Parent’s Corner: What’s New

There are some new titles over on the Parent Shelf!

The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, and on this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from language to potty training to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.”

Here are a few new titles to look for:

* Reading in the wild: The book whisperer's keys to cultivating lifelong reading habits

* Redefining girly: How parents can fight the stereotyping and sexualizing of girlhood, from birth to tween

* Parentology: Everything you wanted to know about the science of raising children but were too exhausted to ask

* Mothering & daughtering: Keeping your bond strong through the teen years

LEGO Contest

Do you dream in LEGO? Are you always creating new masterpieces? Is the dreaded LEGO-meets-bare-foot a perfectly acceptable trade-off in your household because of all of the cool creations you can make? Then you must join us for the 9th Annual LEGO contest on Thursday, August 7. Start imagining and building now!

AADL's LEGO Contest is one of the most anxiously awaited programs of the summer, open to all ages. The contest is divided up into five categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult. All contestants must submit an original creation made of their own LEGO, Duplo, Mega Blocks, or other stacking bricks. Full contest rules can be found here.

Need some inspiration, or do you just want to see some of the awesome creations engineered in the past? Here are some photos from last year.

Because of the popularity of this contest, it will be held at Kensington Court, 610 Hilton Dr. in Ann Arbor. Below is the order of events:

9 AM–3 PM: Drop off projects at Kensington Court
3 PM–6 PM: Doors closed for judging
6 PM: Doors open for public display of all projects
8–8:30 PM: Awards Ceremony with prizes in six categories: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & Adult

All projects must go home with their creators that night!

'Show Off' This Summer!

Are you bored? Need something fun to do this summer that doesn't involve sleeping? Then check out Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything One Step at a Time by Sarah Hines Stephensand Bethany Mann! Both kids and adults will find something to love in this book of explosive fun. Inside you will find stunts, tricks, pranks, experiments, projects, recipes, games, and more! Maybe you've always wanted to spin a basketball on your fingertip, astounding your friends. Or perhaps you wish you could move on the dance floor like a worm, baffling your enemies into silence. Your bucket list will be cheering you on as you cross off item by item! Many of the activities in this book suggest grown up supervision, but you can rest assured that you can definitely "try this at home!" Check out this book. Your ego will thank you.

Cozy Classics

If you ever get tired of checking out the same board books about shapes and colors, you can round out your board book reading with Cozy Classics. Each of these adorable little books feature classic stories such as Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Each classic tale is condensed into 12 words that relate to a child’s world such as “friend,” “mean,” or “chase.” On the page opposite each word appears a needle-felted illustration that provides a visual for the plot. These illustrations are gorgeous in their detail and their beauty alone is a good reason to check out these books.

Parents who know the original stories will enjoy these books and may also appreciate the opportunity to introduce their little ones to such great works of literature so early.

“Enchanting… a service to literate families everywhere” ~ The Wall Street Journal
“Capture[s] the imagination of young readers” ~ Reading Rainbow

If you like the concept of introducing your young children to classic literature but the Cozy Classics aren't appealing to you, try a BabyLit book. These books teach concepts such as opposites and the weather with the backdrop of stories such as Sense and Sensibility and Wuthering Heights.

Art Table: Chalk It Up!

Hey kiddos! Next time you’re in the youth area downtown visit the art table and see what’s new! This month we’re working with chalk. We have colorful sidewalk chalk and chalkboards ready for you to create a masterpiece, erase it, and start all over!

Chalk artist Julian Beever uses a technique called anamorphosis in his amazing 3D effect large scale chalk drawings. To read more about his process and see samples, check out the book Pavement chalk artist: the three-dimensional drawings of Julian Beever.

Kid Bits - I CAN PLAY IT SAFE

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed is running SAFETY TOWN CAMP 2014 for all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall.

Here is a LIBRARY LIST of titles to teach safety with elementary school children.
The following topics are especially included:
BICYCLE SAFETY
Stranger Safety SAY NO And GO: Stranger Safety
Animal Safety MAY I PET YOUR DOG?
Getting Lost I LOST MY DAD
Fire Safety IF THERE IS A FIRE
Personal Boundaries BECAUSE IT'S MY BODY

3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge- All Submissions 2014

2014 submissions were accepted for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. The following are all the students and the work they submitted for this year's Short Story Challenge. The winning stories can be viewed here.

Third Grade

Hiraku Aso, "Planetarium"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Abby Bowers, "Harry on the High Seas"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Caitlyn Cupitt, "My Ordinary Day"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Connor Fischer, "Captain Pickel Pants and the Time Machine"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Jadon Fischer, "Niko de Angelo's Adventure"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Madeline Hendriksma, "Suri Story"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Joe Hickman, "Ghost in the House"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Anniyah Hinton, "Girls Night"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Salsabeel Hodge, "Three Kids Three Different Lives"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Michael Howard, "Without a Sun"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Emily Jiao, "The Magic Rug"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Joe Juarez, "Quacky Duck"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Thomas Kaechele, "Mystery of River Creek"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Brigit Keiter, "Vampire Girl"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Sophie Kriz, "The Original Adventures of Emily"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Amy Lei, "The Story of Nancy Silk"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Emma Li, "Dragon Friends!"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Peyton Manning, "Sled Ride"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Shannon McKay, "My Birthday"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Julia Mei, "The Start of Skating"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Sydney Richardson, "Mackinac Island"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Jane Ryu, "Benjamin"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Alexandra Salazar-Esquivel, "My Turtle"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Kureha Shibuya, "My Trip to Japan"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Mica Sims, "The Surprise"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Niko Stamadianos, "Ted"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Justin Su, "The Land Nobody Knew"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Meena J. Suresh, "The Ghost of the West"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Kaden Thornton, "The Magical Book"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Eliza Ann VanEe, "Save the Slaves!"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Jack Vlasak, "Snow Boarding"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Tyler Waller, "The Day I Got My Horse"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Fourth Grade:

