Hugs and Homes

Will Bunny ever find his home? Will the beautiful cockroach, Senorita Martina, ever find a true love who will sing to her in the evenings? Celebrate Valentine's Day with songs and stories at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytime this week.

New African-American Teen Lit & Author visit!

In anticipation of local Ann Arbor, teen author, Cassandra Carter's upcoming appearance at AADL (TUESDAY, MARCH 18 | 7:00-8:00 PM | MC ) be sure to read her latest book, Fast Life. When her single mother is offered a job in the Caribbean away from her Chicago neighborhood where drugs, gang violence, and fast money rule, sixteen-year-old Kyra finally realizes that there is more to life than Gucci, Prada and "ghetto-fabulous bling." Read the book to find out what happens to Kyra... If you're looking for some complicated romance than check out Stacie & Cole by Johnson, R.M.: Cole, who is feeling abandoned by his father and tired of being harassed by his friends for being a virgin, is ready to take his relationship with his girlfriend Stacie to the next level, but Stacie is not sure that she is ready.

Parent Bits - What's in Manga and Anime?

No Flying No Tights has something for everyone! The home page presents three options: “sidekicks for kids,” “the original no flying no tights for teens,” and “the lair for teens and adults.” The site helps walk the fine line between teen appeal and more adult content.” The site’s creator, Robin Brenner, is a library student and “comics and graphic novel enthusiast.”

Anime Cafe offers a "Parent's Guide" for finding anime that is suitable for children. Right-up-front you can choose by age groups. I hope this helps.

Baby Bits - Piggies!

PIGGIES get their stage in Baby PlayGroup this week. We'll do a gentle home-grown version of The Three Little Pigs. You can check out Piggies by Audrey Wood, the fingerplay story; or Piggy In The Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz for a rhythmic romp in the mud. VERY oink!

Hungry for Storytime?

Rabbit and Dog get just what they want to eat, with a little persistence, in these delicious animal tales at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield preschool storytimes the first week of February.

Snap! Get Digital February 28

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Bring your digital camera to take pictures and learn how to load them on the computer. Then customize them using Photoshop Elements and send them to friends on the web.

Join us Thursday, February 28 (1-4 pm) at the Downtown Library.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8367.

Celebrate India!

We can't wait for the India Family Cultural Celebration this Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library! Join us for storytelling with Rohit and Amanda Setty, Tabla and Sitar music by Meeta Banerjee, John Churchville and Dan Piccolo, delicious gulab jamoon and a colorful rangoli craft that the whole family will enjoy!

DVD Bits - Parent Tales

I don't know how well the kids relate to these sitcoms, but as a parent, I find them very fun. The Library has the first season of Malcolm in the Middle. Newly arrived is the first two seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond. Soon, the first two seasons of Grounded For Life will arrive. If you believe you need to improve your parenting tactics after watching, remember the "parenting books" are in the non-fiction collections around Dewey # 649.1. It's always time to laugh.

Kid Bits - Dentists

Going to the Dentist soon? Find these books Make Way For Tooth Decay; What To Expect When You Go To The Dentist; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside. If you want stories on DVD try Open Wide with 3 added stories. Then practice saying, "Ahhhhhhh".

A Different View of Wolves

A youth librarian recently recommended Never Cry Wolf a science/adventure/nature/cold weather DVD based on the book by Farley Mowat In this well-done, PG-rated film, an inexperienced biologist is dropped into the Arctic to study wolves, whose habits have been misunderstood. Kids in upper elementary and middle school would probably enjoy watching this film on a winter evening.

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