Whimsical Nutcrackers

Stop in to see the small collection of wonderful Nutcrackers in the youth department glass display at the downtown library. A friendly elf was kind enough to share these colorful characters for the holiday season. There is a bohemian artist, a pirate and other surprises!

Before J.K. Rowling . . .

Meet Ursula LeGuin, Terry Pratchett, Madleleine L’Engle, Garth Nix, and many other fantasy writers in The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy. Read about their childhoods, who influenced them, how they found their niche in the world of fantasy, and what advise they have for people who want to write.

One interesting aspect of the interviews is to learn the influence of certain life experiences on these people’s writing. When asked if growing up in England during World War II affected her as a writer, Diana Wynne Jones responds: “ . . . the entirety of the world as far as I was concerned was stark-staring crazy in a most menacing way . . . Later, I came to think that if only people then had read a little more fantasy, they would have know Hitler for a dark lord.”

Willkommen!

All ages are invited to make pine cone and star ornaments, dance to lively tunes played by Luther Schaible on accordion, and eat soft pretzels to celebrate traditions of German, Swiss and Austrian families. To get yourself in the mood, check out some Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and then party at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm!

Kid Bits - Books Every Day

Can you enjoy daily inspiration for family read-alouds? Look up Planet Esme Book-a-Day Plan and get some new ideas. The cover you see belongs to I'll Read To You And You Read To Me.

Little Rose brings the thunder!

Looking for a fun western tale to share with your little one? Try Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This is the inspiring tale of a precocious little girl who chooses her own name, wrestles a bull into loyalty, and rides the thunder right into the sunset. Rose is no ordinary girl, nor will she stand to be thought of as such. She is a strong heroine with a brave song. Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson continue to offer wonderful books with positive, diverse and glowing images of African-American children.

Mad Tea Party

Join us during Children’s Book Week to make many different kinds of tea bags, outrageous hats and funny place mats for our tea party in true Alice in Wonderland fashion. Six year olds and up are invited to bring their imaginations along to the Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, November 16th at 4:00 pm.

Tellebration!

Treat yourself to wonderful tales told by a variety of tellers at our annual Tellebration in the Youth Story Corner this Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm. All over the country eager listeners and tellers are celebrating the art this weekend. We are especially delighted to welcome nationally renown storyteller Elizabeth Ellis in this program for ages six and up. If you really get inspired Elizabeth will be leading a special program for adults on Saturday, November 18 entitled "Developing Personal Stories" at the Pittsfield Branch from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Korean Fun at the Library

We are very excited about our Korean Family Celebration this Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Downtown Library. We will have music with Sinaboro, a fan dance, a paper doll craft and homemade Mandu, Kim-Bab and more! On Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm the delicious Newbery Award winning author of Bee-Bim Bop, Linda Sue Park, will chat with families of children aged 8 and up. Treat yourself to A Single Shard or Project Mulberry and meet Linda. She is great fun and brimming with talent!

Preschool Storytime at Northeast Branch

Preschool storytime at the Northeast Branch library will take place twice on Thursday morning for the next six-week storytime session starting November 9 and ending December 14. Gather round the carpet and join us for storytime from 10-10:30 am or from 11-11:30 am.

Downtown Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytime at the Downtown library will take place twice on Tuesday morning for the next six-week session starting November 7 and ending December 12. Two storytimes on Tuesday will go on into the Winter session, from January to April. Take a whirl around the fish tank and say hello to Porky the Puffer Fish. Then join us for storytime from 10-10:30 am or from 11-11:30 am.

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