LEGO Connection

Sunday, September 23 | 1-2:30pm | Pittsfield | Grades K-5

Calling all young LEGO maniacs... Join us for a LEGO adventure! Here’s a chance to get connected with other LEGO-minded people and build great things at the library! During this drop-in, open-build event we’ll have a load of LEGO bricks for you to use to make something cool as you make new friends. At the end of our adventure the LEGOs will stay at the library before you head off on your next adventure.

If you’re looking for books for some LEGO inspiration, check out AADL’s collection of great LEGO books! We’ve got books including how to build stuff, the history of LEGOs, and even stories featuring minifigs!

Children's Literacy Network Bookfair

Join me at the Children's Literacy Network Bookfair this Saturday! This festive celebration was created by the awesome Family Book Club, now called Children’s Literacy Network. I’ll be representing AADL and sharing stories at 11:30 am.

Keys to the Kingdom

If you’re in a royal mood, join us this Saturday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee crafts extravaganza at 10 am at the Downtown library. We’ve got pom poms, pipe cleaners, sparkles, and other colorful decorations. You will return to your castle with a crown, keys to the kingdom and a jester stick puppet. Make the Queen proud!

The Boxcar Children Celebrate 70th Anniversary!

Young readers have been following the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden for 70 years. They are as popular now as they were in 1942
when a first grade teacher from Connecticut, Gertrude Chandler Warner, wrote the first one. She wrote 18 more until her death in 1979.
Other authors began writing mysteries with the same characters and the series continued.
The series is a staple for chapter book readers, but there are now Boxcar Children beginning readers and graphic novels as well!
In honor of this major anniversary the publisher of these books, Albert Whitman, is re-issuing the series with updated covers. The first six titles
have been re-issued so far. Only the covers are changing, the inside art will stay in original form. They are also publishing a prequel
to the children's story written by the well-known children's author Patricia MacLachlan called The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens at Fair Meadow Farm. It is on order for AADL.

The Boxcar Children have a website that includes related lists and activities.

Moose on the Loose . . . 2012 Michigan Reads Title

One state, one book . . . children's edition. The Library of Michigan and The Library of Michigan Foundation sponsor an annual program to promote early literacy. They pick a book to highlight, one that will appeal to both children and the adults who read to them. This year's pick is Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by John Bendall Brunello.
This charming picture book considers what it would be like to have a moose move in with you. What would you do? What would your mother say?
The Target Corporation has been very generous in signing up to help this program. They have sent activity kits and copies of the book to all libraries in Michigan.

The storytellers at the Ann Arbor District Library will be featuring Moose on the Loose at the pre-school storytimes the week of September 10th. Come and join us for
moose stories and songs.

"...several years ago at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family's fortune."

Fans of the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer can enjoy a special treat this week at Starbucks. For the first time, the ubiquitous coffee shop chain, in partnership with Apple’s iBookstore, is offering a children’s book as part of its Pick of the Week promotion. Customers can receive a free download of Artemis Fowl: Book One from iTunes when they use a code found on the Pick of the Week cards distributed in Starbucks stores. The giveaway arrives on the heels of the publication of the eighth and final book in Colfer’s series, Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian.

Racing Machines

Come make your own balloon-powered cars at the Racing Machines program! We’ll build the cars and see how fast they go.

Want to learn about the science behind cars and speed?

Toy and Game Science, by Peter Pentland and Pennie Stoyles
Inside and Out Guide To Speed Machines, by Steve Parker
How Does a High-Speed Train Work?, by Sarah Eason

Or learn about how to build other kinds of cars and machines!
Pinewood Derby Designs and Patterns by Troy Thorne
Pinewood Derby Speed Secrets, by David Meade
Build Your Own Car, Rocket, and Other Things That Go, by Tammy Enz

This program is for grades K-5 and will be held at the Pittsfield Branch at 2pm on Tuesday, August 28.

Books Celebrating Books!

We’ll be sharing stories about stories at the 2012 Kerrytown BookFest on Sunday, September 9 at 3:00 pm in the Children’s Storybook Corner. Bring your imaginations and we’ll make story books together with markers, stickers and more!

National Parks: a Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks

As summer draws to a close, you can relive your favorite visits or plan new ones for next year, with this perfect guide for your next family adventure. This fun-filled book explores more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments, and landmarks, from Maine's Acadia National Park to California's Sequoia National Park.

Organized alphabetically by state, National Parks: a Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks takes readers on a whirlwind trip to 75 locations, including Denali National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Everglades National Park, Fort McHenry, White Mountain National Forest, Ellis Island, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Zion National Park, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Mt. Hood National Forest, and many more.

From Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty, from Gettysburg National Battlefield to Mount Rushmore, National Parks is the only kid-friendly, family-oriented book that covers all of the U.S. national parks, plus famous monuments and landmarks. With a lively text and hundreds of color illustrations and photographs throughout, it offers fascinating, memorable information on every aspect of the parks, such as the history, geography, natural wonders, native wildlife and birds, and unique features that make each park special.

Also included are dozens of activities, such as quizzes, word and picture hunts, and car games.

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