The Cecropia Moths Have Produced Eggs! New Game Code Now Available!

A pair of the Malletts Creek Cecropia Moths have successfully bred, and just recently laid a significant batch of eggs in the exhibit. Visit them quickly before they hatch, which will occur sometime in the next five days to two weeks, and collect a new game code to earn 150 Summer Game points. This fresh batch of eggs herald the imminent return of the caterpillars, watch for them soon.

Hunters of the Sky - Monday June 25 at Malletts Creek Branch

Meet several raptors from the Leslie Science & Nature Center including an American Kestrel, Barn Own, and a Bald Eagle. We'll learn about habitats, adaptations for survival, life cycles, conservation efforts and the food web as we engage with live raptors and a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls and other raptor parts. This event will be offered in its entirety for two sessions at the Malletts Creek Branch, once from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and again from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The first show tends to fill up quickly, so if you want to try for a closer look at the raptors you may want to plan on attending the 1:00 PM program.

Return of the Caterpillars at Malletts Creek Branch.

Come visit the spawn of Cecropia! The descendants of last year's Cecropia caterpillars have returned from the Leslie Science & Nature Center. Not only that, but they've migrated from Traverwood to the Malletts Creek Branch, and will be spending the Summer Game season with us. Currently two moths have emerged from their cocoons. However, since the moths only live about a week, you'll need to act fast if you want to be sure of seeing them. While there are no guarantees when dealing with live animals, we're hoping that the moths will lay eggs, which will then hatch into teeny tiny caterpillars in another couple of weeks. We'll update this post when interesting developments occur. Make sure and look for the Summer Game code to earn 100 points for visiting the Moths.

Jump Roping Blast!

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20, and a Jump Roping Blast will be happening on this day too.
So start your summer off right at Malletts Creek, Wednesday, the 20th from 7:00 - 8:30pm. We'll be jumping outside at one
end of the parking lot, and have on hand Chinese Jump Ropes, Double Dutch Ropes, regular size jump ropes and
even a few hula hoops. Check out these rope skipping titles and sign up for the summer reading game while you're at it.
Grades 4 - 12.

Special guests, the St. Francis Heartbeats, will demo their skills. If it rains, we'll jump inside!

Duct Tape Doings

Wednesday April 4, 2012: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Join us for a fun craft session! We provide the tape in a wide variety of colors - including camo, clear and tie-dye - and you do the rest.

This event is for teens (grades 6 - 12).

Start Spring Break With a Magic Show

Start Spring Break with a Magic Show!Start Spring Break with a Magic Show!

Let's hope the nice weather holds out through this week when the Ann Arbor Public Schools have Spring Break.
Regardless of the weather, we'll have lots of fun things for kids to do.
We'll start out with a magic show. Ann Arbor's own Jeff Wawrzaszek will bring his new magic show to the Malletts Creek Branch on Monday April 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. This is for all ages. Who doesn't love a good magic show?
And Jeff is the best!

Here are some materials to help you try some tricks of your own.

Mardi Gras!

Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. to
celebrate Mardi Gras by making brightly colored masks and stringing beads.
This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders. All supplies will be provided.

For materials about this holiday, click here.

Chesstastic @ Malletts Creek this Sunday, February 19

All you fans of chess, we will be gathering for open play, even though Traverwood, the usual host branch, is closed for maintenance. We'll be setting up the chess boards from 1:00-4:00pm on Sunday, February 19 at Malletts Creek for chess players of all ages and abilities. Please join us for one of the best strategy games around.
New to the game? Please check out these introductory titles or look here for titles with more advanced strategies. AADL also carries magazines for chess enthusiasts, Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids for quick tips and articles of interest.
Drop by on Sunday to challenge your friends and make new ones.

Spanish Storytime!

Malletts Creek Branch this and every Saturday afternoon at 1:00.

Native Spanish speakers will tell stories and lead songs in Spanish. Participants do not need to understand Spanish to enjoy this event!

Spanish Storytime!

Join us at the Malletts Creek Branch this and every Saturday afternoon at 1:00. Native Spanish speakers will tell stories and lead songs in Spanish. Participants do not need to understand Spanish to enjoy this event!

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