Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulonge, Chevalier de Saint-George by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Joseph Boulonge the child of a slave and master, is told in movements like a classical piece of music in Before There Was Mozart. He inspired none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who attended one of his violin concerts. He also met the King and Queen of France. James Ransome brings the story to life with water colored illustrations. The final illustration is of a brightly lit Joseph Boulonge, Chevalier de Saint-George standing with his violin under his arm as he takes a bow.

For Beginning Readers One and All!

Do you remember how it felt to learn to read? I can still remember that struggle and then the magic that ensued. I loved to read to my dog. He was such a patient and understanding listener! Now every child has that opportunity. Beginning Saturday, April 2 at 10 am at the Traverwood Branch, any child can drop in to read to a pooch! And these R.E.A.D canines really know how to listen!

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick

Effa Manley is an unsung hero of baseball. From the first time she saw Babe Ruth swing she fell in love with the game. She later went on to own a team in the Negro Leagues, and fought to have Negro League players inducted into the hall of fame. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick is an uplifting book about a woman who dedicated her life to baseball.

La'Ron Williams This Saturday!

You know you are going to laugh, sing and learn something new when our old friend La'Ron returns for more stories, beats and fun on |Saturday, March 19th at the Downtown Library at 2:00 pm. La'Ron is one of Ann Arbor's treasures even as he travels the country sharing his unique tales. Children grades K and up are invited to this classy, cozy event!


Family Time at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

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Looking for some family fun at the Ann Arbor Film Festival? We have a discount code set up for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the Safe As Milk (Ages 6+) program for Saturday, March 26 at 11:15am at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets and use the discount code AAFF49AADL.

This program features short films exploring the sensory side of cinema and engaging audience-goers of all generations.

Families will also get a sneak preview of a handful of FestiFools puppets before the show.

The Sound That Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford’s The Sound That Jazz Makes takes readers from African drums to Ragtime and Rap in this tribute to the history of African-American music. The poetic verse tugs at the heart as the pain and joy of a people are rhythmically woven together. Eric Velasquez’s illustrations highlight the delicate nuances of facial expressions.

Recipe for Fun!

Combine a dash of Winnie the Pooh with a sprinkle of graceful young dancers from the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet and you have a delicious treat for your little ones on Sunday, March 13th at 2 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. Wear your tutus and join in for the finale!

Hands-On Manga Workshop With Visiting Manga Artists Konohana Sakuya!

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Thursday March 10, 2011: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Join us for an amazing hands-on evening with two visiting Japanese Manga artists! Konohana Sakuya is the alias of the working partnership between two comic artists, Kohei Nishino and Tsugumi Nishino. Since August 2004, the duo has had its latest work, "The Lights," serialized in the monthly version of the Shonen Jump magazine.

Learn how to make your own manga comic and ask questions about the real world of manga in Japan!

My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD

Angela Farris Watkins shares her loving memories of her famous uncle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in, My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart. Through his laughter and hugs readers will see how big the heart of the famous civil rights leader really was. Eric’s Velasquez’s illustrations highlight the warm relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family.

Downtown Homework Help & Tutoring on a Break this week!

Due to the fact that the University of Michigan is on a break this week there will be no Circle K Drop-In tutoring tonight from 4-8 PM and no Alpha Epsilon Delta Tutoring this Sunday March 6 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Tutoring will resume on Monday March 7 at 4:00 PM at the Downtown Library Youth Corner. For more information about this FREE service and to access and use our online Homework product Brainfuse click here. girlreadinggirlreading

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