Storyteller Adam Mellema

Adam MellemaAdam MellemaLucky for us, Adam Mellema, has favorite family members in Michigan and leaves sunny CA for the holidays! Families are in for a total treat when this dynamic children's television producer and outrageous storytelling performer will join us on Wednesday, January 2 at 2 pm Downtown for grades Kindergarten and up!

Stories, Songs and New Year Nonsense

My friend Rosalie Koenig is joining me for a cozy, silly storytime with music and riddles and family fun on Thursday, December 27 at 2 pm at the Downtown Library. Rosalie was the elementary vocal music teacher at Mitchell School for years and she'll join us with bells on her toes and guitar in hand! Bring your out of town guests and settle in for some good old fashioned singing and storytelling!

200th Anniversary of Grimm's Fairy Tales

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm spent their entire careers collecting folk tales from all over Europe. They published the first volume of the now classic Grimm's Fairy Tales in
1812. The second one followed in 1814. The name Grimm and the phrase "fairy tales" have become synonymous in our culture. It's important to remember that the Grimms
compiled these stories, they did not originate them. Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, The Bremen Town Musicians and many others in the Grimm collections
are stories that have been around much longer than 200 years. They've been passed down from generation to generation.
The stories collected by the Grimms are still popular today. A recent example is Disney's movie Tangled, a retelling of Rapunzel.
To read about the lives of the two brothers, try a biography from our 921 section.

Joe Returns!!

It’s always a party when Joe Reilly hits the stage at the AADL! Bring the little ones for dancing, singing and learning about this beautiful, mysterious and spinning planet of ours! Wiggle out the winter lazies on Sunday, December 30th at 2:00 pm Downtown and check out Joe's newest CD.

Wonderful New Picture Book: 'Waking Dragons'

When illustrator-author Derek Anderson visited the Malletts Creek Branch of the AADL in October, I watched as Ann Arbor children and adults fell under his spell. Sketching shapes looked like such fun! Anderson even talked a bit about his life and career. Afterwards I was drawn to buy his book, Waking Dragons and to have it signed for my son. I took the book home, read it, and stole it back for myself.

This picture book, written by master storyteller Jane Yolen, is beautiful and magical, and brought to life by Anderson's gold-washed paintings. After the dragons "bumble" and "tumble" out of bed, the determined boy-knight who is in charge of them prepares a delicious breakfast of waffles -- served from a catapult -- in time for the dragons to fly the boy off to Knight School. As you read the rhymes, don't miss the humor, such as the sign on the fire extinguisher, "In Case of Dragon Breath."

Anderson probably is best known for his Little Quack books, but I'm also a fan of Gladys Goes Out to Lunch. For more good reading for adults, go to Derek's web page, and read "In the Studio: A Creative Journal." Fascinating.

Holiday Films For The Little Ones

This time of year the hold lists grow for certain movies and TV show episodes that many wish to view. The good news is that there are plenty of cheery holiday DVDs on the shelves sure to please the kiddies. Here’s a list of some currently available DVDs, including A Flintstones' Christmas carol, Madeline's Christmas & other wintery tales, Frosty's winter wonderland, Curious George: A very monkey Christmas, Thomas & friends. Merry Christmas Thomas, and Strawberry Shortcake: Berry, merry Christmas. For more titles, here's a larger list of youth and adult holiday DVDs that AADL owns.

Things to do with Children Over the Holidays

If you're looking for things to do with your children over the holidays, here are some ideas. The first stems from a grandmother at a library baby play group who asked about activities in Ann Arbor for her grandson. Already she knew about the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum and library events, so with help from a co-worker, I made her the list below:
* Visit the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum.
* Ice skate at Buhr Park or Vets Park:
* Go to one of the fabulous outdoor play structures at Eberwhite school or Fuller Park.
For more ideas, check out ArborWiki.

Drop-In Homework Help will resume on January 13th

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Tutoring sessions will resume on Sunday afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evenings on January 13. Homework Help will continue throughout the spring. Please read on for more details about homework help at AADL.

Looking for help with your homework? Look no further than AADL’s Downtown Library. The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K is once again providing tutoring for students in grades K-12. Stop by the Youth Department Story Corner Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and Sundays between 3:00 and 5:00 pm to take advantage of this great service!

AADL also provides access to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2:00 -11:00 pm every day!

On Demand Tutoring with Brainfuse & MORE!

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The scope of Brainfuse Tutoring available to AADL users has grown since we began subscribing to this service. Brainfuse has on-line learning options that are sure to enhance your study experience. The HelpNow 3.0 upgrade Study Suite offers study tools for an array of Standardized Tests. The interactive Flashbulb will give students access to an extensive library of online flashcard sets in hundreds of subjects. Check out the Test Center for students to practice test themselves in core subjects. Plus there's still the Expert Help you can get from a live tutor from 2:00-11:00 EVERY day except posted holidays. Tutors are available for students from grade school to college. Please take a look at Brainfuse on our website, scroll down & get acquainted with these awesome features!

Rangoli Fun!

Sunday, December 2 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Pittsfield Branch Library

Join us for cozy craft time on Sunday, December 2nd at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 pm, when we will make rangoli. During the month of Maarkazhi ( December 15 through January 15) in India, rangoli are painted on the ground in front of houses with colored rice powder, flower petals and other interesting materials. Our rangoli will involve lots of sticky glue and rice that we have dyed into a beautiful rainbow of colors.

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