Ages 5-11

Freedom Ship by Doreen Rappaport

A small boy recounts an amazing story of bravery and determination in Doreen Rappaport's Freedom Ship. Based on the true story of a Confederate Steam ship that was kidnapped and turned over to the Union Army by a slave crew who sought freedom. The ship’s pilot Robert Smalls went on to become captain of the ship and was elected to South Carolina’s state legislature and the state senate.

Library Songsters

In the spirit of the 1950s folk music revival, the AADL Library Songsters program brings folk musicians, storytellers and dancers into our public schools to teach these traditional arts to students. This year Banjo Betsy Beckerman taught fourth graders at Angell and Pattengill how to write Michigan history songs; Glen Morningstar Jr. brought "Dancing Through American History" to Burns Park, and Lee Knight showed storytelling to sixth graders at Slauson. At the end of each three-day residency, students came to the library to perform their creations for each other or parents. They had a good time learning history, and some go to hear live folk music at places like The Ark or Crazy Wisdom Tea Room. AADL has a excellent collection of folk music recordings, histories and songbooks.

History Bits - Saving People 1945

If your child is old enough to experience world history, and they are ready for Schindler's List, they could be interested in more on the subject. Paper Clips is the true story of a school project in rural Tennesee that was designed to build and understand the concept of 6 million, and crime against humanity. The Children of Chabannes is the story of a village in central France that protected over 400 Jewish children who were sent away from Nazi occupied homes in search of safety. Sugihara is the story of the Japanese consul to Lithuania who defied Tokyo and wrote hundreds of transit visas for Jews to flee through Russia to Japan and other countries.

Drummunity!

Visit Crazy Wisdom Bookstore on Tuesday, March 20 to join in a drum circle led by Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher. A brief drum lesson starts at 6:45 PM, with drumming from 7-9 PM. Instruments are provided or bring your own. Kids and adults are welcome. Free.

Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg

For Calvin’s birthday Mama gave him two tickets to see Lomax the Magnificent. Calvin asks his best friend Rodney to come along. The boys are amazed at the hypnotic skills of Lomax and try it out on Calvin’s little sister. With a clever twist at the end, awarding winning author, Chris Van Allsburg, weaves a fun and interesting tale in Probuditi. The brown hues and lifelike illustrations give the book an old fashioned feel.

Kid Bits - "Easy" chapter books

Like Goosebumps? Like Chillers? Like Bailey School Kids? Do you know about Ghostville Elementary? You better try one, or else!! The first two are Ghost Class and Ghost Game.

Kid Bits - "easy" chapter books

Are you in Elementary School? Do you read books like Junie B. Jones, Unicorn Secrets, Zack Files, and Animal Ark? Then you can read books like Ruby Lu Empress Of Everything by Lenore Look; Boo's Dinosaur by Betsy Byars; Gloria Rising by Ann Cameron; and Akimbo And The Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith.

Kid Bits - NEW "easy" chapter books

NEW books for kids who are reading "thin" chapter books are always coming in. I see the following NEW titles by Kate DiCamillo on the shelf, Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride and Mercy Watson Fights Crime. Mercy Watson joins Babe, and Wilbur in delightful pig literature. If you already found Mercy Watson To The Rescue you will like these additions. You can also find them in audio-book for car rides. =)

After School is Cool!

Wednesday, March 12, 4-5 PM
Come to the Downtown library after school to pick up some books and design your own Indian Rangoli. Rangoli are painted in front of houses on the ground during the Tamil month of Maarkazhi (between December 15th and January 15th).
Age 9 & up

Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest - WINNERS!

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Our first annual Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest was a huge success! Over 40 entries were received and winners were chosen in 4 categories: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Visit the Downtown Youth Department anytime during the month of March to see ALL of the entries. This evening, March 12, was the award ceremony and every winner in each category was in attendance. First place got a $25 gift certificate to Borders and Honorable Mention got a a $10 gift certificate for Borders. Without further ado the winners are…

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