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).

if you want to see a whale

if you want to see a whale is a beautiful picture book written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by local artist & Caldecott Medal winner Erin Stead. In this book we learn that there are a few requirements if you want to see a whale. You’ll need a window, an ocean, time for waiting, a not-so-comfy chair, both eyes open, and a few other things. Oh, and your imagination! That’s the key to this story. Written in all lower-case, with full page illustrations, and barely any punctuation, it’s a charming book to read together.

Fogliano and Stead also teamed up for And Then It's Spring, which is another beauty.

Summertime Student Resources

Sometimes when the report card comes home, it becomes clear that there are some areas your child may need to work on over the summer. AADL has pulled together some resources to help on our homework page. If you're helping a someone to strengthen his/her reading skills, you might find the books categorized by AAPS reading level and by Lexile level helpful. Also, Brainfuse remains available during the summer. From 2-11 pm, students can use the service for either specific help, or general skills building in math, English, science and social studies.

Happy Summer! It's time for the 8th Annual LEGO Contest!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 8, 2013! Preschoolers, Kids, Teens & Adults are all invited to enter this year's LEGO contest. The top winners receive custom made LEGO Trophies, medals and Target GIft Cards. Like in 2012 the contest will be at the Kensington Court Hotel (@ Briarwood Mall). Everyone is invited to come and view the entries between 6:00-8:00PM. For all the details and full guidelines for participants see the 2013 LEGO Contest Guidelines. If you're planning to enter and have your eyes on the prize here's a tip: look closely at the photos of projects that have won in past years - what did they do that caught the judge's eye? Good luck!

Parent’s Corner: Get Your Game On!

It’s summer! The kids are out of school! Time to keep them entertained when they’ve had enough of sprinklers, pool slides, cotton candy, and ferris wheels. There are oodles of games and fun things to do, and AADL’s has some books with a few ideas.

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. For some books on games and play, check these out:

Carschooling: over 350 entertaining games & activities to turn travel time into learning time

500 five minute games: quick and easy activities for 3-6 year olds

101 movement games for children: fun and learning with playful moving

The complete book of activities, games, stories, props, recipes, and dances

For additional titles, see here and here for a longer list. And speaking of games, there's always AADL's Summer Game to keep you busy!

Anything Goes! Craft program for all ages.

It's a little late for spring cleaning but we dug up some cool items for recycling into outrageous crafts on Wednesday, June 26th at 2:00 pm. Join us at the Downtown Library to dig through bins of paper scraps, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, fabric and more to make your own unique creation to take home!

Did You Know Reading is a Physical Skill?

Paul SikorskiPaul SikorskiParents interested in learning about Interactive Metronome with Paul Sikorski from Michigan Peak Performance are invited to bring their Kindergarteners and older children for a program of learning and fun on Tuesday, June 25th at 11 am at the Downtown Library. Paul will discuss his concentration improving technique with the grown-ups while Steve Osburn of Oz Music fame will play rhythm games with the children in the same room. Get ready for a happy, noisy and stimulating experience!

Enroll Your Teens in CSI!

As technology quickly changes & expands, many parents are either unaware of the dangers or have trouble keeping up with them. Consider enrolling your teen or tween in this free week of Washtenaw Area Council for Children's Cyber Safety Initiative Camp. This program is geared toward tweens & teens entering 6-9th grades. Participants will take part in group discussions, games, activities and will receive snacks and a T-shirt.

Some of the issues they'll address to help parents in the digital age include social networking, gaming, texting & other forms of messaging, cyberbullying, reducing vulnerability to predators and child exploitation, and how to discuss and create a climate for positive online ethics. There are two sessions. The first will be held at the WISD from June 24-28. The second session is at the WACC office July 8-12, 3075 W. Clark Road,Suite 110. Both sessions are from 9:30-11:30 AM. To register click here here or contact WACC: 734-434-4215 or via email at cybersafety@washtenawchildren.org.

Washi Tape Craft Program

Monday, June 24 | 2-3pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 3 - Adult

Washi tape is a popular, decorative, Japanese paper tape used in craft projects. We have a variety of colors and patterns of washi tape, along with various colors of card stock and other patterned paper available for you to make greeting card images and other inspired crafts.

If you have never heard of washi tape, check out this Pinterest pinboard for great project ideas. You could also bring an item from home to decorate, and feel free to bring your own roll(s) of washi tape to use along with ours to create your greeting card, if you like!

PS. And if you're collecting codes for the Summer Game, be sure to stop by!

Calling Cosplayers!

6:30-8:30 PM | Saturday, June 22 | Neutral Zone

The Kids Read Comics event will sponsor a free teen Cosplay party and concert at the Neutral Zone featuring the best comics band on the planet, the O>Matics. Choose your character, transform yourself, and get ready to rock!

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