Summer K-3 Math Bits - Online Practice

Bored? Need something to do?
If you are in Kindergarten-to-3rd Grades, you can KEEP your math skills "Under Construction" and visit IXL Math online. "Created by ed-tech outfit Quia, IXL involves a membership plan, but site visitors can answer 20 questions a day, free of charge". Math activities inspired by books can help too. Try Adding Puppies And Kittens; Measuring Puppies And Kittens; and Telling Time With Puppies And Kittens.

Kid Bits - SUMMER Story Season STARTS !

Storytimes START the week of June 9!
Think GREEN for the first week @ Malletts Creek and Pittsfield.

Crictor and Lizard like to be green.
You can look forward to 8 weeks of Summer programs at
Downtown, Pittsfield, and Malletts Creek Branches for summer.

Find appropriate books and movies with DiscoveryJourney

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Want to know if there is sex, drugs, or offensive language in a book without having to read the whole thing? Check out the DiscoveryJourney website. DiscoveryJourney has reviews of many popular children's books and movies with listings of each incidence of violence, profanity, nudity, sexual content, scary elements, and the use of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. It also suggests an appropriate age range for the intended audience.

DiscoveryJourney rates books and movies on each of ten character traits, including honesty, compassion, courage, and faith. The reviewers give positive and negative examples of each character trait. For example, in the review of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Harry and his friends' bravery is listed as a positive example of courage, while Gilderoy Lockhart's behavior is listed as a negative example of courage. When rating morals or values, there are bound to be some personal differences of opinion, so use your own judgment when reading the reviews.

Mandy and Pandy go to Chicago

A Chicago TV broadcast features Ann Arbor area author Chris Lin talking about his Mandy and Pandy books and materials. At the library we have his Mandy and Pandy say, Ni hao ma? plus other bilingual Chinese-English materials for children including 1,2,3, go! Lin says two more Mandy and Pandy books are coming out this summer, one on sports, one on traveling to China.

Teen volunteers needed at West, Malletts Creek, and Pittsfield branches

AADL needs teen volunteers to help sign up summer reading participants June 13-27. Interested? You need to:
    -be in grades 6-12,
    -attend training Friday, June 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m., and
    -work both weeks (June 13-June 27).

Stop by the branch (West, Malletts Creek, or Pittsfield) at which you are interested in helping. Go to the reference desk, sign up, and take forms to complete. Return completed forms by Monday, June 9.

Jump in and lend a hand to make this our biggest summer yet!

Opportunity to have toys tested for lead

This Friday, May 9, 2008, the Washtenaw United Way will provide an opportunity for parents to have toys and other child related plastics tested for lead at the Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Library from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Ecology Center will have its XRF Lead Analyzer there and they will do on the spot tests to check for high lead levels. Other educational activities will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our Pittsfield branch. Read more about chemicals in toys from the Ecology Center and check out the top toys from HealthyToys.org.

Looking for a good used car?

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Whether you're shopping used cars dealers or Craigslist, auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup will tell you the things you need to know to buy a car that not only looks good but runs well too. This program, titled "Buy a Ride: No Clunkers, Lemons, or Junkers," will be held from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in the Malletts Creek branch program room.

Parent Bits - "ScreenTime" and Behavior

Parents struggle with creating healthy habits for children. One BIG issue these days is "Screen Time", homework, social behaviors, video games, computers, television, and how it all fits together. Perhaps these titles can help .... Taking Back Childhood and Grand Theft Childhood, or the following web site, and it's links.

David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family, presented research on the topic at the Public Library Association 2008 Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 2008.

Don’t be a Duff.

If Duff, from Jeanne DuPrau’s Car Trouble, had come to Malletts Creek on Tuesday, May 13 (7-8 pm) and heard auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup share his knowledge about buying your first car and keeping it in great condition, it probably would have not been much of a story.

But instead, Duff goes out unprepared and buys a used car. It runs ok but the dash lights don’t work. Duff thinks it’s no big deal since he plans to do all of his cross-country drive in daylight and can easily read the speedometer and gas gauge. But that is no help for the engine trouble lights. Three hours into his trip he has no way to know he has low oil and eventually throws a rod. Don’t be a Duff. Join us May 13.

Kid Bits - Going Places

Got wheels? Let's GO !!
But Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!.
In Mouse Tales "The Journey", Mouse sets out to visit Mother. And if you are very courageous, see what it's like to get In The Driver's Seat. These are the stories for Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branch Storytimes this week.
Now pick out something by Richard Scarry like Richard Scarry's Cars And Trucks And Things That Go and study those pictures when you get home.

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