Fifth Avenue Fun!

We are going bananas next week at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library. A journey to Grandpa’s with a single banana turns into quite an adventure. So does the fall down the hole into mouse country in the Roly Poly Rice Ball!

In Their Own Voices: Youth Titles

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I have been listening to more audiobooks lately, and I came up on the audiobook of A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle at the Michigan Digital Library. I was intrigued that L'Engle did the recording for the book herself. I downloaded it, and it was a pleasure to listen to this iconic children's book read by the woman who wrote it... to hear her own inflections and interpretations of the characters. Earlier in the summer, I also downloaded Coraline by the popular science fiction writer Neil Gaiman which lead me to also download his collection of short stories Fragile Things . Again, I was pleased to listen to these stories read by Gaiman himself, particularly since he has a lovely English accent.

All of this made me curious. I've been reading all my life, but most of us don't know how our favorite authors sound when they read their own stories. With audiobooks, we have that opportunity. So I did some investigating, and here are some of the other youth titles available read in the authors own voices:

-L'Engle reads the entire Time Quartet. These are also all available online,
-many of Judy Blume's books, particularly the Fudge series (some online versions),
-Mary Pope Osborne reads The Magic Tree House series (online copies),
-Phillip Pullman narrates a cast recording of the great His Dark Materials series and by himself reads Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North (all available online),
-Lynne Reid Banks reads the Indian in the Cupboard series (online)
-and again, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, scary and wonderful (downloadable version),
-and finally, a rare gem for teen listeners: Lord of the Flies read by Nobel laureate William Golding (online version)

That's enough for now. Next time, I'll list some adult titles, and I'd love to hear your suggestions in the meantime. Happy listening!

AAPS English Language Learners!


If you are planning to enroll in Ann Arbor Public Schools and use English as a Second Language, you may want to head over to the ESL Fair at Skyline High School this afternoon, August 20, from 1-4. There will be interpreters & many resources for families to learn about. English language proficiency tests will take place, no registration required.

Take a hike@ Furstenberg Nature Area


Join us for a nature walk with the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff. View native plants and trees, and learn about the ecological restoration going on at this site. Meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road, across from Huron High School.

Thursday, August 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM | All Ages

Dancing Babies!

If you are a member of the AADL storytime crowd then you know Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller. We have been bouncing to their wonderful songs for years, so why not get up and dance along? I can’t wait for circle dances, marches, and other baby moves at Dancing Babies on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch!

Dancing Fun!

Imagine the grace and creativity of three recent University of Michigan's Department of Dance graduates. Now add the joy and spontaneity of children in grades Kindergarten through Third. A perfect recipe for a splendid afternoon with Adventures in Movement at the Traverwood Branch on Monday, August 10 at 2:00 pm. I can't wait to join in the fun with Jumping Off the Bandwagon!

Puzzle Palooza

What could be better than a good laugh, a magic trick and an outrageous puzzle, all at the same time? If you are going into grade Kindergarten or up, you are in for a treat with the Scheer Genius of Doug Scheer, presenting Puzzle Palooza on Friday, July 31st at 10:00 am at the Downtown Library (the location has been moved from Malletts to Downtown) and 1:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

Palabras Luminosas--Latino Language, Laughter, and Lore

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Magical Rain Theaterworks visits on Sunday, July 26, from 2-3pm in the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room to perform Palabras Luminosas. Palabras Luminosas is a dramatic and fun collection of stories from throughout the Americas with Latino stories of traps and tricksters, animals, food, and the marvelous oddness of everyday life. This is a great program for the whole family--what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Frisbee is the Ultimate!

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Drop by the Traverwood Branch this Saturday, July 25, from 2-3pm to Make Your Own Frisbee. Dave Morris and others from the Ann Arbor Ultimate Frisbee League will be on hand to show you some smooth frisbee moves that you can try yourself! This program is designed for kids grades k-5.

Book Bingo!


Kids in grades K - 5 are invited to join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, July 30 from 2 - 3:30 for an afternoon of bingo. Prizes will be books, generously donated by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library. Each child can win one book. There will be other smaller prizes for any subsequent wins. Parents should plan on staying with the youngest players.

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