Kid Bits - Imagine!

Here are some NEW books for kids who like to stre-e-etch reality.
The Sea Serpent And Me tumbles a tiny sea serpent through the faucet into the bathtub. What to do?
Tadpole Rex uses dramatic illustration with simple rhyming text to evoke tadpole origins in prehistoric swamp. Thrilling for very young dinosaur and frog fans.
The Child Cruncher finds a bored child for "lunch". She is delighted to have a new "friend".
Imagination required!

Toddler Bits - PLAY Activities

Looking for activities to do with Little Kids? There are great ideas for Play and Arts in the following books:
The Big Book Of Playtime Activities
Games To Play With Toddlers
Bright From The Start
Entertaining and Educating Babies and Toddlers

Eat Your Books and Read Your Vegetables!

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Join us at the Downtown Library on Friday, February 27th at 7:00 pm to sing along with Mr. Seley's popular songs for five year olds and up, such as “You’re So Wonderful (You Should Live In A Castle)”, “Best Friend (The Dog Song)”, and “Eat Your Books (And Read Your Vegetables)”.

Creature Teachers

Meet the creature teachers from Copper Leaf Crossing and a live alligator as well! On Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 pm five year olds and up should come early to the Downtown Library, since wildlife programs at the library attract kids like bees to honey!

Moving Stories

There will be no sitting and listening in this storytime! We will move through the silly actions of the boy in The Squeaky Door and that trickster coyote using yoga poses. We might throw in a little laughter yoga too! If you are in Kindergarten or older join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday February 25, at 2:00 pm.


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Jumpstart is reading to children at AADL! If you seek to provide your child another opportunity to hear stories, this is a service that might be right for your family. University of Michigan students read to children one-on-one or in small groups and provide a small craft or activity.

Jumpstart is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, supervises, and supports college students to work with early childhood programs.

Take advantage of this opportunity at a branch near you!

Saturday, February 28, Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 14, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 28, Pittsfield Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, April 3, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30

Kid Bits - Knucklehead

You need to read Knucklehead if you are a Jon Scieszka fan !!
Scieszka is author of the Time Warp Trio series such as Knights Of The Kitchen Table and See You Later, Gladiator; silly renditions of folklore such as Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of The Three Little Pigs from the Wolf's point of view, and the Guys Read website.
KNUCKLEHEAD is a laugh-out-loud autobiography of growing up in Flint, MI in a 6-boys family. Dad commonly addressed "the pack" with one word, knucklehead, as in, "Which knucklehead _____?" This saved Dad from having to remember all the names and adequately addressed "the pack".

PreK Bits - Silly Stories

Ms. Rachel's Silly Stories and songs came from the following:
A Far-Fetched Story by Karin Cates
Shoe Town by Janet Stevens.
Monkey Face by Frank Asch.
Moving To Math singing "Hey There's Something in My Boot".
Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise singing "Stick To The Glue".

Kid Bits - Do You Believe in Fairies ?

" A Fairy Went a-Marketing - she bought a winter gown...All stitched about with gossamer and lined with thistledown". If you enjoy "fairy lore" take a look at some NEW books.
Beverlie Manson's Fairies: A Celebration Of The Seasons presents beautiful double-page pictures of fairies in seasonal settings. It is also a visual game. On the page borders are small pictures that name and detail the fairies and plants. Then you can find them in the large scene. Dee-light-ful !

Who's Behind The Fairy Doors? - by Jonathan Wright, the local expert on recent fairy door phenomena. He interprets drawings of fairy sightings in the book.

Underground Railroad Display

Enjoy colorful creations by Judy Schmidt of Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild fame who incorporated the Monkey Wrench, Flying Geese, Bear Paw and other designs into her beautiful quilts. Stop by the glass case in the Downtown Youth Department to see books about the Underground Railroad and the much discussed Quilt Code and then check out Karen Simpson's lovely quilts on the far wall of the Youth Department. Maybe they will inspire you to color a quilt design of your own and hang it beside hers!

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