Ages 2-5.

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!

Too Much Noise at Silly Storytime!

I am thrilled and honored that composer and percussionist Curtis Glatter will be joining me for the fun folktale Too Much Noise at this silly storytime for all ages on Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00 am Downtown. You can join in with sound effects and singing and find out why monkeys live in trees from Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water.

Notice the Nutcrackers

If you are indulging yourselves in a performance of the Nutcracker this season, make sure to stop in to the Downtown Youth Room and see the small collection of colorful Nutcrackers in the glass display case. Santa, a pirate, an artist, Robinhood and a royal nutcracker are awaiting your arrival.

Want a taste of Hungary?

Join us for songs with Laz Slomovits, check out beautiful traditional dresses and books and make felt bookmarks with flower designs. Experience the rich Hungarian culture this Sunday, October 12th at the Downtown Library at 2:00 pm.

What's Cookin' ?

Yummy stories about apple pie and carrot soup will make you hungry at the Downtown Tuesday preschool storytime this week .

What’cha Gonna Wear?

Outrageous hats and backward dressing jazz up the storytime jamboree at the downtown preschool Tuesday and Wednesday storytimes next week . Put on your silliest outfit and find out how hen hatches a plot to get scarecrow’s fabulous hat.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

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