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 !!


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!

Outings for the family

Are you always looking for outings or events to experience with your family? Check out Metroparent Online and look through their up-to-date Family Fun Guide for a list of upcoming possibilities. The guide covers most of southeast Michigan, and is also searchable by county, month, event type, etc. You can even narrow down the listings to those events that are free of charge.

French Family Cultural Celebration

Join us for the French Family Cultural Celebration on November 4 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library for a French sing-along with Isabelle Ryan, a snack of biscuits, a display of French materials and a stained glass window craft!

Kid Bits - Just Say "NO !"

If you liked the pigeon story in STORYTIME .... lookup other books by Mo Willems. You will find Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog; and Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late.
Just remember to say "No" at the right times, OK? ok.
Then you will be practiced up and ready for the next Storytime Series that begins the week of November 5, 2007 at your favorite Branch Library.

Kid Bits - Big Opinions

Preschool Storytimes will begin again the week of November 5, 2007. Other than STORYTIMES ... what else does your child KNOW they like (or don't like)? Picture books with definite "opinions" on what to wear are I'm All Dressed! and No Bows!.

It's all Happenin' on Halloween

Find T Rex and other outrageous costumed creatures when the AADL and the Main Street Area Association partner with a silly storytime and parade on Wednesday, October 31. Come to the Downtown Library at 10:00 am for tales and a costume march around the library. Then head to Main Street at 11:00 a.m. for trick-or-treating. This is a perfect way for the stroller crowd to celebrate.

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