Ages 2-5.

Rolling Sculptures

Stop by the Ann Arbor District Library’s tent from 2-8 pm on Friday, July 10th on Liberty St. between Fourth and Fifth Ave. to make a Rolling Sculpture out of goodies from the Scrap Box and meet Hillary Will, the fastest woman top fuel dragster driver in the world, who will also be speaking at the Downtown Library earlier in the week. The library is joining Main Street Area's Rolling Sculpture Car Show for the first time this year just for the pure fun of it! Use all your creativity to design a wild vehicle and you just might win a prize!

Jumping Beans Wanted!

My friend Kris Groh, who has inspired little ones with her interactive movement classes at the Y, says that the Jumping Beans program Downtown on June 25 at 10:00 am will be a chance for parents to have fun moving with their kids. She will be joined by Noah Haiduc-Dale, who plays the banjo and says that his three kids have become discerning music critics. Their latest favorites? Jim Gill, Elizabeth Mitchell, Phil Rosenthal and, of course, their Dad, who leads a casual weekly music time at a neighborhood park. This program, for ages two through five, should be a boppin' blast!

Baby Barn Dance @ Pittsfield

For Preschoolers under the age of 5 .... SWING YOUR PARENTS at the Square Dance @ Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday April 18, 11:00 - 11:45 am. Swing your partners at home with music from:
Passin' It On: Pickin' and Grinnin' and Singin' Tehm Old Time Tunes with David Grover.
21 #1 Hits: Teh Ultimate Collection of Buck Owens
Country Goes Raffi
Cotton Blossum: 19th Century Banjo hits

Mo Willems' Naked Mole Rat!

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Mo Willems, famous for Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Pigeon Wants a Puppy, and other books for young readers has a new book, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. This is very exciting for me because naked mole rats are the cutest little ugly things ever! Willems' book is delightful, entertaining for both children and the adults reading to them. Maybe you didn't enjoy the Pigeon books, but what's not to love about a naked mole rat?

Toddler Bits - PLAY Activities

Looking for activities to do with Little Kids? There are great ideas for Play and Arts in the following books:
The Big Book Of Playtime Activities
Games To Play With Toddlers
Bright From The Start
Entertaining and Educating Babies and Toddlers

Music and Motion Fans!

Remember that Friday, February 6th is the next opportunity to see the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Gari Stein join up with tuba player Fritz Kaenzig for dancing and enjoying classical music with your young child at the Downtown Library at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

Soaring Stories

If you like to listen to stories and watch graceful young dancers, then this program is for you! We are sure there might be a few audience members who feel like soaring along with the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet at the Downtown Library on Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 pm.

Instrument Petting Zoo

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It's never too early to start playing an instrument!

String players from Shar Music will demonstrate each instrument in the string family, including violin, viola, cello and bass. Young players (ages 2-5) will have the opportunity to try out the instruments and join in an instrument-making craft project.

Please join us for Instrument Petting Zoo fun on Monday, January 26th, from 10:30-11:30am, at the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room.

Musical CGI-animated DVDs for kids: The Backyardigans, and Veggie Tales

Perhaps you are wondering what these DVDs might possibly have in common, and the answer is three-fold:
a) They are all CGI-animated;
b) They are full of music; and,
c) AADL has brand new copies of them for you to come check out!

If you have children between the ages of 2 and 5, you might be familiar with the CGI-animated television series The Backyardigans, which airs on Nick Jr. Each episode features a different musical genre, from polka to Motown. New titles we have available include Escape from fairytale village, Tale of the mighty knights, and High flying adventures!.

For young fans of the VeggieTales series, which focuses on teaching Biblical morals through CGI-animated fruit and vegetable characters, we have some karaoke style sing-alongs in for them--check out Dance of the cucumber or even Do the moo shoo.

Dancing Babies!

Full from feasting this holiday season? Work it off with Betsy Beckerman, Sara Melton Keller and all the Dancing Babies at the Traverwood Branch on Sunday, December 28th at 4:00 pm for 30 minutes of circle dances, baby bouncing and lots of fun!

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