Ages 2-5.

New Sesame Street DVD's

Do you enjoy the story of Peter and the Wolf? Sesame Street has made their own musical adventure starring Sesame Street: Elmo's musical adventure [videorecording (DVD): the story of Peter and the wolf / Sesame Workshop.| Elmo’s musical adventure :the story of Peter Wolf]. It uses the music of Sergei Perkofiev, and features the Boston Pops Orchestra! There are also several new Sesame Street DVD’s in our collection including Sesame Street : the alphabet jungle game [videorecording (DVD), and Sesame Street : Count it higher [videorecording (DVD)].

Baby Bits - grow a reader

To grow a reader, Mem Fox says, "Do it like this". In other words, let's read lots of books, and repeat the favorites as much as we like! Here's a few. Baby Cakes a board book with simple rhymes. Sock Monkeys Do The Monkey ! won't get put down until you get up to dance. Enjoy !

What do Piglet and Captain Underpants have in common?

They are sharing the March is Reading Month celebration in the glass display case at the Downtown Library's Youth Department. Take a peek at The Velveteen Rabbit, Madeline and other favorite characters.

Baby Bits - What to Do With the Baby-O?

Need Stuff to do with the Baby-O? Take it from the Pros and follow the leaders! Try Gari Stein's Sing With Me series produced by Little Folksters; Raffi's Rise and Shine and other recordings; Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant, Deux Elephants and other recordings. Also try, mood music and action songs by Hap Palmer Movin', and Jim Gill Jim Gill Sings His Do Rem Mi on His Toe Leg Knee.

Baby Bits - Kittens with Mittens

For babies with books .... mittens and hats and snow .... try Three Little Kittens; The Snowy Day; Do You Have A Hat?; Hello Snow; and All You Need For A Snowman. Happy snowflakes !

Happiness In! Demon Out!

We will be tossing beans to keep those demons away and celebrate Setsubun, at our Japanese Family Cultural Celebration this Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. We will begin the festivities with a story and a demon mask craft upstairs, then parade downstairs for music with Miyabi and pocky treats. Families with children of all ages are invited to attend and while you are here, check out Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories and other folktale collections.

Silly Stories

In the mood for a cozy, crazy family storytime this holiday season? Join us on Wednesday, December 27 at 10:00 am in the Downtown Youth Story Corner for silly stories for all ages. Sing along in an old favorite from the Appalachian Mountains and a dancing folktale from Panama that has lots of opportunities for audience participation.

Santa Claus a Techie too??

Santa Claus has moved into the twenty-first century with his communication gadgets. You can still send him a letter to the North Pole with your Christmas wishes, but it might be faster to give him a call! Santa will be taking calls live on the Community Television Network, Channel 17, on Thursday December 14th between 6 and 8 PM. The CTN Studio phone line is 734-997-1050. Get ready because “Christmas Eve is coming soon; Now, you dear old man, Whisper what you'll bring to me; Tell me if you can.”

Willkommen!

All ages are invited to make pine cone and star ornaments, dance to lively tunes played by Luther Schaible on accordion, and eat soft pretzels to celebrate traditions of German, Swiss and Austrian families. To get yourself in the mood, check out some Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and then party at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm!

Korean Fun at the Library

We are very excited about our Korean Family Celebration this Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Downtown Library. We will have music with Sinaboro, a fan dance, a paper doll craft and homemade Mandu, Kim-Bab and more! On Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm the delicious Newbery Award winning author of Bee-Bim Bop, Linda Sue Park, will chat with families of children aged 8 and up. Treat yourself to A Single Shard or Project Mulberry and meet Linda. She is great fun and brimming with talent!

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