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!

Outings for the family

Are you always looking for outings or events to experience with your family? Check out Metroparent Online and look through their up-to-date Family Fun Guide for a list of upcoming possibilities. The guide covers most of southeast Michigan, and is also searchable by county, month, event type, etc. You can even narrow down the listings to those events that are free of charge.

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!

Kid Bits - Just Say "NO !"

If you liked the pigeon story in STORYTIME .... lookup other books by Mo Willems. You will find Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog; and Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late.
Just remember to say "No" at the right times, OK? ok.
Then you will be practiced up and ready for the next Storytime Series that begins the week of November 5, 2007 at your favorite Branch Library.

Kid Bits - Big Opinions

Preschool Storytimes will begin again the week of November 5, 2007. Other than STORYTIMES ... what else does your child KNOW they like (or don't like)? Picture books with definite "opinions" on what to wear are I'm All Dressed! and No Bows!.

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.

KID BITS - Youngest Science

Science books for young kids are often as BIG a hit as a great story book. Even if your child is 2-5 years old, Don't forget the Dewey Decimal numbers for science (psst, 500s!) and find out "true facts" about the world you live in. Look what I found on our NEW book shelf today for little kids! A Seed Is Sleepy; Face To Face With Caterpillars; and Snap! ... a first book on the "food chain".

Kid Bits - 4th/5th grade MYSTERY

A NEW "Enola Holmes Mystery" just landed on the youth fiction shelves, The Case Of The Left-Handed Lady. Nancy Springer writes with a gift toward strong females characters, a good story, and settings in history. The "Enola Holmes" mysteries are written from the point of view of "Enola", Sherlock Holmes younger sister. The previous title is The Case Of The Missing Marquess. The setting is London in 1898. Nancy Springer is author of another strong series "Tales of Rowan Hood", placed in Sherwood Forest at the same time as the adventures of Robin Hood. Of course Rowan is a girl.

BABY BITS - Brightening Minds

Brightening Minds: Birth To Two Years provides examples and advice from doctors to show parents how to maximize your baby's potential. This DVD includes activities as well as information on mental, physical and emotional development. The thing I like most is the practical demonstrations on using books with babies and parents. Literacy starts from birth and is a first-rate way to have fun with your child.

Homework Bits - "Electric Heroes" using RESEARCH databases

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on "Electric Heroes" and their inventions. To use the RESEARCH databases, Choose MY ACCOUNT and login. These databases are not on the internet. They are only on library websites through your AADL library card.
The articles provide the citations you need to prove your research.
1. Choose the RESEARCH tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "browse databases by name".
4. If you know names, use the last name to search for articles on that person.
5. If you do not know names, go to "Biographical Facts Search" and choose your keywords to find names. You will come up with articles to read, or print. I looked for a term in "occupations" related to electricity. I chose "electronics engineer". Then I chose "female" for gender. I got a list of names. I chose some names, and followed the link to read about them. You can find names and why they are mentioned.
6. Now the challenge is finding articles long enough to explain their work.

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