Let the "Write On!" Contest Begin!

All third, fourth, and fifth grade writers may now submit their stories to the third annual "Write On!" Short Story Contest! Just type up your story and either send it to youngwrite@aadl.org or bring it to the Youth Desk at the Downtown Branch! Story submissions will be accepted 2/9-2/27. Check out the guidelines and contest website for more information!

If writing a story straight from your head seems tough, try out a couple of these goofy story-starters to get your ideas flowing!

The only thing worse than stepping in grape jelly is...
This morning I woke up and thought, "Aw pickles."
Dragons don't make very good pets...
When I walked into science class today, I didn't expect...
Something sounded like two million cats practicing karate...

Happy writing!

 

Jump Cuts: Hello Machine/The More We Get Together

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AADL storyteller Miss Rachel and story musician Sara M. Keller, with the help of a big green frog, demonstrate how to build a Hello Machine, and sing The More We Get Together, a sweet little song about togetherness, sharing and happiness.

Length: 00:02:13
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Jump Cuts: Star Song Medley

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AADL storyteller Miss Rachel and story musician Sara M. Keller sing a medley of nighttime tunes, including Star Light, Star Bright, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and The Stars At Night, using flashlights as playful props to represent starlight and moonbeams.

Length: 00:03:10
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PreK BITS - "R" is for Rules

Ms. Rachel brought bears to demonstrate etiquette this week.
Some rules are recommended for real bears.
Some rules are recommendations for toy bears.

NEVER ASK A BEAR shows consequences for errors with real bears.
BROWN BEAR IN A BROWN CHAIR demonstrates difficulties a toy bear experiences in a brown chair.

For more recommended titles regarding etiquette,.. and sometimes bears ... try the following:
TEA PARTY RULES by Ame Dyckman
TIPTOE JOE by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
BIG BAD BRUCE by Bill Peet
MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown
SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR by Judy Sierra

 

Jump Cuts: Tap Dancing Dog

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AADL Storyteller Miss Rachel and story musician Sara M. Keller bring along a performing pooch to accompany the song Rig A Jig Jig. The pup bounces along to the rhythm of this catchy little tune.

Length: 00:01:38
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The Storytellers of AADL - Rachel Yanikoglu

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May 2, 2013

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Rachel sat down with us to discuss her knowledge and love of storytelling.

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The Storytellers of AADL - Laura Raynor

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January 11, 2013

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Laura sat down with us and discussed her career as a storyteller, both locally and nationally. For many in town Laura is considered the face of storytelling here at the library. Even her stories about stories are entertaining.

Length: 00:27:07
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Nature Walk @ Argo Nature Area

Thursday June 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Argo Nature Area

This event is intended for Grades K-Adult

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk along the Huron River in the 22-acre Argo Nature Area.

Argo Nature Area has been a prime target for combating invasive species and restoring native ones. We'll learn about these native plants and animals, and about the diverse natural features of the area on our walk.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Meet in the parking lot by Argo Canoe Livery, off of Longshore Drive.

Pete the Cat Fanmail and Puppet-making!

Are you a fan of Pete the Cat? With his groovy blue color and cool style, how could you not be?! Join us on Monday, December 22 at Traverwood from 2:00 to 3:30pm to make a Pete the Cat puppet and write letters to Eric Litwin and James Dean, the author and illustrator of the popular children's series. This event is intended for kids in grades K-5. All supplies will be provided!

 

The Storytellers of AADL - Josie Parker

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October 16, 2013

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Josie discusses with us her beginnings as a storyteller and how she came to tell stories here at the Library.

Length: 00:38:32
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