Baby Bits - First Snow

Baby PlayGroup Programs begin this week. Every week there are 6 programs at 4 locations. Join us when you can!
3 great books for winter with babies are Snowballs; Mouse's First Snow; and First Day Of Winter. Then let's make some roly-poly snowballs and itsy-bitsy snowflakes together!

Hoax Photo Workshop - Monday, January 28

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Bigfoot trying on Birkenstocks? A herd of cows hovering over the Big House? Use your imagination and Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab to create a mind-bending photo. Then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL's myspace branch. Join us Monday the 28th 1:00-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8301.

Space Obsessed

I put the new book, Greetings from Planet Earth, down the other night to listen to my favorite radio show, The Story, and heard about the hilarious adventures of the rocket science friends. What fun, since Barabara Kerley's new book is about 12 year old Theo who knows everything about the cosmos. The year is 1977 and he is avidly following NASA's plans to send Voyager 2 on it's journey through space, while longing for his father who never returned from the Vietnam War.

American Girl goes way back to the 70's!

In the midst of a caucus cacophony, even young people may be in the mood for an election story. Meet Julie, one of the newest American Girls (who makes me feel old). In 1974 she runs for president of the student body when something unfair happens to her at school. Just like today's presidential candidates, Julie needs diligence and creative campaigning to pull off a win.

Chesstastic, Sunday, December 30

Come and play one of the world’s most popular sports with players of all ages. Sets provided but feel free to bring your own. Join us 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.

A Harvard Education in Your Future?

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Sending your kid to Harvard may be more realistic than you think. The school has expanded aid to middle and low-income families. This comprehensive guide can also point you in the right direction if you’re trying to wend your way through the minefield of college applications and financial aid. Of course, the kid has to stay on top of things in school. If that isn’t working refer to I Wanna be Sedated, a collection of essays written by parents of teens. Seriously—this book will help you realize people do get through this.

Do you know Zooglobble?

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Zooglobble is the blog brainchild of Stefan Shepherd, children's music enthusiast--"Kids and family music news and reviews - Kids music worth sharing." It contains reviews of new releases in the children's music industry, help selecting age-appropriate music for your child, information about trends in children's music, and blog entries about specific musicians.

Mr. Shepherd can be heard occasionally on NPR's All Things Considered, and he is a regular contributor to Wired magazine.

If you are looking for your next family foot-tappin', hand-clappin' selection, check out Zooglobble!

Listening Bits - Tall Tales

Road Trip! Need good stuff for the family? Books on CD produced by Rabbit Ears Productions are great for family listens! Try World Tales volume 5 with Catherine O'Hara and Whoopi Goldberg's voices; American Tall Tales volume 4 with Keith Carradine doing the voice of Pecos Bill; or my personal favorite ... Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories with Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover's voices. Buckle Up and listen !

Listening Bits - Mystery !

Road Trip!! Do your kids need more challenge than Magic Tree House and A to Z mysteries now? Try Chasing Vermeer and then hope Wright 3 will be recorded soon. The author, Blue Balliett, has taught at the University Of Chicago Lab School. The story details are accurate, both historically and geographically. You might explore the game Pentominoes after you've enjoyed the books. Buckle Up and Ponder!

Listening Bits - Funny Stuff

Road Trip! Need funny stuff for the family to hear? Here are some recommends that are published books, as well as recorded on CD. Bill Harley creates songs in his stories and Blah, Blah, Blah includes 4 funny stories of clams, pirates, swamp monsters (not too scary) and more. Fun "chapter book" listens are Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series; and Kate DiCamillo's series with the pig named Mercy Watson. Hee, Hee, hee .... Buckle Up and Chuckle !

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