Ages 0-2.

PreK Bits -Kangaroos

Kangaroos came to Storytime @ Malletts Creek today.
The baby kangaroos do not want to hop too far away from Mama. They know her Pouch! is a safe place to think about being brave.
Katy No Pocket is a story about Katy who was born with no pocket, and cannot carry baby Freddy with her. They have a fabulous solution by the end of the story.
What Did You Put In Your Pocket? adds surprising contents to the pocket every day of the week until Sunday when in goes the "spinky spanky hanky".
Look at Kangaroos to study photos of real kangaroos, how they look, where they live, and what they do.

Boo!

The Downtown Library will be filled with the tiniest and most colorful trick-or-treaters
you have ever seen on Friday, October 29th for the 9:30 am and 10:30 am Halloween storytimes. After stories and songs we’ll give out bags and candy to kickoff the Main Street Treat Parade which begins at 11:00 am. To get in trickster mode, check out two brand new treats, Hallowilloween and AlphaOoops! H is for Halloween.

Baby Bits - Play Ideas

Looking for more ideas to entertain yourself and your baby/toddler?
Flip through some of the following books, and find things that will work for you:
Baby Games
Start Smart
Baby’s First Skills
From Crib To Kindergarten
The Secret Of Play
Raising Your Child Well
It's surprising how many are simple "tried and true" activities for generations, and we just forgot.
Enjoy!

Baby Bits - HONK Honk BEEP Beep !

Here are Books and Songs about "Things That GO" so you can take Baby PlayGroup activities home with you.
Journey Home From Grandpa's is a "Kit" which has a book of colorful pictures, with words to the song, and a CD of Fred Penner singing the song.
Honk Honk Rattle Rattle is a CD full of "vehicle" songs sung by Richele Bartkowiak. Find more of her theme-based CDs and find your favorite songs to sing.
Clang Clang Beep Beep: Listen To The City helps you make the sounds you hear in the city.
Books by Byron Barton are classics for bright, bold pictures and beginning concepts, to include My Car, Trains, Airport, and Machines At Work.
Or ... take home a Stories To Go bag on a theme of your choice like Transportation.
Then read Good Night Engines before you go to sleep.
HONK Honk, BEEP, Beep !!

Touch-a-Truck!

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Has your child ever wanted to sit in the driver’s seat of a school bus? Explore the inside of an ambulance? Climb aboard a cement mixer? Then Touch A Truck is a perfect activity for you and your family! Get up close with these and many other vehicles at Touch-a-Truck! Held at Briarwood Mall on Saturday May 22 from 9:00 am-noon Rain or Shine with lots of community resources there to share information. Brought to you by Washtenaw Success by 6 and the Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition.

DANCING BABIES coming to Traverwood

dancing babies at Traverwooddancing babies at TraverwoodAnuja Rajendra, creator of BollyFit Ann Arbor, will lead DANCING BABIES on Saturday, April 17, 11-11:40 a.m., at the Traverwood Branch Library. This program is for families with children under 5 years old. Remember to put on your dance toes!

Kid Bits - Day-By-Day Literacy

literacy calendarliteracy calendarLibrarian Denise Lyons of the South Carolina State Library has developed a printable day-by-day literacy calendar to help families with young children be prepared for first grade. For the price of love, caring, and a few minutes of time, anybody can fall into the literacy habit and benefit the rest of your life.

Baby Bits - Monkey Business

Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed are in Baby PlayGroup this week @ Malletts Creek. You can find more "monkey business" in these titles:
Eileen Christelow's other "five little monkey ... " books.
Those monkeys are jumping in Spanish too Cinco monitos brincando en la cama.
Little Gorilla who grows up to have his first birthday and "everybody loves him!"
The timeless classic Caps For Sale about the monkeys who steal the peddler's caps.
Monkey, Monkey, Monkey wants to find some monkey-monkey- monkey nuts in the jungle.

Signing Smart--Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

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Learn how and when to sign with your baby or toddler to improve communication! Join us at the Traverwood Branch on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 11-11:45am as Kathy Brady of Signing Smart guides you and your young one through games, songs, and other activities that make learning signs fun and easy.

Quack! Quack! Quack!

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It is duck week at the Pittsfield Branch. Ducks of all sizes and colors will be around for the Babies' Playgroup at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and the preschool storytimes at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Do ducks wear socks? Can ducks ride bicycles? Ever been on a duck hunt? Come and quack with us.

Directions for making a duck out of a paper plate can be found here.

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