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!

An argument against time-outs

One book being read and discussed by a good number of Ann Arbor area parents this fall is the 2005 title Unconditional Parenting: Moving from rewards and punishments to love and reason by Alfie Kohn. One parent book group is tackling this one for their October discussion, and currently there are 14 holds on eight copies in the library system. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say: “ . . . .This lively book will surely rile parents who want to be boss. Those seeking alternative methods of raising confident, well-loved children, however, will warmly embrace Kohn's message.”

ACT / SAT Test Practice Saturday, September 29

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? The LearningExpressLibrary database can help you get ready. Join us 10:30-Noon p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Kid Bits - Tricky Chicks

We celebrate "Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book" this week with a LIVE author program and readings of Big Chickens. Since we're doing chickens in an extra big way, try stories about two of my favorite girls. They each have something to do with chickens and tricks! Pick up a copy of The Chicken Chasing Queen Of Lamar County and Flossie And The Fox.

Parent Bits - Arrival of Baby #2

So Baby #1 is around the home and Baby #2 is on the way.
Welcoming Your Second Baby by Vicki Lansky is a perfect little parent helper. It is a delightful "skinny book" with very useful and simple suggestions to pave a path for Child #1 to accept the new family member. The library owns the 1990 edition of Welcoming Your Second Baby and it is just as useful. Keep in mind the suggested books to share with children are not likely to be found now. Ask a Librarian for current books to share with "expecting" children. Lasky offers suggestions for various ages of older siblings, and her suggestions are mercifully practical and flexible. Congratulations on your new addition !

To Junie B. or Not to Junie B.?

Some say Junie B. Jones is "not a good character", and some say the “grammar is wrong”. Others say “She is a spunky six year old, and we learn from her troubles.”
Gaining perspective on a mighty popular series might help calm some nerves.
Try this article in The New York Times “Is Junie B. Jones Talking Trash? to support parent information. Kids can read two NEW titles in the series Dumb Bunny and Aloha-ha-ha! and enjoy the Official Junie B. Jones website with information about the author and more activities for kids.

The Wall:Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

You’d need a long nap afterwards, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend an hour inside Peter Sis’s imagination? He has given us magical stories and biographies but this newest is his autobiography of growing up under communism in Prague. Secret police, red flags and parades are depicted in typically amazing Sis style and the happy ending is the Wall crumbling down as he flies towards freedom.

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