Storytime Takes Flight!

The hilarious new picture book, Grumpy Bird, will be joined by a blackbird adventure from India and a crafty trickster rabbit tale from American Indian tradition, when rabbit bounces up through the clouds to steal fire from the sky people, at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Teens: never ever say "there's NOTHING good to read" again!

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Yeah, yeah, so you're not interested in reading AWARD winners, but what about just some good books? YALSA (the association for those cool types who serve teens in libraries) also released a bunch of annual lists of good stuff! Let's start with the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list where you will find everything from Mark Crilley's Miki Falls series to the After School Nightmare manga series. If you're not a BIG reader the Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list is the spot to find titles like Dead High Yearbook and Encyclopedia Horrifica. Looking for more? Check out the Best Books for Young Adults, and Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults lists. Eyes a little tired? Try different formats with Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults and 2008 Selected DVD and Videos for Young Adults lists. Enjoy!

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Saturday, January 19

You can learn how to access Learning Express Library to take practice tests for either the ACT or SAT. The session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will be held in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center.

Rabbit Raves

Meet Jumpity the Rabbit and listen to wintry tales from China and Scandanavia at the Wednesday Downtown storytime and the Thursday Pittsfield storytime this week.

Mouse Bits - Family Reads

A sweet set of titles for a cozy family read ... Mitt And Minn at the Wisconsin Cheese Jamboree and Mitt And Minn's Illinois Adventure. They are published by Mitten Press in Ann Arbor, MI! Two mice have stories to tell and adorable illustrations to enjoy. The books are nice reads for parents with children who are listening to chapter books, or by children who are reading independently and still enjoying pictures. You may think of nibbling bits of cheese while you're at it.

Baby Bits - First Snow

Baby PlayGroup Programs begin this week. Every week there are 6 programs at 4 locations. Join us when you can!
3 great books for winter with babies are Snowballs; Mouse's First Snow; and First Day Of Winter. Then let's make some roly-poly snowballs and itsy-bitsy snowflakes together!

Hoax Photo Workshop - Monday, January 28

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Bigfoot trying on Birkenstocks? A herd of cows hovering over the Big House? Use your imagination and Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab to create a mind-bending photo. Then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL's myspace branch. Join us Monday the 28th 1:00-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8301.

Space Obsessed

I put the new book, Greetings from Planet Earth, down the other night to listen to my favorite radio show, The Story, and heard about the hilarious adventures of the rocket science friends. What fun, since Barabara Kerley's new book is about 12 year old Theo who knows everything about the cosmos. The year is 1977 and he is avidly following NASA's plans to send Voyager 2 on it's journey through space, while longing for his father who never returned from the Vietnam War.

American Girl goes way back to the 70's!

In the midst of a caucus cacophony, even young people may be in the mood for an election story. Meet Julie, one of the newest American Girls (who makes me feel old). In 1974 she runs for president of the student body when something unfair happens to her at school. Just like today's presidential candidates, Julie needs diligence and creative campaigning to pull off a win.

Chesstastic, Sunday, December 30

Come and play one of the world’s most popular sports with players of all ages. Sets provided but feel free to bring your own. Join us 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.

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