Great Start Readiness Pre-School Program

Give your pre-schooler the benefit of early-childhood education. Your family may qualify for Free Public Pre-School. The Great Start Readiness Program prioritizes children by risk factors that may typically be a barrier to success in school. To see if you or a family you know qualifies for this program call your local United Way 2 1 1 line, or go to this website for more information.

Miny Clay Figures: Kerbal Edition

Join us for Mini Clay Figures: Kerbal Edition on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Malletts Creek, 2:00-4:00 PM.

We'll use polymer clay to create small clay figures based on the Kerbal Space Program game. If you'd like to make a few green-faced space explorers, this event is for you.

This is a drop-in program for grades K-5.

Parent’s Corner: Art Attack

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from language to tantrums to potty training to homework. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

Many children enjoy drawing or sculpting with Play-Doh. Their little hands and minds are ever creative and always imagining. AADL has some books that may help in facilitating their enjoyment of the arts with ideas on how to nurture this interest and enjoy art together. Check out Creative art & activities: fun with art!, Picture books plus: 100 extension activities in art, drama, music, math, and science, as well as Young at art : teaching toddlers self-expression, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for art.

For more Parent Shelf finds on other topics see here.

Doggie Tales and Tricks

Join us for Doggie Tales on Friday, August 9th at 10 am in the Downtown Library MultiPurpose Room. Our friends from Therapaws will bring some of the most lovable service dogs you will ever meet. A story or two and some time for doggie love is what it's all about!

Bubble Art Fun

Come make a unique piece of art using different bubbles (and creative interpretation of crafting with bubbles). We'll get a little sudsy on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Malletts Creek Branch on the grass near the parking lot from 2-3 PM. If the weather cooperates, you'll see us setting up as you arrive.

This activity should be a blast, but you might want to dress for a mess.

We will hold this event rain or shine. In the case of rain, we'll be in the program room. In either case, we hope to see you there!

This event is for grades K-5.

The Great Diaper Experiment

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Find out for yourself which of the diapers we provide holds the most liquid, and learn a little about setting up experiments!

Join us Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Malletts Creek Branch from 2-3PM for a bit of experimental fun.

This event is for grades K-5.

Babytime iPads

Thursday July 25 | 10:00 to 11:00 am | Pittsfield Branch

Did you know that there are apps available for babies to use on your ipad, as well as apps to soothe your child? Bring your baby and explore these apps together on our baby-proofed iPads. Join us Thursday at our Pittsfield branch, where we'll kick off the event with rhymes and music, then give you and baby time to poke around our iPads!

This event is for parents, caregivers, and infants & toddlers from birth to 24 months.

S'more Solar Fun

Join us for S'more Solar Fun on Monday, July 15, 2-3 PM at the Traverwood Branch.

Using a few household materials, we'll make a solar s'more oven. You'll also leave with the fixings to try out your oven on a sunny day.

This program is for grades K-5.

Food will be present at this program.

Life-Sized Angry Birds

Do you love playing Angry Birds? Well, we have the event for you! We've partnered with the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center to bring you a life-sized Angry Birds experience.

At this drop-in event, in addition to launching birds at piggies, there will be other Angry Birds-related activities for you to to do. There will also be a number of Summer Game codes for you to collect as you make your way through the stations. No birds (or piggies) will be harmed at this event!

Drop in for this event on Monday, July 22 at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor between 1 PM and 4 PM.

The entrance to the recreation center parking lot is off of Platt Road. Overflow parking for this event is at the County Farm Park parking lot, just south of the recreation center, also accessible from Platt Road.

This is a drop-in event for grades K-5.

There will be food present at this program.

Planet Rock Climbing 101 : Friday July 26, 1:00-3:00 PM @ Planet Rock

If you have been dying to try out the climbing walls at Planet Rock or you're interested in developing your rock climbing skills, you're invited to meet us for an afternoon at Planet Rock (82 Aprill Dr., #B off Jackson Road).

Teens who are beginners or experienced are invited to attend. Parents must sign a waiver at Planet Rock when they arrive. Or please feel free to print it out and have your child bring it with them.

Registration is required and is limited to 50 attendees. Register by sending an email to registrations@aadl.org, in person at any location or by calling 327-8301. Email registration details: please include the teen's name, grade they are entering in the fall (6-12) and a phone #. We will be calling everyone to remind them of the event and to confirm their spot closer to the event. If the list exceeds 50 you will receive a message indicating you are on the waiting list. As we get closer if spots open up we will call people from the waiting list. You will get an automatic reply to your email once submitted.

This event is for teens (grade 6 - 12).

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