Saturday Stories!

Join us at the Malletts Creek Branch every Saturday morning at 10:00. A friendly AADL storyteller will read several stories that kids of all ages will enjoy. Bring the whole family for an entertaining start to the weekend.

Creative Longevity and Positive Aging

Within the next 8-10 years, 65 year old adults will outnumber children five and under for the first time in our history. The gap between retirement and death has significantly increased due to the general health and functioning of our senior population. As we live longer and face the financial, relational, and health factors often associated with longevity, effective coping strategies become increasingly important to the maintenance of creative, healthy lifestyles. Todd K. Favorite, Ph.D., Director of the UM Psychological Clinic, will help us explore these issues of our aging society and answer questions on Wed., June 8 at Malletts Creek Branch, 7-8:30 pm.

PreK Bits - "P" is for precious pups

Katie Loves the Kittens but Katie needs to learn don't SCARE the kittens....
Doggies works its doggie charm every time you "howl" it. It's your "Puppy as a Second Language" book.
One Pup's Up a puppy counting book.
If you want stories with more words, try these favorites:
The day Gracie walks through the open gate is the day of The Great Gracie Chase.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! uh, oh !!!
Martha Speaks the day she eats alphabet soup for lunch.
Officer Buckle And Gloria make school visits.
If you are ready for family read-alouds try:
Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels
And Henry And Ribsy remains a classic.

Malletts Creek Branch Opens On Monday, April 18

Malletts Creek Branch will open on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am. The Branch will be closed until that time for maintenance.

Library materials may still be returned to Malletts Creek Branch or any other Library location during this period.

Holds ready for pickup through Sunday, April 17 at the Malletts Creek Branch will be held at the Downtown Library through 6 pm. that evening.

These holds will then be returned to Malletts Creek, to be available when the branch reopens on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am. Those holds that would have expired on April 17 or April 18 will then remain ready for pickup through Tuesday, April 19, at 9 p.m.

PreK Bits - Seriously Socks & Shoes

Ms. Rachel worked with Socks & Shoes for Storytime this week ... seriously!!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes seriously LOVES his new shoes!
Ten Sock Monkeys are seriously jumping on the bed .... uh, oh!
A very serious little girl says Ducks Don't Wear Socks, until she discovers a sense of humor.
For books a beginning reader can read, try:
Fox in Socks with plenty of rhyming "word families."
Jennie's Socks
100 Shoes: a Math Reader
Shoes Town
For more awesome, groovy, far out stories try:
Sally And the Purple Socks ... when socks turn mystical.....
Louise the Big Cheese and the La-Di-Da Shoes
The Shoemaker Extraordinaire
And when you have nothing but odd socks left, turn them into something new:
Sock and Glove: Create Charming Softy Friends

PreK Bits - Quiet under the Quilts

Ms. Rachel's recipe for bedtime storytime ... one tired child, one bed, 5 good books, wrapped in plenty of peace and quiet. So quick as a bunny, brush your teeth, and get into pajamas. Then quiet as a mouse you can listen to favorite stories, and dream:
The Hinky Pink is a re-telling of A BED JUST SO. The story we first knew was by Jeanne Hardendorff. It is no longer in print, but such a favorite of the Librarians, it is still told in Storytime.
Dream Machines has exquisite illustrations of mechanical inventions, to study closely, while someone reads the poems and prose.
The Bunnies Are Not In Their Beds
The Prince Won't Go To Bed
Little Quack's Bedtime
Are we asleep yet? .. and remember .... Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!
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PreK Bits - "B" is for Bears

Ms. Rachel found "B" in the letter box today for .... bring back Brown Bears ...
The Three Bears has many versions, but favorite versions include:
The Three Bears by Byron Barton who is known for spare text, and bright, child-like drawings which are especially attractive to youngest children.
Goldilocks And The three Bears for illustrations by Jan Brett.
The Three Bears by Paul Galdone, famous for his classic versions of folk tales.
Goldilocks And The Three Bears, a new "sassy" telling by Emma Chichester Clark.
And "fractured fairy tale" versions byJames Marshall or Stu Smith.
Now that we know what bears look like, We're Going On A Bear Hunt.
Beware Bears!

Short Shorts at AXIS Coffeehouse

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Short short fiction that is! Local writer Keith Hood will join us to share techniques for writing flash fiction, complete stories written in 1,000 words or less. As the Bard said -- "Brevity is the soul of wit." If you feel up to the challenge, join us in the Malletts Creek program room this Friday from 6:30-8 and get ready to think small.

To see just how much can be said in few words, check out It All Changed in an Instant, in which a collection of writers both famous and ordinary tell their life stories in just six words. In the spirit of things, here's a six-word story from me:

"Life is short. Visit AXIS Coffeehouse."

Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Friday, March 18

AXIS Coffeehouse Presents...Sandy Ryder!

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This Friday's AXIS Coffeehouse will be a very special one, featuring none other than the Wild Swan Theater's Sandy Ryder. Ms. Ryder will be in the Malletts Creek program room to give all and sundry tips on poetry as performance. We're going to have a lot of fun! The question is, will you be here having fun too?

For more on poetry as performance, try these:
Wham!, a guide to performance poetry for young people.
The Poetry Lounge: The Power of Performance, a DVD demonstrating poetry performance techniques.
The Spoken Word Revolution, a collection of performance poetry, with a CD so you can listen to the poems!

Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Friday, March 11

AXIS Coffeehouse Returns!

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Prepare to celebrate, denizens of Ann Arbor! AXIS Coffeehouse is coming back from vacation on Friday, March 4, tanned, refreshed, and eager to write more poems. We will return to our old haunts at Malletts Creek to write, read and have fun! AXIS Coffeehouse...all the cool people are doing it, and so should you.

If you want to catch up on the latest poems before coming, check out:
Time You Let Me In, new poems by young poets.
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, a story in poems about a teenage baseball player torn between his girlfriend and a new friend.
Poetry Speaks Who I Am, over 100 poems by authors classic to contemporary -- with a CD, so you can hear the poems read aloud!

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, March 4 | 6:30-8pm | Malletts Creek Branch

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