ACT/SAT Test Practice at Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, September 17

Learn how to access Learning Express Library to take practice tests for either the ACT or SAT. Join us from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center.

Homework help at AADL

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Beginning this Wednesday, September 10, 2008, the Ann Arbor District Library will be partnering with the University of Michigan’s Circle K chapter to provide free homework help for school-aged children and teenagers. Circle K is an international service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. College student volunteers will be available on Wednesdays, 4:00-8:00 PM, in the Downtown Youth Story Corner for drop-in homework help.

Additionally, AADL offers homework help through Brainfuse, an online resource that provides free, one-on-one homework help and skills building. This service is available between the hours of 2:00PM and 11:00PM, seven days a week. You may access this product remotely or at any of our locations.

Baby Bits - BOXES

Pack up the babies, and grab the grandparents, 'cuz everyone comes....!! BABY PLAYGROUPS for 0-24 months begin this week. We'll do "Boxes" at Malletts Creek and Traverwood. You can check out more books with boxes as follows:
Birthday Box; Not A Box; Harry's Box; Big Brown Box. We will do Sitting In My Box during Playgroup.

Story Jamboree

Surprising and slapstick stories will tickle your funny bone at the Downtown Preschool storytimes on September 16th and 17th. Spider gets into his usual trouble and one story is even about Nothing!.

Kid Bits - Dealing with Grief

When families deal with grief and mourning, sometimes stories help work through the grief and bring out the good parts. Here are some "chapter book" recommends, which often can be found in audio version.

Ida B. in book. Ida B. in audio.
Garden Of Eve in book.
Each Little Bird That Sings in book. Each Little Bird That Sings in audio.
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes in the Teen Collection.
Missing May in book.
Samir And Yonatan in book.

Story Jamboree

The first Downtown preschool storytime of the fall will begin on a silly, sleepy note with Go To Sleep Gecko and other tales of grumpy creatures who can’t get any sleep. Join us for stories, songs and other surprises beginning Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at the Downtown Library Youth Department Story Corner!

Kid Bits - Back To SCHOOL

Here are some "Back to School" books for young children: Ready, Set, Preschool!, It's Time For School With Tallilah, I Love School!, Bunny School: A Learning Fun-For-All, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, The Bus Stop, D.W.'s Guide To Preschool. If you'd like to know what professionals suggest for parents, you may explore the Discovery Education web site or, PBS Parents web site.

Fighting, action, adventure for a 'tween

This summer our 12-year-old son is crazy about The Five Ancestors series by martial artist Jeff Stone. The books are named for the animal Kung Fu styles of a young gang of orphaned warrior monks, including Tiger (Fu), Monkey (Malao), Snake (She), and Crane (Hok). Wikipedia has more about this series, which moves very fast and offers frighteningly high levels of fighting, action, and adventure. On BOCD Kiki Barrera is a wonderful reader. I told a youth librarian with expertise in 'tweens of our son’s enthusiasm, and she also recommends Archer’s Quest.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

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Learn how and when to sign with your baby or toddler to improve communication! Join us at the Mallett’s Creek Branch on Saturday, March 27 from 11-11:45am as Kathy Brady of Signing Smart guides you and your young one through games, songs, and other actitivities that make learning signs fun and easy.

WHoa! Wild Animals! - Jeff Corwin Books

You see him on TV! Here's the Jeff Corwin Experience on our NEW BOOKS Shelves.
Into Wild Amazonia;
Into Wild Galapagos;
Into Wild Africa;
Into Wild Madagascar; and more.

If you LOVE to read about wild life, checkout the Kids Magazines:
ZooBooks;
Cousteau Kids;
Ranger Rick;
National Geographic Kids.
Looking for gift ideas?
Magazine subscriptions make a wonderful gift that goes all year!

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