Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Rubina is excited about going to a birthday party. Her little sister Sana insists on going and ruins everything. When the tables are turned, Rubina has a choice to let her sister suffer the same consequence or to help out. Rukhsana Khan’s The Big Red Lollipop is a well paced entertaining tale that will appeal to any child who has a little sister, or who wonders what it would be like if they did.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

In February 1960 four young men stood up for justice by sitting at a segregated lunch counter. This simple act of defiance helped moved America toward integration. Andrea Davis Pinkney powerful prose illuminate the courage and fortitude of the Greensboro Four.

5th Annual LEGO® Contest Results!

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Yesterday was our 5th annual LEGO® Contest and once again it was one of the highlights of the year! We had 173 entries from preschool age through Adults (this was just the first year they were invited so adults plan your projects for next summer!). This year we also debuted custom-made AADL LEGO® Trophies - complete with an AADL mini-fig! The trophies were made for us by The Original Brick Engraver, Tommy Armstrong. The lucky 1st place winners in each of the six age categories each received a trophy. The top three finishers in each category received gift cards to Target in the amounts of $35, $25 and $15 respectively. Ribbons were also given out in the special categories. The judges reserved the right to "switch-up" some of the categories where appropriate so you may notice a few different categories listed below. A special thanks to the judges, Eli Neiburger, AADL Associate Director of IT and Production & Amanda Sari Perez and Josh Valdes, both of All Hands Active an Ann Arbor Maker's community. Our "little" contest including a list of the winners' made the Ann Arbor Journal paper and online versions and was also picked up by the American Library Association's weekly news too. Congrats to all of the participants and without further ado please congratulate the winners (with photos of winning entries to follow soon):

Cirque Amongus

Have you ever wanted to know what goes into a circus act? What if you became part of the act? Here is your chance to discover the Big Top with Cirque Amongus at the Downtown Library on August 13th at 10 am for juggling, wild moves, balancing and more!

Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery & the Civil War through Reconstruction by Linda Barett Osborne

African American history from Slavery to Reconstruction are examined in this book by Linda Barrett through diaries, interviews with former slaves, narratives and schoolwork, to piece together the experiences of children and teenagers who lived through each era. Photographs and copies of documents highlight each page and allow the reader to see the faces and writings of some of the children who struggled to survive during this dark period of American history.

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


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!

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