Kid Bits - 4th/5th grade MYSTERY

A NEW "Enola Holmes Mystery" just landed on the youth fiction shelves, The Case Of The Left-Handed Lady. Nancy Springer writes with a gift toward strong females characters, a good story, and settings in history. The "Enola Holmes" mysteries are written from the point of view of "Enola", Sherlock Holmes younger sister. The previous title is The Case Of The Missing Marquess. The setting is London in 1898. Nancy Springer is author of another strong series "Tales of Rowan Hood", placed in Sherwood Forest at the same time as the adventures of Robin Hood. Of course Rowan is a girl.

BABY BITS - Brightening Minds

Brightening Minds: Birth To Two Years provides examples and advice from doctors to show parents how to maximize your baby's potential. This DVD includes activities as well as information on mental, physical and emotional development. The thing I like most is the practical demonstrations on using books with babies and parents. Literacy starts from birth and is a first-rate way to have fun with your child.

Homework Bits - "Electric Heroes" using RESEARCH databases

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on "Electric Heroes" and their inventions. To use the RESEARCH databases, Choose MY ACCOUNT and login. These databases are not on the internet. They are only on library websites through your AADL library card.
The articles provide the citations you need to prove your research.
1. Choose the RESEARCH tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "browse databases by name".
3. Choose BIOGRAPHY RESOURCE CENTER.
4. If you know names, use the last name to search for articles on that person.
5. If you do not know names, go to "Biographical Facts Search" and choose your keywords to find names. You will come up with articles to read, or print. I looked for a term in "occupations" related to electricity. I chose "electronics engineer". Then I chose "female" for gender. I got a list of names. I chose some names, and followed the link to read about them. You can find names and why they are mentioned.
6. Now the challenge is finding articles long enough to explain their work.

Homework Bits - "Electric Heroes" using the CATALOG

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on "Electric Heroes" and their inventions.
1. Choose CATALOG tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "More SEARCH OPTIONS".
3. Enter "electricity", "AND", "inventors", then press SEARCH. You get a list that includes A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin; Nikola Tesla And The Taming Of Energy; Thomas Edison: Inventor Of The Age Of Electricity; and TV's Forgotten Hero: The Story of Philo Farnsworth.

Did you notice the Dewey Decimal Addresses are 921? This is the address for biographies. Then you look for the last name of your person.

Homework Bits - "Exploration" using RESEARCH databases

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on “exploration of north America”. To use the RESEARCH databases, Choose MY ACCOUNT and login. These databases are not on the internet. They are only on library websites through your AADL library card.
The articles provide the citations you need to prove your research.
1. Choose the RESEARCH tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "browse databases by subject".
3. Choose “Kid’s and Teens”.
4. Choose “Kid’s INFOBITS”.
5. Choose” Advanced Search” and enter keywords.
I used “discovery”, “OR”, “exploration”, “AND”, “north America”. You will come up with articles to read, or print.
6. Now the challenge is finding "historical" exploration, and "keywords" for further research.

Smiles and Other Big Mouth Storytime Fun

The Thursday evening Pittsfield storytime will feature How Do You Make a Baby Smile? by Philemon Sturges as well as the old favorite, Monkey Face, and the very silly, noisy Mortimer. Get ready for a roudy last storytime of the session!

Create Humor in Your Comics

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Join us Monday, October 15 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at Pittsfield branch and learn how to draw comic characters that will make your friends laugh. Explore American and manga style comic gestures, body language, and facial expression. Comic artist Jerzy Drozd will show you how to put characters’ inner lives on paper in this hands-on workshop.

Here's to Our Cool Downtown Neighbors!

The Neutral Zone is having a kitchen shower so they can outfit their kitchen with utensils! The Neutral Zone is ‘registered’ at Ace Barnes Hardware. They need to stock it with kitchen stuff to help create a comprehensive program to better serve their teen aged participants….did someone say teenagers?? Alert the media!! 826 Michigan has moved to 115 E. Liberty Street. Check out their calendar, it’s full of workshops, programs, tutoring opportunities and activities relating to writing, writing, writing. We are fortunate to have these resources in downtown Ann Arbor but they are here for all of Washtenaw County.

Shrinky Dink Jewelry!

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Create unique and totally custom jewelry using the retro wonderful Shrinky Dinks material! Start big, color, shrink in the oven and you're done! See you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Baby Bits - Growing Brains

I'm scouting DVDs for parents with infants. I found a WINNER in Ten Things Every Child Needs For The Best Start In Life. It supports top research without sounding "academic". You see/hear "big names" in childhood development plainly speak to parents about needs of infants. You get to see other cute, cute, CUTE infants, just like your own! The book 125 Brain Games For Babies provides great ideas on how to play with baby. Have FUN!

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