Ages 5-11

PreK Bits - Happy Birthday to You!

Ms. Rachel presented "Candle and Candy stories" in Preschool Storytime this week, which also included birthday stories.
Max and Ruby went to the store to buy Grandma a birthday gift in Bunny Money by rosemary Wells.
There were all kinds of suspicious noises going in the kitchen one day, where the "Lonely Candle" stayed in a drawer.

Here are my favorite birthday stories:
On The Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
Birthday Presents by Cynthia Rylant
Mr Rabbit And The Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow ... and in Spanish El Sr Conejo y El Regalo Perfecto
A Birthday For Cow by Jan Thomas
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Or follow this link to birthday picture books in the Library.

Kid Bits - Guinea Pigs and other Animal stories grades K-5

Olga is one of my favorite guinea pigs!
We have not had her story in the Library since the books wore out.
Now ... Olga Da Polga is Ba-a-ack!
If you like Charlotte and Wilbur I bet you will like Olga.

You can find Tales Of Olga Da Polga on the NEW Book shelves in each Branch Library.
Olga is also in recorded format Tales Of Olga Da Polga and Olga Meets Her Match.
If you like to read stories of animals and pets, try my personal recommendations from this list:
Animal Rescue Team series by Susan Stauffacher, a Michigan author.
Mitt The Michigan Mouse and more by Kathy Jo Wargin, a Michigan author.

Then check out Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts : delightful treats and games from classic children's books and plan a celebration with your family and friends.

PreK Bits - Monsters in StoryTime!

Ms. Rachel did stories about MONSTERs for Preschool Storytime this week ... and we fell in love with them.
We fed the "The Very Hungry Thing" until finally it said "Thank You".
We scared the "Big Green Monster" away... all by ourselves... with support from each other.

If you like to observe monsters from afar ... and talk about monsters ... and not get too scared ... here are more books for you.
Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo The Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Go Away Big green Monster by Ed Emberley
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Bedtime For Monsters by Ed Vere
There Was An Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley
How To Potty Train Your Monster by Kelly DiPucchio

If you want to find the best monsters for YOU, follow this link into the catalog.

Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

Homework giving you a headache? You may want to log on to Brainfuse. Their Live Homework Help is available from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM everyday (except Federal Holidays) & the interactive Study Suite is accessible anytime with your aadl account log in information. For more information about all the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these FAQs. Using Brainfuse can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try!

Draw Robots with C. Jason DePasquale!

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Do you love robots? Artist C. Jason DePasquale digs robots too! As a teacher and longtime robot fan, Jason has had plenty of chances to perfect his robot drawing — through his work with Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair and beyond!

Saturday, March 16, 2-3 pm, come to the Downtown Library and watch Jason draw some simple robots, get ideas, follow along, and create colorful robo-drawings of your own to take home!

Knot Your Average Bracelet

Saturday March 9, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Traverwood Branch: Program Room | Grades K-5

Join us in making a bracelet that you can wear home! It just takes a little rope and a few knots to make these fun and fashionable bracelets.

For Grades K-5.

Liar & Spy Audiobook: Give It a Listen

In Liar & Spy, Georges’ best friend has left him to join the popular kids, and now Georges is alone and bullied at school. When his family moves into a new apartment building, he finds a note advertising a spy club and soon finds himself joining to spy on mysterious neighbor Mr. X with his new best friend Safer. But not all is as it appears to be in this funny, tense, beautifully-layered novel.

After listening to it myself, I can say that translates into an excellent audiobook, especially during those edge-of-your-seat moments, which really did have me on the edge of my seat.

Liar & Spy is written by Rebecca Stead, whose previous novel, When You Reach Me, won the Newbery Medal in 2010.

Spunky Girl Stories from Around the World

There’s nothing like tales of girls with gumption, to make us laugh and gasp and celebrate the female spirit. The Girl Scouts are cruising Ann Arbor’s cultural events this Saturday for their 100th birthday and we are a stop on the fun train. At 3 pm on March 2, all children in Kindergarten and up are invited to join us for stories about magical nesting dolls, jungle adventures and more with the Girl Scouts.

Seusstastical Puppets!

Saturday, March 2 | 1-2:00pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grades K-5 with an adult

March 1 is Read Across America Day! "Now in its 16th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources." It's no coincidence that this special day happens around March 2 each year... Because that day is author Dr. Seuss' birthday!

We'll be celebrating the magic of reading by making Seuss character puppets. We've got all the supplies for the kids to make Cat in the Hat and/or Thing 1 and Thing 2 puppets. As always, it's a great idea to catch silly spirit by curling up with some of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

Play Connection for Children on the Autism Spectrum

If you are a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, here is an opportunity to explore the possibilities on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 pm. Dr. Rick Solomon, from the Play Project, will be there to chat with parents and children. Kids will have an open space, or quiet space to play with construction toys, puppets and much more. Let the kids try out combinations of soothing scents with expert Michelle Krell Kydd, who recently interviewed
Temple Grandin about her sense of smell.

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