Election Buzz!

There are two fun programs this Sunday, November 2 in honor of the exciting election time:

Calling all Kindergarten through Third Graders to our Pittsfield Branch at 1:00 pm! Watch your chains of colorful links grow and you will see which jungle animal wins the election. Make a “Freedom" hat, balloon animals and a great big mural with ink stamps!

Calling all Fourth and Fifth Graders to our Traverwood Branch at 4:00 pm! Come decorate a tote to celebrate the vote and help make apple crisp too!

Trickery Treat!

Very Vonderful halloween tales avait you at the Downtown Library on Friday October 31st! You have a choice of the 9:30 or 10:30 storytime and then you can join all the colorful costumed characters at the Main Street's Treat Parade at 11:00 AM. Vut a vild scene to vitness! Come vun come all!

A Book for Very Brave Readers

Here's a great book to summon Halloween nightmares, The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters, by Judy Sierra, with horrifying illustrations by Henrik Drescher. The monsters are drawn from folklore around the world, and each is assigned a “gruesomeness rating,” from Frightening to Fatal. 'Tweens and teens should take this book, to scare themselves and their friends, when they go to AXIS Coffeehouse: Halloween SPECIAL EDITION.

Toddlers: Tired of Your Toys?

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Parents: Could your preschooler’s playroom use peppier provisions? Come visit the Toy Library at Bryant Community Center. The toys are gently used, in good condition and there’s no time limit to borrow them. Toys are free for all Ann Arbor families. The library will be open on Thursdays from 1:00-3:30 pm. However, this Friday October 24th is the Grand Opening! Come take a look at the wide range of toys available for the borrowing!

Want a taste of Hungary?

Join us for songs with Laz Slomovits, check out beautiful traditional dresses and books and make felt bookmarks with flower designs. Experience the rich Hungarian culture this Sunday, October 12th at the Downtown Library at 2:00 pm.

What's Cookin' ?

Yummy stories about apple pie and carrot soup will make you hungry at the Downtown Tuesday preschool storytime this week .

What’cha Gonna Wear?

Outrageous hats and backward dressing jazz up the storytime jamboree at the downtown preschool Tuesday and Wednesday storytimes next week . Put on your silliest outfit and find out how hen hatches a plot to get scarecrow’s fabulous hat.

Music to Make the Heart Sing

Join us for a Community Sing Along for ages 9 and up at Malletts Creek on Sunday, September 28 at 1:00 pm. Musicians Betsy Beckerman, Sara Keller and Paul Winder will share their many talents and songs with us for a rousing sing along with rounds, sounds, laughter and tunes that Grandma used to sing!

Chess origins and happenings

Black and White King

The most widely accepted scenario is that chess derived from a game played in India around 600 AD called Chaturanga. The game made its way into Persia around 700 AD, where it was named Shatranj. The Persian word “shah”, meaning king, is thought to be the origin of the English name “Chess” and the phrase shah mat, meaning the king is ambushed, is the origin for the word "checkmate".

See if you can “shah mat” this Sunday, September 14 at Chesstastic. This open play opportunity will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

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