Kid Bits - THINK "Three Pigs"

If you like FairyTales already, try some "fractured" FairyTales. It's fun once you already know some of the original tales. Think "Classic" The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone and then try "Newer" and "Edgier" with:
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall.
The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs by John Sczieska.
The Three Little Pigs by Steven Kellogg, and
Three Hungry Pigs And The Wolf Who Came To Dinner by Charles Santore.

Election Buzz!

There are two fun programs this Sunday, November 2 in honor of the exciting election time:

Calling all Kindergarten through Third Graders to our Pittsfield Branch at 1:00 pm! Watch your chains of colorful links grow and you will see which jungle animal wins the election. Make a “Freedom" hat, balloon animals and a great big mural with ink stamps!

Calling all Fourth and Fifth Graders to our Traverwood Branch at 4:00 pm! Come decorate a tote to celebrate the vote and help make apple crisp too!

More, More, More BABY PLAYGROUPS Begin

BABY PLAYGROUPS begin next week.
Love those babies! Bring them to PlayGroup!!
Here are some lovey dovey stories to share at home.
More, More, More Said The Baby by Vera Williams.
So Much by Trish Cook.
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein.

Hey, writers! NaNoWriMo is coming!

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Ever written a novel? Here’s your chance. National Novel Writing Month begins November 1. Sign up at NaNoWriMo, set a total word-count goal, and then go for it. For 30 days your only job will be to let your imagination run rampant and write!

Questions? Check out the FAQs.

Kid Bits - Never Cry Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a classic tale by Aesop. A fun thing to do is read different versions. FairyTales with new twists in the story are "Fractured FairyTales" and here are a few:
Betsy Who Cried Wolf is a graduate of Sheep Herding School and takes her job very seriously.
Dog Who Cried Wolf is bored at home and wants more excitement.
Beware Of The Storybook Wolves brings in more fairytale folks.
Wolf Who Cried Boy, and Wolf! Wolf!

Don't Stop Celebrating Yet!

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The Day after we celebrate Halloween, Join AADL for El Día De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. We'll watch a folk dance performance and make crafty skulls & skeletons. See you there Saturday from 1-2:30. There's libros y libros on the subject in our collection. Come see! Teens, families and adults are welcome!

Career Jam

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Are you a middle school or high school student thinking about your career options? Then come to Career Jam on Thursday, October 30 from 4pm to 7pm at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. Discover the exciting career options and job opportunities here in Washtenaw County. There will be plenty of hands-on demonstrations to give you a taste of what your future could hold. Door prizes and a limited number of t-shirts will be available for youth who participate. For more information, contact the Teen Center Without Walls or ETCS.

Parent Bits - Kids and Self-Esteem

There's more than one way to help kids grow up healthy and competent. In addition to books on Self-Esteem like Stick Up For Yourself!, there are websites that can be useful. The October 2008 issue of Library Sparks provides suggested websites:
Kid's Health: Self-Esteem offers easy-to-use information by age levels, and a "fun and games" section section for kids 6-12 years old.
Kids Health For Kids: The Story Of Self-Esteem offers information in both English and Spanish language.

Scary Bits - But not Too Scary !

October is ripe for harvesting spooky tales. For young kids, cautionary tales can work instead of "sca-a-ry" tales, since the endings come out GOOD. Try:
Precious and The Boo Hag by Patricia McKissack
The Gunniwolf by Wilhelmina Harper.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams.
... or choose books with holiday icons such as:
I Spy A Pumpkin
Five Little Pumpkins
Los Gatos Black On Halloween

Dealing with Biting Behaviors

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Do you have a pint-size biter on your hands? Whether it is out of frustration, exploration, or plain ol' swollen gums, toddlers are expressing something when they bite. Join Early Childhood Consultant Kathy Sims on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am at the Pittsfield Branch to learn how to effectively deal with biting and other behaviors in young children. Young children are welcome. Toys will be available in the room.

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