Italian Festival!

This Sunday, March 29th, we will have a true celebration of Italian culture at the Downtown Library from 2-3:30 pm. All ages are invited to join Francesco Cavallini for lovely mandolin and accordion music. Francesco’s student, the renowned Julian Pavone, or The World’s Youngest Drummer, as he is known throughout the nation, will also be joining us. Silvio’s Organic Pizza will provide a delicious taste and we will get all sticky making venetian carnival masks with feathers, sparkles and glue.

Enchanted Spring, Fairies, Cicely Mary Barker & The Matthei Conservatory!

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We're all ready to get outside, but it's still a little too cold - so take your coat off and visit the Matthei Conservatory for the lovely, fun and springy Enchanted Spring Display celebrating Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies. Find fairies hidden in the conservatory, smell the hyacinth, dapple amongst the daffodils and other gorgeous spring bulbs all over the conservatory, and make a fairy sachet! Or make your own fairy container garden, and start some seeds for your own garden. This special display runs through March 31, for complete information on the display click here. And for complete details about the Matthei Conservatory including hours/location click here. On Wednesdays the Conservatory is open until 8:00 PM and admission is FREE! And don't forget that AADL has many of Cicely Mary Barker's Books Finally, make sure you visit the downtown library fairy door too!

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Discover a Universe of Robots!

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Have you ever seen a robot, made a robot, been a robot? If so, you might want to come see the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor Area Robotics Club demonstrate the wonder of robots this Sunday, March 8th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the Downtown Multi-Purpose room! Discover the Universe. Discover robots!

(And remember daylight savings time! Spring forward and see robots!)

Eat Your Books and Read Your Vegetables!

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Join us at the Downtown Library on Friday, February 27th at 7:00 pm to sing along with Mr. Seley's popular songs for five year olds and up, such as “You’re So Wonderful (You Should Live In A Castle)”, “Best Friend (The Dog Song)”, and “Eat Your Books (And Read Your Vegetables)”.

Creature Teachers

Meet the creature teachers from Copper Leaf Crossing and a live alligator as well! On Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 pm five year olds and up should come early to the Downtown Library, since wildlife programs at the library attract kids like bees to honey!

Moving Stories

There will be no sitting and listening in this storytime! We will move through the silly actions of the boy in The Squeaky Door and that trickster coyote using yoga poses. We might throw in a little laughter yoga too! If you are in Kindergarten or older join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday February 25, at 2:00 pm.

Tiana Marquez and the Story of the Children's Crusade

The Children's Crusade was the name bestowed upon a march by hundreds of school students in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 2 and May 3, 1963, during the American Civil Rights movement. Organized by Rev. James Bevel, the purpose of the march was to protest the arrest and jailing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the celebration of Black History Month when singer/storyteller Tiana Marquez performs the dramatic story of the Children’s Crusade on Sat., Feb. 21 at 2 pm at the Downtown Library.

Underground Railroad Display

Enjoy colorful creations by Judy Schmidt of Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild fame who incorporated the Monkey Wrench, Flying Geese, Bear Paw and other designs into her beautiful quilts. Stop by the glass case in the Downtown Youth Department to see books about the Underground Railroad and the much discussed Quilt Code and then check out Karen Simpson's lovely quilts on the far wall of the Youth Department. Maybe they will inspire you to color a quilt design of your own and hang it beside hers!

Music and Motion Fans!

Remember that Friday, February 6th is the next opportunity to see the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Gari Stein join up with tuba player Fritz Kaenzig for dancing and enjoying classical music with your young child at the Downtown Library at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

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