Rokaya Benloucif, "My Diary"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Georgie Branch, "Pop"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Anna Clingenpeel, "The Best and Worst Times of Life"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Suri Doepfer, "Untitled"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Becca Kingham, "The Epic of King's Adventure"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Fionnuala MacKercher, "The White Wolf"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Alma Moga, "Lupa and the Pie"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Mandy Pritts, "The Mystery of the Missing Cookies"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Jennifer Shim, "I'm Always Here for You"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Kendall Spink, "Princess"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Karinne Tennenbaum, "One Thought After Another"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Katrina Walbridge, "My Marvelous Friend"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Amy Xiu, "The Dangers of Pollution"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Eric Huayi Zhang, "The Gum Story"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Fifth Grade:

Ahmed Adudiab, "The Winter of 2014"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Zaina Al Habash, "Two Giraffes, One Big Story"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Zakariya Alem, "Zomz"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Luna Alkassem, "That Jaguar"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Huda Al-Regib, "The Man in the Woods"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Romaissa Ameziane, "The Amulet of Vadla"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Nina Ang, "Bram's Quest"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Abigail Anne Tejero Babila, "Carol the Hero"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Samuel Bechar, "Traveling Through Time"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Kira Brehob, "King of the Clouds"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Evelyn Carroll, "Ivy and the Brain Wave Scooter"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Myra Davis, "Nicole's Mermaid Adventure"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Abby Dobson, "The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Nathaniel Dodge, "Resc-alcon"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Rachel Amanda Eglinton, "The Impossible"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Muneer Elshaikh, "Monday Midnight"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Noor Elshaikh, "Iris"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Niv Fisher-Pinsker, "Stuck in Time"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Grace Franklin, "Josephine's Canyon"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Aarush Goel, "WhiteJill"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Lirit Green, "The Worst Day of My Life"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Shoshana Green, "Mystery at Midnight"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Gracie Greenberg, "Be Careful What You Wish For"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Nadra Harbali, "The Demon Dragon and the Gem"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Makayla Harris, "Hutch McLaw: The Case of the Sparkling Torch"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Luka Hecht, "Misplaced"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Hajawr Khan, "The Magic Mirror"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Max Klarman, "Falling"­­
PDF
Text-Only Version

Sarah Larson, "Lenny the Leprechaun"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Ari Leflein, "The Door to Happiness or Despair"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Aishah Mahmood, "The Cipher Competition"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Asieh Mohammed-Azizi, "The Lightning Girl"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Aafaf Moustafa, "The Magic of Magena"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Zach Newpol, "The House in the Woods"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Adi Orlyanchik, "Kwiko the Dragon"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Evan Rago, "I am a Deity"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Marisa Redding, "The Meadow Song"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Saphira Samuels, "A Tale of Two Sisters"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Jessica Schwalb, "The Squirrels"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Laibah Siddiqui, "The Journey"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Nathan Strauss, "Falling from an Airplane"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Joann Sun, "The Stolen Glasses"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Brendan Sutton, "Mission Possibility"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Zayd Tanbour, "The Broken Arm"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Aakarsh Verma, "Mines of Ashland"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Kinneret Weiss, "Jake the Handyman"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Layla Youssef, "The Postcard"
PDF
Text-Only Version

Roar said Dragon!

This week in Ms. Amanda’s preschool storytimes we read books about dragons! Dragons who breathe fire and eat castles in The Paper Bag Princess, dragons who are looking for a friend in A Friend For Dragon, and dragons who count and make way too much noise in One Drowsy Dragon. Which shows you that not all dragons are as fierce as Smaug.

For more picture books featuring dragons check out this nice list. And to see what else we've been reading at storytimes this summer check out this list of books.

Redstone Engineering

Monday August 4, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 1 - 3.

Are you a kid who thinks they know everything about Minecraft? Did you know that Redstone material in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates?

Learn how to create contraptions of increasing complexity, craft clever traps, and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

This hands-on session will be led by the staff from GameStart.

Luis Montalvan and His Service Dog, Tuesday, Visit to Share Their New Children's Book, 'Tuesday Tucks Me In'

Thursday July 10, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool to grade 5.

Luis Montalvan and his dog Tuesday will share their story, have some laughs and offer a foundation for understanding and acceptance with children and their families. Topics will include Animal Assisted Therapy, the human/animal bond, and Montalvan's book about his service dog, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog.

Books will be available for purchase and the event includes a book signing with photo opportunities.

Syndicate content