Celebrate!

Laith Alattar kicks off a delightful afternoon on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library with his fabulous instrument, the Oud, for our Arab Family Cultural Celebration. Music, treats donated from Masri Sweets, and a geometric paper rug craft will entertain the whole family.

Outrageous Adventures on Ocracoke Island

If you are intrigued by the history of the magnificent Ocracoke Island or just a fan of fast-paced pirate adventures, curl up with Mystery at Blackbeard’s Cove by Audrey Penn and meet four feisty kids who face dark hidden tunnels, rattling skeletons and Blackbeard’s ghost head-on!

Tellebration!

When was the last time you treated yourself to an hour of story listening? A balm to the soul. This is the weekend, with tellebrations happening all over the country and in your own Ann Arbor. The family story fun for ages 5 and up will be this Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch with the Ann Arbor Storyteller's Guild. As an extra added bonus, a magnificent gift is raffled off each year made by talented artist and teller Judy Schmidt!

French Family Cultural Celebration

Join us for the French Family Cultural Celebration on November 4 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library for a French sing-along with Isabelle Ryan, a snack of biscuits, a display of French materials and a stained glass window craft!

Family Dancing at the Firefly Club!

One of the best kept secrets for family fun in Ann Arbor is at the Firefly Club, 637 S. Main, starting around 5:30, running until 8:00 every Friday and Sunday evening. Susan Chastain, owner, singer and organizer of great jazz music 7 nights a week, doesn't advertise Easy Street Dixieland Jazz on Fridays, or Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings on Sundays as being great fare for kids. But, this kind of brassy jazz from the 20s & 30s appeals to all ages and is a lot of fun to dance to. Children can see a variety of instruments played by some of the best jazz musicians in town. It's a great way to introduce kids to one of America's unique musical forms. AADL has a fine collection of jazz cds, dvds and books for readers and listeners of all ages.

It's all Happenin' on Halloween

Find T Rex and other outrageous costumed creatures when the AADL and the Main Street Area Association partner with a silly storytime and parade on Wednesday, October 31. Come to the Downtown Library at 10:00 am for tales and a costume march around the library. Then head to Main Street at 11:00 a.m. for trick-or-treating. This is a perfect way for the stroller crowd to celebrate.

Amazon's Bestselling DVDs

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Amazon.com’s most recent bestselling DVD list includes many movie titles available at the AADL. Fun youth flicks include The Jungle Book, Ratatouille, and Transformers. Adults might want to check out Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ken Burns’ The War, or Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror. It's nice to see movies, rather than just boxed sets from Television shows, selling at Amazon for a change.

Smiles and Other Big Mouth Storytime Fun

The Thursday evening Pittsfield storytime will feature How Do You Make a Baby Smile? by Philemon Sturges as well as the old favorite, Monkey Face, and the very silly, noisy Mortimer. Get ready for a roudy last storytime of the session!

The Wall:Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

You’d need a long nap afterwards, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend an hour inside Peter Sis’s imagination? He has given us magical stories and biographies but this newest is his autobiography of growing up under communism in Prague. Secret police, red flags and parades are depicted in typically amazing Sis style and the happy ending is the Wall crumbling down as he flies towards freedom.

New Arabic books for children!

Soon to be arriving at the branches, there will be many new Arabic books for children. Many of these books are especially good for children (or anyone) learning Arabic as they have the vowel marks (tashkeel) on every word to aid in recognition and understanding. There will be board books, dictionaries, picture books and kits which will contain a book and a CD or cassette. The selection varies from branch to branch so check out the youth foreign language collection in the youth department on the first floor of the downtown library or in the foreign language collection at any of the branches. Any questions, comments or suggestions about Arabic books or any other foreign languages, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

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