Parenting Help

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Washtenaw County has a number of excellent programs for parents, and for their children, as they confront the issues surrounding separation, divorce and custody challenges. A new website sponsored by the County, ParentingHelp pulls together information on the programming and resources of six local public or non-profit agencies, as well as links to many other helpful sites.

In your face!

What’s it worth to you to be beautiful? In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You examines the fascination around beauty, a $9 billion dollar per year industry. It not only illustrates what past generations have done in the name of beauty like binding feet to keep them small or removing ribs to squeeze the waist to a tiny size but also shows today’s generation willing to undergo stomach stapling, plastic surgery, and more to become and stay beautiful.

Concerned about lead in toys?

Have the reports about the lead content in toys been scaring the daylights out of you? It turns out that there are do-it-yourself lead testing kits that you can buy to test the lead content on the surface of a toy. NPR reported on these tests today, describing recent evaluation of these tests by Consumer Union to determine the accuracy of the tests. If you are are interested in testing your child's toys for surface lead, check out this NPR report and the evaluations.

Celebrate!

Laith Alattar kicks off a delightful afternoon on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library with his fabulous instrument, the Oud, for our Arab Family Cultural Celebration. Music, treats donated from Masri Sweets, and a geometric paper rug craft will entertain the whole family.

Tasty Microwave Creations at Malletts Creek

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Learn how to make delicious dishes and savory snacks in this hands-on workshop. Leave with a fistful of recipes to impress your family and friends.

Join us 2:00-3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 1st.

Kid Bits - Fantasy

A Library Patron recommended this title for family fun, and I agree. Emmy And The Incredible Shrinking Rat. It reminds me a bit of Roald Dahl's Matilda because of the bad nanny and the smart kid; a bit of Indian In The Cupboard because of the shrinking characters; and a bit Charlotte's Web because of the wise animals. You might like it too.

No Parent Left Behind

Ever feel like your child is speaking a different language? Are you so far behind on the tech lingo that you don't understand how they are using technology in their lives? Check out E-Parenting by Sharon Miller Cindrich to learn more about digital technologies, how kids are using them, and how you can make the most of these technologies to bring your family closer together. Cindrich defines terms such a "wiki", "vlog", etc., and provides Tech Tips for parents on how to approach tech-related topics with their child. In addition, you'll find specific instructions for family projects that highlight the family-friendly capabilities of multimedia technology.

Outrageous Adventures on Ocracoke Island

If you are intrigued by the history of the magnificent Ocracoke Island or just a fan of fast-paced pirate adventures, curl up with Mystery at Blackbeard’s Cove by Audrey Penn and meet four feisty kids who face dark hidden tunnels, rattling skeletons and Blackbeard’s ghost head-on!

Kid Bits - Families with Kids

With Holidays come Family Gatherings.
With Family Gatherings come Kids.
Here's a book with "A year's worth of ideas for TV-Free, Video-Free & Computer-Free entertainment". Borrow 365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities and gird yourself for fun. It includes sections for "in the home"; "out and about"; and "on the road" activities. Each idea is delivered on one easy-to-read page. Some you'll remember from your childhood, others are fresh. Happy Holidays !!

Tellebration!

When was the last time you treated yourself to an hour of story listening? A balm to the soul. This is the weekend, with tellebrations happening all over the country and in your own Ann Arbor. The family story fun for ages 5 and up will be this Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch with the Ann Arbor Storyteller's Guild. As an extra added bonus, a magnificent gift is raffled off each year made by talented artist and teller Judy Schmidt!

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