3rd Annual LEGO ® Contest Winners!

2008 LEGO Contest2008 LEGO Contest

Once again our annual LEGO® contest was a blast! Families dropped off their entries on Tuesday night and all day Wednesday, the judges deliberated for almost 3(!) hours and then we packed the house with people wanting to look! This year we had over 130 projects entered into the contest - making it tougher for the judges to decide. Thanks to our judges Eli Neiburger, AADL Associate Director of IT and Product Development, Eric Klooster, AADL IT Component Developer and finally Duane Collicott, local LEGO® enthusiast and Brick Bash Master. Those that placed 1st Place, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention each got gift cards to Toys R Us, plus an award medal. Award medals were also given to those who placed in the special categories. NEW this year! Stay tuned later this summer for the LEGO® Contest Photo Gallery of every project submitted!

Without further ado behold the winners!

4th Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you are going into 4th or 5th grades this fall, You may enjoy some of the following books:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village won the 2008 Newbery Award!
Nic Bishop Spiders with fabulous photography, incredible factoids!
Hachiko Waits based on a true story of dog loyalty.
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect a story of how dreams of perfection evolve into reality.
No Talking or Report Card by Andrew Clements.

Kid Bits - True or False?

If you are somewhere between 3rd Grade and 8th Grade, and like to tweek your truth-o-meter, try the "Classified" series. They are fun because they are unproven news stories that have raised questions of hoax.
My favorite is Vanished!, a WWII aircraft carrier that "vanished in port" ... the sailors reappeared elsewhere! You get to read the story, and then read facts from both Witnesses and Doubters.
Other titles are Breakout, Alien Landing, or
Nuclear Winter Man about the disappearance of renowned nuclear Russian scientist Vladimir Alexandrov.

Kid Bits - Bedtime

An Enchanted Afternoon

Float through fairy dust to the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 pm for fairytale storytime and fairy treats. You can make a sparkly bookmark and create a fanciful garden for the wee folk but whatever you do, don't forget to stop at the fairy door and see the new sign the fairies put up!

Abrakadoodle at the Library

Join talented Mike Murphy, director of Abrakadoodle, for a fun evening of art and create your own Pueblo Storytelling doll. On Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, we will be playing with Model Magic and sculpting tools and learning to create, imagine and explore!

PreK Bits - Tigers and Pancakes

Storytime at Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branches featured Tigers and Pancakes this week.
The original story of "Sam and The Tigers" was written by Helen Bannerman in 1899. By the mid-1900s the story and illustrations were viewed as racist. In early 2000 this story was re-published and newly illustrated in three significant versions.
The Story Of Little Black Sambo
The Story Of Little Babaji
Sam And The Tigers.

Estate Planning

Have you been thinking about getting your affairs in order? It is a necessary but daunting task. A recent survey estimates that upwards of 60% of Americans do not have a will. If you keel over without a will or a living trust, probate court makes all the decisions. That means a big, sad mess for your surviving loved ones.

Parent Bits - New Baby Coming

When the BIG news is... a new child is coming, The Scholastic website offers parents very useful information, and it is very easy to use.
The Library offers books to read with young children in anticipation.
Try Waiting For Gregory;
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families;
Dear Baby: Letters From Your Big Brother;
Benny And Beautiful Baby Delilah; and
What To Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby.

Duct-Tape Do-Over!

Duct Tape BabyDuct Tape Baby

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us at the latest of our uber-popular duct tape craft workshops. With all supplies provided be prepared to get creative and join the legions of other fans to create your own projects. We will have a wide assortment of duct tape colors and patterns including the elusive plaid tape. Looking for inspiration before the event? Look no further. We'll see you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM. No need to register for this FREE event - see you there!

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