on August 5 at Traverwood Branch. You'll need your Nintendo DS, DSi or 3DS and a copy of your Pokemon game (sorry, black and white won't work).

Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon, level 30 or under trained for battle. They'll be needed for qualifying rounds!

This event is for grades K-5.

Build a Better Bubble!

Friday, July 5 | 2 - 3 pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | K - 5

Wondering which bubble solution makes the biggest bubble? Curious about how different bubble wands will work? Then come to our program where you will get a chance to experiment with different bubble solutions and wands to figure out how to build the very best bubble.

This program is for K - 5.

You can also check out these books for more bubble fun.

Puppetry Around the World

Every culture throughout the world uses puppetry to tell its stories. Come to the Downtown Library on Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. for a wonderful puppet show.
Eugene Clark, who has studied with the Jim Henson Company, will tell stories and
show puppets from many different places.

For some ideas on doing your own puppet shows, look here.

Wise and Witty Mo LoBeau, 11-Year-Old Mystery Solver

Middle grade readers who are looking for a good book for the summer, check out Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage. This was a Newbery Honor book for 2013 and it is an excellent mystery story for readers in about fourth through seventh grades. It's also available as a book on CD, so if you have a car trip planned, take this one on the road.

The story stars 11-year-old Mo LoBeau, a wise and witty “rising sixth grader” who lives in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Mo was discovered as an infant washed ashore during a hurricane and has grown up with the Colonel, a restaurant owner with a mysterious past, and Miss Lana, hostess at the restaurant. When a murder occurs in her quiet town, Mo and her pals are on the case. While touching on a few serious issues such as family abuse and alcoholism, the novel is mostly light and highly entertaining. There are plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you reading. Mo has a wonderful quirky sense of humor, and when she talks about the people in her town, readers won’t be able to stop laughing. A sequel is planned.

Make Your Own Minions

minion twinkieminion twinkieCant wait for Despicable Me 2 to come out? It's almost time, but in the meanwhile, come join us for some fun minion-themed crafts on Monday, July 2, 2-3 PM at the Malletts Creek Branch.

Full disclosure: blue frosting is involved!

This event is for grades K-5.

if you want to see a whale

if you want to see a whale is a beautiful picture book written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by local artist & Caldecott Medal winner Erin Stead. In this book we learn that there are a few requirements if you want to see a whale. You’ll need a window, an ocean, time for waiting, a not-so-comfy chair, both eyes open, and a few other things. Oh, and your imagination! That’s the key to this story. Written in all lower-case, with full page illustrations, and barely any punctuation, it’s a charming book to read together.

Fogliano and Stead also teamed up for And Then It's Spring, which is another beauty.

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