Soaring Stories

If you like to listen to stories and watch graceful young dancers, then this program is for you! We are sure there might be a few audience members who feel like soaring along with the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet at the Downtown Library on Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 pm.

Instrument Petting Zoo

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It's never too early to start playing an instrument!

String players from Shar Music will demonstrate each instrument in the string family, including violin, viola, cello and bass. Young players (ages 2-5) will have the opportunity to try out the instruments and join in an instrument-making craft project.

Please join us for Instrument Petting Zoo fun on Monday, January 26th, from 10:30-11:30am, at the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room.

New eLibrary Elementary Goodies

Does your child only want to play or learn on the computer? Check out the new Weekly Reader series at elibrary Elementary on our website. There are biographies and histories in graphic novel format. The illustrations will captivate and the stories will spark interest in subjects that are sometimes just beyond a child’s reach. While you are at the research page on our website, click on AADL Select Sites for Kids and see what the library has to offer. Then lure them away with hands-on science activities.

Foundation: Book One of the Collegium Chronicles

This is the story of Mags, an orphaned gem miner who lives in a land called Valdemar. Abused and dowtrodden, Mags rarely hopes for more than an extra slice of bread until one day a man called a Herald and a strange white horse come to save him from the mine. But despite being free of his horrible master, Mags finds many dangers in his new life as well as many secrets.

If you like Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, then you know it's been a while since she's written a book. It's been five years to be exact (though it seems like longer), so I was excited to see Foundation. This book takes place before the bulk of her series (after the Last Herald Mage trilogy but before The Story of Lavan Firestorm) and explores the very beginning of the Herald's Collegium.

Celebrate Ghana!

The amazing Kofi Ameyaw will be kicking off our Ghana Family Cultural Celebration on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Kofi will perform on the Gyil and then teach older children and adults how to play the “CasCas”. We are making African masks and collages with Adinkra symbols and wild jungle paper! Kofi’s family is in on the act with a little snack for all!

Special Events at 826michigan!

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Nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center 826michigan is hosting two special events in January in partnership with Rocks and Robots, an Ann Arbor based company that offers technology and adventure challenge programs. On Friday, January 9 from 5 to 7pm Sumo Battle Bots will introduce students to the basics of robot programming and will end with an ultimate Sumo Championship where everyone gets several chances to test and improve their robots. On Saturday, January 10 from 1 to 3pm at the Robot Builder’s Extravaganza participants will choose from dozens of “smart” LEGO robotic contraptions to create a special robot- the possibilities are endless! These events are appropriate for families with kids ages 7 and older. Both events are free and open to the public.

Musical CGI-animated DVDs for kids: The Backyardigans, and Veggie Tales

Perhaps you are wondering what these DVDs might possibly have in common, and the answer is three-fold:
a) They are all CGI-animated;
b) They are full of music; and,
c) AADL has brand new copies of them for you to come check out!

If you have children between the ages of 2 and 5, you might be familiar with the CGI-animated television series The Backyardigans, which airs on Nick Jr. Each episode features a different musical genre, from polka to Motown. New titles we have available include Escape from fairytale village, Tale of the mighty knights, and High flying adventures!.

For young fans of the VeggieTales series, which focuses on teaching Biblical morals through CGI-animated fruit and vegetable characters, we have some karaoke style sing-alongs in for them--check out Dance of the cucumber or even Do the moo shoo.

Too Much Noise at Silly Storytime!

I am thrilled and honored that composer and percussionist Curtis Glatter will be joining me for the fun folktale Too Much Noise at this silly storytime for all ages on Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00 am Downtown. You can join in with sound effects and singing and find out why monkeys live in trees from Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water.

There's No People Like Snow People!

Come and get in out of the cold! Come to the Traverwood Branch on Friday, January 2, 2009 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. to make some charming snow people out of socks.
This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders. The preschoolers and very young children will need to have an adult stay with them. All supplies will be provided.

For stories about snow people, click here.

The Graveyard Book: Audiobook

When a family is murdered only their baby son escapes, crawling away from his house and into the local graveyard. The boy is taken in by the ghosts and named Nobody Owens, otherwise known as Bod.

Even though he is alive, the ghosts and Bod's mysterious guardian Silas, teach him all the ways of the dead and make sure the graveyard is the safest place for him. But one day the man who killed Bod's family comes back to find him...

Neil Gaiman is both the author and audio performer of The Graveyard Book, a beautiful and gripping tale inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Gaiman's voices for his characters are spot on. You haven't lived (or perhaps had a fulfilling afterlife), until you've heard his rendention of Nehemiah Trot, the graveyard's very own poet. Each CD also begins with a superb musical rendition of the Danse Macabre. If you like this audiobook, you might also enjoy Coraline, another scary book for children read and written by Gaiman and soon to be a major motion picture.

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