Monsterific Picture Books

Many families are familiar with Ed Emberley’s picture book Go Away, Big Green Monster. He has a new monster book done in the same way, with colorful cut-out illustrations, called Nighty Night, Little Green Monster. It’s cute! And the monster going to bed is cute!

More great monster picture books by Emberley are There Was An Old Monster and If You’re A Monster And You Know It. For even more monster books, see this list.

These books are sure to be sweet (or spooky?) treats at bedtime this October.

LEGO Connection

Sunday, October 6 | 1-2:30pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grades K-5 with adult

Join us for a LEGO adventure! Here’s a chance to get connected with other LEGO-minded people and build great things at the library! During this open-play event we’ll have a load of LEGO bricks for you to use to make cool things as you make new friends. At the end of our open LEGO play time the LEGOs will stay at the library before you head onto your next adventure.

If you’re looking for books for some LEGO inspiration, check out AADL’s collection of great LEGO books! We’ve got books including how to build stuff, the history of LEGOs, and even stories featuring minifigs!

This event is for grades K - 5, with an adult.

María Had A Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita

María Had A Little Llama is a beautiful picture book by Angela Dominguez that narrates the traditional song of Mary Had A Little Lamb, but... It’s not Mary! It’s not a lamb! The book features beautiful full color illustrations, and both english and spanish text on each page. The book would be great for those who like nursery rhymes or for those looking to add some dual language reading in their day.

Story and Craft Time: "Splat the Cat" and "Grumpy Bird"

Sunday March 9, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 3

Fun with storytelling and crafts! Enjoy the stories Splat The Cat and Grumpy Bird while making a related craft.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and the Michigan Theater and is in conjunction with the Michigan Theater’s Sunday, March 16 event – The Teacher From The Black Lagoon And Other Story Books.

Stories and Crafts: "Henry and Mudge"

Sunday April 27, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Preschool-Grade 3

It’s storytelling and a craft, featuring the book series Henry and Mudge! This program corresponds with the Michigan Theater's "Not Just for Kids" performance of Henry & Mudge on Sunday, May 4.

Art Table: Fun With Texture

The next time you’re at the Downtown branch, check out the new art project at the art table in the Youth Department! Sometimes 2D art can have the feel of something soft, fuzzy, smooth, or bumpy, simply by using paint and a canvas. Budding artists will enjoy using bumpy boards and crayons to create their own masterpiece.

The Animals are Out!

As you check out the farm party at the red barn on the tot table Downtown, don’t forget that the real McCoy can be found within a few miles in any direction. You can stroll through a corn maze, treat yourself to cold cider and warm donuts and even shop the farmer’s market with your favorite cows, sheep and chickens at the beautiful farms nearby. For us city folk there is sometimes nothing more soothing than a big red barn!

Parent’s Corner: It’s Potty Time!

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from language to tantrums to safety to homework. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

As preschoolers get into the new routine of going to school, potty training becomes more of a focus in the household. It’s potty time! If it’s a bit tricky there are some books on the parent shelf that offer guidance. We also have a slew of fun picture books about going potty to help get the little ones motivated.

For parent shelf finds, try Diaper-free before 3 : the healthier way to toilet train and help your child out of diapers sooner, Toilet training: a practical guide to daytime and nighttime training, and A guide to potty training.

And for lap time picture books see this great list of titles!

Take an Autumn Prairie Plant Hike! @Furstenberg Nature Area

Sunday September 22, 2013: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Furstenberg Nature Area

Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) volunteer and Master Gardener Aunita Erskine lead a nature walk through Furstenberg's Native Garden.

Learn about the ecology of the park, how to identify many of the autumn prairie plants and how people have historically used some of the plants for food and medicine.

Furstenberg is off Fuller, across from Huron High School. Meet in the parking lot near the Native Plant Garden.

This event is intended for all ages.

World Hobbit Day Celebration!

Saturday, September 21 | 2:00-3:30pm | DTN-MPR | All Ages

September 22 is the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo, hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkein’s famous fantasies The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. World Hobbit Day has been celebrated by fans all over the world since 1978, and this year AADL is getting in on the game, and we’re celebrating a day early.

Join us for a wonderful celebration of these fantastic books and movies. (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in theaters on December 13th!) In our Shire-for-a-day there will be Hobbit-themed games such as a Lord of the Ring toss, craft projects such as dragons and beards, and special snacks such as lembas bread.

Feel free to dress up as your favorite Middle Earth character to get into the spirit of things! (Note: Even hobbits have to wear shoes while in the library.)

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