“In my ‘hood, battles is fought every day. . . .”

Branded a troublemaker at school, Marcus is quick to use his fists when he feels hassled. Then his principal sends him to the library, where he meets CM, a local chess master who teaches students to fight their battles on the board instead of the streets. Learn how Marcus transforms himself into a warrior who stays three steps ahead of the enemy in Chess Rumble.

PreK Bits - Trolls and Wishes

"Trolls and wishes" are in Storytime this week. You can find these tales again. "The Big White Cat" story, and the "Snow Child" can be found in The Fox And The Rooster collection of folk tales. You can find other versions of these two tales, both illustrated by Tomi DePaola in The Little Snowgirl: An Old Russian Tale and Cat On The Dovrefell.

Family Time at the Film Festival

Looking for some family fun at the upcoming Ann Arbor Film Festival? The Ann Arbor District Library will co-present a program for all ages during the Film Festival on Saturday, March 29 at 3 pm at the Michigan Theater. Present your Ann Arbor District Library card at the box office prior to the screening and get $2 off the regular ticket price of $8. Or, order advance tickets on the Festival website by entering the discount code AADL2008. Click here to check out the films for Kids of All Ages.

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Saturday, March 22

Learn how to access Learning Express Library to take practice tests for either the ACT or SAT. Join us from 10:30-12:00 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center.

PreK Bits - Whale of a Tale

Blubber, snow, and ice is still around the North Pole. Inuit culture can be seen in the following books. Building An Igloo shows photos of exactly how an igloo is built. Kumak's House and Berry Magic show Inuit lifestyle in stories for young children. If you'd like to adopt Inuit style into your garden, take a look at the stone structures in Make Your Own Inuksuk and build one in your garden.

Melting Away: Protecting the Poles

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UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History presents the last Polar Science Adventures in the series! Explore the effects of the melting of land ice and sea ice. How will it affect polar animals or people? What can we do to help right now?

Join this workshop for children ages 6-11 and an adult to learn about the Artic and Antarctica. Activities are designed to be accomplished with collaboration between adults and kids. Register at any public services desk or call the library at 327-4200 and choose a session. Walk-ins are also welcome!
Pittsfield Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30-5:30 PM
Malletts Creek Saturday, March 29th, 10-11 AM
Northeast Saturday, March 29th, 2-3 PM

DIY kidBITS - Basics

Basic skills for Kids (and life) can be found on the NEW BOOK shelves. See if these books inspire a weekend project or school break activity. See And Sew: A Sewing Book For Children provides information and projects for beginners. The Kids' Building Workshop does the same for woodworking projects. "Pass the hammer [and the scissors] to a new generation".

Kid BITS - Storytimes START

PreSchool STORYTIMES and BABY PlayGROUPS START again this week.
Look forward to 7 WEEKS of Programs with "fresh faces in old places".
The Schedule is the same. The Leaders have changed.
Don't forget to bring "singers","patty-cakes","laughers" and "cozy-laps".
We'll be seeing YOU!

DVD Bits - World War II

Two gripping films of World War II Europe can be found in the Library Collections. Sophie Scholl: Die Letzten Tage is the trial and "final days" of Sophie Scholl, her brother, and another member of the White Rose, who became synonymous with civil courage through their resistance and protest against the Nazi regime. Another is Louis Malle's film Au Revoir Les Enfants based on the director's childhood experience in boarding school during the German occupation of France in World War II. If you would like to read a memoir of the Holocaust, the library has more excellent choices.

Positive Parenting and Play Play Play!

Put parent panic in your pocket and bring any questions on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Library. We are pulling out the toys for the children to play, while Dr. Jamie Plunkett from the University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family gives a brief talk on the importance of play and positive parenting, then hangs around to chat with parents.

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