Ages 5-11

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.

Here Come the Kerfuffles!

This is the first time we are hosting the Kerfuffles at the AADL and you are all invited to snap along, tap along, sing along to this jazzy A2/YPSI kid's band. We discovered Trent Collier strumming in the lovely Kerrytown garden one Farmer's Market Saturday morning and now we will get to hear Five Bananas and much more on Sunday, February 24 at 2 pm at Pittsfield!

Kamishibai-Japanese Story Telling

Learn about and experience Kamishibai Storytelling with Masanari Nohara of the Ann Arbor Japan House this Sunday, February 10th, 1:00-2:00 PM at the Traverwood Branch.

Kamishibai originated in Japanese Buddhist Temples in the 12th century, where monks used emakimono, or picture scrolls, to convey stories with moral lessons. In the 1930's the gaito kamishibai (street kamishibai) storytellers first made the scene, riding their bicycles to Japanese towns and villages with their paper drama stages.

Kamishibai storytelling involves a set of illustrated boards inserted into a small stage that, in Japan, was usually mounted on a bicycle and taken out one by one as a story is told. This program is co-sponsored by Ann Arbor Japan House. Ann Arbor Japan House was established with the goal to create a place where people would have opportunities to increase their familiarity with various aspects of Japanese language and culture. The event is for youth (grade K and up), teens, and adults.

Math & Mobiles

Sunday March 10, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Pittsfield Branch: Program Room | Grades K-5

Come have fun with shapes and build a colorful mobile featuring your favorite platonic solids! What's a platonic solid? Don't worry, we'll tell you all about it.

For Grades K-5.

Kid Bits - Picture Puzzles K-5

Picture Puzzles are lots of fun, and sometimes hard-to-find. Here is a way to find them. We have many many more than you think ....
so keep on "looking" below.....

Several authors are known to create picture puzzle books and we own many of their titles:
Lucy Micklethwait creates an I SPY series that challenges you to find things within classic art paintings.
Walter Wick takes readers on a journey through time to find things in the CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE series.
Martin Handford has created the ever-popular WHERE'sWALDO books.
Susannah Leigh creates USBORNE YOUNG PUZZLE books.
Jean Marzollo creates books with a rhymed text that challenges you to find objects hidden in the photographs.

Here's a public list on the Library website of "Picture Puzzles K-5" with more titles to "puzzle over".

Yay for Puzzles !!

PreK Bits - Inuit and Igloo and the Arctic Circle

Ms. Rachel and Ms. Rebecca performed Inuit Stories in Preschool Storytime this week. The featured stories were Kumak's Fish and "A Whale Of A Tale" from folkloric oral tradition.

Here are more title to take a look at:
Kumak's House - a fun tale that includes detailed illustrations of inuit lifestyle, and family.
Mama, Do You Love Me? - a universal rhyme of love, with lovely illustrations of an Inuit family in the Arctic tundra setting.
Immi's Gift - Immi fishes every day with her family, and each day she pulls up something colorful and different...
Over In The Arctic Where The Cold Wind Blows

... And if you like to learn about Inuit life, Arctic animals, and how Igloos are built ... take a look at these titles for children:
Look Inside An Igloo
Building An Igloo
Arctic
Best Book Of Polar Animals
Polar Lands
Snow Baby: the arctic childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's daring daughter

Remember! Only watch polar bears from aFAR !

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