Brainfuse Writing Lab

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Perhaps you've tried Brainfuse for Homework Help, but did you know they offer a Writing lab? Yep, you can upload a paper or writing assignment you are working on to send to a live, on-line tutor. Tutors are available from 2:00 pm-11:00 pm every day (minus holidays). Papers can be uploaded & within 24 hours a tutor will provide you with constructive feedback about your writing. You can even include your resumé! If you just need to brush up on Language Arts you can still use the skill building portal of Brainfuse. It's fast, fun and free to work with a Brainfuse tutor !

Dig It!

There will be hands-on digging, dating, displaying and more when the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History joins us on Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Traverwood Branch. Children aged 5 and up can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of work at a successful museum. We are delighted that one of our favorite partners is returning to educate and play!

Merry Making with Mother Goose!

My friend Mother Goose and her very fine Gander will be entertaining us with her merry and magical tales and rhymes on Tuesday, March 2 at 10:00 am at the Downtown Library. If you have encountered Mother Goose at the Kerrytown Market, where she has delighted hundreds of families over the years, you know you are in for a treat!
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January's Sparrow by Michigan author Patricia Polacco

Join us for a Black History Month program at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, February 24 from 2 - 3 p.m. We will feature Patricia Polacco's new book, January's Sparrow, which tells the story of a slave family's journey through the Underground Railroad from Kentucky to Michigan. Then weave a paper kente cloth using the bright colors of the historical fabrics. This is for children grades K - 5.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Poor Conejito! How will he ever get home safely? Little rabbits searching for home, will keep the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library hopping next week!

Wild Adventure!

Calling all Kindergarteners through fifth graders to meet an Australian kangaroo named Tulip, and a Burmese python called Princess Snuggle Bug, among others, at the Downtown Library on Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00 pm. We have asked Steve Marsh, from Copper Leaf Crossing, to return because we can tell he loves and respects his animals and he shares that enthusiasm with families.MacawMacaw

Take a Winter Hike this Saturday

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Grab your boots along with warm clothing and join Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff outside the entrance of the Traverwood Branch for a winter walk through Stapp Nature Area. A staff naturalist will discuss native plants and trees, ecological restoration, and responsible use of public lands. After the hike, we'll warm up with hot drinks inside Traverwood's program room.

Take a Hike @ Stapp Nature Area | Saturday, February 20 | 2-3:30 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

Fifth Avenue Fun!

The cool cats, and those who love them, will be gathering at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week. These fun-loving kitties just have to experience life at it’s fullest!

Celebrate the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Movie Party!

Hopefully you have read the books by Rick Riordan and are ready to see the movie based on the first book in the series, The lightning thief, that hits theaters on Friday, February 12. Come dressed as your favorite Olympian, and be ready to play some games, test your knowledge of Greek Mythology and the books. We'll have prizes and CUPCAKES from the Cupcake Station for snacks! If you haven't already be sure to read the rest of the books in the series The sea of monsters, The titan's curse, The battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian.

Kids and Teens in GRADES 4-8 are invited on Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Traverwood Branch. This event is FREE, and does not require registration.

Oscar-worthy Movies for Kids (or Kids at Heart)

The Animated Film category is always filled with children's movie nominations, but the really special kids' movies can hold their own against adult movies in the other categories. This year Up has been nominated for five Oscars, including best picture. It's a computer animation about an old man who rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats away on an adventure.

If you like clay-mation you might be interested to know that the newest Wallace & Gromit film, the mysterious A Matter of Loaf and Death is nominated for best Animated Short Film. The Wallace and Gromit films are always big hits at the Academy Awards. The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, and the feature-length Curse of the Were-Rabbit (featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter) all received Academy Awards in previous years, and A Grand Day Out was nominated in 1990, but it lost to Creature Comforts, which is another clay-mation movie by the same filmmaker, Nick Park.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is nominated for best cinematography. The Harry Potter films have not yet won any Oscars despite their wild popularity and six past nominations. Neil Gaiman's Coraline, featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher is nominated for best animated feature film. Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog both earned Oscar nominations too, but they won't hit library shelves until March, so don't forget to place your holds on them after they're ordered because they are sure to be popular.

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