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Kid Bits - Colors HAPPEN

The Nutbrown Hares find Colors Everywhere.
Alison’s Zinnia is an alphabet book of names and flowers, with full-page illustrations of each flower by Anita Lobel.
A little girl knows EXACTLY what she does NOT want to wear in Too Purpley!
Among the stories in Virginia Tashjian’s classic With a Deep Sea Smile we told “The Lady’s Room” in Preschool Storytime at Malletts Creek Branch this week.
Pinkalicious is what happens when you eat too many pink cupcakes.
When the mice begin to step in the paints they find new colors of Mouse Paint.

1st Annual PEEPS® Photo Contest Winners!

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It was a dirty, marshmallowy job but someone had to do it! We took over where the Ann Arbor News left off and debuted the 1st Annual PEEPS® photo contest. Participants from preschool age to adults of all ages created dioramas using PEEPS®, took photos and submitted them. Judging was conducted by myself, Lara Zielin, author of Donut Days and editor of the Literature, Science & Arts magazine at the University of Michigan, and Amy Sumerton, Program Director for 826Michigan. We laughed, we cried and we came up with the winners! Sometime soon the winners' photos and ALL of the entries will be linked here and permanently stored in our gallery, but in the meantime check them out at annarbor.com. Read more and take off your hats for our winners in six age categories:

Take a Winter Hike this Saturday

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Grab your boots along with warm clothing and join Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff outside the entrance of the Traverwood Branch for a winter walk through Stapp Nature Area. A staff naturalist will discuss native plants and trees, ecological restoration, and responsible use of public lands. After the hike, we'll warm up with hot drinks inside Traverwood's program room.

Take a Hike @ Stapp Nature Area | Saturday, February 20 | 2-3:30 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

Senegal Family Cultural Celebration

Note: Due to planned power outage at the Downtown Library, this event has been moved to Traverwood Branch.

We can’t wait for you to hear the drumming and see the joyful dancing of the Akanni Omowale African Drummers and Dancers at our Senegal Family Cultural Celebration on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 pm at the Traverwood Branch library. Akanni Omowale recently performed at the Museum of African American History in Detroit. After the music and dance we will enjoy a traditional treat and then make colorful giraffe collages. All ages are invited!

Learn the Tricks and Tips of aadl.org

There's still time to register for our class on aadl.org. If you are available today from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library Training Center, 3rd Floor
*Registration required: Register Now

A roadmap to searching for materials, information, and events on aadl.org. Participants will discover a variety of hidden gems within the site, including: the advantage of using My Account for placing holds, how to navigate the research tab, and how and why to tag items. Basic computer and mouse experience is required. You may register online, at any AADL location, or by calling 734-327-4555.

Bill Harley is coming to town!

When I met Bill Harley thirty years ago, and heard him tell stories at a concert in a beautiful old church in Cambridge, MA, I knew he had the sense of humor, depth and compassion to move everyone in the family to laughter and tears. I am tickled pink that our library will be hosting this Grammy award-winning storyteller and musician on Sunday, November 22 at 1:00 pm for a free family show at the Ark for ages five and up. If you are a grown-up looking for an evening of classy entertainment come to the 7:30 pm Ark show that same date for more edgy and exquisite fun!

Take a Fall Hike @Bird Hills Nature Area

If you’ve never trekked through the Bird Hills Nature Area, you are in for a treat. Located on a moraine, this land of steep slopes was logged in the 1800s and then grazed by cattle. In the 1920s under new owners reforestation began. With its varied topography and soils Bird Hills is one the most floristically diverse areas in Ann Arbor.

City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff will lead the hike. View a wide variety of trees, discover the ways to identify them, and learn about ecological restoration and responsible use of public lands. Come join us!

Saturday, October 3 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Bird Hills parking lot off Newport Road, just north of M-14
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Caring for Your Parents

Do you find yourself in a situation where you are suddenly a caregiver to an elderly or disabled parent? Do you have questions about this new role in your life? We have DVDs that might help answer all those questions for you. Check out our Caring for your parents:The Complete AARP Guide, or Caring for your parents:The complete family guide. Having some of your questions answered might make this time of your life go more smoothly and peacefully.

PreK Bits - We're Going To The ZOO

We're going to the zoo in Storytime with Ms. Rachel. Ann Arbor is a one hour drive from two excellent zoos. You can visit the Detroit Zoo and Toledo Zoo this summer. While you're traveling you can share these stories and songs:
Sing "Going To The Zoo" with Peter Paul And Mary, or Raffi. Read Tom Paxton's words in Going To The Zoo.

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