Ages 5-11

Rangoli Fun!

Sunday, December 2 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Pittsfield Branch Library

Join us for cozy craft time on Sunday, December 2nd at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 pm, when we will make rangoli. During the month of Maarkazhi ( December 15 through January 15) in India, rangoli are painted on the ground in front of houses with colored rice powder, flower petals and other interesting materials. Our rangoli will involve lots of sticky glue and rice that we have dyed into a beautiful rainbow of colors.

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Make your holiday table one-of-a-kind with decorations made by your children's loving hands.
On Wednesday, November 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.at the Pittsfield Branch we will be making table
decorations of all kinds.
There will be turkey centerpieces, colorful placemats, and napkin rings. Kids will also be
able to make a scarecrow centerpiece.
This is for preschoolers through fifth grade.
All supplies will be provided.

For more decorating ideas, click here.

Two Tales "Dark and Grimm"

Children's novelist Adam Gidwitz loves fairy tales. No, not the versions featuring pink-frilled princesses and rescuer-princes, but real fairy tales, the ones originally recorded by the Brothers Grimm, stories featuring blood, gore and raw emotions.Gidwitz believes these original Grimm fairy tales have a lot to say to kids today, just as they have resonated with children for nearly two centuries.

In his first book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, a narrator constantly interrupts the flow to directly address readers, warning them about some gory parts about to happen, giving them advice about what to expect next or even suggesting that they might want to stop reading.
"Once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.
"I know, I know. You don't believe me. ... Little girls in red caps skipping around the forest? Awesome? I don't think so.
"But then I started to read them. The real, Grimm ones. Very few little girls in red caps in those.
"Well, there's one. But she gets eaten."

In that first book, Gidwitz tells the "true" story of Hansel and Gretel, detailing their adventures — through a number of terrible trials involving grown-ups who want to kill them — before they end up at "happily ever after."

In his new book, In a Glass Grimmly, Gidwitz again uses the "intrusive narrator," who starts off by addressing the difference between the "drivel that passes for fairy tales these days" and "real" fairy tales, which are "strange, bloody and horrible." While Gidwitz bases this book on fairy tales, it's a much looser connection than in his first book. Instead, Gidwitz created much of the plot of "In a Glass Grimmly" because he wanted to use the device of fairy tales to focus on some of the challenges today's kids face, like bullying and neglectful parents. "The reason I love writing for children is that you can really talk about serious issues in a fun way. ... I call it 'serious fun,'" Gidwitz says.

Tellebration Time!

Every year we celebrate Tellebration at the Pittsfield Branch. This year we have dynamic storytellers Jeff Doyle, Kathleen Wright, Darryl Mickens and
Judy Schmidt on Sunday, November 10 at 2 pm. For grown-ups looking for a captivating storytelling potpourri, check out the Ann Arbor Storyteller's Guild Tellebration QuiltTellebration QuiltNovember 9th evening program!

Spinners, Gliders, & Projectiles!

Sunday November 4 | 2:00 - 3:00pm | Pittsfield Branch Program Room

What goes up must come down, but good design means more hang time. Come play with paper to design your best planes, spinners, and other things that fly.

While learning a bit about the science of keeping objects in the air, we'll be making, testing out, and tweaking our best paper-made floaters and flyers. Simple designs and materials sometimes make surprising planes!.

Also, check out this list of AADL materials for easy flying projects and other resources.

This event is for kids in grades K-5.

Make Your Own Cast Fossil

Wednesday, October 17 | 7-8pm | Pittsfield | Grades K-5

National Fossil Day is October 17! 'Rock' out with us and make your own cast fossil out of clay and plaster of paris while exploring a process that has created fossils in sedimentary rock for billions of years. We will also have fossils found in Michigan on display.

Fossils in the earth can be formed out of plants, or invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or vertebrates like dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Fossils are found in different forms too. Sometimes they are turned to stone or preserved in amber, and other times they leave an imprint in the earth that is filled in by different minerals, forming a cast. We will replicate the process of creating cast fossils.

You're welcome to bring a small, hard item that can fit in the palm of your hand -- for example, a dinosaur toy or a sea shell -- or you can use the objects the library provides. Looking for more information on fossils? Check out these great books and videos from the AADL collection.

Alex Karras, former Detroit Lions defensive tackle, and Hollywood actor, has died

Alex Karras, a Detroit Lion for twelve seasons and an actor for many years, died today in Los Angeles.

In 1958, Karras was a first round draft pick for the Lions. He was a member of the Lions' Fearsome Foursome (a term used in pro football to describe the frontline defense. The other Lions players were Roger Brown, Darris McCord, and Sam Williams. Karras was suspended in 1963 for one year when he was caught placing bets on NFL teams. He returned to the team in 1964 and played for seven more years.

In the mid-1970s, he called the plays, with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, on ABC's Monday Night Football.

His most memorable Hollywood role was in the the 1974 hit western satire, Blazing Saddles in which he played the Mondo.

He and his real-life wife, Susan Clark, who survives, starred in the TV sitcom, Webster (1983-1987) (the first season is on order), along with Emmanuel Lewis. Karras and Clark played the adoptive parents of the orphaned son of a pro football player.

Karras, who was 77, died from complications due to cancer and dementia.

PreK Bits - Happenings at Bedtime

Ms. Rachel featured "Happenings @ Bedtime" in Preschool Storytime. We featured the letter "H".
There were "Strange Bumps" in Owl's bed, a story by Arnold Lobel in the book OWL at HOME.
There was a Tailor who discovered a "Hudgin" in the book A BED JUST SO or a "Hinky Pink" in the book HINKY PINK: an old tale.

Here are related titles to extend the theme:
BEDTIME for FRANCES by Russell Hoban
LITTLE CRITTER BEDTIME STORYBOOK by Mercer Mayer
NIGHT KNIGHT by Owen Davey
TELL ME the DAY BACKWARDS by Albert Lamb
DON'T LET the PIGEON STAY UP LATE by Mo Willems
LITTLE QUACK's BEDTIME by Derek Andersen

DON'T MISS Derek Andersen at Malletts Creek Library Monday evening, October 29, 2012 at 7-8:00 pm.

Star Wars Reads Day is Saturday October 6!

Mark your calendars and break out your Star Wars finest as we celebrate Star Wars Reads Day.

This is a national event being celebrated in over 1200 libraries and bookstores all over the country! From 1:00 - 5:00 PM at the Downtown Library we have a full slate of Star Wars awesome planned.

To set the scene members of the MI 501st and the Rebel Legion will be here in full costume! With a costume contest @ 4:00 be sure to dress in your Star Wars finest and compete for gift cards!

And whether you dress up or not we will have a Photo Booth on site with Star Wars props so you can take pics of you, your friends & your family celebrating Star Wars! The pics are free to all attendees and in addition to taking home a photo strip the images will be loaded online too!

All day we'll have simple Star Wars crafts and puzzles for younger children set-up in the Youth Story Corner. In the Multi-Purpose Room we'll have more difficult paper crafts for older kids, teens and adults. At 1:30 PM we'll start the Star Wars Trivia Contest on the 4th Floor with cool prizes for the winners! We'll finish the day at 4:00 PM with a Star Wars Costume Contest in the Multi-Purpose room. The judges will determine who did it best and winners will take home Target Gift Cards.

Whether you love Luke, Darth Vader, Jaba or Boba Fett come celebrate reading, get your picture taken & maybe win some prizes!

This event is for ALL AGES!

Families Fall into this Glorious Season!

Whether you enjoy Autumn by the water, the forest, the ice, on Main Street or at the Farmer’s Market, you must surely check out the Halloween storytimes at AADL!

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