Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech in Translation: What It Really Means by Leslie J. Holland

One of the most famous speeches in American history is explained to children in this fun and informational book. Complete with a glossary, historical facts and photos, this book is an excellent resource for children and adults who want to know more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Joe Reilly, Environmental Songs for Kids of All Ages

Join Joe on February 19 at 10 am at Pittsfield for a musical program that invites people of all ages to deepen their relationship with their natural environment. Joe has an important message to share but his rhythmic melodies and creative lyrics about ecology are pure entertainment for the Kindergarten and up crowd and they will get the whole family moving!Joe Reilly, Environmental Songs for Kids of All AgesJoe Reilly, Environmental Songs for Kids of All Ages

Let's Make Some Valentines!

Let's Make Some Valentines!Let's Make Some Valentines!

Valentines that are made with love and sticky little hands are always nicer than the store-bought kind. Bring your kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. We'll be making Valentines of all kinds. Think of all those grandparents, aunts, uncles and special neighbors who would like Valentines. Bring your imaginations, we'll provide all the supplies. For kids preschool - Grade 5.

For some Valentine craft ideas, click here. Check out this website for some good ideas for family Valentine activities.

Make a Valentine! | Saturday, February 12 | 1-2pm | PIttsfield Branch

Fun With Bugs!

During these cold winter months, that young insect enthusiast in your family may be craving the sight of those creepy, crawly bugs. Never fear! The library has many great ideas to keep that curiosity alive and, well, buzzing!

Lakeshore Learning Material's Giant Bug Collection is a new addition to our line-up of fun and educational toys for children's use during their visit to the Ann Arbor District Library. Enjoy some hands-on fun with these over-sized beetles, grasshoppers, ants, scorpion, and tarantula!

There are many ways to explore the insect world at home with books, movies, music, and websites:

Time to Pray by Maha Addasi

Maha Addasi elegantly weaves the story of a little girl visiting her grandmother in a country where the Adhan is heard in the streets. The grandmother takes Yasmin shopping for fabric to make a set of prayer clothes and buys her a prayer rug. She watches her Grandmother pray and wants to pray like her. When Yasmin has to go home, she does not want to leave her grandmother and hearing the call to prayer. A surprise gift left in her suitcase by her grandmother brings both her grandmother and prayer near to her. This is an endearing and well written story with both Arabic and English text. Geometric patterns are woven throughout the book giving it a feel of the Middle Eastern culture.

Pete the Cat

Meet Pete, a lovable, lanky, blue cat with a brand new pair of sneakers in Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Pete loves his new shoes and sings a song proclaiming this love. As Pete walks, he steps in a variety of colorful obstacles that change the color of his footwear. Pete is a mellow cat, unperturbed by his beloved sneakers changing colors. His song of love is repeated throughout the course of the book reflecting the current color of his shoes. The moral of Pete's story is to keep going no matter what the obstacle because as the cat says "it is all good."

"Pete the Cate" is a simple but fun color identification story. Toddlers will enjoy the recurring song and bright pictures while the pattern of the book allows older children to actively predict the future color of Pete's shoes. The book's colorful illustrations are humorous and lend to the mellow, hippie ideology of the story. If you enjoy the book and would like to see more of this mellow feline, Pete the Cat has been known to make appearances during Preschool Storytime at the Ann Arbor District Library.

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton

Daughter of Andrew Young., Paula Young Shelton captures moments in her life as a child who grew up in a family who played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. She listened under the kitchen table as plans were made for the march from Selma to Montgomery while Uncle Martin (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) let everyone have their say. She thought “Jim Crow was a big black crow that squawked whenever a black person tried to get a good seat. Cawww, Caww, you can’t sit here.”

Paula Young Shelton captures readers with smooth prose that flow like a rhythmic wave over the heart and swirls with the pride that only a child of the Civil Rights Movement could portray. Water colored illustrations in golden hues capture the message of hope and triumph.

Meet author Paula Young Shelton on Monday, January 17th at 2:00 at the Downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday.

An Epic Magazine Update -- Tigers, Fashion, and Valentine's Crafts

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This magazine update is truly epic, folks. Our magazine "in" box is swamped -- and I mean completely flooded -- with new magazines for all.

For the kiddos:
Zoobies -- This one's all about tigers. Adorable and fierce!
Iguana -- Cuentos, poemas, leyendas, y articulos. En Espanol, claro.
Scholastic Math -- The boys of Big Time Rush lead you through some painless problems.

For the teens:
Cicada -- Creative writing for teens, by teens.
WWE Magazine -- Wrestler Kaval tells all. Or at least some.
Lucky -- Going shopping? Find out what's in now! Before you perpetrate some serious fashion crimes on your friends.

And for the parental units:
Family Fun -- Valentine's Day crafts!
Book Links -- Multicultural literature. Hey, that sounds familiar.

With so many new magazines it's almost hard to know where to start. Dive in!

Exercise Your Creativity at the AADL Kid-i-Cotts!

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The Caldecott Winners and Honor Books have been proclaimed, including A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Ann Arbor's own Erin Stead! Now it's time for you to get in on the action. Stop by the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room this Saturday from 1 to 2:30 to hear a storytime presentation of one of these fine books, followed by a creative craft. Let your imagination take flight!

Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill

Ella Fitzgerald was a “Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat” in other words poor, unkempt and wore raggedy clothes. This is the story of how she persevered amidst hardship and found her beautiful swinging, melodic voice and went from a “Raggedy Cat” to “High Hat Baby.” Rich red and blue illustrations add rhythm and beat to the prose.

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