Celebrate India!

We can't wait for the India Family Cultural Celebration this Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library! Join us for storytelling with Rohit and Amanda Setty, Tabla and Sitar music by Meeta Banerjee, John Churchville and Dan Piccolo, delicious gulab jamoon and a colorful rangoli craft that the whole family will enjoy!

DVD Bits - Parent Tales

I don't know how well the kids relate to these sitcoms, but as a parent, I find them very fun. The Library has the first season of Malcolm in the Middle. Newly arrived is the first two seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond. Soon, the first two seasons of Grounded For Life will arrive. If you believe you need to improve your parenting tactics after watching, remember the "parenting books" are in the non-fiction collections around Dewey # 649.1. It's always time to laugh.

Kid Bits - Dentists

Going to the Dentist soon? Find these books Make Way For Tooth Decay; What To Expect When You Go To The Dentist; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside. If you want stories on DVD try Open Wide with 3 added stories. Then practice saying, "Ahhhhhhh".

A Different View of Wolves

A youth librarian recently recommended Never Cry Wolf a science/adventure/nature/cold weather DVD based on the book by Farley Mowat In this well-done, PG-rated film, an inexperienced biologist is dropped into the Arctic to study wolves, whose habits have been misunderstood. Kids in upper elementary and middle school would probably enjoy watching this film on a winter evening.

Create Your Own Hoax Photo! Grades 6-12


Use your own digital photos or ours to create a mind-bending photo. You will work with Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab and then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL's myspace branch. Join us Monday, January 28, 1-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8301.

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!

No whiningNo whining

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.

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