Jumping Beans Wanted!

My friend Kris Groh, who has inspired little ones with her interactive movement classes at the Y, says that the Jumping Beans program Downtown on June 25 at 10:00 am will be a chance for parents to have fun moving with their kids. She will be joined by Noah Haiduc-Dale, who plays the banjo and says that his three kids have become discerning music critics. Their latest favorites? Jim Gill, Elizabeth Mitchell, Phil Rosenthal and, of course, their Dad, who leads a casual weekly music time at a neighborhood park. This program, for ages two through five, should be a boppin' blast!

Move Your Body Because.....

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Move along with Wasentha Young, Health Educator for UMHS Multicultural Health Program, as she reads from the colorfully illustrated Move Your Body at the Pittsfield Branch on June 23 at 1:00 pm. Children will have a blast learning about their muscles and exercise while teachers and parents can scope how these books can be used.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Audiobook

Want to brush up on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince before the long awaited movie comes out in July? Why not try the audiobook? Jim Dale gives his usual stellar performance of the Harry Potter cast. I will admit I feel the music at the beginning did not feel dark enough for the story. They used the same music up to the Deathly Hallows audiobook where they finally changed it to something darker. And I've never liked Dale's voices for Narcissa and Bellatrix. He makes them both sound vaguely French, and both of them are just supposed to be British. Otherwise, though, this audiobook is just as excellent as the rest of the series.

"Wimpy Kid" - the books, the BOCDs, the movie

Recently a teacher asked about Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Well, these books are hugely popular, and clever, and seem to appeal to "reluctant readers." Millions have been sold, and for particularly reluctant readers, they're on BOCD. If you know someone who's into this series, maybe someone slight but brave on stage, The Washington Post reports there's an audtion for kids age 10-13 to play main character Greg Heffley. Learn more here.

Ballet Shoes: Audiobook

Adopted from birth, the Fossil sisters are determined to put their own name in the history books. Join Pauline as she strives to be an actress, Petrova as she learns her love of engines, and Polly as she discovers her potential to be a dazzling ballet dancer.

Listening to this story is a pleasure with the soothing but engaging voice of Elizabeth Sastre, who also reads the other books in this famous series: Dancing Shoes and Theater Shoes. Or you could watch this story in the latest BBC adaption starring Harry Potter star, Emma Watson, as Pauline Fossil.

Kids in Motion with Classical Music

Once again, you and some very lucky young children have two chances this Friday morning, April 24, (9:30 & 10:30) to listen and step to wonderful classical music. Kathryn Goodson and Eric Amidon will play piano and cello as Gari Stein leads you in listening, dancing and swaying to the beautiful music and a story. The program is a partnership with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and is always a great way to have fun learning at the Library!

Baby Barn Dance @ Pittsfield

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John Freeman will lead country dance calls and folk rhythms for families with young children at a Baby Barn Dance at the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, April 18, 11 to 11:45am. Push back the coffee table, roll up the rugs, and Practice your do-si-do with the CDs Celebration of Country by Music For Little People, Old Texas Fiddle Tunes Played The Old Way, and Country Songs For Children.

National Library Week Event: Bats of the World

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Step into the world of bats on Thursday April 16, 2 to 3pm at the Downtown Library. We'll learn about sound waves, ecosystems, food webs, and conservation and see a variety of live bats!

National Library Week Concert: Candy Band

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They're back! Candy Band - the famous Detroit rock group comprised of four stay-at-home moms who were sick to death of “whiny music” for kids - will return to the Downtown Library on Tuesday April 14, 1 to 2pm to perform a live concert. You have never heard ‘The Alphabet Song’ or ‘It’s Your Birthday’ played like this! They were a smash when they appeared at AADL in September – do not miss them this time around!

Have Kids With Dental Needs?

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Washtenaw Children's Dental Clinic is sponsoring a Walk-In Clinic this Saturday March 28 from 8:00 a.m.- noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00. Each child will have their most pressing dental needs assessed. To Be eligible: Ages preschool-18 years and eligible for the Federal Hot Lunch Program. Only $5.00 per child. Located at Ann Arbor Open School.

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