Shake It!

We are going to be dancing when musician and dad, Duncan Riley, taps out his tunes and keeps us shaking our own handmade instruments made out of tin cans, dvd cases and baby bottles, on Thursday, August 5th at the Downtown Library Youth Story Corner at 7 pm. Check out other ideas for instrument making and singing games.

Bizarre Bazaar Experiment

What is it about digging into an enormous box of junk that makes me so happy? I just spent a couple of hours at the fabulous Scrap Box. There, I met an old friend who is working on their new facebook page, dumpster dove and filled my trunk with junk for the Bizarre Bazaar and Swap-O-Rama experiments. Come one, come all!

You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon

What does it take to build a house? People. People who need a place to live. People who care enough to help, and people to celebrate the gift of giving. You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon celebrates hope and the work of many hands.

Take a Hike @ Dolph Nature Area

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Join Natural Area Preservation staff for a free hike through Dolph Nature Area. This is the only nature area to have naturally formed lakes, First and Second Sister Lakes. A staff naturalist will point out wildflowers, trees, and shrubs and talk about ecological restoration, as well as volunteer activities in Ann Arbor Parks, recreation opportunities, and responsible use of public lands. Plenty of time will be available for questions. Meet in the main lot off Wagner Road between Jackson Road and Liberty Street.

Dolph Nature Area Hike | Thursday, July 29 | 7:00-8:30 PM | All Ages

Robomunch!

If your kids have ever been to camp at the Ann Arbor YMCA maybe they were lucky enough to fall under the enchantment of popular teacher, musician and storyteller Chris Weiss and his Robomunch stories. Chris is back in town for the summer and I can't wait to hear an infamous Robomunch story at the Downtown Library on Thursday, July 29th at 7 pm!

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

The story of Sourjourner Truth’s courage and quest for freedom is told in this book by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Told as if it was a sermon before a congregation Pinkney splatters colorful language to emphasize the power of this amazing woman. The end of he book culminates with the famous speech given by Sojourner Truth at a women’s rights convention in Akron, Ohio “Ain’t I a Woman.”

Take a nature walk at Wurster Nature Area

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Join Natural Area Preservation staff for a free nature walk through Wurster Nature Area. A staff naturalist will point out wildflowers, trees, and shrubs and talk about ecological restoration, as well as volunteer activities in Ann Arbor Parks, recreation opportunities, and responsible use of public lands. Plenty of time will be available for questions. Meet at the Edgewood Place cul-de-sac just off of West Davis Avenue. Parking available on the outer ring of the cul-de-sac.

Wurster Nature Area Hike | Thursday, July 15 | 7:00-8:00 PM | All Ages

The Listeners: Tales of Young Americans by Gloria Whelan

A slave child did not finish working when the sun set. There was another special job to do. Listen. They listened at the door or window of the slave owner’s home for information about what was happening in the world and to find out who will be sold. Award winning author, Gloria Whelan tells the story from the point of view of young slave girl Ella May. The book tends to treat the topic of slavery a little too lightly and leaves the reader wondering if the book is finished at the end.

Calling all Little Pooch Lovers!

Meet Colby the service dog and hear fun doggie tales and songs, at the Downtown Library for Catchy Canine Tales on Thursday, July 8 at 10 am. Colby and her wonderful partner Mary Roderique have served this community for almost six years and Colby is even the mascot at 826michigan!

Free Bowling for Kids & Families

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How often do you get to go bowling when the Kids Bowl Free? You and your kids can take advantage of this offer throughout the summer! Lots of bowling lanes across the state are participating, including Ypsi-Arbor Bowling, Bel Mark Lanes and Colonial Lanes. Need more info? This link will explain it all. Before you go, brush up on your skills by watching this DVD! Personally, I like to use bumpers when I bowl...

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