Ages 5-11

One Zany Audiobook for Kids

How much mayhem can one fake mustache wreak? A whole lot, it turns out. If you need proof, just check out Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache, Or How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind. (The title really says it all.)

When nerdy seventh grader Lenny Flem Jr. lends his best friend Casper ten dollars to buy a fake mustache, he has no idea what hair-raising adventures will follow. First, someone robs the local bank, and Lenny seems to be the only one who realizes it’s Casper in disguise! As Casper’s crazy criminal plan unfolds, Lenny is determined to stop him, even teaming up with teen rodeo queen and former TV star Jodie O’Rodeo to get the job done.

This very silly story, narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross and Jessica Almasy, will appeal to listeners who enjoy slapstick action, gross-out humor and just a little bit of yodeling.

Doggie Tales and Tricks

Join us for Doggie Tales on Friday, August 9th at 10 am in the Downtown Library MultiPurpose Room. Our friends from Therapaws will bring some of the most lovable service dogs you will ever meet. A story or two and some time for doggie love is what it's all about!

Bubble Art Fun

Come make a unique piece of art using different bubbles (and creative interpretation of crafting with bubbles). We'll get a little sudsy on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Malletts Creek Branch on the grass near the parking lot from 2-3 PM. If the weather cooperates, you'll see us setting up as you arrive.

This activity should be a blast, but you might want to dress for a mess.

We will hold this event rain or shine. In the case of rain, we'll be in the program room. In either case, we hope to see you there!

This event is for grades K-5.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday July 30 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Malletts Creek Branch | Grade 4 to Adult

The ancient art of Japanese paper folding lets you turn simple squares in beautifully complex creations. Local crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of creating animals and geometric shapes for those new to origami - but if you're an experienced paper folder yourself, we'd love for you to come and share your skills, too!

This event is for adults, teens and pre-teens (grade 4 and up).

Best Children's Audiobook of 2013

Summer is a great time for audiobooks, whether listening to them on a family road trip or at home. If you're looking for some youth audiobooks to listen to this summer, then why not try a title from the American Library Associate's list of 2013 Notable Children's Recordings.

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. 7.5hr. Grades 5 to 9.
Listeners will be immersed in a world populated with fairies, trolls, and Opal Koboi—Artemis Fowl’s archenemy. Nathaniel Parker’s energetic performance conveys the rollicking adventures listeners have come to expect from Artemis Fowl.

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. 4hr. Grades 4 to 7.
Katherine Kellgren gives vivid personalities to the many voices in this lively cat and mouse tale of Dickensian England.

The False Prince. 8hr. Grades 5 to 8.
Charlie McWade makes each unique voice stand out as Sage, an orphan, competes to impersonate a prince in a subversive plot.

The Fire Chronicle. 12.5hr. Grades 4 to 8.
In this sequel to The Emerald Atlas, Jim Dale expertly narrates Michael's and Emma’s hunt for a missing legendary book while their sister Kate is stranded a hundred years in the past.

Ghost Knight. 5hr. Grades 4 to 6.
As 11-year-old Jon Whitcroft and his new friend Ella seek to solve a century-old mystery, danger threatens their every move. Elliot Hill’s narration ably balances the real and ghostly worlds.

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case. 1hr. Grades 2 to 4.
Precious Ramotswe, a clever, thoughtful girl, has all it takes to be a No. 1 detective! Adjoa Andoh reads with enthusiasm and creativity, giving this story great appeal.

The Mighty Miss Malone. 8hr. Grades 4 to 7.
The hardships and courage of Deza Malone and her family during the Great Depression are read passionately by Bahni Turpin.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold. 7hr. Grades 6 to 8.
The story of Benedict Arnold, America’s first traitor, is narrated with suspense and intrigue by Mark Bramhall.

One Year in Coal Harbor, 5.5hr. Grades 4 to 7.
With a great deal of wit and charm, Kathleen McInerney voices Primrose Squarp's continuing story in Coal Harbor as she plays matchmaker and supports an effort to stop logging on the town mountain.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. 5hr. Grades 4 to 8.
With the use of multiple narrators, the story of this disaster is told from the viewpoints of a number of survivors.

Wonder, 8hr. Grades 4 to 7.
Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd recount the story of Auggie, a fifth-grade boy born with severe facial abnormalities, and the challenges and triumphs of his first year at school.

Make a Cast Fossil

Monday, July 8 | 2-3pm | Downtown MPR | Grades K-5

'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.

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.

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.

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