Hats and Noisemakers for New Year's Eve

Here's to a loud and festive New Year's Eve! We're having a craft program at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, December 29 from 2 - 3 p.m. We will make crazy hats: cone hats, newspaper hats, and crowns. Choose the hat you want to make and then decorate it. We'll also be making noisemakers from plastic cups and beads. All supplies will be provided. This is for children preschool through 5th grade.

Pittsfield Branch | Tuesday, December 29 | 2 - 3 p.m

Winter Solstice Craft Program

December 21st is the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter vacation for Ann Arbor's schoolchildren. It's also a good day to finish up making your holiday decorations.

Come to the Traverwood Branch on Monday, December 21st from 2 - 3 p.m. We will be making some festive winter crafts to brighten up this otherwise gray and gloomy day.
For ages preschool through 5th grade. All supplies will be provided.

Blu-ray for kids!

We are pleased to announce that we now have Blu-Ray discs for children. This Youth Blu-Ray collection is shelved at the beginning of the DVD section in the Youth DVD area at all locations. For those of you who prefer to browse online, you may find the Youth Blu-Ray titles here.

Blu-ray discs, a high-definition video format, are designed to play on specialized Blu-ray players, and will not function in a standard DVD player; however, DVDs will play in a Blu-ray player. The Playstation 3 video game console also plays Blu-ray discs.

Youth Music Notes -- Lullabies

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Lullbies are truly a universal form of music, existing all over the world in every language. My own mother was fond of the Gartan Mother's Lullaby, and I still hum it to myself in the evening, even though I have forgotten all the words. For those of you who would like to expand your own lullaby repertoire, the Youth Department has plenty of CD's for every taste.

Priscilla Herdman's Star Dreamer provides both "nightsongs" and lullabies, with soothing guitar accompaniments. Interestingly, many of her songs involve bears.

Lullabies of Latin America by Maria Del Rey provides traditional lullabies from all over the Spanish-speaking world. In the second half of the CD, the songs are all sung again, in English. A bilingual bonus!

Prolific children's musician Susie Tallman brings us another CD for fans of multicultural music. Lullabies For Sleepy Eyes includes Irish, French, German and American lullabies -- as well as the enigmatic Aussie favorite "Waltzing Matilda".


Ok. Winter has finally arrived, but that’s no reason to curl up on the couch all day. It’s time for yoga and play. Victoria Forman-Duranona is involved in the local Yoga scene and has offered fun yoga programs for children at our library over the years. We are happy that Victoria is returning on December 19th at 10:00 am at the Pittsfield Branch to play, tell stories and help us channel all that pre-holiday energy!

Snowy Blowy Not-So-Showy

Waiting for Winter, Anna’s Wish and Carl’s Snowy Afternoon are my three picks for a classy, quiet lap-read with just a little touch of winter magic. For a rowdier experience, you can join us at the Downtown Library Tuesday 10 am storytime on December 8th for Rabbit’s Gift and How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

Support Your Lovely Local Authors!

While I’m feeling all mushy this season, it occurred to me that four talented children’s authors who live in A2 also happen to be some of the nicest people to walk into our library. So Shutta Crum, Jacqui Robbins, Joan Blos and Nancy Shaw, here is a big thank you for doing what you do. If anyone has an Ann Arbor cutie who just needs a good read this holiday season, you need go no further than your own home town!

Kids Sing!

For many of us this time of year is about travel, family and music. Join Diane Kimball at Traverwood this Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 pm for a sing-along. We'll travel the world with songs you know and new ones too!

Joel Tacey Returns!

Looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Joel Tacey will return to the Downtown Library on Friday, November 27 at 2:00 pm. Joel is always a huge hit with the Kindergarten and up crowd because he tickles the family funny bone with his tricks, jokes and juggling. If you have out-of-town visitors, show off your local library and bring them in for a great time at The Reading Rocks Show.
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Bill Harley is coming to town!

When I met Bill Harley thirty years ago, and heard him tell stories at a concert in a beautiful old church in Cambridge, MA, I knew he had the sense of humor, depth and compassion to move everyone in the family to laughter and tears. I am tickled pink that our library will be hosting this Grammy award-winning storyteller and musician on Sunday, November 22 at 1:00 pm for a free family show at the Ark for ages five and up. If you are a grown-up looking for an evening of classy entertainment come to the 7:30 pm Ark show that same date for more edgy and exquisite fun!

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