Mandy and Pandy go to Chicago

A Chicago TV broadcast features Ann Arbor area author Chris Lin talking about his Mandy and Pandy books and materials. At the library we have his Mandy and Pandy say, Ni hao ma? plus other bilingual Chinese-English materials for children including 1,2,3, go! Lin says two more Mandy and Pandy books are coming out this summer, one on sports, one on traveling to China.

Teen volunteers needed at West, Malletts Creek, and Pittsfield branches

AADL needs teen volunteers to help sign up summer reading participants June 13-27. Interested? You need to:
    -be in grades 6-12,
    -attend training Friday, June 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m., and
    -work both weeks (June 13-June 27).

Stop by the branch (West, Malletts Creek, or Pittsfield) at which you are interested in helping. Go to the reference desk, sign up, and take forms to complete. Return completed forms by Monday, June 9.

Jump in and lend a hand to make this our biggest summer yet!

Opportunity to have toys tested for lead

This Friday, May 9, 2008, the Washtenaw United Way will provide an opportunity for parents to have toys and other child related plastics tested for lead at the Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Library from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Ecology Center will have its XRF Lead Analyzer there and they will do on the spot tests to check for high lead levels. Other educational activities will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our Pittsfield branch. Read more about chemicals in toys from the Ecology Center and check out the top toys from

Looking for a good used car?

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Whether you're shopping used cars dealers or Craigslist, auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup will tell you the things you need to know to buy a car that not only looks good but runs well too. This program, titled "Buy a Ride: No Clunkers, Lemons, or Junkers," will be held from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in the Malletts Creek branch program room.

Parent Bits - "ScreenTime" and Behavior

Parents struggle with creating healthy habits for children. One BIG issue these days is "Screen Time", homework, social behaviors, video games, computers, television, and how it all fits together. Perhaps these titles can help .... Taking Back Childhood and Grand Theft Childhood, or the following web site, and it's links.

David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family, presented research on the topic at the Public Library Association 2008 Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 2008.

Don’t be a Duff.

If Duff, from Jeanne DuPrau’s Car Trouble, had come to Malletts Creek on Tuesday, May 13 (7-8 pm) and heard auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup share his knowledge about buying your first car and keeping it in great condition, it probably would have not been much of a story.

But instead, Duff goes out unprepared and buys a used car. It runs ok but the dash lights don’t work. Duff thinks it’s no big deal since he plans to do all of his cross-country drive in daylight and can easily read the speedometer and gas gauge. But that is no help for the engine trouble lights. Three hours into his trip he has no way to know he has low oil and eventually throws a rod. Don’t be a Duff. Join us May 13.

Kid Bits - Going Places

Got wheels? Let's GO !!
But Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!.
In Mouse Tales "The Journey", Mouse sets out to visit Mother. And if you are very courageous, see what it's like to get In The Driver's Seat. These are the stories for Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branch Storytimes this week.
Now pick out something by Richard Scarry like Richard Scarry's Cars And Trucks And Things That Go and study those pictures when you get home.

Kid Bits - Dragonology

Kids have asked for books about dragons. The pictures were the treasures! Look for The Book Of Dragons with illustrations by Michael Hague. Dr. Ernest Drake's dragonology : the complete book of dragons. If you like to draw, find Ralph Masiello's dragon drawing book and get out your colored pencils! For stories of girls who went up against dragons look for The Serpent Slayer: And Other Stories Of Strong Women with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.

Buying a car, not a lemon

Plan to buy your first set of wheels soon? Come to Malletts Creek Tuesday, May 13 (7-8 p.m.) to learn what you need to know to buy a car that not only looks good but runs too. Auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup will share his knowledge about buying that first car and keeping it in great condition.

Kid Bits - PIGGIES !

See the piggy? See the puddle? See the Piggy In The Puddle?
We'll do "Piggies" in Storytimes at Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branches.
Once you know a traditional version of a folktale, revisions are fun.
Begin with traditional The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone; Try a revision of The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall;
And when you know the story, you can read ....
The wolf's point of view by Jon Scieszka in The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs.

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