Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Sunday, January 26 1-3pm DTN

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid program this Sunday will surely be hours of family fun. Although the event description says it's for grades 4-7, everyone is welcome!

Express your inner-cartoonist by writing silly "Zoo-Wee-Mama!" jokes, decorate a sugar cookie to look like Greg Heffley's face, and play a fun game of bean bag Cheese Touch Toss!

There may even be a special surprise for the parents (hint: it involves music)!

We hope to see you there!

Felt Ball Fun!

Sunday April 13, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball!

Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

Building Budding Builders

WedgitWedgitThe Wedgits are out at the Downtown Library and there are lots of them! What a simple, yet elegant toy with so much play potential! Babies like how easy they are to grasp and they like to bang them together. Tots seem pleased with how easy they stack to make a tower. It’s the adults who get stuck playing at the tot table though, maybe because this simple, award winning nesting toy gives us a sense of order in this wacky world!

Owl's Winter

If you love the charm of Arnold Lobel’s stories mixed with the magic of Wild Swan Theater, treat yourself to Owl’s Winter at the Towsley Auditorium this week! The whimsical tales from Owl at Home will warm you up! For an extra treat, grown-ups should check out Wild Swan’s Chocolate Crush which is right around the corner!Wild SwanWild Swan

Inspiring Community Event

U SchoolU SchoolSometimes we are fortunate enough to look around us and think “I am here with people who want what I want for the world. How lucky I am!” I had that moment last Saturday at Zingtrain for the community dialogue focused on the Ubuntu School. A group of experienced and inspired young men and women in Ann Arbor want to create a new preschool. Their vision for the community is big but their process is simple. Around the table were representatives of Success by Six, the Neutral Zone, University of Michigan, Zingermans, Chiwara Permaculture, and so many more! If you are a parent, educator or a caregiver of the future of education in Ann Arbor, check out the U School and see what you think!

Follow Your Money

Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go? is a brand new informative book for kids! The introduction explains what money really is and how we started using it (can you imagine buying a rug by trading a camel for it?). The book monetizes everything from your breakfast to making movies, and breaks down the numbers in an approachable way. Cool graphics show the components of a cell phone and the process of making a shoe. It also answers tricky questions like why a hamburger costs more than the ingredients do and how a sale in a clothing store works.

This is sure to be a hit for those interested in how things work and those who haven't found that inspiring math topic yet!

AADL has other great books on money for kids too, such as Money Games: the Business of Sports, Show Me the Money, and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash.

For more fun with math, check out the Sum Story Fun events in February: The Lion's Share, Snowflake Bentley, and Pigs on a Blanket.

Chesstastic

Sunday January 19, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult.

Challenge old friends and meet new ones when you play chess with others of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided.

MLK Event: Author/Illustrator Bryan Collier at AADL

We are very fortunate to be able to host author/illustrator Bryan Collier at AADL!!! He will be appearing at the Pittsfield Branch on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Collier has illustrated three titles that have garnered him Caldecott honors. He has won the illustrator medal of the Coretta Scott King Awards three times and had honor books another three times. His King Awards were for Rosa, Uptown, and Dave the Potter, Artist, Poet, Slave.

Start off the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by coming to see this very talented illustrator.

Rubber Band Bracelets!

It seems like kids everywhere are making and wearing jewelry out of colorful rubber bands. Perhaps a Rainbow Loom made its way to your house in December? Rubber band bracelet fun is a book that offers more designs to create with the loom, including the triple rainbow bracelet, the beaded bonanza and the flower bracelet. There’s also Totally awesome rubber band jewelry, which offers tips, tricks and more designs to create. If you’ve got a stash of tiny rubber bands on hand and are waiting for the next project, give them a whirl!

Parent’s Corner: Science Fair 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 behavior to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.”

Winter is in high gear, the new year started and the kids are back in school. This means that science fair season will soon be upon us! Many children in the area will complete a project for school. AADL has a slew of books with a variety of science fair projects in them, including a few on the parent shelf. It’s not too early to browse through the experiments and see what might be a good choice for you to work on!

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