DIY kidBITS - Basics

Basic skills for Kids (and life) can be found on the NEW BOOK shelves. See if these books inspire a weekend project or school break activity. See And Sew: A Sewing Book For Children provides information and projects for beginners. The Kids' Building Workshop does the same for woodworking projects. "Pass the hammer [and the scissors] to a new generation".

Kid BITS - Storytimes START

PreSchool STORYTIMES and BABY PlayGROUPS START again this week.
Look forward to 7 WEEKS of Programs with "fresh faces in old places".
The Schedule is the same. The Leaders have changed.
Don't forget to bring "singers","patty-cakes","laughers" and "cozy-laps".
We'll be seeing YOU!

DVD Bits - World War II

Two gripping films of World War II Europe can be found in the Library Collections. Sophie Scholl: Die Letzten Tage is the trial and "final days" of Sophie Scholl, her brother, and another member of the White Rose, who became synonymous with civil courage through their resistance and protest against the Nazi regime. Another is Louis Malle's film Au Revoir Les Enfants based on the director's childhood experience in boarding school during the German occupation of France in World War II. If you would like to read a memoir of the Holocaust, the library has more excellent choices.

Positive Parenting and Play Play Play!

Put parent panic in your pocket and bring any questions on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Library. We are pulling out the toys for the children to play, while Dr. Jamie Plunkett from the University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family gives a brief talk on the importance of play and positive parenting, then hangs around to chat with parents.

Story Bits - Snow

Warm-up winter with these snowy stories. Kumak's House; All You Need For A Snowman; Ezra Jack Keats' classic Snowy Day; and Stranger In The Woods ... perhaps as satisfying as hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Join the Ann Arbor Family Day Fun!

In conjunction with Ann Arbor Family Days, Pornrat Damrhung, Professor of Dramatic Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and Charley Sullivan of the UM Center for Southeast Asian Studies, will lead simple Cambodian and Thai classical dance for the whole family. We will also be coloring dramatic masks. Keep an eye out for the Lunar New Year's Lion Dance! Follow the Lion as it dances along the sidewalk from AADL to the Main St. area.
Join the fun this Saturday, March 8 from 10-11 a.m.

Get a Job 101

Looking for a summer job? Learn how to hunt for a job, build a resume and ace the job interview. Co-sponsored by Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition.

Saturday, March 1 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Malletts Creek | Grades 9-12

Story Bits - Leprechauns

Sure and 'tis time for leprechaun lore. Leprechaun's Never Lie is a favorite of mine. 'Twas not enough? Try for more gold with
Clever Tom And The Leprechaun; Too Many Leprechauns; and Fiona's Luck.

Come to the Puppet Party!

This Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library, for the first time ever, the storytime puppet collection will be available for your imagination to go wild! Puppet stages are waiting for your shows and paper bags are waiting to transform into puppets. If you are in Kindergarten through grade three this program is for you!

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen

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Do you ever feel like you sound like one of the parents from Peanuts? You know..."Wah wah wah wah wah?" Bridge the communication gap with your kids with this informative program for singles or couples called How to Talk So Kids Will Listen. They offer tips on giving praise, alternatives to punishment (time tested and legal, too!) and ways to encourage autonomy. There's more information for families to be found at the MSU Extension.Registration for this program is required.

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