Ages 5-11

Today: Happy Birthday, America!

Let's make decorations for America's birthday party. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. for some star-spangled fun. We'll be making red, white and blue wreaths and other festive things in celebration of this national holiday. This is for preschoolers - grade 5 but everybody is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For materials on this holiday, click here.

A Dog-Gone Good Audiobook for Kids

Meet O.J., a dog like no other, in When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl.

When Zelly Fried’s parents refuse to let her get a dog, her grandfather comes up with a crazy plan. Zelly will care for a “practice dog” to show her parents she is responsible enough to care for a dog of her own. The problem? This “practice dog” just happens to be an old orange juice container, and Zelly is terrified about what her classmates will think if they see her feeding it and taking it for walks! Will Zelly be able to stick it out long enough to earn a real live dog?

While the hilarious “practice dog” plot is sure to hook listeners, there is also much more to this heartfelt story. It takes on timely kid issues like being the new kid, feeling like an outsider, dealing with the death of a grandparent and worrying about losing a best friend. This book is also a 2012 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers, awarded for its authentic portrayal of the Jewish experience.

If you enjoy realistic stories with just the right blend of humor and heart, you should definitely check out When Life Gives Your O.J. You'll find it on our NEW shelf.

Happy Summer! It's time for the 8th Annual LEGO Contest!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 8, 2013! Preschoolers, Kids, Teens & Adults are all invited to enter this year's LEGO contest. The top winners receive custom made LEGO Trophies, medals and Target GIft Cards. Like in 2012 the contest will be at the Kensington Court Hotel (@ Briarwood Mall). Everyone is invited to come and view the entries between 6:00-8:00PM. For all the details and full guidelines for participants see the 2013 LEGO Contest Guidelines. If you're planning to enter and have your eyes on the prize here's a tip: look closely at the photos of projects that have won in past years - what did they do that caught the judge's eye? Good luck!

Winners of the 2013 AADL Short Story Wrting Contest for Grades 3-5!

Writers were recognized for their creativity and encouraged to keep writing at a packed house 'Awards Celebration',
with plenty of wit and enthusiasm from guest author, Shutta Crum.

99 submissions were received this year, our first year for Grades 3-5, with stories coming in from 20 different schools,
including home schooled writers.

Click here for writing resources for grades K-5.

Congratulations to the winners in each grade:
5th Grade: 1st Place - Pastel's Journey by Ashlee Freeman
2nd Place - The Boulder Block by Krishna Davis
3rd Place - Sallie Sweetwater and the Nebraska Disaster by Jenna Allman

4th Grade: 1st Place - A Weird Day at the Science Museum by Arjun Purohit
2nd Place - Winston and His Ears by Abby Dobson
3rd Place - Blueberry Girl by Anabellee Jones

3rd Grade: 1st Place - My Secret by Emma Crownover
2nd Place - The Story of the Talking Hamster by Alma Moga
3rd Place - Allians-A True Story by Mohammed Hamoud

We hope all of you continue to write many, many more stories!

An Old-Fashioned Audiobook for Kids

Fans of audiobooks like Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess or Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase may want to check out The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson, narrated by Patricia Conelly.

Abandoned by her mother as a baby, Annika grows up as a “kitchen child” in the home of three eccentric professors, and even though she loves her guardians – the professors’ cook Ellie and housemaid Sigrid – she cannot help dreaming of her long-lost mother. When an elegant mother finally does arrive and sweeps her away to a crumbling German castle, Annika’s dream-come-true is plagued by homesickness for her warm Viennese kitchen and troubling hints that all is not right with her newfound family.

Ibbotson herself grew up in early 20th-century Vienna, and her descriptions of life in the city – the aging emperor, performances of the Lipizzaner stallions, rides on the giant ferris wheel – make the world of the story truly come to life. If you love stories of the vivid past, love old-fashioned tales of kind heroines and dastardly villains, then give this audiobook a listen.

Pom-Pom Launchers


With a few household items we'll make a simple toy that will allow you to launch craft pom-poms. You'll have a chance to make a few launchers of different sizes, and see if they launch the same or differently than each other.

Join us Thursday, June 27, at the Pittsfield Branch, 2-3PM, to make your own launchers, and see how far your pom-poms fly!

This event is for grades K-5.

Anything Goes! Craft program for all ages.

It's a little late for spring cleaning but we dug up some cool items for recycling into outrageous crafts on Wednesday, June 26th at 2:00 pm. Join us at the Downtown Library to dig through bins of paper scraps, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, fabric and more to make your own unique creation to take home!

Did You Know Reading is a Physical Skill?

Paul SikorskiPaul SikorskiParents interested in learning about Interactive Metronome with Paul Sikorski from Michigan Peak Performance are invited to bring their Kindergarteners and older children for a program of learning and fun on Tuesday, June 25th at 11 am at the Downtown Library. Paul will discuss his concentration improving technique with the grown-ups while Steve Osburn of Oz Music fame will play rhythm games with the children in the same room. Get ready for a happy, noisy and stimulating experience!

Mad Hatter Hats

Few hats are as wacky as the Mad Hatter's hat. Let's make tall, colorful, silly hats of our own.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm and see what kind of hat
designer you can be. Ours will start out as brown grocery bags. The rest will be up to you.
This is for preschool - Grade 5 but everyone is welcome. Supplies will be provided.

Not familiar with the Mad Hatter? Try the book or the various movies.

Washi Tape Craft Program

Monday, June 24 | 2-3pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 3 - Adult

Washi tape is a popular, decorative, Japanese paper tape used in craft projects. We have a variety of colors and patterns of washi tape, along with various colors of card stock and other patterned paper available for you to make greeting card images and other inspired crafts.

If you have never heard of washi tape, check out this Pinterest pinboard for great project ideas. You could also bring an item from home to decorate, and feel free to bring your own roll(s) of washi tape to use along with ours to create your greeting card, if you like!

PS. And if you're collecting codes for the Summer Game, be sure to stop by!

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