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.

Chesstastic moves to Traverwood and other good stuff

Black and White King

We had a great turnout for last Sunday's Chess Strategies and Tips session. Now Chesstastic officially moves to Traverwood this Sunday, December 14 (1-4 p.m.). Join the fun by taking on players of all ages. Sets are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Ever tried a chess tournament? If you are in Kindergarten through 8th grade, try the Thurston Chess Tournament on Saturday, January 24. This local, low-cost tournament is a great first tournament for kids and parents who want to see what a chess tournament is like. There will be two afternoon sections for beginners and casual players, and two full-day sections for more experienced players. Space is limited to the first 120 players, so sign up as soon as possible. Entry fees range from $6-$10, depending on the section and if you sign up prior to December 31.

Notice the Nutcrackers

If you are indulging yourselves in a performance of the Nutcracker this season, make sure to stop in to the Downtown Youth Room and see the small collection of colorful Nutcrackers in the glass display case. Santa, a pirate, an artist, Robinhood and a royal nutcracker are awaiting your arrival.

Chess extravaganza

Black and White King

If chess is your game, check out two upcoming events for all ages at the new Traverwood branch:

Chess Strategies & Tips Sunday, December 7 (1 - 4 p.m.)
Local chess experts Jennifer Skidmore and Ron Finegold will provide tips to master the chess board battlefield. Then, play some chess with other participants to see how these strategies work.

Chesstastic Sunday, December 14 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Play one of the world’s most popular sports with players of all ages and abilities. Chess sets will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. Challenge old friends and meet new ones!

Snow Flakes are Falling!

They are falling everywhere! Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 11:00 - 12:00 to see how many different kinds of snowflakes you can make. Use them for winter and holiday decorations. For preschoolers - 3rd grade. All supplies will be provided.

Bring your Banjo!

In the mood for a spontaneous jamming session? Bring your acoustic folk instruments-guitar, banjo, tambourine, and don't forget your voice and join the fun at the Mallets Creek Branch this Sunday, November 23 for the Community Sing Along at 1:00 pm.

Need a Centerpiece for Your Holiday Dinner?

Are you still looking for that perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table? Bring the kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, November 26 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. We will be making beautiful turkey centerpieces as well as napkin rings or placemats. Supplies (toilet paper rolls, construction paper, etc.) will be provided. For preschoolers through 3rd grade.

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